A"no-kill" shelter in Richmond, Indiana is under investigation after euthanizing seven healthy dogs this month, bringing the number up to 52 since 2012.
The organization, which is listed as a non-profit, no-kill shelter, admitted to putting down over 50 dogs in the last five years: 33 for health reasons and 19 (including the most recent seven) for being determined "bite risks" to the public.
In an interview with the news outlet, Board President Susan Beeson said:
"If somebody just came by or if somebody knocked on the door, or if the dog got away from people it could still injure somebody, it could bite somebody. And it would be a liability to that person but it would reflect back on our shelter."
While the decision to euthanize an animal is never an easy one - and was admittedly a "difficult decision" for facility staff - public outrage at the deception of H.E.L.P. was only compounded after learning that several staff members were not made aware of the decision to euthanize many of the dogs, while others were instructed to lie and state that the dogs had been relocated.
Beeson insists that this was not an attempt to deceive the public, but to spare their employees by omitting information.
H.E.L.P. is said to have found forever homes for nearly 6,000 dogs and cats in the last several years. However, the community is outraged, and several petitions have circulated demanding that board members step down from their positions, one of which successfully resulted in the termination of former executive director Jamie Glandon.
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