Thursday, April 21, 2011

Deception, Lies, Suffering - The "No Kill" Peyton Place

Every week now you can find news stories regarding the cruelty of "No Kill" shelters. These shelters/rescues seem to be falling like flies. The media doesn't really help bring the truth to light because, like most people, they think anyone who helps animals has to be the salt of the earth, a wondrous person, a monument to humanity. Thus you will always read the phase, "she/he had a good heart and just became overwhelmed". I say bullshit to that. When you are seeing those animals daily, suffering, dying, it is a little more than being overwhelmed. Decisions are made to keep these animals in this condition. And what about other rescues, many of whom know each other and what the other does? They don't report it either because they fear retaliation or it will make them all look bad. So the deception of the humane community itself contributes to the suffering of animals.

This link,, with a connecting story here:,  has a very popular shelter having to answer about their euthanasia. What is it actually saying when it refers to animals being there for years? Imagine a dog confined in a small kennel with maybe 20 minutes a day interacting with a human? Read between the lines. They don't euthanize "adoptable" animals, but what makes an animal unadoptable? Years of confinement for one thing. A dog or cat can be adoptable at the beginning but after long lengths, their personalities, their demeanor changes and suddenly they aren't very appealing any more. And more confinement is all they can ever see in a "No Kill". How humane is that? I call it torture.

Or how about those who aren't adoptable but according to "No Kill" can be saved anyway via means of  sanctuaries? This description of one of those sanctuaries just came to my attention. I invite you to visit their website and look at the pictures. Ask yourself if this would be what you want for your pets. If the answer is no, then you should be against the "No Kill" movement.

Paralyzed animals denied wheelchair carts and dragging themselves until they developed bleeding wounds; animals whose bladders should be expressed every few hours kept in the same diaper for up to two days until they urinated on themselves and suffered urine scald; severely dehydrated animals denied access to water; animals confined to crates, bathrooms, and even a bathtub that they could not climb out of; animals denied treatment for pain, seizures, tumors, open wounds, respiratory infections, eye infections, ear infections, mouth and gum infections, and skin infections; crowded conditions so stressful that fights broke out daily ... those are just some of the horrors that PETA's undercover investigator found at Angel's Gate (AG), a self-proclaimed "hospice and rehabilitation center" for animals in Delhi, N.Y., founded and operated by Susan Marino.

AG takes in "special needs" animals from all over the United States and promises unsuspecting people that the animals will "live out their days in peace, dignity and love." PETA's photos and video show anything but. We found that Angel's Gate was a chaotic hellhole where animals whose conditions required special, individualized, round-the-clock care were deprived of basic necessities and quality of life.

Despite claiming to provide "hospice care" and "rehabilitation" to hundreds of animals, AG does not have a veterinarian on staff. PETA's investigation found that most animals were denied veterinary care for a variety of ailments, from simple to terminal. Our investigator discovered the following:

•An elderly Chihuahua named Malcolm suffered terribly for about two weeks before he finally died—anemic, lethargic, thin, dehydrated, and unable to balance, walk, or even eat.
•PETA's investigator found medication that had been prescribed for Shifty, a bulldog suffering from seizures, and Tucker, a dog with hydrocephalus, untouched almost a week after a veterinarian had dispensed them.
•PETA's investigator repeatedly brought to Marino's attention the respiratory distress of a miniature horse named Mimi, who was denied veterinary care for days before she finally died. More than four months after Mimi's death, Marino still solicited sponsorship donations for Mimi's care on AG's website.
The animals at Angel's Gate need your help today!

PETA has turned over evidence to the Delaware County District Attorney's Office. Please join us in thanking District Attorney Richard Northrup Jr. for investigating AG and click here to politely urge him to ensure that the animals there get immediate help and to consider filing cruelty-to-animals charges against Marino.

"No Kill" is what needs to be euthanized. It doesn't recognize the consequences and those consequences are causing needless suffering. These are but two examples in a long, long list.

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