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Animal advocates concerned over possible abuse at shelter

Animal advocates concerned over possible abuse at shelter


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Marc Giauque reportingAnimal advocates in Salt Lake City are raising concerns over an animal rescue group in southern Utah.

Ann Davis of the Utah Animal Advocacy Alliance says she was shocked by photos of dogs at the Pet Matchers Rescue Shelter in Veyo. The alliance claims one dog's fur was so matted she couldn't adequately nurse her young pups.

Davis thinks the conditions mount up to abuse. "I understand what she's doing. I know her heart's in the right place. But if you cannot afford, or you do not have the staff or the volunteers to help you, then you shouldn't be doing this," she said.

The shelter's owner, Cathy Martinez, tells KSL Newsradio she's doing the best she can, but that the shelter has been overwhelmed by animals, especially since a turn in the economy has forced many people out of homes where they could keep pets.

Martinez says volunteers are now coming in twice a week to help clean up and improve conditions. The Animal Advocacy alliance, though, says the shelter does not have a current tax-exempt status and therefore cannot accept legal donations.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office is investigating.

E-mail: mgiauque@ksl.com

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