Animal Cops: Houston is an observational documentary series following the work of the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The HSPCA receives over 10,000 reports of cruelty or neglect every year, and its small team of investigators is dedicated to helping these victims of abuse.
Our crews film with them all year round and are on call 24/7 to bring these stories to the screen, from the initial investigation and rescue, through court cases and medical rehabilitation, to, in most cases, adoption to new, loving homes. This process can take many months but because of our long term commitment to this subject we are usually able to tell the complete story, offering a unique insight into the field of animal welfare.
A house conceals a horrific case of cat hoarding, and it spirals out of control.
An owner's road rage leaves a pony with life-threatening injuries. There's a shocking discovery; now its a race to save a sick dog. And a puppy hit by a car clings to life.
A shocking case of neglect turns into a threatening standoff. And a case of abandonment leaves a dog and some cats living in total squalor.
A horrible case of neglect in an upscale suburb. And an emergency seizure of two sick puppies.
Police shut down a major human trafficking operation. There were hundreds of animals at the crime scene. The Houston SPCA is called in to help remove them. And there's a desperate fight to save a mother dog and her newborn puppies.
The Houston SPCA face a difficult situation when an animal hoarder becomes angry and refuses to allow the workers to take her animals to a safe place; a pregnant cat, exhausted in the extreme Texas heat, must be rescued by law enforcement officers.
After arriving at an abandoned piece of property to rescue horses, Houston SPCA investigators find they must rescue puppies from a storm drain as well; large, aggressive, dangerous snakes run loose all over an amateur collector's house.
Featured is a look at the efforts that are made by eight investigators of the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to locate, detain and punish people who are guilty of inflicting brutality on animals.
After receiving reports that a large number of dogs were being held in make-shift pens, and going to the property, investigators find a large pack of aggressive dogs being kept in the back of the property hidden from view.
The Houston SPCA gives viewers an intimate look behind the closed doors of animal hoarding, a problem that is increasing across the country, and working, with guidance from a psychologist, to help animals and their owners in hoarder homes.
The Houston SPCA takes a look back on their most shocking cases of the previous year using unseen footage and first-hand accounts from witnesses as well as investigators personal thoughts and feelings on stories that made an impact on them.
Veteran investigator, Kristie Franks, has seen the downside of man and animal relationships, and has become, if not callous, used to the extremes of animal neglect and abuse; chasing Barney in order to remove his embedded collar, distresses her.