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Animal Cops: Houston

Animal Cops: Houston
Genre Reality
Narrated by John Lurie
Robert Leigh
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Location(s) Houston, Texas
Camera setup Multiple
Running time 45 minutes
Production company(s) ITV Studios
Distributor Discovery Communications
Original channel Animal Planet
Original release August 11, 2003 (2003-08-11) – 2012 (2012)
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Animal Cops: Houston is an American documentary reality television series that premiered in 2003 on Animal Planet. It takes place in Houston, Texas and focuses on the work of the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (HSPCA). The series is the third in a series of "umbrella rotation" of shows known collectively as "Animal Planet Heroes".


  • Cast 1
  • Hurricane Katrina relief efforts 2
  • Episodes 3
  • Awards and nominations 4
  • See also 5
  • External links 6


  • Jim Boller — Chief cruelty investigator (2003–2004); director of shelter & field services (2004–October 2005)
  • Max Mixson — Senior cruelty investigator (2003–2004); chief cruelty investigator (2004–2005); cruelty investigator (2005–January 2006)
  • Scott Wernick — Cruelty investigator (2004–2005)
  • Barbra Christiansen — Cruelty investigator (2003–2005)
  • Deborah Turner — Cruelty investigator (2003–2005)
  • Sheila Kennedy — Cruelty investigator (2003–2006)
  • Ernie Angerstein — Cruelty investigator (2003–2005)
  • Charles Jantzen — Assistant chief cruelty investigator (2003–2005); chief cruelty investigator (2005–2012)
  • Ana Herrera — Animal cruelty Deputy Constable
  • Dr. Courtney Forbes — (2003–2006)
  • Dr. Anne Underwood — (2003–2006)
  • Patti Mercer — President, Houston SPCA (2003–2012)
  • Judge Dale Gorczynski — District judge, Harris County, Texas (2003–2012)
  • Sage (Whitney) Halford — Veterinary technician (2004–2005); cruelty investigator (2006–2008)
  • Dana (Moss) Almangor — Cruelty investigator (2005–2008)
  • Jennifer Francis — Cruelty investigator (2005–2007)
  • Kristie Franks — Cruelty investigator (2005–2006); senior investigator (2006–2012)
  • Robert McClintock — Cruelty investigator (2006–2012)
  • Enrique Castillo — Cruelty investigator (2007–2008)
  • Debbie Michielson — Cruelty investigator (2007–2012)
  • Liz Pavlicek — Cruelty investigator (2007–2012)
  • Trischa Price — Cruelty investigator (2007–2012)
  • Shauna Sundberg — Cruelty investigator (2007–2012)
  • Randy Farmer — Cruelty investigator (2007–2012)
  • Robert McCarty — Cruelty investigator (2008–2010)
  • Mark Lutkenhaus — Cruelty investigator (2008–2012)
  • Dr. Catalena Thurston — (2007–2010)
  • Dr. Dev Rajan — (2006–2010)
  • Dr. Roberta Westbrook — (2008–2010)
  • Dr. Barbara Kohl — (2009–2010)
  • John Lurie — Narrator (2003–2004)
  • Robert Leigh — Narrator (2004–2012)
  • Christine Kendrick — Deputy Constable, Harris County Precinct One Constable's Office (2003—2012)
  • Steve Wisniewski — Farrier (2005–2012)
  • Maverick Wagner — Cruelty investigator (2010–2012)
  • Megan Leger — Cruelty investigator (2010–2012)
  • Dr. Frank Shuman — (2010–2012)
  • Dr. Cheryl Hoggard — (2010–2012)
  • Dr. Neidra Carvin — (2010–2012)
  • Meera Nandlal; Public Relations Manager (2008-2012)

Hurricane Katrina relief efforts

The Houston SPCA served as the coordinator of relief efforts for animals trapped in New Orleans, Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Many of the animals rescued in New Orleans were shipped to Houston's holding facilities for eventual reunions with their owners who had also been evacuated to Houston. The rescue efforts were featured on a 2005 Animal Planet special called Animal Planet Heroes: Hurricane Rescues.

In the fall of 2005, the staff of the Houston SPCA also assisted with the rescue of animals from the wreckage caused by Hurricane Rita along the Texas Gulf Coast. Debby MacDonald and Mark Ramos, investigators with the Michigan Humane Society, featured in Animal Cops: Detroit, went down from Detroit, Michigan, to assist their fellow investigators in the recovery; their contributions were featured in a special episode of Animal Cops: Houston in 2006.


Episode # Total Title Airdate
1 1 "Hungry For Justice" August 11, 2003 (2003-08-11)
Includes horse neglect, 30 sick, injured dogs in a house and a Siberian tiger in a trailer.

Awards and nominations

In 2005, Animal Cops Houston won a Genesis Award in the reality programming category.

See also

External links

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