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News on the HSUS “Rescued” AL Dogs

Here’s where we stand on tracking the dogs HSUS secretly “rescued” from a home in AL, shipped off to various undisclosed locations and have since tried to dangle shiny objects in front of anyone who inquires about the case:

10 dogs sent to Lincoln Co Animal Services in NC – a gassing shelter with a high kill rate.  They killed 3 of the dogs shortly after arrival.  After the local paper published an expose on flagrant mismanagement at the facility, HSUS asked other NC groups to take the surviving dogs.  Four went to Humane Society of Charlotte including a pregnant bitch.  Three went to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg shelter.  Their kill rate is about 65%.  2 of the 3 are listed on Char-Meck’s site – Daisy (ID#A797513) and an unnamed male (A797514).  The 3rd dog remains unaccounted for.  (Searches for pets with ID #s A797512 or A797514 come up empty.)

10 dogs went to PAWS Atlanta, all remain in quarantine.

10 dogs went to the Nashville Humane Association.  I had a very brief phone conversation with a gal there this week and she said none of them are up for adoption but when they are, they’ll appear on the group’s website.  I was unable to ask if all 10 are still alive so their statuses remain unknown at this time.

3 dogs went to Bliss Animal Haven in Loganville, GA (Thank you reader Samantha!):

Bliss is an Emergency Services Placement Partner with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).  When there is a hoarding case seizure or puppy mill rescue in our region, we are sometimes contacted and asked to take in some of the rescued dogs.  The three boys below came from a hoarder in Alabama who had a total of 48 dogs living in filth and neglect on her property.  We are glad to have Jake, Quinn, and Trevor in our care!  They are learning how to socialize and be around people, putting on weight, and slowly gaining confidence.  These three boys deserve the best, loving homes out there!  Check them out at our Adoptable Pets tab.  And if you would like to sponsor Jake, Quinn, or Trevor (who is being treated for heartworm disease), please send us an email:  blissdogs@gmail.com

(Note:  48 dogs?  The HSUS press release said 44.  Is one of these a typo and if so, which one?)

4 dogs went to New Leash on Life in Wilson Co, TN  (Thank you reader Jeanne!)  Bringing up from comments on previous post:

4 of the missing dogs found at New Leash on Life. […] Sadly, one puppy ran away from her foster home and hasn’t been found. Two others sound like “adoption pending” and the third is on their website for adoption.

I’m assuming the one for adoption is Sassy (D10-496).  The description for Sassy also refers to a total of 48 dogs.

3 dogs remain in Marshall Co.  Deets:

Kevin Hooks, the ACO for Marshall Co, offered to help track down the missing dogs taken from his county by HSUS without his knowledge.  He found that 3 of the dogs remained at a humane society in Marshall Co.  One has since been killed due to unsocial behavior.  The group continues to work with the other 2 dogs who are apparently also very unsocial but are up for adoption.

Mr. Hooks learned that HSUS arrived in Marshall Co from Washington D.C. in a big van filled with HSUS staff.  No one besides the large HSUS group participated in the surrender and removal of the dogs at the home.  All 44 dogs were taken to a local sheltering facility where a veterinarian tested them for heartworm (only 1 positive, the other 43 negative) and issued health certificates.  The dogs were all physically healthy, most of them had red coats and appeared to be mixes but there were a couple black dogs.  The dogs stayed overnight at the local facility before HSUS drove away with 41 of the dogs to be dropped off at various locations on the trip back to D.C.

Mr. Hooks lamented the several missed opportunities in the case.  Had he been advised of what was happening in his county, he would have liked to have participated.  He said that while he could pay hundreds of dollars to attend a seminar somewhere to talk about how to photograph, tag and ID a large group of dogs, there’s nothing like hands-on experience.  He would have been happy to volunteer his time in order to get that experience.  It would have been an excellent training opportunity for the 7 ACOs in the area to be involved in this operation in his view.  In addition, he feels it was a missed opportunity to educate the public about the benefits of neutering, the nature of animal hoarding, etc.  He is very receptive to the idea of improving the lives of pets in need in Marshall Co and comes across as someone genuinely trying to do the best he knows how for the animals.

“If anyone wants to come to Marshall Co, we would love to have help,” Mr. Hooks added.

He related a story to me of a rescue operation in Marshall Co involving 14 poodles.  He said the story was on the TV news the night it happened and within 24 hours, all the dogs were adopted and a local groomer had offered to groom them all for free.  He mentioned a couple of no kill shelters in the area that he felt would certainly have helped out with the 44 dogs had HSUS advised them of the situation.

It sounds to me like Marshall Co, AL has a lot of good, caring folks who love their pets.  I wonder why HSUS wrote them off without even giving the community the opportunity to step up and take care of their own?  Why would they drive off with 41 Marshall Co dogs and scatter them in cities throughout the south who already face their own challenges saving their communities’ pets?  Did the owner surrender all her dogs with full knowledge that they might be killed if the receiving groups made the decision to do so?  There are still so many unanswered questions in this case.  But, with everyone’s help (everyone except HSUS, of course), at least we are finding out what happened to the dogs.  Thank you to everyone who has been looking for these dogs!

4 dogs remain unaccounted for (assuming there were 44 total), possibly with a rescue group or shelter in TN, GA or NC.

Anyone with info on the whereabouts of those dogs, please share.

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