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Animal Cruelty Cases Increase In Amarillo

Potter County Sheriff Brian Thomas Potter County Sheriff Brian Thomas

By Megan Moore
NewsChannel 10

AMARILLO, TEXAS - Whether it be neglect or torture, one thing is certain: cases of animal cruelty in our area are increasing.

The economy is the number one reason investigators say people leave their animals for dead.  But they all agree there is no reason for it.

The stack of complaints at the Amarillo Panhandle Humane Society is getting taller by the week.

There are more complaints now than ever before.

APHS Director Andrea Soliz says, "the counties are overwhelmed with the calls and they're filtering over this way. I can't move on these calls on my own. I don't have law enforcement authority."

On calls Potter County deputies go on, they seem to find more abandoned dogs or horses than anything else.

Sheriff Brian Thomas says, "for the most part these animals have been neglected and depending on how long before we find them, if someone dumped them out there for two to three days but for the most part they are good dogs."

Good dogs with careless owners who may never be tracked down.

In Randall County, the district attorney has prosecuted six animal cruelty cases in the last two years.  It's a seemingly low number, but not when you take into account that's the same number prosecuted over the last decade.

The D.A. says the bad economy is probably the reason, but adds it is no excuse.

James Farren says, "there are agencies that can step in and....these animals do not have to suffer. There's no reason for it."

Farren says anyone can call his office or even the sheriff's office for help with their animals....

Anything to keep owners out of court, and their animals home safe.

Depending on the severity of the cruelty or neglect, those responsible could end up in jail for a year.

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