PETA Statement: Puppies Pay the Price for Shelter Intake Fees

For Immediate Release:
February 28, 2019

David Perle 202-483-7382

Riverside County, Calif. – Below, please find a statement from PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange regarding the eight puppies who were abandoned outside the Ramona Humane Society in Riverside County, California:

When shelters charge intake fees, it’s the animals who end up paying the price. This shelter charges a minimum of $80 to take in an animal, so this litter of puppies could have cost those who abandoned the dogs $640, which is a huge deterrent to doing the right thing. This is exactly why PETA supports spay/neuter mandates and urges shelters to accept all animals in need without waiting lists or surrender fees, which can prompt desperate people to turn animals loose to fend for themselves, relegate them to a backyard, or even drown or kill them in other horrible ways.

PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way,” and the group opposes speciesism, a supremacist worldview. More information is available at

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