Luke Westerman, a Self-Appointed "Animal Welfare Expert"Luke Westerman, 37, is facing 19 felony counts of securities law violations and theft.
Lost His 'Dream Job'
DogsBite.org - On January 3, 2019, just three days after the closure of all 2018 fundraising campaigns for nonprofit organizations, KFOX14 broke the explosive story about the Executive Director of the Humane Society of El Paso (HSEP). On December 27, an Ohio grand jury indicted Luke Westerman on 19 felony cou… [Read full blog post]
What They Tell the Public vs. What They Tell New Holding FacilitiesDescribed as "loving, gentle," but has dog, stranger and handler aggression.
DogsBite.org - In September 2016, we published an expose about what lies behind the web advertisements of aggressive shelter dogs available for adoption today. We determined that many shelters candy-coat dogs with aggressive behaviors in their zeal to increase "live release rate." Animal behaviorist Ale… [Read full blog post]
Many Shelters Candy-Coat Dogs with Aggressive Behaviors in their Zeal to Increase 'Live Release Rate.' We Examine 34 Case Files.Dogs from the 34 case files we examined from Sonoma County Animal Services.Animal behaviorist and author Alexandra Semyonova provides analysis and a special report: Behavior Testing Shelter Dogs -- A Summary of Where We Are NowExamining Cases Up Close
DogsBite.org - Back in April, we were contacted about the "live release rate" trumping publi… [Read full blog post]
2007-2011 Dog Bite Data
Austin, TX - DogsBite.org recently reviewed 5-years of dog bite data gained from the City of Austin under the Freedom of Information Act. The data shows that dog bites have increased substantially since the city adopted a No-Kill policy in 2010. Between 2009 and 2011, dog bites increased 35%. The primary offenders of all bites were pit bulls and their mixes, responsible for 22% (1,288) followed by Labradors and their mixes, which inflicted 12% (682) d… [Read full blog post]
Both Top Managers Fired
UPDATE 02/19/09: The story of the Franklin County Animal Shelter comes to a conclusion: Commissioners fired both managers this evening after a consultant's report described the administration of the $5.2 million-a-year county agency as "dysfunctional and toxic." Director Lisa A. Wahoff and Assistant Director Craig L. Turk had been on paid leave since January 6 pending an investigation by a consultant.
The consultant's report, released today,… [Read full blog post]