Is Animal Rescue Corps a Sinking Ship?

It’s been a while since we’ve checked in with Scotlund Haisley, the former senior director of the Humane Society of the United States’ animal rescue team. You might remember him from a 2009 dog seizure in South Dakota (in which the warrant was later thrown out) that resulted in a $5 million federal lawsuit against HSUS, HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle, Haisley himself, and others.

After leaving HSUS, Haisley became president of In Defense of Animals but lasted less than four months. He then founded Animal Rescue Corps, which appears to be in deep trouble.

For starters, ARC is listed as “delinquent” by the California Attorney General. Strangely, ARC’s website has recently been taken down and replaced with an “under construction” notice. A state liaison is now a “former” liaison. But most compelling are the apparent resignations of two of the five board members of ARC last week. Here they are:



Interestingly, ARC’s bylaws (accessible via the CA Attorney General) state that “not more than forty-nine percent (49%) of the persons serving on the Board may be interested persons”—and the remaining three-person board, by our count, would apparently be 66% interested parties, since Haisley and one other person received compensation from ARC in 2011, according to its tax return.

We’re curious about what’s been going on. Send tips (must be verifiable) to [email protected]. And if you’re wondering, the South Dakota lawsuit is still active and proceeding slowly as the parties hash out various motions.

Posted on 06/13/2013 at 6:08 pm by Humane Watch Team.

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  • TomKi

    Look forward to him moving offshore to avoid prosecution and lawsuits. He probably has offshore accounts.

    If those people were much account they would have figured it all out a lot sooner than 2013.

  • Regan Hauschen

    Just my opinion but shouldn’t Wanye and Haisley be in jail by now ??

  • Merrie Ritter
  • operation_felix

    The thing is he moved to Virginia where he raided a kennel yesterday:

  • i give a crap

    Gutierrez and her husband have not yet been charged, and last week filed a complaint with the Kankakee County Sheriffs alleging their civil rights were violated.
    “On the morning of April 7, a self-styled SWAT team from the Animal Rescue Corps descended on a dog breeding operation in rural Kankakee County.”

    • Melissa Ann Bellew

      I spoke recently with attorney Marla Tascher and she helped them get a great attorney and is sueing, time to bring these crooks down, by the way I live in Tn

  • Zazu22

    You can be as critical as you like, but I’d like to know what you have done to rescue animals from horrible conditions. It is now two years later, and the Animal Rescue Corp has done some amazing work when it comes to alleviating animal suffering. Writing about it on a blog like this doesn’t fix the issues. People need to take action, and those action may some times be misplaced or erroneous. No one is going to get it right 100% of the time.

  • Maiden America

    Sounds like you are a tad bitter HSUS. This may be why people are drawn to Animal Rescue Corps and other rescue missions. Trash talking a man that has more compassion and vision than your organization collectively must hurt, but nothing ever came out of this. So, those who saw this as I did….shame on HSUS.

    • Ariel is not the HSUS. They are adversaries of HSUS.