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CRUELTY IS COMMON AT THIS FAKE DOG RESCUE
A former volunteer at Rising Phoenix Mastiff Rescue, a fake dog rescue in Yakima, witnessed its founder Trisha Porter beat a dog with a metal baseball bat on at least 2 occasions for fighting with other dogs.
The dog’s name was Nacho. He was a 3/4- year-old, medium-sized mixed breed with floppy ears and flappy jowls. The former volunteer, whom I’ll call Jane to protect her identity, told me she and Porter picked him up at an animal shelter in August of 2015.
About 4 months later Porter decided Nacho’s aggressiveness towards other dogs made him unadoptable. Porter doesn’t like unadoptable dogs. She can’t make money selling them. And she would have to spend money to keep them at Rising Phoenix.
So she kills them.
Or her husband Joey Prater kills them.
Or she orders people to kill them.
Porter had Nacho shot and killed in late 2015/early 2016. Jane rode there with Porter, Joey Prater, and a teenager who helped out at the rescue. Here’s how she described the killing:
“I witnessed Nacho being shot. She had an under age boy do the shooting with Joey’s rifle. Joey loaded it. Trish gave the order.”
The boy shot Nacho with Prater’s rifle twice. They left him under some sagebrush for the coyotes.
AGGRESSIVE DOGS ARE DOOMED AS SOON AS THEY ARRIVE
Jane didn’t think Nacho was unadoptable. She said he was nervous when they first met him at the shelter but turned into a “wiggle butt” after he left his kennel.
She earned his trust by scratching him on his face through the fence of his pen and feeding him nachos (which is how he got his name).
While she loved all the dogs at the rescue, she told me:
“Nacho had something different. The way he looked at me. His eyes were very big and soft. He looked at me like my own dogs looked at me. Later when I would walk around the property he would watch me. I would say good morning to him as I walked into the house to get my daily chores. He was at the gate every morning. When I was in the pen he would lean on me. His tail would wag so hard he could barely hold his balance.”
Unfortunately, Nacho ended up at a fake dog rescue run by a woman with no regard for dogs’ individual behavior and temperament. To her, dogs are pieces of merchandise she sells to make money. Period.
That’s why dogs like Nacho, which didn’t get along with other dogs, are doomed as soon as they arrived at Rising Phoenix.
NACHO KILLED FOR “ACTING LIKE A DOG”
Jane told me that Nacho “hated the dogs he was kenneled with. He didn’t get along with other dogs. He started to fight with other dogs. That’s why he was getting beaten by Trish.”
She said that Nacho was beaten and killed at Rising Phoenix for simply “acting like a dog.”
Here’s how she described Nacho after Porter started beating him:
“The light in his eyes went out after the beating. He quit seeking me out. He viewed everyone as a danger. He would show all the submissive signs, tail tucked, avoiding eye contact, lip licking…he wouldn’t come near me. In order to check his collar for fit I would have to corner him. The Nacho I knew was gone or buried so deep I couldn’t see him anymore.”
DOGS BEATEN ALMOST EVERY DAY
Jane said Trisha Porter and Joey Prater routinely beat the dogs with metal baseball bats. And by routinely, I mean virtually every day.
According to Jane, they beat the dogs so often Porter “had baseball bats hung on every pen to beat dogs that barked or fought or guarded the food.”
Let that sink in for a minute.
The people who ran this fake dog rescue beat their dogs so often that, for the sake of convenience, they hung metal baseball bats outside the kennels.
Jane said she witnessed the boy who killed Nacho shoot at least 4 other dogs. On 11 other occasions, when she asked about a dog missing from its kennel, Porter told her she ordered the boy to shoot them. Joey Prater provided him with a loaded rifle to carry out Porter’s orders.
Porter also told Jane that she and Prater killed several other dogs themselves before Jane arrived at Rising Phoenix.
TAKING ANIMAL CRUELTY TO NEW LEVEL
Over the last few years I’ve written about several fake dog rescues that inflicted cruel, inhumane treatment on the dogs they “saved.”
I’ve written about a “sanctuary” that stored over 100 starved dogs in crates 24/7 in a dark, foul-smelling warehouse.
I’ve written about rescues that put dangerous dogs in homes where they bit people and killed other pets.
I’ve written about rescues that don’t provide medical treatment to sick and/or injured dogs.
But Rising Phoenix Mastiff Rescue in Yakima takes the vile, barbaric treatment of dogs by fake dog rescue groups to a frightening new level.
Porter also traumatized dozens of people who adopted sick or aggressive dogs from her and paid thousands of dollars on vet and training bills for the broken dogs she sold them.
Like I said, dogs are nothing but property to Trisha Porter and Joey Prater. They don’t care about saving them. Dogs are just a means for them to make money. That’s it.
I do have some promising news. Officer Randy Sutton with the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office noted that over the last 12-18 months, people have managed “to limit (Porter’s) business” through “word of mouth” and “social media.”
We must continue this trend by educating people about the cruelty she and Joey Prater inflict on their dogs is the best way to cut into her profits and force her to figure out another line of work that doesn’t involve torturing and killing dogs.