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HSUS Under Investigation After Hurricane Relief Fundraiser
The nation’s largest animal rights organization is being investigated by the state of Louisiana. The attorney general’s office opened an inquiry into allegations involving funds raised by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) for pet and owner reunions following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
On March 27, Louisiana Attorney General Charles Foti Jr. began an inquiry into whether HSUS spent the money it raised for hurricane relief appropriately. Foti’s office wants the HSUS to account for the money it raised to rescue and reunite pets with their owners after the devastating storms.
Foti also noted that he is looking into complaints that some pet owners are having trouble finding their animals; some say that people who adopted pets through HSUS are refusing to return them to the original owners.
The attorney general’s office is in the initial phase of fact-finding regarding for what purpose the HSUS raised money and whether it was used as intended. His office received complaints that even though the organization has raised millions, it has not done enough to reunite Katrina evacuees with their pets.
“Once again, we will be on the lookout to make sure that those who seek to raise money for hurricane victims in our state, do exactly what they claim to do when soliciting funds,” stated General Foti. “While I commend the work of the many wonderful charitable organizations that have come forward to help us in our time of need, I also want people to know that they cannot take advantage of our situation in any way.”
The Attorney General is asking anyone with information about questionable fundraising activities by animal groups to contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Section, (800) 351-4889.
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