FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - A Kentucky lawmaker is asking the Kentucky and U.S. attorneys general to investigate the fundraising methods of the Humane Society of the United States.
Sen. Robin Webb, D-Grayson, introduced a resolution Friday encouraging the probe.
“This certainly is not a novel idea,” she said. “Other states have investigated the fundraising tactics on a consumer protection fraud basis and actually received settlement awards.”
Webb called the actions of the Humane Society "deceptive."
“They run no pet shelters, very little of the money goes to any pet-related welfare,” she said. “It is far better to donate to local shelters and support your local humane society that are non-affiliates. If they’re on the ground, actually doing work, other than using disasters for fundraising tactics, they’re usually a legitimate Humane Society rescue.”
She also pointed out a scandal allegedly involving former Chief Executive Wayne Pacelle that led to his resignation earlier this month amid allegations of sexual harassment.
The New York Times reported Feb. 2 that Pacelle had support from a majority of the organization’s. board, which voted to end an investigation. However, pressure from donors and employees led him to step down.
“Their ultimate agenda, according to their past director, is to end all hunting, end animal ownership and utilization for recreation, sport and other things,” Webb said.
“If you love your pets, and you want to keep, utilize and enjoy them, along with other endeavors pertaining to hunting, fishing, dog shows, whatever it is, be very leery of what’s going on. Peel the layers back, know who you’re giving your money to, know the work they do, and know their underlying agenda.”
The Humane Society of the United States didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.