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When Animals Need Rescuing From ‘Rescuers’

Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post | December 12, 2011

Authorities 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.

The 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.

Cases 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!

Avoiding 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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  • Kathleen says:

    @sholloway, lol…sorry for that going right over my head- it’s hard to catch what people mean on the internet sometimes 🙂

  • sholloway96 says:

    Kathleen, the home inspection comment was just sarcasm. I don’t actually believe we all should be subject to home inspections. That was a joke. I apologize for my dark humor. I am very grateful for people who do take action in rescuing animals from these dangerous hoarders. God bless them.

  • Nicole says:

    euthanasia is the humane killing of someone who is suffering from an incurable disease, no matter how painless it is, killing animals is never the right thing to do! Peta usually I support every word you say but I’m truly shocked at this blatant display of hypocrisy. Not one of these animals would choose to die, the answer is not killing dogs and cats, it is fundraising for animal shelters so that they can accommodate and care for homeless animals, and its also necessary to lower the volunteer age minimum at animal shelters in toronto. Fourteen and thirteen year olds want to help!

  • Kathleen says:

    @sholloway, I dont think it’s all of a sudden growing, but has always been a problem swept under the rug, in anycase, it needs to be kept in check but annual inspections lol?? I know I wouldn’t want some stranger inspecting my house that’s a total invasion of privacy, it’s a double edged sword I suppose. So what do we do? We need to rely on neighbors and intuition, I think too mamy times a call will be made to aspca, and then there is no checking into it cause there wasn’t enough calls made, I think maybe it has to start there. but I really feel for these animals and just want them to stop suffering it’s heartbreaking.

  • Cowgirl99 says:

    Would you rather just let them stay where they are? Would you rather let them be eaten day after day and hour after hour because the shelters werent good enough?????

  • sholloway96 says:

    Good grief hoarding seems to be such a growing problem. It’s like homeowners need to get annual state inspections of their houses just like car owners get annual car inspections. Maybe that’ll cut down on hoarding.