The harrowing scene greeted authorities when they raided Tiggy Town Rescue, a self-proclaimed animal rescue group in Arizona that operated outside its owner’s home.
Six dead dogs were stuffed into a trash can in the kitchen. In the living room lay the remains of another dog. Animal skulls were scattered across the bedroom. Feces covered almost every inch of the floor. The stench was so harsh that neighbors could smell it from the sidewalk.
Among this squalor, 12 dogs and five cats somehow managed to survive – with difficulty. They were all in extremely poor health and were in desperate need of veterinary care. Many were exhausted. In desperation, they resorted to devouring the corpses of dead animals.
Caution: Anyone can call themselves a “rescue team” and most are unregulated
Tiggy Town is reported to claim to be caring for the animals, especially the elderly and the sick, and getting them back to health. But, according to neighbors, the group’s operator abandoned the animals in the house a year and a half ago and returned only occasionally.
PETA recently received gruesome crime scene photos from inside Tiggy Town that show why it is so important that people never donate an animal to any “rescue” group and do not support such groups in any way without thorough investigation.… If you do not exercise your due diligence, This what you might be able to support:
Tiggy Town is not an isolated incident: abuse and neglect is widespread in institutions that call themselves “lifeguards.” For example, in June 38 dogs were taken from a Texas home by a man who claimed to be “saving” dogs. The dogs were reported to be “in terrible shape” – many suffered from flea dermatitis, sores, scratches and worms. Four were pregnant. In May, authorities reportedly removed dozens of starving cats, including dead ones, from the self-proclaimed “savior” house in Florida. The animals were abandoned for weeks or months. Their only food source was the bodies of other deceased cats. Such cases are regularly detected throughout the country.
Help end this nightmare
Many self-styled “rescuers” use funds from people who donate to them, mistakenly believing that their money will help animals. And many malefactors acquire animals from humans who blindly give them to them. Don’t be fooled. By following these guidelines, make sure that you do not advertise or distribute animals or money to attackers posing as “rescuers”:
- Never donate or leave animals with “Saves” that you have not researched and visited. At the end of this post, you will find tips on what to look for.
- Never promote random “rescues” by “liking” and sharing their content on social media if you haven’t researched and visited them thoroughly.
- Contact your state and local legislatures and urge them to enact legislation prescribing minimum standards for the care of rescue and foster teams, to require inspections of these establishments as well as their foster homes, to require teams to provide whereabouts documentation for all animals under their care and to require neutering, veterinary examinations and care of animals released to and from such groups. Find your legislators here.
- Meet with the director of your local animal shelter. share this information and urge him or her to conduct a thorough investigation and require regular checks on all rescue and adoption groups, including their foster homes where animals are transferred. If the group operates in another city or state, the shelter should work with that community’s authorities to research the group and conduct regular reviews.
- To read PETA open letter to sheltersand share it with everyone you know.