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HSUS, HSI rescue teams rush into Florida, British Virgin Islands

HSUS, HSI rescue teams rush into Florida, British Virgin Islands

The endangered key deer used extraordinary swimming and other survival skills to weather Irma’s assault on the Florida Keys. Greyhound owners gambled by hunkering down with thousands of the dogs in kennels at or near their racetracks, and apparently made it through. The HSUS affiliate, the South Florida Wildlife Center, in Fort Lauderdale – from . . . 

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HSUS deploying in Florida even as we deliver new services on the ground in Texas

HSUS deploying in Florida even as we deliver new services on the ground in Texas

Special report: Late tonight, the United States mainland faces the second punch from storms of abnormal intensity. The HSUS Animal Rescue Team’s fleet of vehicles is at the ready to deploy to areas in Florida that sustain the brunt of Irma’s fury. We’ve already conducted a number of transports of animals from communities in the . . . 

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Two massive, exceedingly dangerous storms threaten the people and animals of the U.S.

Two massive, exceedingly dangerous storms threaten the people and animals of the U.S.

Harvey came with hurricane-force winds and an extraordinary load of precipitation, drinking up trillions of gallons of water from the Gulf and pouring them on Texas day after day, then going back for more. Now Irma has gained unprecedented strength from the unusually warm waters of the Atlantic and is churning and flattening small islands . . . 

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Putting the costs on animal abusers, not animal protectors

Putting the costs on animal abusers, not animal protectors

In June, The HSUS partnered with the Wolfeboro Police Department in New Hampshire to rescue 84 Great Danes from deplorable conditions inside a lavish million-dollar mansion. Responders found the dogs neglected and living in filth, and the owner taking all kinds of moral shortcuts while on her way to selling the animals for thousands of . . . 

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HSUS disaster response expanding with rescues and transports

HSUS disaster response expanding with rescues and transports

The broadcast images are telling. A hovering Coast Guard helicopter lifts a family from a rooftop, 150 feet into the air, and then safely out of danger. The family includes a husband and wife couple in their late 50s or 60s and their two Boston Terriers, who seem to take the harrowing lift in stride. . . . 

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HSUS rescuers wade through Texas floods to save, evacuate animals

HSUS rescuers wade through Texas floods to save, evacuate animals

During Hurricane Katrina, in 2005, it felt like The HSUS and other animal groups not only fought surging waters, rain, and wind, but we also had to fight some government agencies and key private agencies whose leaders just didn’t get it when it came to animal welfare. In the early stages of the response, some . . . 

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The crisis in Texas, and the urgent call to help animals and people

The crisis in Texas, and the urgent call to help animals and people

What’s happening in Texas is a singular, destructive, and perilous moment for the state’s human residents. That’s true for the animals, too. The HSUS is there, on the ground, committed to helping all the victims, especially the animals, because that is our special charge. By mid-day Sunday, the combination of Hurricane Harvey and the tropical . . . 

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As Harvey menaces, HSUS team readies for pet evacuations, rescue

As Harvey menaces, HSUS team readies for pet evacuations, rescue

With Hurricane Harvey expected to ram the Texas coast early Saturday, whipsawing trees and homes and deluging communities, our HSUS Animal Rescue Team is working with local officials in the projected impact region to help evacuate animals. Our staff members have been working with emergency management offices, while our state director and other colleagues are . . . 

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Court says pet parents can sue major online puppy mill broker

Court says pet parents can sue major online puppy mill broker

An Arizona court has cleared the way for 10 pet parents, who purchased sick animals from notorious puppy mill sellers despite assurances to the contrary, to continue their battle against online dog marketplace PuppyFind. This is just the latest in our offensive against deceptive online puppy mill sellers, which promise healthy, humanely treated dogs to . . . 

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USDA continues near-total eclipse of puppy mill and horse soring reports

USDA continues near-total eclipse of puppy mill and horse soring reports

When animal advocates received a bulletin from the U.S. Department of Agriculture last week claiming that it had restored additional animal welfare inspection data to its website, it was clear that the agency intended to give the impression to lawmakers and others concerned about its massive information take-down that it had remedied the problem. Nothing . . . 

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