Ruth, latest victim found in Houston’s Corridor of Cruelty

Dog abandonment, cruelty and dog fighting are all too common in the Houston, Texas area. One particularly bad area in northeast Houston is known as the “Corridor of Cruelty.”  This area is near a Home Depot on US-59 and Little York. The Corridor of Cruelty is basically a dumping ground for live and dead animals.

The most recent victim, a six-month-old black and white pit bull puppy was stabbed to death.  She was found still alive on March 25.  Whoever stabbed the dog also shaved her abdomen and attempted to disembowel her. She died from her injuries before ever making it to the vet.  When found, she was a wearing a black and white collar with skulls on it.

There was no name on the collar, and she so was given the name “Ruth” by the rescuer who found her. According to a recent news story on Fox26 Houston, the puppy was found among mounds of trash in a vacant lot by known dog rescuer Janell Mitchell.

Although stabbed multiple times and buried under trash, the puppy was still alive when Mitchell got to her. Ruth looked up at Mitchell until she took her last breath five minutes later. This is a clear-cut case of severe animal torture. The Houston Police Department’s Major Offenders Animal Cruelty Unit is investigating the puppy’s death.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call 713-308-3100.

Another tragedy surrounding Ruth’s death, other than the horrific nature of it, is her poor little body was left out in the hot Texas sun for six days before anyone came to dispose of it.  The local government service number (311) was called by a concerned citizen.  She was placed on hold for 45 minutes before speaking to anyone. She was told, the police report did not indicate “malicious act” so the report had to be re-done.

BARC also sent an officer out to the dead dog but  were advised they could not pick up or dispose of Ruth’s body; that was the job of the Waste Management Division. More days passed, more phone calls were made. Two citizens offered to take Ruth and bury her but 311 told them they were not allowed to bury or cremate the dog, they would send someone out. Ruth’s decomposing body was still there more than 24-hours later.

For six days, Ruth’s body was left lying out there like trash. Finally, the body was picked up by a dump truck; only after multiple people made continuous phone calls. It’s a sad reality of our society a dog intentionally tortured and killed is then left out there to rot like trash – as if her life didn’t matter.

Then, people who want to do the right thing by this dog by burying her are told they are not allowed to do so. Instead, she is thrown into a dump truck with no more respect than an empty fast food bag.

In 2019, 17 dogs have been found dead in the Cruelty Corridor, Ruth is number 18. It has to stop.A peace walk for Ruth is scheduled for Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 10 a.m. at The Home Depot at 10600 Eastex Freeway, in Houston.

For more information visit the Facebook posting  https://www.facebook.com/events/342349866383129/

Another group has been active in helping dogs like Ruth, dumped alive in the Corridor of Cruelty. Their volunteers go out to the streets every day to feed neglected, discarded, sick and starving animals specifically in the Corridor. They care for them until they can get them off the streets.

Ruth’s Memorial Site

To learn more about them, visit their website

Or their Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/CorridorRescue

A reward fund has been set up for anyone who gives information leading to the arrest of Ruth’s killer.

https://www.facebook.com/donate/403972887088087/343117492973033/

Someone somewhere must know something or recognize Ruth.  The dog was wearing a collar. She was obviously owned by someone.

Ruth deserved more than a senseless killing only to be left lying there for six days then disposed of like garbage.


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