On December 24 a woman posted pictures and a video which confirmed what many people already know: Rising Phoenix Mastiff Rescue in Yakima is a fake dog rescue that abuses its dogs.
The HIGH temperature the day she took the pictures was 29 degrees F. The low was 12 degrees F. The high temperature for the three days after she took the pictures was predicted to be below freezing.
The ground is covered in feces and looks like it hasn’t been cleaned in several days.
Two of the dogs are on short chains that look to be only 3 or 4 feet long.
Their water is frozen.
They have no protection from the freezing weather. Their only shelter is a dog house that looks too small for any of the dogs.
Two of the dogs are missing some hair and look severely underweight.
At least 3 of the dogs have short hair and nothing to keep them warm.
Several people have said that the “rescue” keeps more dogs in crates inside the metal building next to the pen.
While Washington has weak anti-cruelty laws, they do mandate that dogs must have adequate food, water, and shelter. These dogs have no shelter to protect them from sub-freezing temperatures and their water is frozen.
The amount of feces in the pen indicates either no one has been around the dogs for days or cares enough about these dogs to keep the pen clean.
I know Washington’s animal cruelty laws are weak, but if this isn’t animal cruelty, what is?
Furthermore, Rising Phoenix Mastiff Rescue’s registration with the Washington Secretary of State’s office is delinquent, and it’s account with the Washington State Department of Revenue expired in 2012.
This means Rising Phoenix isn’t registered to do business in Washington and hasn’t paid taxes on it’s revenue since 2012.
And since Porter spends virtually nothing on vet care for these sick, malnourished dogs, the tens of thousands of dollars she makes on adoption fees appear to go right into her pocket. TAX FREE.
The fact that this “rescue” has not been shut down is a travesty.
I plan to file complaints about Rising Mastiff to the Washington Secretary of State and Department of Revenue. If Yakima County Animal Control can’t shut them down, maybe the state will since they appear to operating illegally.