Arthur E. Benjamin and American Dog Rescue assist in Houston County Animal Abandonment Case

Arthur E. Benjamin and American Dog Rescue assist in Houston County Animal Abandonment Case

DALLAS, TX (June 24, 2011) –Executive and philanthropist Arthur E. Benjamin and American Dog Rescue (ADR), joined forces with Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) and the Houston County Sherriff’s Office to rescue 80 dogs from a 17-acre property about three hours southeast of Dallas. The sheriff’s office assumed control of the animals and custody has been awarded to ARC. ACR and American Dog Rescue on site The much needed rescue was supported greatly and made possible by ADR, resulting in the animals being pulled from vicious conditions such as temperatures exceeding 100 degrees, no access to clean water, and extreme flea infestation. “It’s devastating to know that animals were forced to cling to life in these unbearable conditions,” said Benjamin. “Once notified of the situation, I immediately activated the support of ADR to ensure that ARC and the Houston County Sherriff’s Office had all of the resources they needed to successfully remove the animals from the property. No animal in the United States deserves such inhumane treatment, and ADR is proud to support national rescue efforts that save animals, regardless of their location – our efforts see no boundaries.” At least two dogs died as a result of the desperate conditions on this property prior to ARC’s arrival. The dogs, ranging from several 8-pound Chihuahuas to a 60-pound St. Bernard mix, had lived with irregular access to food and algae-infested tubs of green water for an undetermined amount of time. One dog gave birth just days before ARC’s arrival and several other dogs are pregnant. “The thought of puppies being born into those dismal circumstances was more than enough of a reason to swiftly act in removing the animals. It’s heart wrenching that two dogs’ lives were lost before the rescue efforts were initiated, but comforting knowing that 80 others were saved in the nick of time and will be nourished, cleaned and cared for before adopted out to deserving and loving families,” said Benjamin. The animals’ previous owner moved off the property after being evicted a month ago. Lori Bowlin, President of East Texas Horse Rescue and Sanctuary, removed approximately […]

The Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation and American Dog Rescue Launch Social Media Campaign to Raise $10,000 for Animal Rescue and Disaster Relief in Joplin, MO

JOPLIN, MO (June 10, 2011) – Executive and philanthropist Arthur E. Benjamin today announced the launch of a national, viral, social media campaign to raise much needed funds for animal rescue efforts and disaster relief in Joplin, MO. Benjamin will donate $1 to the Humane Society of Missouri (HSMO) for every Facebook fan who ‘likes’ the American Dog Rescue page (http://www.facebook.com/AmericanDogRescue) – up to $10,000 will  be donated by Benjamin through his foundations, The Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation and American Dog Rescue.   “The disasters that struck Joplin and the surrounding areas in Missouri were devastating,” said Benjamin. “And while immediate efforts were made on the ground to rescue animals in danger, to recover lost animals, and to reunite families with their pets, there is still so much to be done. The awe of the situation struck the hearts of Americans, which is why it is so powerful that a viral fundraising campaign like this be launched so people from around the country can help. Through the unwavering efforts of the HSMO, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), The Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation, and American Dog Rescue, there is no doubt that we will make a difference in the aftermath of this devastation. Never has one click, one ‘like,’ one fan been so meaningful to thousands of lives – both animal and human.” The funds raised from the Facebook campaign will assist to alleviate the costs accumulated from the immediate actions taken during the disaster relief including but not limited to staff, material and supply costs. Even before the official request from State Emergency Management Agency in Missouri, the HSMO Disaster Response Team was preparing for deployment. Within 24 hours of the tornado, a 23-member team experienced in animal rescue and recovery, emergency sheltering and veterinary medicine arrived on the scene.  Team response included eight trucks and animal carrier vehicles, two horse trailers, a disaster supply trailer, HSMO’s climate-controlled Animal Rescue Trailer, and an emergency-equipped RV so the team could be self-supporting when necessary. Field assessments began immediately with team members moving and sifting through dangerous debris and […]

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