In comments on my last post,“Are animal shelters really full of purebred dogs?” Hillary whose URL linked to the Humane Society of the United States site took me to task for my lack of research. She wrote:
Of course there is going to be variation among different shelters in terms of the percentage of purebred dogs. Twenty-five percent is a very general estimate, but at least it's a starting point. Before you point fingers, do your research.
So here’s the thing we find out: the 25% figure of purebred dogs in shelters that we’ve heard so much about comes from a 9 year old study of 12 shelters in different regions in the United States. And if you go to the pdf. she cites, you will see that none of the points raised in my last post are addressed in the study.
She writes: "Twenty-five percent…is a starting point.”
Starting point for what? Misleading the public? Repeating something over and over until people believe it is true when it isn’t, when it is based on a 9-year-old study of 12 shelters?
HSUS cites the 25% statistic on its website and has used it many times when lobbying for laws that are not in the best interest of dogs, dog organizations, breeders, or owners.
And, no, I am not a breeder. I’m a concerned dog owner and I smell HSUS pants burning.
And now we know.