I wanted to take a moment to say THANK YOU to everyone who has been so supportive and helpful with regard to the ongoing search for the Alabama 44. There are many readers – some I know and others I don’t – who have offered support to the shelters who needed it, searched the web for information, made phone calls and sent e-mails. In addition, there are a number of you who have simply offered supportive comments for the continuing efforts and I really appreciate that.
Thanks also to No Kill Nation and Humane Watch for continuing to share the posts on the Alabama 44. Their support has helped get a lot more eyeballs on the story and kept it from fading away. Slogging away at a story for months is not sexy and there is a real danger of people losing interest. I am grateful to both No Kill Nation and Humane Watch for sticking with it and helping to make sure there will ultimately be accountability for what has happened to these dogs.
To all those on Twitter who have been kind enough to tweet and retweet about the AL 44 – thank you. The life of a tweet is extremely short so any and all help spreading the word on these dogs is most valuable.
I also very much appreciate the shelters who have been kind enough to tell me the status of the dogs they took and give me updates. Although I feel bad about the way these dogs were mishandled at the outset by HSUS, it is comforting to know that at least some of them went to caring groups who are getting them into new homes.
Finally, a request: I am still trying to find out what happened to the 10 dogs that Nashville Humane took from HSUS. I’d like to know if any are alive and if so, whether they are available for adoption. If they are dead, I’d like to know the details. Nashville Humane says they don’t have the dogs “right now” but won’t explain what that means and referred me to HSUS for more info. HSUS won’t say where the dogs are or even if they are alive. Could you take a few minutes to contact some members of the HSUS Board (Humane Watch has e-mail addresses for some of them and I’m pasting those below) as well as the folks at Nashville Humane to inquire about the 10 dogs? Please make your inquiries polite and succinct.
HSUS Board Members:
Peter A. Bender
Neil B. Fang
Judy J. Peil
Mary Pat Boatfield
|Facility Operations Manager
|Director of Programs & Services
|Event and PR Manager
|ROVER Project Coordinator
|Pet Services Supervisor
|Pet Services Representatives
|Animal Care Supervisor
Walter James, III