HSUS disaster response expanding with rescues and transports

Our teams on the ground are assisting with assessments of damage and need, and with rescue efforts. Photo by Anthony Rathbun/AP Images for The HSUS

The broadcast images are telling. A hovering Coast Guard helicopter lifts a family from a rooftop, 150 feet into the air, and then safely out of danger. The family includes a husband and wife couple in their late 50s or 60s and their two Boston Terriers, who seem to take the harrowing lift in stride. . . . 

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Great Danes recuperating, NH political leaders rallying to strengthen laws

We’re housing the dogs, including several puppies, at a temporary shelter, where we are providing enrichment activities, including obstacle courses and scavenger hunts. Photo by Gina Lantella/The HSUS

Last month, I wrote about a startling rescue The HSUS carried out with law enforcement officials in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. Eighty-four Great Danes had been living in a suspected puppy mill being run out of a mansion that looked grand on the outside but was rotten on the inside. The situation had deteriorated so badly . . . 

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U.S. House votes to end VA’s painful experiments on dogs

People are often distressed when they learn the details of dogs and other animals confined and suffering in laboratories. Whether it’s chimpanzees or animals used in chemical or cosmetic testing, we have worked to bring the plight of these animals to light and to end their suffering. Photo by iStockphoto

Yesterday, I called on you to take action to support a bipartisan amendment to a defense spending bill to halt federal funding of painful experiments on dogs at Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities for the upcoming fiscal year. So many of you responded, and Congress listened. The House passed the amendment last night by voice vote. . . . 

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Doping scandal adds to reputational issues for greyhound racing industry

When it comes to greyhound racing, government should be part of the solution rather than the enabler of a problematic industry. Photo by iStockphoto

In Florida, the hub of a withering U.S. greyhound racing industry, regulators identified 12 greyhounds with cocaine in their blood at the Bestbet Orange Park near Jacksonville, according to The Washington Post and First Coast News. One trainer, Charles McClellan, handled all of the dogs, an incriminating fact pattern. Cocaine is just one of many . . . 

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A revolution in animal welfare in Puerto Rico

Over the past two years our work in Puerto Rico has touched virtually every aspect of animal protection, from humane education to law enforcement training to spay and neuter programs to shelter/rescue support. Photo by Brandywine Valley SPCA

In 2015, The HSUS planted a stake in the ground in Puerto Rico. No longer would animal protection groups avert their gaze from the Commonwealth, with its nearly four million U.S. citizens. Thanks to one of our leading supporters in New Jersey, The HSUS hired a Commonwealth director. And in short order thereafter, we developed . . . 

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The HSUS intervenes to stop outsized cruelty at a puppy mill in New Hampshire

There were big dogs who had spent countless hours in cages. There was no sign of drinking water, just remains of raw chicken parts strewn around the dogs. Photo by Meredith Lee/The HSUS

Yesterday, The HSUS assisted the Wolfeboro Police Department with a puppy mill intervention not on a farm in Arkansas or a shack in North Carolina (two states where we’ve done major actions to help dogs), but rather in a mansion in northern New England. It is one of the most unexpected puppy mill operations our . . . 

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Authorities seize truck with more than 800 dogs, jam-packed in cages, bound for slaughter at Yulin

Hundreds of activists, including many belonging to our partner group, Guangzhou Animal Rescue, played a key role in the massive seizure of dogs bound for the Guangzhou province, known as the “world capital of dog meat consumption.” Photo by LJQ

Working on a tip from activists (including Humane Society International partner groups) just two days before the “official” start of the dog meat “festival” in Yulin, authorities have seized a truck transporting more than 800 dogs to a dog meat market. After 10 hours of negotiation, the dogs were handed over to the activists. At . . . 

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Helping the police, and helping dogs in the process

At The HSUS, we are advocates of dogs, and we are allies of the police. That’s why we are working to prevent deadly encounters between the two through our Humane State Program and the HSUS Law Enforcement Training Center. Photo by iStockphoto

Last July, Vickie Malone hosted kids at her home in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, to celebrate her five-year old son’s birthday. Eli and the other kids were about to get ice cream and cake when they heard a shot ring out. Opie, the boy’s pit bull mix, was gasping for air after a local police officer in . . . 

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New HSUS report shows rampant puppy mill abuses throughout the nation

Puppies at the facility of Alvin Nolt in Thorpe, Wisc., were found on unsafe wire flooring, a repeat violation at the facility. Wire flooring is especially dangerous for puppies because their legs can become entrapped in the gaps, leaving them unable to reach food, water, or shelter.

Puppies at the facility of Alvin Nolt in Thorpe, Wisc., were found on unsafe wire flooring, a repeat violation at the facility. Wire flooring is especially dangerous for puppies because their legs can become entrapped in the gaps, leaving them unable to reach food, water, or shelter. Photo by Wisconsin Department of Agriculture

Take a good, hard look at our latest Horrible Hundred report – which is based on our research team scouring federal and state inspection reports of large-scale dog-breeding operations throughout the United States and giving a red card to some of the worst operators. It may be the last time you read a report like . . . 

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New documentary takes aim at sled dog industry

Sled Dogs brings up uncomfortable but important questions, like so many other important documentaries about major animal industries have in recent years.

Sled Dogs brings up uncomfortable but important questions, like so many other important documentaries about major animal industries have in recent years. Photo by iStockphoto

It was a horror story that made headlines throughout Canada and the rest of North America. The operator of a recreational sled dog company ordered the execution of 56 sled dogs in Whistler, British Columbia, after a downturn in tourist bookings following the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Robert Fawcett, under instructions from his employers . . . 

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