|Liver-colored pittie photographed at 2 p.m. 9/2|
/17 and was gone by 9 p.m.
Bonnie, her boyfriend Jaimie and the convoy reached the Ford Center in Beaumont around 1 a.m. Sunday morning, Sept. 3. She was met by Tom of Safe K9 Transports whose team had been in place at the Ford Center trying to help the some 330 animals impounded until the Houston SPCA had taken over the operation. The Houston SPCA had shut down the Ford Center to volunteers at 8 p.m. Saturday night. "The whole place was locked down with only one exit," reported Bonnie. To Bonnie, this "was completely unacceptable," hurricane or not.
|2 p.m. arrival at Ford Center BEFORE Houston SPCA - notes on kennels with owner contact information|
This video was shot at Ford Center Saturday, September 2 when Erika Pearce and her husband, Nick, arrived at 6 a.m. from Indianapolis to volunteer. You can clearly see the identification and contact information taped to each kennel by other people who'd driven from all over the United States to help animals displaced by Harvey at the Ford Center. This information along with contact and animal ID has disappeared as have many of these dogs.
A 'staff only' area had been sanctioned off which Bonnie had observed upon arrival. She had supposed this section contained the more aggressive animals. As they worked, they noticed this section of animals 'dwindling.' After four and a half hours, Bonnie noted, 'the staff only section was 2/3 empty' as compared to the number when her team had first arrived. The crates were empty and turned up.
Jaimie had just finished walking two gorgeous pit bull dogs, a grey and a brown. Alarmed, he grabbed Bonnie and said, "what happened to those two dogs?" The two cages were empty and flipped. He said, "I just walked those two dogs and they're gone!"
Tom of Safe K9 Transports has made several videos of the Ford Center to update the many people watching from around the world. Some of these videos contain empty kennels...many empty kennels. With all of the volunteer help, the Cajun Navy and others rescuing and bringing animals to the Ford Center, these numbers are not adding up.
The Houston SPCA has enlisted the help of local media to try and quash the 'rumors' of killed pit bulls and other animals.
According to first response volunteer Payu Vane who was at Ford Center for days bringing in animals, "rescuers were kicked out so we wont see what they're doing....at least one kill van was there when we left."
When asked how he knew the Houston SPCA van was euthanizing animals, he stated, "I only saw one...all white high top van parked out by the hay drop off lot...they can claim it was a transport but transport vans don't have a stainless steel table on the right side with a IV set up...only caught a glimpse of it before staff asked what the hell I was doing there."
Houston SPCA held a two hour meeting which excluded what they call 'all civilians' known to us as animal lovers who'd dropped everything to help save these dogs and livestock from drowning in the
These photos and statement are from one of the volunteers who attended the Houston SPCA meeting:
Jeffrey Michael Camiel of San Francisco has been on site since Saturday. He's attended several strategy meetings with Houston SPCA's Adam Reynolds who is heading up the Beaumont Ford Center operation. When he asked how owners could reclaim their pets, Camiel was informed the Houston SPCA uses a pet facial recognition program. This raises many questions as most of these residents do not have technological access.
Houston SPCA has been in our red dot reflex for some years now. In 2012, a dog wandered up to a Houston residence. She was a pit bull. By the time she was networked to Reunion Rescue, the resident had called Houston SPCA. Reunion Rescue immediately called, but they had already killed this dog. Why? Because she was a pit bull. The Houston SPCA kills all pit bulls. We started No name pittie will die at Houston SPCA Facebook page and a petition demanding Patti Mercer's resignation and an investigation.
Many good folks were at the Ford Center for days working to help the displaced animals from Hurricane Harvey. Kennels were filled with live animals when the Houston SPCA arrived on Saturday. Those good people were strong-armed out the door when the Houston SPCA put their team into action. This is how they operate.
The volunteers with phones who were shooting photos and videos were certainly not wanted to document these goings on. Some of those videos and photos leaked out and we are on the job to find out what happened to the paperwork and the dogs no longer there at the Ford Center late Saturday night.
We ask the Houston SPCA just what happened to all of the animals these volunteers and first responders brought to the Ford Center. Every large animal organization has software and capability to log incoming animals. Most use the A# system utilized by Chameleon Software Products, "the leader in providing software and technology solutions for Animal Control agencies, Humane Societies, SPCAs, and other animal sheltering organizations."
The Houston SPCA is a publicly supported organization with charity status. This means, these animals do not belong to the Houston SPCA. The animals belong to the public which supports them. We want...no, we DEMAND answers. Where are the animals and their documentation people risked their lives to save in flood drenched Beaumont, Texas?
The Houston SPCA has uploaded 202 dogs to their website with ID numbers. Saturday, September 2 count was 330 when Bonnie Lewis arrived at Ford Center. Including the incoming since September 2, these numbers are off and leave doubt regarding the missing dogs from Saturday night, the subject of this blog.
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