The director of PURRR Rescue, a Washington-based dog rescue group, admitted in text messages from her phone that she has used tasers to help her control her dogs.
Diana VanDusen said in a text conversation that she touched the cage of one of her dogs with a taser and “blasted her on the foot.”
She added that the charge went thru cage to the dog’s feet and “she instantly let go jolted back.” She also said the shock was like “hitting and election (she meant electric) fence.”
After she shocked the dog she said to “snapped to go after me I screamed she stopped.” She also said, “The pain caused her to trigger.”
Here are the screenshots that several people sent to me from Facebook:
Using a taser to control dogs is dog abuse, pure and simple.
Other people have said she also keeps shock collars on the dogs to stop them from barking:
PURRR Rescue is already under scrutiny. In December the Tacoma News Tribune reported that over the course of about a month last summer, 3 dogs adopted out by PURRR killed 2 cats and 2 dogs. 2 of the dogs had to be euthanized and another is at a boarding facility at Joint Base Lewis McChord.
And in 2013, a dog adopted from PURRR mauled a 6 year-old-boy after it had bitten the father and 2 of the children of the family in the month after they adopted it. That dog was euthanized as well.
The Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County and Metro Animal Services in Puyallup stopped releasing dogs to VanDusen, and the City of Lakewood denied her business license application because allowing her to keep adopting out dogs could be “injurious to the public health, safety and welfare.”
Currently, VanDusen has about 20-25 dogs that live outdoors in kennels. She’s had most of them for over a year, and after her business license was denied in Lakewood, she’s hidden them in an undisclosed location.
Pictures and videos from the PURRR Facebook page show the dogs are living outside in kennels inside pop-up tents scattered around a fenced-in yard.
People who have seen the dogs there say the tents are heated with electric heaters, and still shots from a PURRR video show extension chords scattered around the yard going into all the tents. This is extremely dangerous. A tent could quickly go up in flames if a heater malfunctions.
These new revelations about PURRR Rescue are extremely disturbing. Reputable rescues:
Don’t use a taser on their dogs
Don’t house their dogs in kennels or keep them in boarding for months
Don’t keep their dogs in tents outside
Don’t use a bunch of extension chords and electric heaters to keep dogs warm
Don’t hide their dogs from the public
Other rescues have offered to take dogs from PURRR to help, but so far VanDusen has refused their offers. In fact, she’s still bringing up dogs from California to sell.
This is unacceptable.
Using tasers and shock collars on dogs trapped in kennels is not only abusive, it can make them extremely aggressive and create behavioral problems.
Keeping dogs in kennels for months isn’t rescuing them.
Neither is adopting dogs out that get euthanized due to severe aggression problems.
As we saw with the Olympic Animal ‘Sanctuary” in Forks, keeping dogs hidden from the public and refusing help from other groups are troubling signs that a rescue may not be operating with the best interests of the dogs in mind.
I hope VanDusen will change her mind and allow other groups to take her dogs. Until then, the public scrutiny of PURRR Rescue will continue.