CYPRESS — Two malnourished puppies rescued recently from a Cypress home by deputies from Precinct 5 Constable Ted Heap’s Office were officially turned over to the Houston Humane Society in court this morning.

The terrier mix siblings were found Friday (Aug. 24, 2018) in the 19800 block of Mallard Point Court after a call from a concerned neighbor to the Harris County Animal Cruelty Taskforce. Deputies found both puppies in the home’s garage, malnourished with discernable skeletal structures and severe skin conditions.

The puppies’ mother was found dead in the owner’s back yard, where it was kept in a metal cage in the heat for an extended period without any shelter or water. It appears the adult dog died several days before deputies were called to the scene.

Deputies from Precinct 5’s Animal Crimes unit are investigating the circumstances at the home. They will turn over any evidence of criminal wrongdoing to the Harris County District Attorney at the appropriate time.

A judge awarded custody of the puppies to the Houston Humane Society in a court hearing today. They are resting comfortably while being treated for demodex mange and nursed back to good health.

This investigation and seizure was carried out with assistance from the new Harris County Animal Taskforce, which has seen exceptional results since it launched in February. If you suspect animal abuse, neglect, hoarding or torture, Constable Ted Heap asks you to report it at www.927PAWS.org.