Houston can do better: Grace’s struggle after extreme cruelty

Grace was a stray that arrived at the Harris County Animal Shelter in Houston on February 4, 2017. Her harness and collar were deeply embedded into her neck and chest; bloody wounds, abrasions and skin conditions bled causing excruciating pain. Grace’s struggle was the result of extreme cruelty.  Tragically, volunteers report that dogs enter the shelter in similar condition in Houston and Harris County much too often.Grace Scouts honor cover 1

“Dogs come into the shelter in absolutely despicable shape all the time. This is a community problem we have dumped on the shelter and expect them to be able to fix with no resources. A community problem requires a community solution. We must do better. There is no excuse for this,” a Harris County Animal Shelter Volunteers posted on Facebook advocating help for these defenseless pets who have been abandoned and left to pick through the garbage, roam the streets and barely survive to see another day.

Click here for Grace’s Pet Harbor listing when she arrived at the shelter.”My name is GRACE. I am a female, brown and white Labrador Retriever. The shelter staff think I am about 2 years old. I have been at the shelter since Feb 04, 2017.” For more information about this animal, callGrace Scouts honor2
Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services at (281) 999-3191. Ask for information about animal ID number A477083.

On February 5, Grace was rescued by Scout’s Honor Rescue; extraordinary advocates had donated $8,511 towards her care. Volunteers were overcome with gratitude:

“Grace is out of the building and already at the vet! Thank you Scout’s Honor Rescue, Inc. for rescuing this sweet girl!!! And a BIG THANK YOU to ALL who donated; you guys donated $8,511! We are speechless! There are no words to express how incredibly grateful we are and how much we love you all.”Grace Scouts honor 3

Grace’s health is slowly improving. Her harness had to be surgically removed at the organization’s partner veterinarian. Her lacerations and infections are being treated. Best of all, Grace is hungry and is being fed commensurate with veterinarian supervision as she had previously been starved. The extremely friendly dog will continue to be on antibiotic and pain medications. Although she has a long road to recovery, her prognosis is promising for a complete recovery.

“She is cleaned up and hydrated. She is a total love bug and would love to just sit with her head on your chest or in your lap,” Scout’s Honor Rescue posted on their Facebook.

To donate to Grace’s care, please click here.

Photos and video of Grace’s struggle courtesy of Harris County Animal Shelter Volunteers and Scout’s Honor Rescue, Inc

To understand the abuse and neglect Grace encountered in her short life, the following video explains it all. Parts of the video are extremely graphic and may not be suitable for all viewing audiences:


18 replies
  1. Star Shelley says:

    I prayer for this adorable pup and what she had gone thru. Shame on her owners. Grace seems so sweet. I pray she finds a good loving home. Krama to the low life who did this to her.

  2. Nancy Raymond says:

    So glad Grace was rescued – these shelters need to step up and provide medical care for all animals – Big black eye for Harris County – Grace was a victim, not a criminal – only humans are criminals and the bastard that hurt Grace should be behind bars.

    • Shelby says:

      I am sorry, did you miss what the video said? The shelter is who saved her! The one vet that the county will provide money to have on staff on Saturday brought everything to a halt in order to put this dog under sedation and remove the harness. Do not criticize the Harris County animal shelter. I’m the one that created the video and shot the video. The public is the problem here, not

  3. Darla says:

    Heartbreaking. Watching the video made me cry. It’s disgusting how someone let her get in this condition. Prayers for a complete recovery, Gracie.

  4. Beth says:

    ALL OF TEXAS has long been a haven for animal abusers. It amazes me that the people that donate so much money to help the animals “after the fact”, don’t do anything to stop the abuse before it happens. The assholes that abuse do not receive much punishment, either. Just baffles me that TEXAS people are so dense!

  5. Tracy Whitcomb says:

    They really should be ashamed of themselves for the way they treated this innocent baby!!! Thank you for helping this baby!!!


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