The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) selected Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler as a recipient of the 2014 Humane Law Enforcement Award for his continuing efforts to pursue animal cruelty cases.
The HSUS recognized Fowler after a 2010 cockfighting ring was disbanded, resulting in the seizure of 118 birds and nearly 200 arrests. In 2014, Fowler oversaw an animal cruelty investigation where a mother dog had been shot and her newborn puppies had been abandoned on the side of the road. Within 72 hours, the case resulted in an animal cruelty arrest stemming from the investigation.
Also earlier this year, Fowler and his animal control division sought justice for an abused pony whose owner was arrested on livestock cruelty charges after he left the pony wandering and severely injured.
HSUS Texas State Director Katie Jarl said the organization was “delighted” to present Fowler with the award at a cermony on Friday.
"His passion and dedication to public service in Parker County truly extends to all creatures," Jarl said. "Addressing animal crimes is an important step in keeping a community safe for all residents – man, woman, child and animal.
"We applaud Sheriff Larry Fowler for his public service here in Parker County and look forward to working with him and his office in the future."
Fowler said he was honored to receive the award.
"We are greatly blessed to have an excellent animal control staff," he said. "Animal neglect and cruelty investigations take high priority with our agency."
Fowler added that the policies he has adopted ensure all animal investigations receive the due attention required.
"We are fortunate enough to have a county judge and Commissioner’s Court that recognize the need for adequate funding which allows us to thoroughly investigate all animal cruelty and neglect cases," Fowler said.