Topic: News Summaries

  • Dogs Die in HSUS “Care” in New Hampshire

    Big news broke this summer when 84 Great Danes were seized from a New Hampshire woman’s mansion. She was charged with animal cruelty, and her trial starts next week. But whether she is found guilty or not, the “care” of the animals by the Humane Society of the United States is drawing scrutiny following several dog deaths.

    In September the news broke that a third dog had died in the custody of HSUS. The dogs had at that point been held for over three-and-a-half months by HSUS at a secret location.

    The defense and prosecution agreed to hire a veterinarian from Virginia to assess the care provided by HSUS. The vet works for an animal rescue organization and has testified for both the prosecution and the defense in previous cases. Her testimony is of note.

    “I definitely think after looking at these dogs yesterday they would be better off rehomed,” Moffitt said in court. “They are stressed in that environment just with us walking through. I can just imagine volunteers walking through when it’s time for feeding or walking through to take these dogs to the vet.” […]

    “I was only allowed to observe the dogs, not a hands-on examination,” said Moffitt, who said the dogs were held in a “storage unit-type building. I was kind of actually surprised. I’d walk in, and they would barely lift their heads up. They wouldn’t get off their little bed. You can just tell they are kind of depressed. Other ones are the exact opposite, where they started barking and pacing back and forth in a very small pen, maybe 5 feet by 10 feet, which is not very large for these very large-breed dogs.” […]

    “It looked like the veterinarian who saw them the next day at the Humane Society just went ahead and vaccinated them,” said Moffitt. “To me that’s kind of neglect to not research to look and see that she (Fay) had medical records.”

    She said over-vaccination is “frowned upon.”

    An attorney representing the defendant believes HSUS raised $300,000 to $500,000 from fundraising on the seizure and “is exploiting the Great Danes, using them as props, cashing in on their misery,” according to a report. On top of that, HSUS has over $50 million sitting in Caribbean funds, according to its tax return. So it could be providing these dogs a Ritz Carlton experience if it was so inclined. At the very least, you’d think HSUS would be sparing no expense to keep the animals alive and in good condition. Yet two puppies were euthanized—HSUS says they had an “untreatable condition”—and a third dog was put down and the details are sketchy.

    Is HSUS doing a good job? It’s difficult to say at this point. But the court proceedings in the coming weeks should reveal much about the two sides’ allegations. The defense is certainly going to put HSUS on trial.

    Posted on 10/10/2017 at 9:56 am by Humane Watch Team.

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  • HSUS’s America: Where Wolves Eat Family Pets?

    A wolf in Duluth, Minnesota, brutally attacked and killed a family’s dog last week, and if the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has its way, we can only assume incidents like this are going to happen a lot more often.

    Terry Irvin was walking his dog Leo, an 11-year-old retriever-corgi mix, along a wooded trail near Lake Superior – something he does two or three times a week – and decided to let the dog off its leash. Irvin told the Star Tribune he got a little bit ahead of the dog and waited around for him to come, but the dog never made it.

    After about five minutes went by, Irvin turned around and went to look for Leo. “I walked into the woods, and I saw him,” Irvin told the paper. “It was a traumatic sight. I will never forget it. … It was heartbreaking.”

    Keith Olson, a conservation officer with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, called the attack rare, but said they are happening a lot more often than they used to. There are estimated to be around 2,400 wolves in Minnesota, but very few options available to control them thanks to legislation pushed by the HSUS that put wolves back on the Endangered Species List.

    The federal government had tried to de-list gray wolves beginning in 2003, when the wolf population reached a sustainable level – the federal recovery goal for Minnesota wolf numbers is around 1,300. It finally succeeded in 2012, but the HSUS quickly filed a lawsuit and the wolves were back on the Endangered Species List by the end of 2014.

    Under the law, it is illegal to kill a wolf unless it is in the defense of a human life – even if a dog is being eaten alive. This leaves pets in serious danger as wolf populations continue to outgrow their food supply. Deer are by far the largest food source for wolves, and with deer numbers down across Minnesota, wolves are hungry and prowling for pets. There were 18 reported wolf attacks on dogs in 2015, far more than in years past.

    An HSUS lobbyist tried to push similar legislation in Oregon last month, but Lawmakers weren’t convinced, noting that some of the most horrific footage they’d ever seen came in the aftermath of a wolf attack that left dozens of sheep disemboweled, not from a hunter with a dead animal.

    Posted on 02/19/2016 at 9:35 am by HumaneWatch Team.

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  • Humane Bites #320: It’s Dead, Jim.

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    Posted on 05/04/2014 at 10:18 am by Humane Watch Team.

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  • Humane Bites #319: Putting Lipstick on a Pig

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    • HSUS contributions dropped $20 million, or 13%, last year. People are getting wise to HSUS’s deceptive ways.
    • PETA and HSUS are literally in bed together. Glad they finally put a ring on it.

    Posted on 04/25/2014 at 12:56 pm by Humane Watch Team.

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  • Humane Bites #318: HSUS Lobbies, Can’t Spare Much for Shelters

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    Posted on 04/20/2014 at 2:00 am by Humane Watch Team.

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  • Humane Bites #308: HSUS Flops in the Show-Me State Legislature

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    Posted on 06/17/2013 at 3:05 pm by Humane Watch Team.

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  • Humane Bites 307: HSUS Hires More Lobbyists to Take Donors’ $19/Month

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    Posted on 04/05/2013 at 5:32 pm by Humane Watch Team.

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  • Humane Bites #306: Signature Gatherers from Gaithersburg

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    Posted on 01/24/2013 at 11:14 pm by HumaneWatch Team.

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  • Humane Bites #305: Elephants Never Forget

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    Posted on 01/10/2013 at 3:22 am by HumaneWatch Team.

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  • Humane Bites #304: HSUS on Trial?

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    Posted on 12/03/2012 at 11:30 pm by HumaneWatch Team.

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