May 28, 2022 8:53 pm

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$10,000 REWARD FOR PERSON WHO SHOT “BUCK”

021913 CRIMESTOPPERS BUCK REWARD.Still001Last month Tami Augustyn was notified by a neighbor of a dog along her property line that was in a trash bag and bleeding bad. Tami, an animal lover immediately went to see what could be done. On the ground was the dog that has since occupied almost every moment of her life.  “Buck” as she named him was shot in the face with birdshot, he was bleeding and due to the extreme cold that weekend was severely hypothermic.

Tami took “Buck” to the Conroe Emergency Animal Clinic, his chances were unknown. He was covered in birdshot, his eyes were damaged and he had lost a large amount of blood. The veterinarians worked hard to save him and were successful.

She adopted “Buck” and started his care.  The next evening “Buck” was on just about every Houston television station. Newspapers picked up the story as did CNN and television stations in Europe.

A Facebook page was started, “Buck Needs Bucks for his Buckshot Injuries”. Thousands of dollars started to pour in to help with medical bills which has passed the $7,000 mark. Tami put messages out that she felt enough had been collected but that didn’t matter, people love animals and the money kept coming.

Then the idea hit to start a foundation, take “Buck” to schools and get the message to the young ones on animal abuse. The foundation also assisted several weeks ago when “Penney”, another dog was found shot and left for dead in a trash bag on FM 3083 near Jefferson Chemical. That dog, unlike “Buck” did not make it and died at the veterinarians office the next day.

The Buck Foundation has since been set up with the State of Texas, a board of directors was put in place including an attorney.

Tim Holifield, the Montgomery County Animal Cruelty Officer began investigating and followed up on several leads which all ran into dead ends. He too has spent hours on these two dogs and one other that had been shot in west Montgomery County but with different circumstances than “Buck” or “Penney”.

Seeing tips were far and few between, Tami again reached out to what are now called “Bucks” fans. The outreach was for funds for a reward, once again money came in. Tami cut it off at $10,000.

Tuesday at noon the board of the Montgomery County Crime Stoppers met. They accepted a check from the Buck Foundation for $10,000 to be put in a separate fund. This reward will go to the person who is able to provide an anonymous tip to the Montgomery County Crime Stoppers leading to the arrest of the person responsible.

In addition  Crime Stoppers started a separate unit to deal with tips for animal cruelty. People will be able to donate to Crime Stoppers for that specific reason.

Tami has also started placing signs and banners around the area hoping someone will come forward.

One of the signs stands in front of Caney Creek High School at FM 1485 and FM 2090 not far from where “Buck” was found. Tuesday afternoon Deborah Roth stopped to read the sign. When asked if she thought the reward would help find the person responsible, she said,” I don’t know but for $10,000 I would turn my own mother in.”

According to Texas Law, a person commits an offense if the person intentionally, knowingly or recklessly tortures an animal or in a cruel manner kills or causes serious bodily injury to animal. That is considered a felony.

There are several other parts of that law that make it a felony. Without the owners effective consent, kills, administers poison to, or causes serious bodily injury. Causes on animal to fight with another animal, if either animal is not a dog. Uses a live animal as a lure in dog race training or in dog coursing on a racetrack

To contact Montgomery County Crime Stoppers you can call :

1-800-392-STOP or on the web at www.montgomerycounty crimestoppers.org

 

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