Seattle DogSpot http://www.seattledogspot.com Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:15:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Seattle Area Weekend Dog Events: Friday, January 19 – Sunday, January 21 http://www.seattledogspot.com/dog-news/seattle-area-weekend-dog-events-friday-january-19-sunday-january-21/ http://www.seattledogspot.com/dog-news/seattle-area-weekend-dog-events-friday-january-19-sunday-january-21/#respond Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:15:40 +0000 http://www.seattledogspot.com/?p=27062 FRIDAY, JANUARY 19 Seattle Humane Society MaxMobile Adoption Event January 19 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Mud Bay – Issaquah, 1590 NW Gilman Blvd. Issaquah, WA 98027 Seattle Humane Society MaxMobile Adoption Event January 19 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm Mud Bay – Sammamish, 22830 NE 8th St. Sammamish, WA 98074 SATURDAY, JANUARY […]

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 19

Seattle Humane Society MaxMobile Adoption Event
January 19 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Mud Bay – Issaquah, 1590 NW Gilman Blvd.
Issaquah, WA 98027

Seattle Humane Society MaxMobile Adoption Event
January 19 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Mud Bay – Sammamish, 22830 NE 8th St.
Sammamish, WA 98074

SATURDAY, JANUARY 20

Seattle Animal Shelter: Protect Your Pet – Vaccination & License Clinic
January 20 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Seattle Animal Shelter, 2061 15th Ave. W
Seattle, WA 98119

AC101 How to Listen when Animals Talk: Learning the Fundamentals
January 20 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
One Love Animal Center, 16927 Broadway Avenue
Snohomish, Washington 98296

Seattle Boston Terrier Meetup Group Monthly Meetup
January 20 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Magnuson Off-Leash Dog Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115

Eastside Littles Indoor Small Dog Playdate
January 20 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Motley Zoo Animal Rescue, 16715 Cleveland St.
Redmond, WA 98052

Ink by Robyn Flash Day
January 20 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Two Birds Tattoo, 7408 Greenwood Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98103

Meet and Greet with Old Dog Haven
January 20 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Mud Bay – Issaquah, 1590 NW Gilman Blvd.
Issaquah, WA 98027

Seahawks Photo Booth at Burien Mud Bay
January 20 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Mud Bay – Burien, 148 SW 148th St Suite B130
Burien, WA 98166

Greyhound Pets, Inc. Meet and Greet in Redmond
January 20 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Mud Bay – Redmond, 8867 161st Ave. NE
Redmond, WA 98052

Forgotten Dogs Rescue Adoption Event
January 20 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Mud Bay – Kent, 10457 SE 240th St.
Kent, WA 98031

Smidget Rescue Adoption Event
January 20 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Pet Pros – Maple Valley, 26250 Maple Valley Black Diamond Rd. SE
Maple Valley, WA 98038

Greyhound Pets, Inc. Meet and Greet in Kirkland
January 20 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Petco Unleashed – Kirkland, 10042 NE 137th St.
Kirkland, WA 98034

Greyhound Pets, Inc. Meet and Greet in Marysville
January 20 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Petco – Marysville, 16508 Twin Lakes Ave.
Marysville, WA 98271

Seattle Humane Society MaxMobile Adoption Event
January 20 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Petco – Renton, 4110 NE 4th St.
Renton, WA 98059

SUNDAY, JANUARY 21

Seattle Humane Society MaxMobile Adoption Event
January 21 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Mud Bay – West Seattle, 2611 California St. NW
Seattle, WA 98116

The Seattle Area Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Meetup Group
January 21 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
City Dog! Club – Downtown Seattle, 809 Olive Way
Seattle, WA 98101

Meet & Greet with Greyhound Pets of America: Greater Northwest
January 21 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Mud Bay – Sumner, 15105 Main Street East
Sumner, WA 98390

Project Canine Bow Wows and Books
January 21 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Green Lake Branch of Seattle Public Library, 7364 E Green Lake Dr N
Seattle, WA 981115

Beck’s Place – Pay What You Can Vet Clinic
January 21 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Tractor Supply Company – Monroe, 13650 Roosevelt Rd. SE
Monroe, WA 98272

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JustFoodForDogs announced a recall yesterday for its Turducken recipe because it contained green beans contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The company voluntarily recalled the product after a customer reported that its Turducken special “made her dogs sick with vomiting and diarrhea.” The dogs made a full recovery after a day. 

JustFoodForDogs Turducken Recall

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The company said it’s conducting extensive testing and a thorough investigation to establish the root cause of this contamination. JustFoodForDogs also recalled its 2 other recipes that contain green beens.

Here are the products the company recalled:

• All batches of its Turducken recipe
• Beef & Russet Potato and Fish & Sweet Potato (contain green beans)

The company said it would also notify the FDA about the Listeria monocytogenes contamination “as this likely affects a broader human food supply of green beans.”

If you have any of the food listed above, please dispose of it and do not feed it to your dog.

The company will provide an immediate and unconditional credit to your account for all purchases made of these recipes between November 1st, 2017 and January 14th, 2018, upon request.

To get a refund for any of the recalled recipes you bought email the at support@justfoodfordogs.com with the first and last name on your account. You should get your credit and reply with the confirmed amount within 72 hours. That credit will be available for one year from the date it was credited.

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Poulsbo Bans Sale of Dogs from Puppy Mills http://www.seattledogspot.com/dog-news/poulsbo-bans-sale-dogs-puppy-mills/ http://www.seattledogspot.com/dog-news/poulsbo-bans-sale-dogs-puppy-mills/#respond Sat, 13 Jan 2018 19:08:04 +0000 http://www.seattledogspot.com/?p=26974 Last week the Poulsbo City Council unanimously passed an ordinance banning the sale of dogs and cats from puppy mills (and kitten mills). The ordinance says a pet store can’t sell dogs and cats unless it “obtained from or displays in cooperation with an animal shelter or an animal rescue league.” Poulsbo is the 3rd city in […]

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Last week the Poulsbo City Council unanimously passed an ordinance banning the sale of dogs and cats from puppy mills (and kitten mills). The ordinance says a pet store can’t sell dogs and cats unless it “obtained from or displays in cooperation with an animal shelter or an animal rescue league.”

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Poulsbo is the 3rd city in Kitsap County to pass a ban. Bremerton passed a similar ordinance last September. Bainbridge Island passed one last July.

The ASPCA defines puppy mills as “a large-scale commercial dog breeding facility where profit is given priority over the well-being of the dogs.”

Puppy mill owners keep breeding dogs in crowded, unsanitary wire cages stacked on top of each other in a basement or barn. The cages often don’t have floors so the dogs often sustain painful injuries to their feet and legs. Owners force the dogs to breed as often as possible. The puppies get no socialization and often have congenital or hereditary health problems.

The groups Kitsap Animal Advocates and Their Voice proposed the bans and worked with mayors and city councils to support them. Advocates created them initially to educate consumers about the sale of dogs from puppy mills at Farmland Pets in Silverdale. 

None of the 3 cities that passed bans have any pet stores that sell puppies and kittens; however, enacting the ban sends a strong message that elected officials don’t want their communities to support puppy mills.

“Even though there are no pet stores in Poulsbo that support the puppy mill industry that doesn’t mean they won’t come in someday, said Their Voice founder Kimmy Siebends. “Now Poulsbo, like Bainbridge Island and Bremerton, is protected.”

Siebends also noted that “no is the time to protect our communities” because, rather than adopting humane business models, many of the pet stores dealing in the puppy mill trade are moving to other states.

The groups plans to continue working with local officials to pass bans in other cities in Kitsap County.

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Yakima County Sheriff Can’t Arrest Trisha Porter or Joey Prater So Stop Calling http://www.seattledogspot.com/dog-news/yakima-county-sheriff-arrest-trisha-porter/ http://www.seattledogspot.com/dog-news/yakima-county-sheriff-arrest-trisha-porter/#comments Fri, 12 Jan 2018 22:31:04 +0000 http://www.seattledogspot.com/?p=26959 Yesterday we celebrated the announcement from Rising Phoenix Animal Rescue that it is “no longer accepting pets, adopting out pets, or assisting with fosters.” In my opinion, the reason this fake dog rescue group shut down is that hundreds of people spread information about the horrific cruelty Trisha Porter and Joey Prater inflicted on the […]

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Yesterday we celebrated the announcement from Rising Phoenix Animal Rescue that it is no longer accepting pets, adopting out pets, or assisting with fosters.”

In my opinion, the reason this fake dog rescue group shut down is that hundreds of people spread information about the horrific cruelty Trisha Porter and Joey Prater inflicted on the dogs they “rescued.” After seeing this information, people and organizations stopped sending dogs to them, and potential adopters chose to adopt dogs more reputable rescues.

I’ve said repeatedly that Porter didn’t start Rising Phoenix to help dogs. To her it was just an easy way to make money. But as the places that would send her dogs dwindled and potential adopters got dogs elsewhere, the amount of cash she made dropped to the point where her business was no longer profitable.

But for many dog lovers, including me, yesterday’s news was bittersweet.

We want justice. We want Trisha Porter and Joey Prater arrested, prosecuted, and convicted for denying medical care to dogs suffering from curable health problems. For beating dogs with metal baseball bats when they barked or fought. For killing dogs that were no longer adoptable (i.e., profitable).

That’s why people continue to bombard Yakima County Animal Control with calls and emails demanding that officers arrest Porter and Prater.

I get that. They should be punished for what they did; however, we live in a country guided by the rule of law, and officers cannot ignore the law regardless of how many angry calls and emails they get.

For example, people want Porter and Prater arrested for shooting some of their dogs. So do I. But in Yakima County, it is legal for dog owners to euthanize or shoot their dogs.

I think that’s terrible, cruel, and barbaric. But it’s the law in Yakima County, so Yakima County Animal Control cannot arrest Porter and Prater for shooting their dogs

People also want Porter and Prater arrested for beating their dogs with bats and denying them medical care for painful, treatable ailments. So do I. But law enforcement cannot arrest them without recent evidence. Nacho’s story is a perfect example of why law enforcement’s hands are tied.

Earlier this week I wrote about a dog at Rising Phoenix named Nacho. In 2015, a former volunteer witnessed Porter viciously, repeatably beat Nacho for fighting with other dogs. If she had taken Nacho to the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office and reported that Porter beat him then Porter would have been arrested.

Now, after two years, officers can’t arrest Porter because the evidence is gone. Porter ordered a teenager to shoot Nacho not long after he arrived at Rising Phoenix, and no video or picture exists that shows Porter beat him.

With no visual or physical evidence, police can’t arrest Porter just because a former volunteer said she saw Porter beat Nacho two years ago.

And even if they did arrest her, no prosecutor would file charges without solid, current evidence. This applies not only to Nacho’s case but also to the dozens of reports I’ve seen from people saying they adopted horribly sick dogs from Porter.

If you think Yakima County Animal Control ignored all the reports of animal cruelty at Rising Phoenix you’d be wrong. Officer Randy Sutton investigated all the complaints people filed. He issued a citation for animal cruelty against Porter that was thrown out because of lack of evidence. He issued a citation for animal cruelty for another person who lived on the property. He cited Porter for having too many dogs without a kennel license which cost her almost $2000.

He also forwarded some of the complaints about Porter to the District Attorney office, but the DA didn’t file charges due to lack of credible evidence. Officer Sutton couldn’t do anything else about the case once the DA’s office made that decision.

We can debate whether or not the Sheriff’s office did enough to stop Rising Phoenix, but those who say Yakima County ignored all the complaints the Sheriff’s Office received are factually incorrect.

I understand people are angry. I’m angry. And we need to find somewhere to channel our anger. 

If I thought calling the Sheriff’s Office would accomplish something, I’d be the first one on the phone and would urge others to call as well.

Instead, those of us in Washington outraged how Porter abused dogs should direct our anger and energy toward changing the law that exempts rescue groups like Rising Phoenix from meeting any standard of care for their dogs. We should also support legislation that loosens the restrictions that hamper law enforcement officers from investigating animal cruelty charges at these rescues.

What we should NOT do is continue to inundate the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office with calls demanding the arrest Porter and Prater for alleged crimes committed years ago without compelling evidence. That will simply not happen.

Of course, if anyone discovers new evidence that Porter and Prater are abusing dogs, and Yakima County won’t do anything about it, call away.

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Rising Phoenix Mastiff Rescue Has Closed! http://www.seattledogspot.com/dog-adoption-rescue/rising-phoenix-mastiff-rescue-has-closed/ http://www.seattledogspot.com/dog-adoption-rescue/rising-phoenix-mastiff-rescue-has-closed/#comments Thu, 11 Jan 2018 23:40:51 +0000 http://www.seattledogspot.com/?p=26943 Yesterday, Trisha Porter from Rising Phoenix Mastiff Rescue removed all links on the group’s website and posted the following message: “Rising Phoenix Mastiff Rescue is no longer accepting pets, adopting out pets, or assisting with fosters. Have a wonderful day.” Yakima County Animal Control Officers visited Porter’s home today and confirmed that no dogs were […]

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Yesterday, Trisha Porter from Rising Phoenix Mastiff Rescue removed all links on the group’s website and posted the following message: “Rising Phoenix Mastiff Rescue is no longer accepting pets, adopting out pets, or assisting with fosters. Have a wonderful day.”

Rising Phoenix Mastiff Rescue Closed

The worst fake dog rescue in Washington says it has closed its doors. Image from Rising Phoenix Mastiff Rescue.

Yakima County Animal Control Officers visited Porter’s home today and confirmed that no dogs were on the property and all the crates and other equipment the rescue had were gone.

This is fantastic news.

For years, this fake dog rescue has adopted out dogs with severe health and behavior problems to unsuspecting, good-hearted people who just wanted to provide a loving home to dogs that other people didn’t want or couldn’t keep.

Instead, they ended up with extremely sick dogs that required thousands of dollars in medical care. Or they got dogs with undisclosed behavior problems that attacked other pets or people.

Sam had numerous health problems when he was adopted from Rising Mastiff. His adopter said he was more than 30 pounds underweight with “yeast infection of the right ear,” parasites, and roundworm.” Photo from Ripoff Report.

In December of 2016 I posted descriptions from dozens of people regarding the horrific condition of the dogs they adopted from Rising Phoenix.

Here are some of them:

  • After a potential adopter petted one dog he said his hands were “black as tar said they smelled like death.” Another said their dog had “the stench of sickness that came off her I will never forget.”
  • One man reported that the dog he adopted had broken teeth, infected eyes, ear mites, and infected paws.
  • One dog someone adopted had an infection on its neck with an odor so foul “it could make you gag.” 
  • Porter told one person that the dog he adopted dog was “good with cats” but the adopters said it “tried to tear (their) cat in two” in front of their 6-year-old son.
  • Porter told someone the dog she adopted was “good with everyone, including cats, and toddlers”; when she got it home it bit her husband on the hand.

As this information spread over the internet throughout the dog rescue world, Porter found it increasingly difficult to find people or other rescues to pull dogs for her from overcrowded shelters.

I’ve said before Porter didn’t give a damn about saving dogs. She started Rising Phoenix to make easy money. That’s why she spent virtually nothing on veterinary care or behavior training.

Eventually, the number of dogs she could get dwindled to the point where her profitable, cash only business wasn’t so profitable anymore.

Fake Dog Rescue Beats and Kills Its Dogs

Here’s how the former volunteer described this picture to me. “Pic of Nacho the day after the beating and fight. Never taken to the vet. That beating was the breaking point in his personality. He gave up, he didn’t care anymore. He fought like crazy and asked for no affection. He wouldn’t look anyone in the eyes.”

The final nail in Rising Mastiff’s coffin appears to be the public outrage generated by the story I posted last weekend about a former volunteer who witnessed Porter and her husband Joey Prater constantly beat dogs with metal baseball bats.

She also witnessed them order a boy who worked at the rescue to shoot 2 dogs. Porter also told her they killed 11 other dogs they couldn’t adopt out.

Porter has claimed in the past she would shut down the rescue, but she only did so to avoid public scrutiny. After a few weeks she was back in business. This time she could actually mean it since she isn’t making much money anymore.

Regardless of whether she really shuts down Rising Mastiff or not, dozens of the people in the area will be watching her closely. If she starts selling dogs again, we’ll know.

In the meantime, dog lovers should celebrate that this despicable rescue is gone.

We should dedicate this milestone to the hundreds of dogs that suffered and/or died at Rising Phoenix Dog Rescue. We should also commit ourselves to prevent Trisha Porter from ever running another fake dog rescue.

If you want to learn more about the antics of this horrible rescue, here are the stories I’ve written about Rising Phoenix Mastiff Rescue over the past year:

Dozens Say Dogs They Adopted from Rising Phoenix Mastiff Rescue Were Sick, Emaciated, (12/13/2016)

Rising Phoenix Mastiff Rescue Skirts the Rules and Snags Dog from California Shelter, (12/20/2016)

Woman Says She Adopted a Dangerous Dog from Rising Phoenix Mastiff Rescue in Yakima, (2/1/2017)

Rising Phoenix Mastiff Rescue Lies to Another Family About the Dog They Adopted, (3/3/2017)

Rising Phoenix Mastiff Rescue Adopts Out Another Dog with Serious Health Problems, (6/26/2017)

Reactive Dog from Worst Dog “Rescue” in Washington Finds a Permanent Home, (9/11/2017)

Fake Dog Rescue Breaks Another Dog Owner’s Heart, (12/7/2017)

New Evidence Confirms Rising Phoenix Mastiff Rescue Abuses Its Dogs, (12/27/2017)

Adopt-a-Pet Removes Rising Phoenix Mastiff Rescue from Its Website, (12/31/2017)

Eyewitness Says Founder of Fake Dog Rescue Beat/Killed Misbehaving Dogs, (1/7/2018)

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Seattle Area Weekend Dog Events: Friday, January 12 – Sunday, January 14 http://www.seattledogspot.com/seattle-area-dog-events/seattle-area-weekend-dog-events-friday-january-12-sunday-january-14/ http://www.seattledogspot.com/seattle-area-dog-events/seattle-area-weekend-dog-events-friday-january-12-sunday-january-14/#respond Wed, 10 Jan 2018 20:09:26 +0000 http://www.seattledogspot.com/?p=26941 FRIDAY, JANUARY 12 No Events Scheduled SATURDAY, JANUARY 13 Junior Girl Scouts: Animal Habitats Badge January 13 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am PAWS, 15305 44th Ave W Lynnwood, WA 98087 Seattle Pitbull Meetup – Let’s Walk Greenlake! January 13 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm Green Lake – Corner of N. 64th and East […]

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No Events Scheduled

SATURDAY, JANUARY 13

Junior Girl Scouts: Animal Habitats Badge
January 13 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
PAWS, 15305 44th Ave W
Lynnwood, WA 98087

Seattle Pitbull Meetup – Let’s Walk Greenlake!
January 13 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Green Lake – Corner of N. 64th and East Green lake Way, N 64th St. and East Green Lake Way
Seattle, WA

Single Pet Parents – Saturday at the Park
January 13 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Marymoor Off-Leash Dog Park, 6046 West Lake Sammamish Pkwy NE
Redmond, WA 98052

Seattle Humane Society MaxMobile Adoption Event
January 13 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
PetSmart – Aurora, 13000 Aurora Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98133

Forever Home Dog Rescue Meet & Greet Event
January 13 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Best Friends Pet Retreat and Day Spa, 21100 72nd Ave West
Edmonds, WA 98026

NW Boxer Rescue Adoption Event
January 13 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Mud Bay – Tacoma (Stadium), 635 Division Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98403

Seattle Humane Society MaxMobile Adoption Event
January 13 @ 3:15 pm – 6:15 pm
PetSmart – Issaquah, 1505 11th Ave. NW
Issaquah, WA 98027

SUNDAY, JANUARY 14

Seattle Humane Society MaxMobile Adoption Event
January 14 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
University Village, 2623 NE University Village
Seattle, WA 98105

Greyhound Pets, Inc. Meet and Greet
January 14 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Mud Bay – West Seattle, 2611 California St. NW
Seattle, WA 98116

Becoming a Therapy Dog Team
January 14 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Project Canine, 1037 NE 65th St, # 193
Seattle, WA 98115

Royal Hounds Greyhound Adoption
January 14 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Petco – Issaquah, 975 NW Gilman Blvd
Issaquah, WA 98027

D.R.A.W. Adoption Event
January 14 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Mud Bay – Federal Way, 1706 S 320th St.
Federal Way, WA 98003

Seattle Animal Caregiver Support Circle
January 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Seattle Unity Church, 200 8th Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

Seattle Humane Society MaxMobile Adoption Event
January 14 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Mud Bay – Maple Valley, 24107 SE Kent Kangley Rd.
Maple Valley, WA, WA 98038

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Eyewitness Says Founder of Fake Dog Rescue Beat/Killed Misbehaving Dogs http://www.seattledogspot.com/dog-adoption-rescue/eyewitness-founder-of-fake-dog-rescue-beat-and-killed-misbehaving-dogs/ http://www.seattledogspot.com/dog-adoption-rescue/eyewitness-founder-of-fake-dog-rescue-beat-and-killed-misbehaving-dogs/#comments Sun, 07 Jan 2018 19:52:45 +0000 http://www.seattledogspot.com/?p=26869 WARNING! THIS POST CONTAINS DISTURBING LANGUAGE AND IMAGES 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 […]

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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.

Fake Dog Rescue Beats and Kills Its Dogs

This is Nacho the day Trisha Porter and former volunteer picked him up at a California shelter.

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.”

Fake Dog Rescue Beats and Kills Its Dogs

Here’s how the former volunteer described this picture to me. “Pic of Nacho the day after the beating and fight. Never taken to the vet. That beating was the breaking point in his personality. He gave up, he didn’t care anymore. He fought like crazy and asked for no affection. He wouldn’t look anyone in the eyes.”

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.

Fake Dog Rescue Beats and Kills Its Dogs

Another picture of Nacho the day after Trisha Porter beat him with a metal baseball bat for fighting with other dogs.

I’ve written about rescues that don’t provide medical treatment to sick and/or injured dogs.

I’ve written about rescues that knowingly adopt out dogs with highly contagious viruses like parvovirus and bordetella which contaminated homes and killed other family pets.

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.

 

 

 

 

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 5

Northwest Spay & Neuter Center Shuttle – King County
January 5
Regional Animal Services of King County, 21615 64th Avenue South
Kent, WA 98032

SATURDAY, JANUARY 6

Seattle Humane Society MaxMobile Adoption Event
January 6 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
PetSmart – Bellevue, 100 108th Ave. NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

SPOT Adoption Event
January 6 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
SPOT House, 830 S. Spruce St.
Burlington, WA 98233

Dog Gone Seattle Adoption Event
January 6 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
All The Best Pet Care – Lake City, 8050 Lake City Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115

Kitsap Humane Society Adoption Event – Bark in the Mew Year!
January 6 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Kitsap Humane Society, 9167 Dickey RD NW
Silverdale, WA 98033

Motley Zoo Animal Rescue Adoption Event
January 6 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Petco – Redmond, 7215 170th Ave NE
Redmond, WA 98052

Old Dog Haven Meet and Greet
January 6 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Mud Bay – Sumner, 15105 Main Street East
Sumner, WA 98390

Greyhound Pets, Inc. Meet and Greet
January 6 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Mud Bay – Mill Creek, 1018 164th St. SE
Mill Creek, WA 98012

Greyhound Pets, Inc. Meet and Greet
January 6 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Petapoluza, 114 N. 36th St.
Seattle, WA 98103

Greyhound Pets, Inc. Meet and Greet
January 6 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Petco – Marysville, 16508 Twin Lakes Ave.
Marysville, WA 98271

SUNDAY, JANUARY 7

Greyhound Pets of the Greater Northwest
January 7 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Mud Bay – Federal Way, 1706 S 320th St.
Federal Way, WA 98003

Project Canine Bow Wows and Books
January 7 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Green Lake Branch of Seattle Public Library, 7364 E Green Lake Dr N
Seattle, WA 981115

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Last Saturday KING 5 reported that Portland-based Fences for Fido built a dog park for dogs of homeless women. The dog park is located at Kirkland’s Lake Washington United Methodist Church in Kirkland.

KING 5 said Fences for Fido built the dog park in conjunction with the church’s Safe Parking Program, which allows “40-50 women and families stay in cars in the parking lot.”

Dog Park for Homeless Women.

Fences for Fido Built a Dog Park for Pets of Homeless Women Living in Their Cars. Photo from Lake Washington United Methodist Church.

Women in abusive relationships often don’t leave their abuser because they can’t take their pets with them.

“It’s a major problem,” Nathaniel Fields, president and CEO of URIPALS, told Project Earth. “As many as 48% of domestic violence victims stay in abusive relationships for fear of what would happen if they left their pets behind. Pets are members of the family and no one, especially victims of domestic violence, should have to make the impossible decision to leave their pets behind during times of crisis.”

Government officials and nonprofits have begun to understand this critical relationship between the homeless (especially homeless women) and their pets. That’s why more homeless shelters in the Seattle area accept pets.

Lake Washington United Methodist Church’s Safe Parking Program expanded on this concept. By teaming with Fences for Fido, it allows homeless women not only the to stay with their dogs, but also gives them a space to exercise and play with them.

“The fact that the church has stepped up and is utilizing their facilities to help these women makes it even more important that we step up and help them keep their pets because their pets are their family and their friends,” Michele Coppola of Fences for Fido told KING 5.

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 29

Seattle Humane Society – Bark in the New Year
December 29 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Seattle Humane Society, 13212 SE Eastgate Way
Bellevue, WA 98005

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30

Seattle Humane Society – Bark in the New Year
December 30 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Seattle Humane Society, 13212 SE Eastgate Way
Bellevue, WA 98005

Greyhound Pets, Inc. Meet and Greet
December 30 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Mud Bay – Issaquah, 1590 NW Gilman Blvd.
Issaquah, WA 98027

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31 (HAPPY NEW YEAR!)

Corgis R Us – Eastside Meetup
December 31 @ 10:00 am – 11:15 am
Magnuson Off-Leash Dog Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115

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