Greyhound Blood Donors

Greyhounds are being used as blood donors, under the pretense of having been rescued from the track.  Is it better for the individual dogs to go from a cage at a track, to a cage at a so-called rescue facility and be in a situation where they might have to share a cage with another dog, having to fight for their food and space, sleeping in their feces, having little exercise, etc.  Is it better to have a good quality of life or quantity?
 
It appears that having a “non-profit” business, supplying blood to vets, is very lucrative.  For example, Hemopet, in Garden Grove, California, has grown over the years to warehouse hundreds of greyhound dogs, who have been given to the organization by trainers and others, dogs who are no longer money makers.  They go under the radar as to who is giving them away.  Hemopet gets the dogs free, bleeds them for months and years, and then when they can no longer give blood, the dogs are put up for adoption.
 
See 2009 Non-profit Tax Return for Hemopet – (you need to register on www.Guidestar.com in order read 990 Tax Return)
As you can see, a non-profit does not mean that you cannot make a large salary, as a managing employee of the organization, with benefits, over $100,000.  Not having the details of the tax return, we can only surmise that the President of Hemopet, Dr. Jean Dodds, DMV, is receiving these funds.
 
Major problems with Hemopet:
Dog cages –  two dogs per cage
  • designed for one dog, with one raised area for sleeping
  • even the greyhound tracks do not have shared cages
  • space for movement, sleeping, excretions, is limited with two dogs in a cage
  • below is a photo of two dogs in a cage ( photo with blue cage sides) – you can see the dog bowl on the raised area in the back of the cage – what you see is the cage size
  • the cages are lined up, as they are at the tracks
  • how is this condition better for the dogs
  • State inspectors are influenced by the reputation of Dr. Dodds and are therefore not inspecting the Hemopet facility or they are overlooking the conditions. 
  • We are in the process of determining the California minimum size of a cage ALLOWED for one dog.  With the raised sleeping platform, we assume the cages are too small for two dogs.
  • The description below, on the Hemopet web site, of the cage, is a complete lie.  Click X if photo does not come up.
 
  • California –  animal blood banks are licensed and regulated by:
California Department of Food & Agriculture
Animal Health and Food Safety Services, Animal Health Branch
1220 N Street, Room A-107
Sacramento, CA 95814
916/654-1447
 
 Notes: 
Dog housing www.aspcapro.org/mydocuments/asv_facility_and_environment H.R. 594 To amend the Animal Welfare Act to ensure that all dogs and cats used by research facilities are obtained legally.
Introduced February 5, 1997, by Charles Canady (R-Fla.) and referred to the Committee on Agriculture. Referred to the Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry on February 11. Executive comment requested from USDA on February 11. This act may be cited as the “Pet Safety and Protection Act of 1997.”
“Section 7 of the Animal Welfare Act is amended to read as follows: (a) Use of Certain Dogs and Cats–No research facility or Federal research facility may use a dog or cat for research or educational purposes if the dog or cat was obtained from a person other than a person described in subsection (c). (b) Selling, Donating, or Offering Dogs and Cats–No person, other than a person described in subsection (c), may sell, donate, or offer a dog or cat to any research facility or Federal research facility. (c) Permissible Sources–Persons from whom a research facility or a Federal research facility may obtain a dog or cat for research or educational purposes under subsection (a) and persons who may sell, donate, or offer a dog or cat to a research facility or a Federal research facility under subsection (b) are–(1) a dealer licensed under section 3 [of the Animal Welfare Act] who has bred and raised such a dog or cat; (2) a publicly owned and operated pound or shelter that–(A) is registered with the Department of Agriculture; (B) is in compliance with section 28(a)(1) and with requirements for dealers in section 28 (b) and (c); and (C) obtained such dog or cat from its legal owner, other than a pound or shelter; (3) a person who is donating such dog or cat and who–(A) bred and raised such dog or cat; or (B) owned such dog or cat for not less than 1 year immediately preceding the donation; (4) a research facility licensed by the Department of Agriculture; and (5) a Federal research facility licensed by the Department of Agriculture. “
The act does not require a pound or shelter to release dogs or cats to research facilities.
 
S. 2114 To amend the Animal Welfare Act to ensure that all dogs and cats used by research facilities are obtained legally, and for other purposes.
Introduced September 24, 1996, by Daniel K. Akaka (D-Hawaii) and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. This bill may be cited as the “Pet Safety and Protection Act of 1996.”
Section 7 of the Animal Welfare Act (7 U.S.C. 2137) is amended to read as follows: No research facility or Federal research facility may use a dog or cat for research or educational purposes if the dog or cat was obtained from a person other than a permissible source. Permissible sources include: (1) a dealer licensed under section 3 that has bred and raised the dog or cat; (2) a publicly owned and operated pound or shelter that is registered with the Department of Agriculture and has obtained the dog or cat from its legal owner, other than a pound or shelter; (3) a person that is donating the dog or cat and that bred and raised the dog or cat; or owned the dog or cat for not less than 1 year immediately preceding the donation; (4) a research facility licensed by the Department of Agriculture; or (5) a Federal research facility licensed by the Department of Agriculture. Related bills: H.R. 4249, H.R. 3393, H.R. 3398.

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