Harris County Animal Cruelty Task Force

Harris County Animal Cruelty Task Force (HCACTF) is designed to be a proactive and comprehensive approach to investigating human cruelty against animals. Concerned citizens can report cruelty through either the website www.927PAWS.org or by calling 832-927-PAWS(7297).

    In April 2017, Crime Stoppers of Houston, working with Harris County Precinct 5 Constable Ted Heap, formed a city-wide Anti-Animal Cruelty Partner Council to bring key partners and agencies together to collaborate on finding solutions to improve how crimes against animals are reported and responded to in Harris County and the City of Houston.

    With over 50 law enforcement agencies in Harris County, citizens often do not know where to report this type of abuse. The council’s goal was to make it easy for citizens to report animal cruelty and neglect to the correct agency, thereby helping animals in need as quickly as possible. This also would free up resources that were incorrectly getting the calls.

    Following Hurricane Harvey, the Harris County Animal Cruelty Taskforce was formed with the primary goal of streamlining the process of where and how animal cruelty can be reported in the Greater Houston Area. The taskforce acquired 832-927-PAWS as their phone number in order to further streamline the reporting process, speed up response times and minimize duplication of efforts across the county.

    Partner agencies of the Taskforce include:

    • Harris County Constable Precinct 5
    • Harris County District Attorney’s Office
    • Harris County Sheriff’s Office
    • Houston Police Department
    • City of Houston Animal Control
    • BARC
    • Crime Stoppers of Houston
    • Harris County Public Health Veterinary Public Health
    • Houston Humane Society
    • Houston PetSet
    • Animal ER of Northwest Houston
    • drumBEAT Marketing