HSHA responds to story

From the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area:

Dear HSHA Supporters:

We are writing to you today to address concerns about the recent article in the Patriot News regarding a federal lawsuit seeking a monetary award from the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area, Inc. (“Humane Society”) that was filed by Attorney Andrew J. Ostrowski of Susquehanna Township .

As you know, our mission is to build a better community for pets and people. For example, as part of our outreach to the less fortunate, we provide a Pet Food Bank so that members of the community who cannot afford food for their pets can continue to keep them. It is less well known, that in serious cases, where homelessness or other hardships makes it impossible for members of our community to care for their pet, we accept surrender of the pet and provide the pet with necessary love, care and feeding.

The fact is that the allegations in the Patriot News article are misleading or plain wrong. Most importantly, the Patriot News article fails to mention that Attorney Ostrowski’s lawsuit seeks an award of money damages from the Humane Society.

We must and will protect Mr. Thomas’ privacy and will not disclose the particular facts that led us to agree to provide needed love, care and food to Baron. But we can tell you that, contrary to the allegations in the Patriot News article, Mr. Thomas’ dog was not “seized.” The Patriot News article makes it clear enough that Mr. Thomas was someone in need of help. We worked with Mr. Thomas to provide that help.

We believe that the federal courts will promptly resolve the matter and we look forward to a speedy resolution.

Thank you for your continued support and for the many encouraging messages we have already received from you.

Humane Society of Harrisburg Area

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