Recent events in the past few weeks are bringing a focus on the No Kill movement. The No Kill movement is a movement that declares there is no pet overpopulation problem, there are plenty of homes. That gives way to saying that animal shelters make the decision to kill because it is the easy way, it is their agenda. This philosophy also can be interpreted as the need to breed more to meet the demand since there are plenty of homes.
Shelters report that 20-60% of their canine population can be purebreds, dogs deliberately bred. Yet, No Kill does not recognize the role of the breeding community in solving the problem with an overpopulation because No Kill does not acknowledge there is an overpopulation. Along with this movement, an underground economy has developed from scams and schemes associated with those who subscribe to No Kill.
One of those No Kill sanctuaries, Spindletop, made the news this past month. Many things have come out about this sanctuary as a result and more will be coming to light. Many No Kill followers had pulled pits and other dogs from shelters and placed them at this sanctuary. It came highly recommended by those involved in the No Kill movement. Almost three hundred dogs, mostly pit bulls and the gripping dogs, were housed in horrible conditions. One facebook page claimed the rescuer left her dog only days before the intervention of law enforcement and this rescuer claims none of it existed at the time of her visit. The conditions did exist then. In many instances, No Kill followers have neglected bad conditions or reputations in order to "dump" their shelter pulls. Rescues were giving a convicted hoarder, Cindy Bemis, animals right up to the time when she was raided. Facebook pages are full of reports of dogs being pulled from shelters and ending up across country with either hoarders, dog fighters, or abusers. Many times these dogs were sent to those already convicted of animal cruelty.
Spindletop was run by a person with direct connections to the breeding industry and bred pit bulls herself. Leah Purcell was visiting with her boyfriend who was in jail at the time, when there was a major fire that killed several animals. Tia Torres is also known for her husband being a three strikes convict. Craig Malisow of the Houston Press uncovered many aspects of Spindletop in his article. What stands out the most is the money aspect. http://www.
Caboodle Ranch in Florida was a national treasure. It was raided this year. But not before garnering accolades from No Kill. The Colbert Report even featured Grant's facility in 2011, highlighting the tiny cat town Grant built for his residents, complete with a city hall, school, WalMart, and cat-run guardhouse. This article paints a different picture all together. http://www.
Another sanctuary also fell when Randy Travis of Fox 5 news in Atlanta under covered their scam of taking money from owners to house their pets and then euthanizing those pets claiming instead they had been adopted. Boggs Mountain Humane Society in Georgia is currently being investigated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and by IRS. The director of that facility had a background of being charged with animal cruelty at one point. http://www.
Finally, there's this: the woman who was hired to run a shelter that boasted its no-kill policy once faced an animal cruelty charge herself. Twelve years ago, Kilby admitted shooting someone's hunting dog that had come onto her property. She was arrested, but a Rabun County grand jury decided not to prosecute.
This past Monday, another No Kill follower was sentence to 10 years in prison for mistreating animals in her No Kill rescue and stealing money donated for their care. http://www.
Perhaps the most shocking of all is how No Kil protects other No Kill followers. Pets Alive!, a major rescue group, walked away from this situation without reporting it to authorities. They left suffering animals without hope. http://