News releases about investigations and arrests in animal cruelty cases out of Parker County arrive pretty regularly here at the Star-Telegram.
A Lancaster man accused of killing a 6-month-old puppy by tossing it from a moving vehicle during an argument with his girlfriend.
A Parker County woman charged with shooting her caged dog, then dumping the cage on the side of the road and abandoning the dog’s 10 newborn puppies, who were found nursing on their dead mother.
And most recently, the arrest of a miniature Shetland pony owner accused of not properly containing his pony, leaving it vulnerable to a vicious mauling by dogs.
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In fact, animal cruelty cases out of Parker County are so common that Sheriff Larry Fowler came up with a stock statement.
“Parker County does not have an animal problem,” he frequently says. “We have a people problem.”
So it came as little surprise that the Humane Society of the United States would pick Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler as the recipient of the 2014 Humane Law Enforcement Award.
The Human Society and the National Sheriffs’ Association will present the award to Fowler Friday morning at the sheriff’s office in Weatherford.
A news release states Fowler is being honored for “his tireless efforts to pursue animal cruelty cases.”