Using PETA tactics, they dunned the local humane officer with fabricated complaints about our facility. Never having been to the place, he showed up with a news crew to raid it. While he was off getting a warrant (which contained many blatant lies) we invited the news crew in to film our facility. The resulting footage showed happy, healthy cats living in a clean and well-cared-for facility. The humane society crammed our cats into carriers, 7 and 8 to a carrier, threw them onto the back of an open pickup truck and drove them across town to their facility. They left our cats crammed into these carriers for over 8 hours in some cases, then killed them and disposed of their bodies without ever allowing an independant veterinarian to examine them.
The CEO of the humane society and the humane officer went to great lengths to find some offense, ANY offense to charge us with. There was NO evidence of any wrongdoing, cruelty or neglect. The closest they could come was a threat to charge us with felony drug possession - because we were using donated antibiotics. In the end there were no charges filed against our organization and we re-opened after voluntarily closing for six weeks. Interestingly enough, the CEO and the humane officer were let go within months for "budget cuts", even after the humane society received a donation that would have easily covered their salaries. The humane officer has since been fired from his job as Craigs Beach chief of police for brutality, civil rights violations and perjury. He has also been indicted for perjury and obstructing an investigation.
None of our volunteers or board members has ever been arrested for anything.
These nutbars have since stalked our organization relentlessly. They send letters and emails to any individual they identify as friendly to our shelter. They continuously call the PetSmart Corporation and the Niles PetSmart where we are adoption partners. They send anonymous and vaguely threatening mail to my home. They file frivolous lawsuits in Small Claims Court to force financial stress via attorney's fees. They have even driven past our shelter and flung feces at the building.
At Cat Ladies Society (dba West Side Cats) we always have maintained an open door policy. This applies to friends and detractors alike. Stop in, ask for a tour and we will show you anything and everything your heart desires. NO other shelter in this area is willing to do that.
We spend 50 to 60k per year on veterinary expenses alone. We'd also be more than happy to pull up our bank statements and show anybody who asks exactly where their donations go.
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