The National Federation of Humane Societies (NFHS) appears to be a front group for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). On the NFHS tax return for 2010, Wayne Pacelle (President and CEO of HSUS) was listed as Director. The HSUS brags from dusk to dawn about how they “save” puppies from so called mills. The word is derogatory and is used against every breeder in the United States by HSUS. The Kokomo Indiana Humane Society, a member of the National Federation of Humane Societies/HSUS, is no better than a poorly kept breeding facility. In fact, it probably breeds dogs to support their scam based upon the horrid conditions the dogs were housed in. HSUS has asked the USDA to exempt shelters from the Animal Welfare Act regulations. Would the reason be that they don’t want their associated facilities checked by USDA inspectors? Or maybe the USDA is turning a blind eye to HSUS associated facilities since they hired Sarah L. Conant, a HSUS lawyer that was hired by the USDA as the APHIS enforcement officer in charge of inspecting dog and cat kennels. Kennels that break APHIS regulations, like those shown in the video, would automatically be shut down and fined hundreds of thousands of dollars!
Jean L. McGroarty is the executive director of the Kokomo Humane Society (KHS), a member of CAWA, and member of National Animal Control Association (NACA) whose mission is “to define and promote professionalism in the animal protection care and humane law enforcement field by providing quality services, education, training, and support.” As the executive director of NACA, Jean McGroarty knows and understands the USDA regulations on Animal Welfare laws and what is expected of a shelter.
PARVO is easily transmitted in humane shelters which is why all animals are to be given their vaccinations upon entry to a shelter. While speaking with the adoption supervisor at the shelter, she was asked if the “Dachshund” that was being kept in the “puppy area” that came in as a stray had his vaccinations. Her response was that the “puppy”, which was four years old according to her, only had bordetella. He had not been neutered.
“Adoption” fees, which is really the selling price, were $115.00 for dogs 6 months or older. Checks are not allowed and KHS only accepts Cash or card. They use the “adopter’s” fee to preform spay/neuter services. The dog is sent to the Vet of your choice after the owner pays for the dog which means that the shelter is forcing the new owner to spay/neuter their pet AFTER they own it.
Adoption fees are donations to the Kokomo Humane Society, and are refundable only with the approval of the Executive Director. The 2009 tax return for KHS shows $52,416.00 in gifts, grants and contributions. This amount should include all “donations.” Per the KHS tax return for 2009, the shelter took in 4416 animals and only 1265 were sold and 347 were reclaimed by their owner. Assuming that all the dogs or cats were over 6 months of age that were sold (puppies are more expensive), the shelter would have had an income of $185,380.00 not including boarding fees, licensing fees and vaccination charge for the reclaimed dogs/cats. Revenue shown on their tax return for 2009 for the “domestic and companion animal program” was $116,217.00. Where did the rest of the money go?
And where did the rest of the dogs/cats go? Euthanazia rate at the Kokomo Humane Society figures out to be 63%. The KHS holds strays for 5 working days for owners to reclaim. Afterwards, the shelter decides what their fate will be. There were at least 2 cages empty that could have housed a few of those euthanized dogs/cats.
The Kokomo (Indiana) Humane Society (KHS), part of the National Federation of Humane Societies/HSUS, received $475,992 in government grants, tax year 2009, to preform Animal Control services for the city of Kokomo. According to their website, Kokomo Humane Society cruelty investigators Follow-Up on calls and take legal action while working with Police and Sheriff Departments in order to prosecute criminals.
Jean L. McGroarty, the executive director of the NACA, understands animal welfare guidelines as what the NACA describes as “”to engage in the professionalism of animal control personnel through development of specialized training programs, to standardize laws and methods of operations, and to serve as a liaison with other professional groups.”
The NACA’s animal control investigator program is “designed for Animal Control Officers at the federal, state, and local levels, Police Officers, and Sheriff’s Deputies responsible for animal control and all of its many facets. In addition, those people interested in a career in the animal control/care field are welcome to attend. No previous animal control experience is required.” Level IV, the highest level offered includes “ •Commercial Investigations – Pet Stores/Exhibits/Working Animals•Advanced Evidence Collection•Interview and Interrogation•Mass Animal Impoundment•Emergency Animal Sheltering•Animal Hoarding•Agricultural Cruelty Investigations•Breeders and Puppy Mills”. Tuition for Level IV will be $525.00 per participant. In other words, Jean L. McGroarty is qualified to teach animal control inspectors and, without a doubt, should be able to recognize animal abuse when she sees it.
A stroll through the Kokomo Humane Society on a Friday afternoon revealed animal cruelty and a lack of cleaning. The executive director Jean L McGroarty, who is paid well over $50,000.00 per year for a forty hour work week, was not present during the visit.
The cat back in the corner sleeping in his litter box had inadequate lighting and another was showing signs of poor health by obvious hair loss. The yellow tabby cat was without food and water. Cat litter was stored on the floor in the cat housing area next to a trash can with an upturned lid that had not been cleaned and covered with filth as well as two other trash cans that lacked lids. ”The supplies must be stored off the floor and away from the walls, to allow cleaning underneath and around the supplies.” “Trash containers in housing facilities and in food storage and food preparation areas must be leak-proof and must have tightly fitted lids on them at all times” per the USDA AWA regulations. “Lighting must be uniformly diffused throughout animal facilities and provide sufficient illumination to aid in maintaining good housekeeping practices, adequate cleaning, adequate inspection of animals, and for the well-being of the animals” per the USDA AWA regulations.
Unmarked bottles of fluid in the cabinet. Paint was available in the storage cabinet that could have been used in the dog cages where paint was chipping off the walls, a health hazard to the dogs. Baseboards had not been cleaned. No hand sanitizer was available in the sink area. The bathing area was unkept and water hoses were not properly stored. Card identifiers for the dogs were missing on most of the cages. Broken beds could have been easily fixed. Missing tiles on floors in dog cages. There were so many USDA regulations that were broken by this facility that they are too numerous to list.
Most dogs were without food. In some cages where dogs were kept, food was thrown on the floor mixed with feces! The facility stunk of urine. There were many “volunteers” present that were walking about the facility paying no attention to the housing conditions of the dogs. One volunteer walked into the holding area, checked a piece of paper, talked to me for a few minutes and left the mess as it was without cleaning it. The floor in the holding area appeared to have been recently mopped indicated by the cone on the floor yet the cages had not been cleaned. The “adoption” supervisor was personally shown one of the dogs that was standing in feces. She did nothing to clean the area. “Housing facility operators must provide for regular and frequent collection, removal, and disposal of animal and food wastes, bedding, debris, garbage, water, other fluids and wastes, and dead animals, in a manner that minimizes contamination and disease risks.” per the USDA AWA regulations ”Food receptacles must be used for dogs and cats, must be readily accessible to all dogs and cats, and must be located so as to minimize contamination by excreta and pests, and be protected from rain and snow.” Per the AWA which applies to every facility that houses dogs and cats especially one that is paid for by citizen taxes.
“Each person subject to the Animal Welfare regulations (9 CFR parts 1, 2, and 3) maintaining dogs and cats must have enough employees to carry out the level of husbandry practices and care required in this subpart. The employees who provide for husbandry and care, or handle animals, must be supervised by an individual who has the knowledge, background, and experience in proper husbandry and care of dogs and cats to supervise others. The employer must be certain that the supervisor and other employees can perform to these standards.”