Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post
the floor and black mold covered the walls of a house that held 34 cats—many of
them hungry, thirsty, and sick. Some animals were hunched over in tiny cages,
covered with their own excrement. Even the beds of the humans who lived there
had feces on them. Dogs and chickens were found outdoors without any food.
like something you might see on Confessions: Animal Hoarding, right? Surprisingly (or
perhaps not so surprisingly) this
hellhole—raided a few days before Christmas by Harrison County, Indiana, animal
control—billed itself as a no-kill animal shelter called "Frisky Felines Foundation."
similar cases have made headlines in just the past few months. In September,
the SPCA of Upstate New York seized 68 animals from Peaceable Kingdom Animal Rescue, a no-kill facility. The animals were emaciated, dehydrated,
and suffering from mange, eye infections, dental problems, diarrhea, and other
health issues that appeared to have gone untreated.
investigation of Angel's
Gate, Inc., a self-proclaimed animal "hospice and rehabilitation
center" in Delhi, New York, revealed that paralyzed
themselves until they developed bleeding sores, animals were denied veterinary
care (one dog suffered with
an infected, rotten, broken jaw),
crowded conditions were so stressful that fights erupted daily, and animals were kept in
urine-soaked diapers for days at a time, resulting in urine scald.
Angel's Gate promised
unsuspecting people that "special needs animals" would "live out their
days in peace, dignity and love." Although
its founder and operator, Susan Marino, now faces charges of cruelty to animals
and criminal possession of a controlled substance, hundreds of animals remain
in her hands—a situation that you can help change.
This elderly, weak Chihuahua—given to Marino by an animal
shelter—suffered terribly without veterinary treatment for about two weeks
line between hoarders and no-kill facilities has always been a blurry one. After all, many no-kill
animal shelters' modus operandi is to avoid euthanasia at all costs,
even if it means caging animals for the rest of their miserable lives. But
thankfully, awareness is growing about the many ways in which the no-kill
philosophy promoted by Nathan
Winograd and others fails animals. Writer Phyllis
M. Daugherty explained the situation brilliantly in her recent Opposing Views column:
We all would
love to see an end of the need to euthanize behaviorally and physically sound
discarded pets, but there are just not enough homes to adopt them. Humane
euthanasia to relieve shelter overcrowding cannot be stopped just because it is
uncomfortable or unpopular without subjecting thousands of innocent animals to
suffering in packed kennels plagued with disease and injury or death from
attacks and fighting.
We must not allow them to be "rescued"
by those who are unprepared for or unable to provide for all their needs. We
also cannot, in the name of "No Kill" and in our rush to feel good
about having them "leave the shelter," release them into the hands of
someone who can sadistically watch them suffer and/or starve to death, often
with food available on the premises.
abundance of homeless animals in nearly every community makes it easy for hoarders
masquerading as rescue
facilities and sanctuaries
to acquire their victims. Spaying
or neutering even one dog or cat can prevent thousands of additional animals from
being born only to end up homeless, hoarded, or worse. It's also crucial to
support open-door animal shelters, which accept every animal in need and never
keep animals stored away like surplus merchandise.
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