A few months ago, Benswann.com and the extensive research of Sarah Tanksalvala uncovered the abuses of government controlled animal shelters that triggered lawsuits in California. Read more here.

The abuses, unfortunately, have gone unchecked and have been ignored by the mainstream media.

Stories of Animal Control abuse are increasing, along with reports of dogs being shot by police and other intimidation of animal rescues and owners. For years, the media reported stories of animal abuse, neglect and overpopulation. Though this is certainly a problem, it's becoming clearer and clearer that the biggest problem faced by animals is not the actions of private citizens, but government abuse of the people who try to protect these very pets.

Most animal rescues find themselves unable to fight back when faced with governmental opposition. One German Shepherd rescue in San Bernadino County, California, however, is suing her local government for defamation. She had been accused of 31 counts of animal cruelty, and while these were dropped, she was charged with three counts of failure to remove a dead body and one other infraction.

It is standard practice for veterinary clinics and animal shelters to freeze animal bodies while they prepare to permanently dispose of them – much like a morgue. Mary Ryan, who ran the shelter German Shepherd Angels, had three puppies in a freezer awaiting cremation. Her animals were confiscated and sent to the German Shepherd Rescue of Las Vegas.

After her criminal charges had been dropped, she was visited by two detectives from the Apple Valley Police Department. The officers demanded to enter her home, even though they didn't have a search warrant. People at the trial reported that they had seen town officials high fiving each other after their testimony at the trial in which they were attempting to convict her criminally. Read more here.

Her $5 million lawsuit is being handled by Louis Fazzi, Esq, who has handled similar cases. In one case he won $200,000, but that was only to prevent a challenge of the city's practices in federal court. The lawsuit hasn't been decided yet.

Rescues are facing similar issues nationwide. Just recently, rescues in IndianaFloridaMichiganArizonaNew York and more have faced similar problems without the ability to fight back. Sometimes, the story doesn't even make the local news.

The internet has been instrumental in making known cases of government abuse against people. It has also helped spread the word about family dogs shot by police, most famously in Adams County, Colorado and Filer, Idaho. As the government, PETA and the "kill shelter" community excuse – and in PETA's case actively endorse – mass euthanasia as unavoidable because of pet overpopulation, they bully and close shelters which are willing to provide places for the 2% of animals in America which are homeless.

Just last month an Oklahoma cop shot and killed a family's dog and then joked about it to a responding animal control unit.

"Did you see her collar fly off when I shot her? That was awesome," he reportedly said.

And in February, an Idaho police officer shot and killed a family's service dog outside a nine-year-old's birthday party. "I just shot your dog because it tried to bite me!" the officer told the family after disrupting the party. "I come here for a f***ing call and it tried to bite me!"

These shootings have become so frequent in the past year alone that to document all of them would be a news article in itself.

Understanding of government bullying of shelters is only in its early stages, and few are reporting it. It is much more common for the mainstream media to take the side of the government in these issues, calling the shelters abusive and failing to report facts which are necessary for a full understanding of the issue and case.

Note from Joshua Cook: Special thanks to Sarah Tanksalvala who contributed the majority of work and research for this article. This is an issue the mainstream media is not covering and we plan to continue to write on this important topic.

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