HSUS and the Ongoing Campaign to Kill "Rescued" Bust Dogs

HSUS in their own words:

The results of dogfighting are heartbreaking, and it can be difficult to reject the pleas of potential adopters who have fallen in love with a seemingly friendly ex-fighter; to prevent such heartbreak, sheltered fighting dogs should be kept out of sight of the public.

Yes, hide the dogs – don’t let the community know that there are potentially adoptable dogs sitting on your shelter’s Death Row, waiting for their turn with the catch pole and the blue needle.

Unfortunately, euthanasia is the only responsible option for almost every animal rescued from this brutal bloodsport.

Almost every animal? Gorsh HSUS, don’t be so modest – you work to get every single animal “rescued” from dogfighting operations killed. Like you did in Louisiana. Like you did yesterday in North Carolina. Oh but before the dogs are killed, take a photo for the website so you can ask for money to help protect them from abuse.

Once dogs have been bred and trained to fight, they may become dangerous at any time in the future, killing or injuring another dog, cat, or even human. The cruel training inflicted upon these animals makes them unpredictable—and unsuitable for placement into new homes.

Understandably, dog lovers who aren’t aware of the sad facts of dogfighting may want to make up for the dogs’ tragic existence by taking them in and providing them with a better life. The best way to counteract public pressure from these well-meaning folks is to do a little educating. Help people understand that while these animals may seem friendly, all too often they are ticking time bombs.

Oh yes, please educate me HSUS. For example, what should have been done with the dogs seized from Michael Vick?

The Humane Society of the United States and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals recommended that Mr. Vick’s dogs be euthanized, but many animal rescue organizations urged the prosecutors to let the dogs live.

So who was right? Have any of the ticking time bombs gone off yet? How many cancer patients has Leo mauled so far? Now HSUS, don’t you feel ashamed?

HSUS, we are a compassionate nation of people who love pets and reserve euthanasia as a last resort for animals who are hopelessly suffering or deemed a danger to people by a qualified individual. Join us.

Update: News Release calling for common sense in the Wilkes Co, NC case.

Third Defendant in NC Pleads Guilty, All Dogs Ordered Killed

I posted on February 14 that the only thing keeping the 127 seized Pitbulls (plus newborn litters of pups) alive was that they were being held as evidence in the case of the third defendant in the dogfighting prosecution. Today, that case was closed:

Amanda Grace Lunsford, 25, the third and final defendant in the case, pleaded guilty this morning to a misdemeanor count of cruelty to animals.

Authorities wasted no time in seeking a judge’s order to kill all the dogs:

A Superior Court judge this morning ordered that 127 pit bulls seized in a raid of a breeder of fighting dogs should be euthanized.

Who to thank for this travesty?

Judge Ed Wilson entered the order after hearing arguments from Wilkes County officials, from the prosecutor and from The Humane Society of the U.S. that the dogs are dangerous and would pose a risk if adopted into homes. [emphasis=mine]

I don’t know anyone who donates money to Wilkes County authorities but I do know that lots of people donate to the HSUS, thinking they are helping animals. Ain’t that a damn shame?

I would cry, if I was a cryer. I’m not so I’ll just say a prayer instead:

As long as space remains,
As long as sentient beings remain,
Until then, may I too remain,
And dispel the miseries of the world.

State of NC Allows for Adoption of Seized Dogs

The 127 Pitbulls seized in Wilkes County, NC (and their many newborn pups) do not have to be killed by law even though John Goodwin of the HSUS says so. And even though Wilkes Animal Control Director Junior Simmons says so.

The state of North Carolina says different. Scroll down to nearly the bottom of this page to Article 6. Animal Subject to Illegal Treatment, (d):

In the event of forfeiture, the animal shelter may determine whether the animal is suitable for adoption and whether adoption can be arranged for the animal. The animal may not be adopted by the defendant or by any person residing in the defendant’s household. If the adopted animal is a dog used for fighting, the animal shelter shall notify any persons adopting the dog of the liability provisions for owners of dangerous dogs under Article 1A of Chapter 67 of the General Statutes. [emphasis=mine]

Best Friends still has an offer on the table for Wilkes County authorities:

Ledy VanKavage, Best Friends Senior Legal Analyst, has been in touch with North Carolina County Attorney Tony Triplett and Animal Control Director, Junior Simmons, to offer help and discuss alternatives to euthanasia. Best Friends is willing to send a certified applied behaviorist out to evaluate the dogs and puppies. Of those who do well, Best Friends will fund their sterilization and transportation to responsible rescue groups.

They’ve also got an action item:

Please contact each of the following individuals and respectfully ask them to accept Best Friends’ offer to arrange for behavior evaluations of the dogs, assistance with spay/neuter surgeries and placement of dogs that pass a stringent behavior evaluation.

Wilkes County Board of Commissioners
110 North Street
Wilkesboro, NC 28697
Phone: 336-651-7346

Wilkes County Attorney Tony Triplett
Vannoy, Colvard, Triplett & Vannoy
922 C Street
P.O. Box 1388
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659
Phone: 336-667-7201
Fax: 336-838-7250
E-mail: ttriplett@vannoylaw.com

District Attorney Tom Horner
500 Courthouse Drive Suite 2022
Wilkesboro, NC 28697
Phone: 336-667-6361or 667-2994

If you are a Wilkes County resident, please attend the Board of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, February 17 at 6:30 pm. Voice your concern, politely and respectfully, for the seized dogs and mention the NC state law allowing for adoption of these dogs. Remind the Board that every dog deserves a fair evaluation.

Write, fax, call. If you need assistance with composing a letter, let me know. I will help.

H/T BAD-RAP.

Guilty Pleas in NC Dogfighting Case, Action Needed to Save Dogs

The owner of the 127 Pitbulls seized in Wilkes County, NC in December did not meet a January 15 deadline to pay a $53,000 ransom boarding fee imposed by authorities and therefore forfeited rights to his dogs. At that point, the dogs became the property of the county:

If the dogs’ owner is found guilty, the dogs that were seized will be euthanized, county officials said.

The owner and his son have now pleaded guilty to felony dogfighting charges. Both have been sentenced but a third defendant in the case (Amanda Lunsford) is still waiting for a hearing. It is possibly the only thing keeping the seized dogs (and the many litters of pups born since) alive at this point:

Any decision about what to do with the dogs will be made after Ms. Lunsford’s case is resolved, Wilkes County Attorney Tony Triplett said this morning.

Best Friends still has an offer on the table for Wilkes County authorities:

Ledy VanKavage, Best Friends Senior Legal Analyst, has been in touch with North Carolina County Attorney Tony Triplett and Animal Control Director, Junior Simmons, to offer help and discuss alternatives to euthanasia. Best Friends is willing to send a certified applied behaviorist out to evaluate the dogs and puppies. Of those who do well, Best Friends will fund their sterilization and transportation to responsible rescue groups.

They’ve also got an action item:

Please contact each of the following individuals and respectfully ask them to accept Best Friends’ offer to arrange for behavior evaluations of the dogs, assistance with spay/neuter surgeries and placement of dogs that pass a stringent behavior evaluation.

Wilkes County Board of Commissioners
110 North Street
Wilkesboro, NC 28697
Phone: 336-651-7346

Wilkes County Attorney Tony Triplett
Vannoy, Colvard, Triplett & Vannoy
922 C Street
P.O. Box 1388
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659
Phone: 336-667-7201
Fax: 336-838-7250
E-mail: ttriplett@vannoylaw.com

District Attorney Tom Horner
500 Courthouse Drive Suite 2022
Wilkesboro, NC 28697
Phone: 336-667-6361or 667-2994

If you are a Wilkes County resident, please attend the Board of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, February 17 at 6:30 pm. Voice your concern, politely and respectfully, for the seized dogs and regarding the law requiring them to be killed. Remind the Board that every dog deserves a fair evaluation.

Action Alerts for Seized Dogs in Wilkes County

The owner of the 127 Pitbulls seized in Wilkes County, NC in December did not meet a January 15 deadline to pay a $53,000 ransom boarding fee imposed by authorities and therefore forfeited rights to his dogs. Wait, there’s more:

There are more than 127 dogs now, because several of the dogs have had litters. The dogs are being held at undisclosed locations because authorities say they are valuable evidence in a criminal investigation.

If the dogs’ owner is found guilty, the dogs that were seized will be euthanized, county officials said. County officials said they have never had puppies born to dogs that were seized. They will ask for a court ruling on the disposition of the puppies and the other dogs.

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Even if Faron [the owner] is acquitted, the dogs would still belong to the county if he doesn’t meet the deadline.

Nice little scheme you’re running there Wilkes County. Did ya think that up all by yourself?

The raid capped a three-year investigation by the Humane Society of the United States, in cooperation with Wilkes County authorities.

Oh. I see. So I suppose the HSUS will be providing some sort of guidance on what to do with these dogs?

John Goodwin, the manager of animal-fighting issues for the Humane Society of the United States, said yesterday that he couldn’t recall a case in which puppies were born to dogs after the dogs were seized. Still, he said, such puppies would probably be euthanized if the owner is convicted of dog fighting.

“It’s kind of tough with the puppies, because the characteristics that the dog fighters want are selected for by breeding,” he said.

He said that the Humane Society uses an expert who could evaluate the dogs and puppies if the county decides to have them evaluated.

Gee, thanks HSUS. From your previous record on Pitbull killing rescuing and the statements you’ve made regarding this case, I think we can kinda guess how your “expert” would evaluate these dogs. I assume the methods employed would be similar to those used by the Houston SPCA. That is: kill secretly, kill quickly, keep asking the public for money to “help” pets.

There is one hope to save some of the dogs. Best Friends has reached out to Wilkes County authorities:

Ledy VanKavage, Best Friends Senior Legal Analyst, has been in touch with North Carolina County Attorney Tony Triplet and Animal Control Director, Junior Simmons, to offer help and discuss alternatives to euthanasia. Best Friends is willing to send a certified applied behaviorist out to evaluate the dogs and puppies. Of those who do well, Best Friends will fund their sterilization and transportation to responsible rescue groups.

They’ve also got an action item:

Please contact each of the following individuals and respectfully ask them to accept Best Friends’ offer to arrange for behavior evaluations of the dogs, assistance with spay/neuter surgeries and placement of dogs that pass a stringent behavior evaluation.

Wilkes County Board of Commissioners
110 North Street
Wilksboro, NC 28697
Phone: 336-651-7346

Wilkes County Attorney Tony Triplett
Vannoy, Colvard, Triplett & Vannoy
922 C Street
P.O. Box 1388
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659
Phone: 336-667-7201
Fax: 336-838-7250
E-mail: ttriplett@vannoylaw.com

District Attorney Tom Horner
500 Courthouse Drive Suite 2022
Wilkesboro, NC 28697
Phone: 336-667-6361or 667-2994

If you are a Wilkes County resident, please attend the Board of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, February 3 at 5pm. Voice your concern, politely and respectfully, for the seized dogs and regarding the law requiring them to be killed. Remind the Board that every dog deserves a fair evaluation.

Pitbull News Roundup

B-More Bulldogs has more on the seizure of 127 pitbulls in the NC raid. The kennel owner, who has not yet had his day in court and has admitted no wrongdoing, is being forced to come up with more than $50K to pay the county for 60 days worth of “care” for his seized dogs. If he doesn’t fork over the cash in 5 business days, the dogs will be turned over to the county and, in accordance with county law, eventually killed. This is what’s passing for “justice” these days? Oh and thanks so much to the HSUS for “helping out” on this case. Helping to get more dogs killed that is.

Terrierman posts about proposed breed specific legislation in Montana.

In MA, animal control rescued dozens of pitbulls from an apartment without electricity/heat where they had been left in filthy crates. These dogs will be put up for adoption.

The man accused of cruelty in the OK case, where most of the dogs were killed by authorities with some saved by rescue groups, is out on bail. He is due in court next on January 16. BAD RAP has an update on some of the saved dogs.

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My neighbors, who own 6 Pitbulls, have a little boy who sometimes comes to the fence with his dogs. His two pups are so lovable and they both know I am a pushover for all the scritches they can manage through the hog fencing (their heads fit through easily). The other day when I was loving on both the pups, I told the kid how sweet they are. He replied, “Yup, I trained these two good.” Right on, kiddo.

127 Dogs Seized in NC Dogfighting Raid

A suspected dogfighting kennel was raided by authorities in McGrady, NC on December 10:

A man believed to be the owner of the operation and two others were arrested. Each was charged with one count of felony dog fighting and baiting; additional charges are pending.

Authorities found suspected dog fighting paraphernalia on the property and seized 127 dogs. Several dogs had scars consistent with dog fighting.

The apparent owner of the operation, Ed Faron, was previously convicted of dog fighting and is reportedly one of the 10 most influential figures in the underground dog fighting circuit.

If this guy gets convicted of dogfighting again, let’s hope he gets into the top 10 of some highly unpleasant category in prison. However, if it turns out that he is acquitted of all charges, let’s hope the authorities haven’t already killed all his dogs, a la the Houston SPCA and other so called “rescuers”. And in any case, I hope the dogs can live out the remainder of their lives with appropriate training, discipline, affection, food and shelter provided by a responsible, loving owner. Cos that’s what every dog deserves. But it’s hard to hold on to that hope:

“If the state wins the case, the dogs will be euthanized, as called for under the county’s Animal Control Ordinance, based on the dogs being trained and used for fighting,” [Wilkes Animal Control Director Junior Simmons] said, adding that the dogs were therefore considered dangerous.
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About half of the dogs were puppies.

Well crud.

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