For me, nothing is likely to eclipse Atlanta reporter Randy Travis trying to force his way through a so-called humane society door being actively shut on him as he attempts to access dog kennels where he knows healthy dogs are being needlessly killed. That was gold. But this is definitely a good one.
Miami reporter Todd Tongen received a tip that dogs were sick with several different illnesses at the Humane Society of Greater Miami. He went to the facility and the director and chief veterinarian Maureen Swan were both there to greet him with big smiles, reassuring him that it was all a big misunderstanding, and all they had was a few dogs with regular old colds in iso. Oh and he was given the grand tour, including the isolation area.
When a tipster sent him medical records on a dog named Red after he returned from the facility, he decided to go right back:
“You told me there were not any cases of Pasturella or MRSA,” Local 10’s Todd Tongen said to Dr. Swan.
“There is not,” Swan responded.
“That is your name right there, Dr. Swan,” Tongen said, showing the doctor a copy of the report obtained by Local 10. “Clearly a dog named Red came back positive for MRSA and Pasturella. The date is two days ago.”
At that point Dr. Swan suggested they go talk “off camera.”
In hindsight, maybe you shouldn’t give a tour of the place to an investigative reporter when lying about having dogs with illnesses transmittable to humans. That’s the kind of thing that tends to piss people off.
Watch the video.
(Thank you Clarice for the link.)
6 thoughts on “Humane Society of Greater Miami: O, what a tangled web we weave!”
WOW thanks for sharing
So…where’s Red? How did he get MRSA? Surely tracking down the vector is important since he may have gotten it from a human who may need medical help?
MRSA and pasteurella are not viruses they are bacteria
Why no isolation and treatment? ? We do it for killerd, rapists, sexual predators!
I don’t understand what the big deal is. Why should the H.S. of Miami advertise they have sick dogs? At least they aren’t killing every dog that sneezes like MAS. They are giving them a chance at survival & adoption when cured.
Some reporters will blow up a booger if it gets ratings & that’s all I see the reporter doing here.
Advertise? No. Inform. Yes. Tell the truth when asked? Yes. Also, I have no information on what animals they kill there.