Humane society under fire

A former Harbor Humane Society worker who says she was undercover as a “certified animal cruelty investigator” is making some serious accusations against the society, which the shelter has disputed.
The Holland Sentinel
Aug 28, 2013

Jessica Swett is circulating a petition online at that accuses the shelter of gross over-crowding and poor conditions for cats and dogs.

The petition, titled “Harbor Humane Society: Stop the animal abuse and make the Board of Directors responsible for their actions,” had received more than 2,000 virtual signatures by Tuesday.

The petition claims dogs were forced to live in “tiny cages” in the garage, but when The Holland Sentinel visited the shelter unannounced Thursday, all animals were in standard-size cages.

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It's sad we as a country don't do more to support the sheltres,I also find it unreall that Detroit was reported as haveing 50.000 abanded dogs living in the abandoned parts of the city how was this alowed to get that far out of hand, the state of MI needs to stept in..what an embresment for the state and we as a people,it's been on national news.


Harbor Humane does not have the luxury to pick and choose which animals they take in. Due to contractual obligations they must accept all the animals; some easily adoptable, but most are hard cases. Malnourished, mistreated with some bred and raised to be vicious attack dogs.
We armchair quarterbacks can not begin to imagine the dedication necessary to be employed or volunteer for such a challenge.
Get all the facts before you judge these people or sign petitions. Sure is easy to cast stones from the sidelines, eh Jessica?

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