Cruelty is a subject that is part of life in dealing with animals. It shouldn’t be. But it is. Over the weekend The Northeast Animal Shelter (NEAS) in Salem, MA received 20 dogs from the Charleston Animal Society in South Carolina. Three of the abused dogs that I will discuss here are part of the largest-ever animal cruelty case in South Carolina.

The Pedpedia website reports: 

  • Every 60 seconds, one animal suffers abuse.
  • Close to 65% of all abused animals are dogs.
  • There’ve been 483 drug-positive Greyhounds in Florida alone over 10 years.
  • Over 100,000 horses in the US are killed for human consumption.
  • On average, 250,000 animals every year are victims of animal hoarding.
  • There are over 10,000 puppy mills in the United States.
  • 1/3 of parrot species could become extinct because of the exotic bird trade.
  • More than 115 million animals are used for laboratory experiments yearly.
  • About 97% of all abused and killed animals yearly are farm animals.

How can people be so cruel to these animals? Because they can. 

Abused Dogs: Biscuit, Giblet, and Hermes

Well, not this time, you SOBs. 

This is the latest benefit of a recently formed partnership of the NEAS & MSPCA with the Charleston Animal Society.

Hermes (a hound-mix), as well as Giblet & Biscuit (beagles), are safe. They were part of a seizure involving more than 400 animals last July from a property in South Carolina.

Wtf. More than 400 abused animals!

The NEAS reported that the animals were “Found in unsanitary enclosures with no access to food or water. Biscuit and Giblet are now bunking down at the MSPCA-Angell at Nevins Farm in Methuen, awaiting dental surgery, and Hermes is resting here in Salem, where he is undergoing a mass removal.”

A very detailed WHDH news story adds that Giblet and Biscuit need dental surgery for severe dental disease. Giblet also needs to have a painful abscess removed from his mouth. Hermes has a mass on his foreleg that needs to be removed by surgery. 

Are you thinking of adopting any of these three abused dogs? They obviously will need to go through a recovery process before being available.

As I understand it, the other 17 dogs who made the trip up to Salem were not part of the cruelty case. SC sent them to make room for new arrivals there. (cruelty is part of life…). They most likely will be available for adoption shortly. 

What Are We Doing About Abused Animals?

Every year, more than 10 million animals die from abuse in the US alone. Not talking about the UK, France, India, etc. Just us. But let me give you another stat. The media and elected officials find the time to only publicize 1,920 animal abuse cases every year.

Looks like Democrats & Republicans, as well as liberal & conservative media, have something in common. 

Animal abuse still isn’t recognized by lawmakers as a severe issue in the United States. Let’s see what we can do about it. 

Publicizing the story of Biscuit, Giblet, and Hermes is my effort. What are you going to do? 

For information on how to adopt, visit (Photo from the NEAS Facebook page)

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