The Alabama 44: This is Not a Rescue
March 1, 2011
An update on the Alabama 44.
Status: Alive (29 dogs)
10 dogs at PAWS Atlanta in GA – Laura has been keeping me updated which I really appreciate. Morgan, Grandin, Cora (now Sari), Imogen and Driscol have been adopted. The other 5 dogs are listed for adoption on their website.
3 dogs at New Leash on Life in Wilson Co, TN – all have been adopted
3 dogs transferred from Lincoln Co Animal Services in NC to Humane Society of Charlotte. Bear Bear and Chow Phat have been adopted. Chester is not currently on the website because the shelter is working to get him ready for adoption. His listing will be put back on the site as soon as he’s ready. Merry’s litter of five pups, born in foster care, will be available for adoption in future although due to health issues, one is going to stay with the foster owner indefinitely. (See below for info on Merry.)
2 dogs transferred from Lincoln Co Animal Services to Charlotte-Mecklenburg shelter in NC. Their kill rate is about 65%. Both dogs listed on Char-Meck’s site – Daisy (ID#A0797513) and Markus (ID#A0797514 ). I called “311″ for Char-Meck Co on February 6 and was told both dogs were still there, still unavailable for adoption and still kenneled in “DDTF” – Dangerous Dogs Task Force, which is basically an isolation ward.
7 dogs left at the Nashville Humane Association in TN – 1 was adopted, per the attorney for Nashville Humane and 6 others were sent to a prison program with the goal of adopting them out eventually, per the attorney for Nashville Humane.
Status: Lost (2 dogs)
1 dog – Merry – transferred from Lincoln Co Animal Services in NC to Humane Society of Charlotte, escaped from her foster owner in January 2011.
1 dog lost in TN. Kendall escaped from her New Leash on Life foster home in December 2010 and hasn’t been found.
Status: Confirmed or Presumed Dead (13 dogs)
4 dogs at Lincoln Co Animal Services in NC – Murray, Harry, Buddy and dog #38805 were put in the gas chamber on 12-13-10. Confirmed.
3 puppies at Humane Society of Etowah Co in AL – 2 of the pups were less than 10 weeks old and came in very sick. Parvo was suspected and both were euthanized very soon after arrival. They were the youngest of the group of 44 and the only 2 who appeared to be sick. Jeri was at the shelter until February 28, 2011 when she was killed to free up space for a dog deemed more adoptable. The shelter had made efforts to socialize Jeri but she continued to be fearful of people. Confirmed.
3 dogs left at the Nashville Humane Association in TN. Per their attorney, evaluations of the dogs determined “that these three were not candidates for eventual adoption”. Confirmed.
3 dogs remain unaccounted for and, although I’m still looking for them, I am presuming they were killed since HSUS refuses to say what happened to them despite numerous inquiries. If any rescue group or shelter has (or had) these three dogs and would like to share information about them, I am more than happy to correct the record accordingly. Presumed.
There is no way anyone can convince me these 13 (10 confirmed and 3 presumed) dead dogs are better off now than they were at their home. Why did HSUS send these dogs, which they knew had special needs, to places that don’t have the resources to provide the kind of care they obviously needed? There was no pressing need to remove these dogs swiftly and secretly. They could have been sheltered in place until appropriate arrangements were made for their care.
This is not a rescue. HSUS can try to evade questions and spin things to their advantage as they fundraise off their supposed good rescue works but the truth will out. Next time you see a press release from HSUS touting their “rescue” of a large number of dogs, remember the Alabama 44. And the Wilkes Co Pitbulls. And the 265 dogs illegally seized in SD.
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