HSPCA Killers Import CA Dogs

January 4, 2011

The HSPCA kills 20,500* every year... *Statistics are from the 2005 Mayor's Task Force report. Current statistics are not available for some shelters as they refuse to produce their kill rate statistics to the public.

Houston SPCA is amongst those who vehemently HIDE their kill rates and utterly refuse to provide follow up information on seized or otherwise acquired animals.  The animals that go to them simply disappear into a black hole after they've used them for feel good fund raising press.  Who knows how many they've KILLED in recent years as they've participated in increasing numbers of seizures and are still stonewalling any production of information on the animals.  But they are importing animals from California?

The Houston SPCA was offering a Texas-sized welcome Tuesday to 30 Chihuahuas and other small mixed-breed dogs who were sent to the Bayou City from the SPCA in Los Angeles.

"Whether it is saving animals from earthquakes, fires, or hurricanes or transporting exotic animals like Betsy Bear across the globe, the Houston SPCA has enjoyed a life-saving partnership with Continental Airlines and spcaLA. We are thrilled to be joining forces with these friends once again to give animals in need a chance at a new life in the great state of Texas," Patricia E. Mercer, President of the Houston SPCA, said.

Well, then, Pattie, you should damned well be willing to tell how many of the animals you take in are KILLED and WHY.  Pattie got her feel good press and I'll bet we never hear what happens to these dogs!

HSPCA has nearly the same policies as HSUS as far as I can tell except they do "some" care of animals.  It certainly appears that they take them in, evaluate, use them to fund raise, keep the quick easy sellers (to raise more money through sales), and KILL the rest.

Are You Enabling the Needless Killing of Shelter Pets?

YesBiscuit! has been raising the issue of needless killing for a long time and is currently focused on the HSUS "rescue" that resulted in disappeared and dead dogs.  But HSUS is far, far from being alone in the killing-in-the-name-of-rescue business.  Many local organizations, alleged "humane" and SPCA groups, have Rescued to Death at least hundreds if not thousands of animals.

At common law, a good Samaritan who steps in to help is held to the nominal standard of not doing what they know will cause further harm.  We should expect no less from those who "rescue" animals.  Snatching up animals from less than stellar homes in order to raise funds while knowing they will proceed to kill the ones that they can't sell is NOT rescue.  It is a form of profiteering.

If we are going to take personal property, animals, in the public's name under public laws; then the public has the right to know what happens to each and every one of those animals.  HSPCA and their brethren have an obligation to all of us to account for every animal taken in; particularly those taken in the public's name.  Period, no excuses, cough up the information.  No more feel good TV raids, no more "rescued from deplorable conditions" headlines without showing the end result of the "rescue".

Killing, no matter the method, is NOT humane if the animal was adoptable and there is no excuse for seized animals to be killed if they can be rehabilitated.  These groups were killing animals before they started seizing them from private owners and it is reasonable to assume that kill rates go up when they participate in seizures since they couldn't get them down without those additional animals coming through the door.

Whatever circumstances the seized animals were living in, they were ALIVE.

No group who is unwilling to account for animals should be permitted to participate in animal seizures, period. No group who isn't willing to commit to improved LIFE for animals should be participating in animal seizures, period.  That HSPCA who has KILLED hundreds of thousands of seized and other animals, healthy animals, and refuses to disclose information is now IMPORTING dogs (quite possibly to kill) is utterly bizarre in the extreme.

I can't imagine anyone who cares one whit about animals having an objection to disclosing what happens to them after they are seized or otherwise acquired by those who claim to be "rescuing" animals.  I am beyond thrilled to see some in the established animal rescue community openly asking what the term "rescue" means and questioning the use of the term in relation to dumping animals into kill situations, into death chambers.  I only wonder why it has taken so long; why that wasn't inherent from the beginning.

Rescue: "to free or deliver from confinement, violence, danger, or evil." Where does it say that rescue is to transfer from confinement, violence, danger, or evil TO confinement, violence, danger, evil or DEATH???

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Concealment is generally proof of criminal intent.

You are so right in your assumptions. But - get this - many of those "small breeds" were probably imported to LA from Mexico to begin with.

Objective: keep the numbers high, make seizures from places they can then trash further for video coverage - appear to be doing a great job - then kill because, of course, we're all so irresponsible!!!

Remember - union members need to retain their jobs.
Remember - H$U$ has an agenda and all of this publicity furthers it!IF we let them, we will be legislated into an animal-free world! SAD!!!

selling the valuable ones and slaughter the ones that have no value...that's animal rescue. Why don't they just rescue the hungry and the homeless people? I guess there's no money to be made there?

Anonymous #3 and everyone else, hold on a minute, all rescues are not like that. We are a small cat rescue and have yet to slaughter any cats. We had one humanely euthanized due to untreatable cancer and one humanely euthanized due to advanced renal failure. I hate it that these people give rescue a bad name but we are not all like that.

kelley,I was talking about the HSPCA here..keep doing what you're doing and more power to your organization. :)

Seems like Huston needs a new fundraiser with Animal Cops now gone...doesn't surprise me and makes me feel bad for animals that end up there.
Didn't I recently read how they had too many animals and need foster homes?!? Matter of fact, wasn't that on this blog where I read that?
These people never surprise me with what they will do to raise meney!!!

I'm one of the odd ones that believe many times it's better for the public and the animals to be put down. A huge pet peeve of mine is no kill shelters that try to adopt out aggressive dogs and sick dogs that aren't going to get any better.

With that being said, if you're going to steal people's animals, animals that at least had a home whether you believe it to be a suitable home or not, it had a home, you should not be stealing these animals just to kill them.

I wish just half the money that's being given to these groups for animals was given to humans and then maybe their wouldn't be kids going to bed tonight cold and hungry. It's sad to me that we have so many animal groups and animal shelters but fewer and fewer groups for the homeless and kids and fewer and fewer shelters for the homeless.

I overheard a woman the other day say about a dog with a homeless man, "oh that poor dog it looks half starved, someone should take it away from that man and throw him in jail for starving that poor dog." As I kind of have a problem with saying what I think instead of biting my tongue, I asked her, "So you have no sympathy for the man who also looks half starved and cold? A human has no home, no job, no bed, a ragged coat, looks like he hasn't had a meal in a long time, probably has nothing to call his own but the dog. But you can only see the dog and would take away the only thing he has? No wonder this country is going to hell with people who show more concern for an animal than a human."

Shelly - surely you jest. There is no end to the numbers of organizations, foundations, shelters, churches, soup kitchens, schools, judges, politicians, kind people, etc. that pay out tremendous sums of money and volunteer time each year to help homeless and down-on-their luck people. That does not even include the laws and ordinances in place that protect them at every turn. More power to them.

However, you would begrudge the totally helpless animals that suffer daily at the hands of our fellow human beings - the relatively miniscule help they receive from the relatively few human beings that seek to help them?

People hit a dog with their car and leave it injured, suffering and dying in the street - happens all the time. They go their merry way with no consequence whatsoever. What do you suppose would happen if a person were hit by that same person and left in the street?

My colleague and I were at the house of a sadistic genetic accident yesterday, begging him to sell us his dog or please, please quit abusing it. The poor dog, blood coming off of its lip and out of its ear, was cowering in a corner and just to show us that it was his property and he could do what he wanted - the creep went over and kicked it as hard as he could in front of us. The dog's cries caused us to turn and leave - drove directly to the police dept and begged for help for the dog. The mother of this cretin wanted to testify about what he had been doing to the dog its whole life. Animal Control came to the police dept - the police talked to us. Guess what - nothin' they could/would do. NOTHING! Had that been a child we were reporting - how fast do you think the squad cars would have arrived?

Tell me again how unfair it is that the animals get all the help. Jesus God!!!!!

PJ,

These two paragraphs speak volumes. May I repost them in my many rantings? And do you wish specific credit for them when I'm using them? If I can use them, I will use whatever credit (or not) you wish.

At common law, a good Samaritan who steps in to help is held to the nominal standard of not doing what they know will cause further harm. We should expect no less from those who "rescue" animals. Snatching up animals from less than stellar homes in order to raise funds while knowing they will proceed to kill the ones that they can't sell is NOT rescue. It is a form of profiteering.
If we are going to take personal property, animals, in the public's name under public laws; then the public has the right to know what happens to each and every one of those animals. HSPCA and their brethren have an obligation to all of us to account for every animal taken in; particularly those taken in the public's name. Period, no excuses, cough up the information. No more feel good TV raids, no more "rescued from deplorable conditions" headlines without showing the end result of the "rescue".



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