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Humane society responsible for killing over 70 healthy puppies in N. Carolina
Best Friends Animal Rescue ^ | 2/19/09 | P. Barnett

Posted on 02/20/2009 7:57:53 PM PST by barnieca

Coalition challenges Humane Society ‘outdated’ policy (Killing Puppies)

Dear readers, we know that this story is difficult. Best Friends feels as you do that animal welfare organizations are more effective when we get along and work together. In this case we felt it was important to draw public attention to HSUS?s policy on dogs from fighting busts because its clout and its relationships with law enforcement informs and justifies state and local animal control policies. The court-ordered destruction of 145 dogs, including about 75 puppies, which were seized from a fighting dog breeding operation in December, was based on the faulty assumption that all dogs seized in dog-fighting related busts should arbitrarily be deemed dangerous and euthanized.

The decision to kill the dogs was supported by the largest animal welfare organization in the country, the Humane Society of the United States. Representatives of HSUS testified in Wilkes County Superior Court that the dogs had to be destroyed because they had been “bred for generations to be aggressive.”

HSUS reasserted its outdated policy, written more than 20 years ago: “Any dog who has been specifically bred or conditioned for fighting, or for which there is evidence that the dog has been used for fighting should not be placed for adoption by an animal shelter but humanely euthanized as soon as legally possible.”

A Best Friends Animals Society-led coalition offered resources to the county for evaluation, spay/neuter, and support in finding homes for qualified dogs. These animal welfare organizations, which have extensive experience with rescued fighting dogs, urged Wilkes County to accept their offer of support for an alternative approach, such as was used in the Michael Vick case.

The coalition includes BAD RAP (Bay Area Doglovers Responsible About Pit Bulls), Animal Farm Foundation, Villa Lobos Rescue Center, Downtown Dog Rescue, The Sula Foundation and Our Pack.

Although the coalition applauds much of the work the HSUS, a leader in the animal welfare community, has done on behalf of animals, it is disheartened and shocked it would testify in court for the automatic destruction of puppies and dogs who had not been given the opportunity to be evaluated as individuals.

"The Michael Vick dogs have proven how antiquated this approach is," said Ledy VanKavage, an attorney with Best Friends Animal Society.

In 2006, HSUS advocated that all of the dogs from the Michael Vick dog fighting case be put down for the same reasons they used when recommending the killing of the Wilkes County pit bulls. In that case, a federal court appointed a Special Master to oversee the evaluation of Vick’s dogs, all of which were adults. Many of the Vick dogs are now in adoptive homes, and at least two of the so-called “aggressive fighting dogs” are therapy dogs that visit hospitals to cheer up ailing patients.

“The coalition members and their supporters are urging HSUS to revaluate this policy and apply a more progressive approach that reflects the lessons learned by the animal welfare groups in the coalition, as well as other organizations that work directly with dogs,” VanKavage said.

Written by Best Friends staff Photos by Gary Kalpakoff

As part of Best Friends’ 25th anniversary in 2009, our goal is to double our membership, so we can double our efforts to bring about a time when all companion animals have a forever home. What can you do to help? Give the Gift of a Best Friends membership to family and friends.

Coalition Contacts

Best Friends Animal Society http://www.bestfriends.org Barbara Williamson, (435) 689-0200 (cell) or barbara@bestfriends.org John Polis, (435) 644-2001, ext. 4858, or johnp@bestfriends.org

Animal Farm Foundation http://www.animalfarmfoundation.org Stacey Coleman, (845) 868-7559 or scoleman@animalfarmfoundation.org

BAD RAP http://www.badrap.org Donna Reynolds, (510) 441-6461 or donna@badrap.org

Downtown Dog Rescue http://www.downtowndogrescue.org Lori Weise, (213) 448-9961 or lori@modernica.net

Our Pack http://www.ourpack.org/ Marthina McClay, (408) 460-4244 or marthina@ourpack.org

The Sula Foundation http://www.sulafoundation.org Ken Foster, (504) 613-7370 or kenrfoster@gmail.com

Villa Lobos Rescue Center http://www.vrcpitbull.com/home.htm Tia Maria Torres, (661) 268-0555 or tiamaria@vrcpitbull.com


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KEYWORDS: humanesociety; kills; puppies
The only thing more disgusting that killing a puppy is killing an innocent human being. The HSUS has proven themselves only to be concerned about power and money. There is nothing Humane about puppy killing - and people were outraged over the Marine throwing a puppy over a cliff. This was the intentional killing of over 70 innocent, harmless puppies.
1 posted on 02/20/2009 7:57:53 PM PST by barnieca
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To: barnieca

Their goal is to double membership?


2 posted on 02/20/2009 8:01:35 PM PST by allmost
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To: barnieca

And what about the irresponsible dog owners that do not get their dogs fixed so this kind of wasteful puppy-cide does not have to take place??? People are basically the problem.


3 posted on 02/20/2009 8:01:51 PM PST by EagleUSA
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To: barnieca
I will find a "buddy" for my little girl. Photobucket
4 posted on 02/20/2009 8:03:46 PM PST by He who knoweth not his name
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To: barnieca

Welcome to FR, maybe.

i didn’t see anything in there about a Marine throwing a puppy off a cliff. Where are you getting that from?


5 posted on 02/20/2009 8:04:29 PM PST by BykrBayb (May God have mercy on our souls. ~ Þ)
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To: EagleUSA

Why don’t they abort those unwanted puppies, are they more valuable than humans?


6 posted on 02/20/2009 8:05:41 PM PST by mathurine
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To: barnieca

There are some pet shelters that barely have enough healthy animals for adoption. Why can’t they just ship them there?


7 posted on 02/20/2009 8:13:50 PM PST by Soothesayer (The United States of America Rest in Peace November 4 2008)
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To: barnieca

What do you expect them to do? Stack them up like cordwood? In HSUS shelters alone, approximately 3-4 million cats and dogs are euthanized every year. It’s a shame, but no one wants these animals.


8 posted on 02/20/2009 8:14:29 PM PST by Kirkwood
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To: barnieca
Many of the Vick dogs are now in adoptive homes, and at least two of the so-called “aggressive fighting dogs” are therapy dogs that visit hospitals to cheer up ailing patients.

Remind me not to send Gramps to that hospital...

9 posted on 02/20/2009 8:27:19 PM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: barnieca
The court-ordered destruction of 145 dogs, including about 75 puppies, which were seized from a fighting dog breeding operation in December, was based on the faulty assumption that all dogs seized in dog-fighting related busts should arbitrarily be deemed dangerous and euthanized.

These were pit bulls, the court made a sound decision.

10 posted on 02/20/2009 8:38:25 PM PST by org.whodat (Auto unions bad: Machinists union good=Hypocrisy)
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To: barnieca

You are truly the most stupid person, and have posted the most low intellect post I have ever seen on FR..........


11 posted on 02/20/2009 8:39:35 PM PST by Thinkin
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To: barnieca; girlangler

Wayne Pacelle, the president of the HSUS, has admitted openly that his goal is a petless, meatless society. These people went to New Orleans after Katrina with $100 million and so far as anyone has been able to determine, they did not rescue or rehome a single animal; the purpose was just to accumulate more donations to finance their efforts to take our beloved animals away from us.


12 posted on 02/20/2009 8:52:42 PM PST by ottbmare (Ein reich, ein volk, ein Obama!)
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To: org.whodat

You are an evil, evil person org.whodat.

I have 3 pitbulls and they are all angels. did you not hear about Michael Vick’s dogs??? All but one of 120 were able to be resocialized.

There is always a demand for puppies. It’s pure evil what the “Humane” Society Did.

If you agree with me, please write and condemn them.


13 posted on 02/20/2009 8:53:15 PM PST by barnieca (It' s a trick..)
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To: barnieca; familyop
Thug Dawgs Die,,,? Image and video hosting by TinyPic Image and video hosting by TinyPic GOOD!...Pffffffttttt!
14 posted on 02/20/2009 8:53:48 PM PST by 1COUNTER-MORTER-68 (THROWING ANOTHER BULLET-RIDDLED TV IN THE PILE OUT BACK~~~~~)
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To: Thinkin
You are truly the most stupid person, and have posted the most low intellect post I have ever seen on FR..........

Would you be good enough to clarify your very interesting point here? Upon what precisely do you base your assertion that the poster is "the most stupid person"? In what way is her post "the most low-intellect post" you have ever seen on FR? Specifics, please. It would be helpful if you could provide substantive refutation for the points advanced in the original post.

15 posted on 02/20/2009 8:57:22 PM PST by ottbmare (Ein reich, ein volk, ein Obama!)
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To: org.whodat
These were pit bulls, the court made a sound decision.

If you step on a scorpion when he is small, he won't ever get big.

16 posted on 02/20/2009 9:31:43 PM PST by CurlyDave
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To: barnieca

Um, a NONISSUE if ever I have heard of one. They should shut down the humane society and put up a homeless shelter for elderly people. I’m more concerned with the welfare of human beings rather than spending resources worrying about some stupid animal. The humane society is a good place to go if you want a pet, but this insane idea that every dog and cat in the world needs to be given welfare is just silly. I think too many wingnuts out there care more about animals then they do humans. It’s just SICK.


17 posted on 02/20/2009 9:50:22 PM PST by Force of Truth (Sarah Palin in 2012!!!!!! WOOOHOOOOO!!!!!!!!!)
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To: barnieca

Um, and speaking of Vick and pitbulls, aren’t pitbulls dangerous violent dogs? Don’t they routinely attack children and maim them for life? Are not even the most pampered pups liable to snap at any moment and attack their masters? I don’t really see the point at getting upset over the killing of an animal that is hardwired to attack and kill at any given moment. Do you remember the 200 lb killer chimp? Wasn’t that a huge mistake the crazy owner made to let that stinking animal sleep in her same bed and drink her wine? The filthy thing ended up doing what it was hardwired to do: act like an animal. The filthy animal killed her friend. I’m more concerned with animal rights nuts going out of control like they are right now. I think they should turn the humane society into a jail for nutty animal rights activists. No more simplistic kneejerk reactions please. Priorities must be reevaluated.


18 posted on 02/20/2009 10:01:45 PM PST by Force of Truth (Sarah Palin in 2012!!!!!! WOOOHOOOOO!!!!!!!!!)
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To: Force of Truth

The filthy animal killed her friend.
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I think that Lady is still alive,,,ain’t sure,,,

The way she was mauled is just what happens during a

Thug-Dawg attack,,,

Face ripped off and most of both hands IIRC,,,

Her bill will run into the millions,,,Think Taxpayers$$$...


19 posted on 02/20/2009 10:17:20 PM PST by 1COUNTER-MORTER-68 (THROWING ANOTHER BULLET-RIDDLED TV IN THE PILE OUT BACK~~~~~)
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To: barnieca
Please Pray for the Unborn
 
And how many babies were killed today through abortion?
 

20 posted on 02/20/2009 10:22:59 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: 1COUNTER-MORTER-68

Yep. According to the posted piece, the Humane Society put a lot of wrongfully bred trash down. Pit bulls have to go, and they will go. Their cowardly owners are most often too afraid to do physical harm without their little monsters doing it for them.


21 posted on 02/20/2009 11:06:36 PM PST by familyop (combat engineer (combat), National Guard, '89-'96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote, http://falconparty.com/)
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To: Salvation
"And how many babies were killed today through abortion?"

The grubby pagan chicks who've owned pit bulls around my area often had abortions...and drugs...and way too many dog-like humans coming and going. ...typical.


22 posted on 02/20/2009 11:09:22 PM PST by familyop (combat engineer (combat), National Guard, '89-'96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote, http://falconparty.com/)
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To: barnieca
"There is nothing Humane about puppy killing..."

It's humane to kill dangerous animals that will rip kids' faces off, if those animals are allowed to live. And it's common knowledge that criminals get pit-bull-like dogs to do that for them.


23 posted on 02/20/2009 11:18:52 PM PST by familyop (combat engineer (combat), National Guard, '89-'96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote, http://falconparty.com/)
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To: 1COUNTER-MORTER-68
I think that Lady is still alive,,,ain’t sure,,,

Nope. The police called the body in as a man. Not even recognizable. Who is the bigger monster the killer chimp or the psycho owner? I'm still mulling over that one.

24 posted on 02/20/2009 11:43:30 PM PST by Force of Truth (Sarah Palin in 2012!!!!!! WOOOHOOOOO!!!!!!!!!)
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To: familyop
Roger Dat!!!

Update : Thugs next door have been carved down to 4 left

in the yard!!! Down from near 40 or so,,,

But,,,When I took Harley out to pee just before dark the

biggest and most vicious male ran to the end of his

login’chain,,,Harley gave him back his Big Dawg GRRRRRRRR!!!

And turned back to look at me,,,

“Are You Still There With The GUN?!?!”,,,

Thug now goes and hides in the house when he sees me,,, Must be that open carry law,,,;0) Got em’ on the run...;0)

25 posted on 02/21/2009 12:00:27 AM PST by 1COUNTER-MORTER-68 (THROWING ANOTHER BULLET-RIDDLED TV IN THE PILE OUT BACK~~~~~)
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To: Force of Truth
Nope. The police called the body in as a man. Not even recognizable. Who is the bigger monster the killer chimp or the psycho owner? I'm still mulling over that one.
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Last I heard(Fox?) she was taken to another hospital in a

jet,,,(thread somewhere)

I know she is in real bad shape,,,(hands and face gone)

She fought that SOB off for 12 min.

I would rather be dead myself than torn apart like she was.

It's that crazy-ass woman's fault 100%,,,

IMO she should go down for LIFE!!!

SHE is the one that took baths/slept with and made a damn

Monkey her Boyfriend(fed him lobster and wine),,,SICKO!!!

Same for any thug-dawg owner who's POS bread does the very

same thing to people,,,

IIRC 2-3% of dawgs(thug-dawgs) commit 65% of the maulings

and deaths in this country,,,(2008),,,

Ya’ know what ALL of them(owners) have in common ?!

“He's A GOOD BOY,,,HE WON'T BITE.”,,,BullShiiTe Sez Me!!!

(read what the nOOb posted)...

26 posted on 02/21/2009 12:49:18 AM PST by 1COUNTER-MORTER-68 (THROWING ANOTHER BULLET-RIDDLED TV IN THE PILE OUT BACK~~~~~)
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To: 1COUNTER-MORTER-68
"Must be that open carry law,,,;0) Got em’ on the run...;0)"

Open carry laws are very important. If a mauling happens in a city or other jurisdiction where open carry is discouraged by legalistic threats, I'll blame the judicial people as much as the drug-addicted pit bull owners. If I'm ever a witness to a mauling in such a jurisdiction, I'll offer to testify against the government(s) on behalf of the victims (besides turning the pit bull into a mess by Medieval methods).


27 posted on 02/21/2009 1:14:35 AM PST by familyop (combat engineer (combat), National Guard, '89-'96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote, http://falconparty.com/)
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To: 1COUNTER-MORTER-68

NO yeah. You are right. She’s still breathing. I can’t believe it. That’s what I get for watching the news on NBC. I always get screwed. They made it look like she was dead. I need to keep to my trusted sources. Yeah, they are putting her face together right now. Wow. You heard that story about the cats overrunning the house right? Well I painted a house for some guy who was flipping a house. It had been overrun by cat spray and piss. It’s the sickest smell and the walls had this think brown coating. He had to use this special chemical and do all this stuff to get it out. You can still smell from the subflooring. And thing was this guy had this stupid mutt he let run around his house. The stupid thing would crap and piss on the floor. Watch you step. INSANE MAN!!!!


28 posted on 02/21/2009 4:07:00 AM PST by Force of Truth (Sarah Palin in 2012!!!!!! WOOOHOOOOO!!!!!!!!!)
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To: barnieca
LOL, there is no reason to allow the existence of such an animal, born and raised for hundreds of years to kill other animals for sport.

Buy yourself a gerbil. They have never been know to attack and kill anyone.

29 posted on 02/21/2009 7:18:37 AM PST by org.whodat (Auto unions bad: Machinists union good=Hypocrisy)
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