Over the past two days, a Houston, Texas, animal shelter has been the subject of harsh rumors about their intentions regarding the dogs rescued from Hurricane Harvey. The allegations have been running rampant on social media and on Sunday, the Houston SPCA released a response about their intent to kill dogs (specifically pit bulls) who were rescued from the massive flooding which hit the area.
The animal shelter stated:
The Houston SPCA has been the subject of a vicious and false rumor that claims that we are euthanizing the very animals we are currently rescuing. This is unequivocally false. Our teams on are on the ground working tirelessly to rescue, care for and reunite pets with owners displaced by this catastrophe.
We all have come together as a community to save countless lives as Harvey’s aftermath continues to plague parts of our city and surrounding areas. We are on the ground, and in boats, searching and rescuing for all animals who are in need, caring for them by our team of vets and working towards reuniting them.
Veterinarians throughout Texas will be working with us to foster the thousands of storm victims we anticipate rescuing and bringing to the Houston SPCA.
On Sunday, the animal welfare agency announced a partnership with FindingRover.com and Petco Foundation that will help connect Harvey storm victims with their pets through facial recognition technology.
Despite the words of reassurance, the Houston SPCA is still facing social media backlash from individuals who believe that rescued pit bulls will be euthanized by the agency. Comments on the shelter’s release allege a lack of transparency and a bias towards “bully breeds.”
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