SPCA STEALS ANIMALS
98 dogs SPCA confiscated from a one-woman, non-breeding rescue facility
were healthy, wagging, and well socialized. The
Arabian horses were sleek and healthy except for one aged
horse with eating problems.
Houston TX - As 20/20's John Stossel
points out in the televised "rescue"
situation, SPCA workers picked up the dogs and held them
close in their arms. Obviously there were
no “urine soaked” or “feces covered” dogs as had been
claimed in order to persuade the judge to issue the
warrants. What the report did not state was whether the same
judge issued repeated warrants, and what recourse injured
parties have. Will the judge
take action against the SPCA director or is she complicit?
The Texas ringleader was clearly using the
law to steal dogs from innocent owners and independent
rescue people. The story really played the emotions, from
sadness and sympathy for the owners, to outrage against the SPCA, and finally to fear in the minds of anyone who owns
more than a couple of registered animals.
The Arabian horse owner went to court and was able to get
back some of his valuable horses but most had been sold off,
on the spot, the day the SPCA swooped down on him with
buyers and a local TV crew. It was obviously an orchestrated
raid. The horses had been numbered with prepared sales
stickers According to the distraught owner, people took
their pick (for a price) of his precious, high quality
A big, smiling, soft-spoken
director led the raid executed by his volunteers and
uniformed animal control officers, pulling in with
expensive, glitzy enclosed SPCA embossed trailers that
proclaimed the “officialness” of his mission. His salary is
$80,000 per year. We assume he is his own not-for-profit and
therefore, raking in a lot of money through the sale of
confiscated purebred animals and donations.
Says Stossel "I thought they
were heroic animal rescuers, but some animal owners say they
act like petty tyrants, confiscating animals that aren't in
trouble. The SPCAs are not police agencies, but they are
given the authority to act like it. Animal owners tell us
SPCAs abuse their power to steal people's animals."
Hats Off to ABC for exposing
a powerful money-making racket that is more common than
anyone would have suspected. Stossel pointed out this was
not the NY based ASPCA. Grateful Letters to ABC would do no
Feb. 21, 2006 - HBO's Premier
Show America Undercover revealed the horror of "dog bunchers"
and USDA dealers who buy dogs from illegal sources and sell them to research labs
- if they survive.
One of the most notorious Class B
dealers-Martin Creek Kennels in Arkansas-is shown buying
and keeping dogs in excruciating violation of the USDA
Animal Welfare Amendment regulations after he was under
So much for PAWS - an amendment to
the AWA regulation - proven to be consistently and
Dogs were video taped in the
most inhumane conditions, starving, freezing, dying. Just
one heart-wrenching example of why PAWS will not change
anything except political futures and why TheDogPlace.org adamantly opposes PAWS and meaningless
regulations that do nothing to protect the animals.
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