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Hoarding Case

Postby BlueBaby1023 » Sat Oct 04, 2014 10:20 pm

So, while doing research for a topic in my Veterinary Forensic Medicine class, I came across this story.

Now, at first it startled me as horrific, but then I read something that made it seem fishy to me.

...must also pay $626,770 to the HSUS as restitution...

Now, from what I can gather on the story, although the HSUS did help in seizing and providing medical care to these cats, they likely did not keep any or adopt any out. What in the world? Why didn't that money go to the local shelters that more than likely ended up with most of the cats? The HSUS didn't even pay to spay or neuter the animals, UF's veterinary school performed that before adoption events. :red-face:

This just seems like a story that makes me hate the HSUS. These individuals, while definitely in the wrong given the photographic evidence of the cats in poor conditions, obviously have mental needs that will not be solved by taking away the ability to own cats, putting a lien on their property, and giving that sum of money to one of the largest animal organizations that does the smallest amount for true animal welfare. I'm not saying that HSUS did not aid in the situation, they obviously did. But I feel that the money and case should have been handled differently. :red-face:
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Re: Hoarding Case

Postby KingObeat » Sun Oct 05, 2014 1:16 am

The same thing happened when PETA busted that reptile importer/dealer in Lake Elsinore, CA. The dealer had to pay restitution to them. :-x

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Re: Hoarding Case

Postby Juska » Sun Oct 05, 2014 1:48 am

I'm guessing it's "we caught you doing something bad, now pay us this much or we'll make things a living hell for you" money.
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Re: Hoarding Case

Postby minervasden » Sun Oct 05, 2014 2:34 am

Maybe not all states, but at least some of them have restitution spelled out in their animal cruelty statutes. I did not look into it specifically, but the two states referenced above (FL & CA) would certainly be on my list if I were guessing which states had this.

It is a shame that the money all went to HSUS and PETA. Sure would like to see a better 'formula' for who receives any restitution.
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Re: Hoarding Case

Postby Nìmwey » Sun Oct 05, 2014 4:15 am

Who is surprised - PeTA and HSUS don't care about animals, they're just out for money.
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