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 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.
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.
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 it down, 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.
Here are the stories I’ve written about this horrible rescue over the past year: