Posted on 02/26/2009

From a blog,”

Many of the commenters at Best Friends’ website are less than impressed, however. Nicole, on the second page of the comments, wrote:

Sadly, one cannot trust statements from the HSUS. They change their story all the time.

John Goodwin of HSUS said the following in a recent e-mail message: “Those particular fighting dogs in Wilkes County, NC were very, very different than the Vick dogs. Whereas Michael Vick was a pro football player that fought dogs as a hobby, the breeder of these dogs was a globally recognized professional dogfighter. Vick was not a good breeder, and he lost most of his fights. His dogs were a poor representation of true fighting dogs.” However Wayne Pacelle of HSUS said exactly the opposite to The New York Times about the Michael Vick dogs at the time they were seized: “Officials from our organization have examined some of these dogs and, generally speaking, they are some of the most aggressively trained pit bulls in the country,” Wayne Pacelle, the president and chief executive of the Humane Society of the United States, said in a telephone interview Tuesday.”

If HSUS is allowed to assess a dog, they will say it is not possible to rehabilitate it, and send it to its death.

HSUS has NO experience, NONE, in rescuing fighting pit bulls, or any dogs for that matter. They must no be allowed to assess any dog. Only outside organizations with experience in this area must assess the dogs. The pressure needs to be kept on HSUS.

Best Friends sees it in a much more positive light:

Julie Castle, director of Community Programs and Services for Best Friends said, “There had been more than enough airing of feelings and outrage that the dogs were not evaluated prior to being summarily euthanized. It was time to hit the reset button on this in order to move things forward in a constructive way. Mr. Pacelle was open and receptive to what we had to say and we are looking forward to our meetings in April.”

Even if Nicole is right, if what HSUS needs is pressure from their donor base, the general public, pit bull advocates, bloggers, animal lovers or other animal welfare organizations to start doing the right thing for these much-maligned dogs, well, I wouldn’t worry too much about the future. There seems to be an awful lot of it out there.”