Thursday, March 3, 2011

Rescue me from Rescue! How Refreshing!

The HSUS was called upon to rescue about 200 neglected dogs from an Alabama rescue group named (aptly?) "Dirty Sally's Pet Pals". This group offered animals for "adoption".  According to the on-scene veterinarian, the poor conditions included "skin infections, untreated wounds and other serious ailments." 
Hmm, well wounds and sometimes even skin infections can happen to even the most well-cared-for pets. And Other Serious Ailments such as????  Naturally we get the spiel about the "feces-ridden outdoor pens" and "chained to trees throughout the property". I'm here to tell  you that where there are dogs, there will be feces. And would they rather the dogs be allowed to roam the neighborhood?
Now don't get me wrong, I abhor inhumane treatment of animals, and perhaps this raid was justified. If so I am relieved that the animals maybe are REALLY being rescued this time. But after hearing the same rhetoric in news releases, that could literally apply to most ANY dog owner, one begins to develop a good, healthy skepticism.
One begins to wonder why, if the dogs were seriously ill, don't they just come on out and report the actual problems that are proven? If indeed there is any proof that is not trumped-up. And no, cuts and scrapes don't actually fit into the category of serious ailments. Neither do feces. I think most members of the animal kingdom normally do produce feces, right? Urine, too. And these bodily elimination products tends to eject from dogs at record speed when strangers nab them in a "rescue" situation.
And, as further evidence of how absurd the world turns.....most oppressive legislative edicts fully exempt shelters and rescue groups like "Dirty Sally's" from complying with provisions of humane care and treatment of animals.
The "intentions" of Dirty Sally's Pet Pals may have been good, the new report mentions. Yes, the public actually believes that the stated intent to "rescue" is always more honorable and decent than the intent to breed wonderful, healthy animals. And in some instances, "rescue" is just a novel means of capitalizing on the "adoption" fad. $$$$ . Not a bit different from any other criticism of "exploitation" of animals.
And how was the whole "Rescue from Rescue" funded? The HSUS just recently topped the chart in the Pepsi "Refresh" contest....The public voted for deserving "Charities" to receive cash prizes from Pepsi. Lo and behold, despite being notified that the HSUS is NOT a charity (the bulk of their huge cash stash is earmarked for legislative lobbying efforts), despite knowing that HSUS is being investigated by the IRS for tax fraud and also has a RICO suit filed against them by Ringling Bros, Pepsi awarded HSUS the grand prize of $250,000!
As the spouse of a former PepsiCo executive, I can attest to the fact that there are a lot of feces in the Pepsi corporate cage. Not at all "refreshing". Wouldn't buy their products on a bet, but the outcome of this Refresh contest certainly reinforces that decision!

1 comment:

  1. You can go on the Human Society's website and see a video of the "rescue." Ironically, the video talks about deplorable conditions but there are no feces on the ground to be seen anywhere. Many of the dogs have a lot of space to run around in. They have toys to play with.

    On criticisms of the facilities that is reasonable is that there were three water buckets with a lot moss in one spot but the video never demonstrated that there were no other buckets nearby with good fresh water or that the buckets were for the dogs. For all we know the pickets were for soaking plants or they were just left out and had been filled by rain. In addition to that, dogs have amazing immune systems.

    I watch the video and see a nice place for many dogs to live happy lives. But the Humane Society's workers are all reminded of how they were abused as children and they cannot help but project their own feelings onto the dogs. The link is below. I could go on about how many of the dogs are perfectly healthy but the audio of the link will show workers focused on perceived neglect.