PETITION TARGETS: Houston Police Department, Pearland Police Department, and Harris County Sheriff’s Office
UPDATE (2/21/2022): Police weren’t able to connect a suspect to this atrocious butchering and the cases currently are considered “inactive,” pending new leads, Chad Randall with the Pearland Police Department told Lady Freethinker.
“Unfortunately, neither we, nor our area law enforcement partners, were able to make an arrest on the case,” he said via email. “We worked with area agencies in an attempt to identify the suspect(s) and also met with local horse owners to ensure they knew what was going on and how to help protect their horses.”
Randall added that sharing the information publicly in hopes to raise awareness and get people looking also may have had a positive impact on curtailing additional acts of violence.
“As far as we know, there have been no additional cases in Pearland or Houston,” he said.
Victor Senties, a spokesman for Houston Police Department, said that these cases are still open and active with their department, but investigators currently have no leads and no suspects. Anybody with information should call the Major Offenders investigation line at 713-308-3100.
We thank the nearly 30,000 people who signed our petition pushing for a thorough investigation into these deaths. While we are disappointed no one was connected to these crimes, we are glad that no additional animals have suffered and thank law enforcement for doing what they could to investigate.
—Lady Freethinker Staff
Horses are turning up dead, brutally slaughtered and dismembered in their pastures, in Houston, Texas. In what appears like an intentional and gruesome display of serial cruelty, at least one horse suffered from stab wounds to the chest and three horses had their hindquarters and backstraps cut from their bodies, indicating they were killed for their meat, according to the Pearland Police Department.
Heartbroken guardians discovered their beloved horses’ butchered remains with ropes around their necks, prompting a multi-agency investigation into the disturbing killings. Police suspect the culprit(s) is storing the meat in a large cooler and reselling it, and the yet-unidentified suspect(s) remains at large, leaving locals to wonder if and when another needless slaughter will happen.
Whoever is responsible for butchering innocent horses and stealing their meat must be brought to justice for these horrific acts of cruelty before more animals are harmed or killed. Sign this petition urging the Houston Police Department, Pearland Police Department, and Harris County Sheriff’s Office to treat these disturbing cases with the severity they deserve and do everything in their power to identify and charge the individual(s) responsible for slaughtering these defenseless horses.
This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective J. Page from the Pearland Police Department at 281-997-4202 or [email protected], or to contact the Houston Police Department or the Harris County Sheriff’s Department.