Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post
recently rescued 108
animals from three homes in
Duncanville, Texas, where
dogs and cats were found stacked in filthy, hair-encrusted, rusty cages and
confined to rooms in which urine and feces coated the floors—allegedly up to a foot deep. According to news
reports, the door to one room to which dogs were confined was sealed shut with
industrial tape and hidden behind a curtain, and the dogs had been deprived of
adequate food, water, and care.
woman responsible for these cats and dogs was apparently busy acquiring unadoptable
animals from at least one
local animal shelter
and running a "rescue" group.
like this are common and remind us how
animals suffer when people warehouse homeless dogs and cats for years—with no chance for them to run, play, or feel the
grass beneath their feet—as a "solution"
to quick and painless euthanasia. Animal shelters that
shirk their responsibility by handing over animals to anyone who says that they'll
take them—as shelters across the country are doing to make their euthanasia
rates look better in the face of pressure from the irresponsible snake-oil
salesmen who call themselves "no
kill" supporters—share the
blame for the suffering of animals at the hands of hoarders posing as "rescuers."
Beware, beware, beware!
euthanasia at all costs is not humane, and it is not a solution to the animal
overpopulation crisis. Until the flood of homeless animals is stopped through
spaying and neutering, euthanasia will remain a mercy for unadopted and
unadoptable animals. Spaying
and neutering are the keys to keeping
animals out of shelters—and out of "rescues"
that are worse than death.
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