Animal Abuse

BPD, Beaumont Animal Services  and the Jefferson County DA's Office

The litany of animal abuse cases heard in Jefferson County courts in 2015 sparked public outcry, volunteer intervention, and prosecutorial heavy-handedness. But in 2016, animal abuse cases will also require mandatory reporting to the FBI through its National Incident-Based Reporting System, or NIBRS.

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The Beaumont Police Department (BPD), Beaumont Animal Services and the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office are joining Crime Stoppers in a new initiative to end animal cruelty in Southeast Texas. With the new program, they hope to identify and prosecute willful abusers who they say often progress toward even more heinous acts of violence against not only animals, but also humans.

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Victor has recovered amazingly well from his horrific injuries.

In a pretrial hearing on the morning of Friday, October 2, 2015, Clinton Johnson pleaded guilty to a 3rd degree felony of causing serious bodily injury to an animal with a deadly weapon. Johnson made headlines recently for stabbing a dog twice with a blade that was attached to a portion of PVC pipe. He slashed the dog's neck and penetrated the dog's right hip down through the leg.

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The Beaumont Police Department and Beaumont Animal Services are teaming up with Crime Stoppers to combat animal abuse and neglect.

The reorganization and enhancement of Animal Services, with Crime Stoppers on board, will give citizens a better resource for reporting animal cruelty and abuse anonymously. A unit is being assigned to caring and adopting out animals, while another will be strictly tasked with addressing animal abuse complaints, with a detective designated specifically to investigating these crimes. 

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The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the deaths of 15 cattle found shot on a private-property area of Mansfield Ferry Road in Vidor. Sheriff Keith Merritt said his office was alerted to the incident Monday, April 15, at approximately 8:50 a.m. by a concerned citizen traveling by the scene of the crime. According to a press release from Sgt. Chad Hogan, the cattle were all female and included several calves.

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