SOURCE: PetSmart Charities

PetSmart Charities

March 01, 2011 10:40 ET

PetSmart Charities® Sends Emergency Relief Waggin'® Vehicle to Alleged Cruelty Situation in Alabama

More Than 200 Dogs and Cats Rescued From Deplorable Living Conditions

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - March 1, 2011) - PetSmart Charities has dispatched its Emergency Relief Waggin'® vehicle to the scene of an alleged animal cruelty situation in Gordon, Ala., where approximately 180 large breed dogs and 30 cats are in need of assistance. The animals were removed from Dirty Sally's Pet Pals, a nonprofit organization that claims to offer animals for adoption. The Humane Society of the United States is the lead agency in this rescue.

"Whether Dirty Sally's started with good intentions, it is now clear that the organization is unable to properly care for this number of animals, and we want to make sure they get the care they deserve," said Mindy Gilbert, Alabama state director for The HSUS.

When responders arrived, they found breeds ranging from hound mixes to Labrador retriever mixes housed throughout the property. A veterinarian on the scene determined that many of the dogs suffered from medical ailments such as skin infections, untreated wounds and other serious ailments. The cats were living in a dirty pen with little safety from the cold and rain. The dogs were being housed in feces-ridden outdoor pens, inside the cramped, unsanitary trailer and chained to trees throughout the property.

PetSmart Charities' Emergency Relief Waggin' vehicle is stocked with $60,000 worth of crucial supplies, including pet food, wire crates, plastic carriers, bowls and leashes. The vehicle is also stocked with items such as fans, a generator, tents, a battery charger and lights to aid the animal rescuers on scene. The 53-foot trailer and its 16-ton cargo load departed the PetSmart® Distribution Center in Noonan, Ga., bound for the scene, where animal-rescue teams will operate an emergency animal shelter.

"In addition to the critical supplies for the animal victims, PetSmart Charities also dispatches a specially trained team of volunteers to meet the Emergency Relief Waggin' vehicle on the scene, unload the supplies and set up the temporary shelter," said Susana Della Maddalena, executive director of PetSmart Charities, Inc. "This enables rescuers to focus on the animals and immediately tend to their medical needs. This well-executed, cooperative effort means that the helpless animal victims will get the assistance they need as quickly and efficiently as possible."

PetSmart Charities is a nonprofit organization and the largest funder of companion animal-welfare efforts in North America. It established its Emergency Relief Waggin' program in 2007 to help animals like these, who are displaced and/or suffering as a result of natural or man-made disasters.

Members of the public who would like to support PetSmart Charities' Emergency Relief Waggin' program can make a tax-deductible donation in one of two ways:

1. Make a credit card donation via the PetSmart Charities' web site at:;

2. Mail a check directly to: PetSmart Charities, Attn: Emergency Relief; 19601 N. 27th Avenue, Phoenix, Ariz., 85027.

Funds raised will be used to aid pets affected by this and future Emergency Relief Waggin' program efforts when pets are victimized by natural and man-made disasters.

Learn more about the Emergency Relief Waggin' program at:

Established in 1994, PetSmart Charities, Inc. is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that creates and supports programs that save the lives of homeless pets, raise awareness of companion animal welfare issues and promote healthy relationships between people and pets. The largest funder of animal-welfare efforts in North America, PetSmart Charities has provided more than $110 million in grants and programs benefiting animal-welfare organizations and, through its in-store adoption program, helped save the lives of more than 4.4 million pets. To learn more about how PetSmart Charities is working toward its vision of a lifelong, loving home for every pet, visit or call 1-800-423-PETS.

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