The presents brought to this 9-year-old boy's birthday party weren't filled with Lego's, or action figures or games. Instead he asked for gifts for rescue dogs and he maybe sparking a new trend!
Over the weekend, while chaos erupted over travel ban court hearings and Super Bowl madness, animal rights groups noticed it first: The federal government quietly removed animal welfare inspection reports from the USDA’s website.
As an investigative journalist who helps out in the animal rescue world, I field a lot of questions from people who want to expose poor conditions at their municipal or county shelters. Emails from volunteers concerned about overcrowding, unsanitary conditions, inhumane treatment and even animals who are euthanized painfully or unfairly have filled my inbox over the years.
Dog rescue volunteers and social media posters are hysterical with anger tonight. Hours ago, the City of San Antonio Animal Care Services (ACS) euthanized three different mother dogs housed in its municipal shelter, leaving their pups behind. Nancy Wiggins, an active member of the animal community, writes on one of the dog's Facebook posts, "Three moms in one day pulled away from their babies & senselessly killed. Just too heartbreaking."