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SPCA rescue in Texas on 20/20

Joey.E.CockersMommy
June 4th, 2005, 10:51 AM
http://abcnews.go.com/2020/story?id=817494&page=1

I saw this on 20/20 last night did anyone happen to see it. If it is true it is horrible for these people.

Mockingcat
June 4th, 2005, 11:04 AM
I shudder to think of all the bad this is doing for the SPCA. I already know of morons who swear that rescues are in it for the money.

mrmilo
June 4th, 2005, 05:08 PM
I saw the report and I thought it was very biased against the Texas SPCA. The media can basicly spin any story to look the way they want, so I am very skeptical. For example, why weren't we shown any of the really horrible mills they have probably raided.

Taken at face value the Texas SPCA looked very bad. However, there was something about that story that just set off alarm bells.

After further checking I found some pictures about Mary Smith who was one of the so called owners taken by the SPCA.

Here are photos from a rescue, taken before law enforcement served the warrant...
http://www.pet-abuse.com/database/c...hp?case_id=2404

Here's the response from the Texas SPCA
http://www.spca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=News_20_20_Fact_Check

Lissa
June 5th, 2005, 08:12 PM
I watched it as well! I'm quite shocked and upset that this may actually be occuring on some level or another!

Although, from what 20/20 aired I wasn't too sympathetic one of the breeder's because she had over a hundred dogs with a few different breeds which I completely disagree with!
Also, 20/20 stated that the breeder(s) fed high quality pet food and showed a bag of eukanuba!

The display of the nursing redbone coonhound (that the SPCA said was straved) supported 20/20's argument because from what I've seen of nursing animals, getting skinny goes along with territory - plus these coonhounds are quite slender to begin with.

I agree that "the media can easily spin a story" but I have no doubts that this does occur sometimes. Also, the Texas SPCA did themselves no favours because I found their representative to be quite unconvincing and I really didn't believe what he said.