As a volunteer for basset rescue, I don't agree with many things in this article. How is ASPCA's law about trying to find the animals homes in the local area first going to insure that the euthanization rate does not soar? The south as well as some states in the midwest are know for there large commercial breeders as well as backyard breeders. Then there are the kill shelters that don't even adopt out to the general public. If the animals are not pulled by a rescue then they are euthanized. Some of these kill shelters only hold the animal for 3 days, so the animals have very little chance of every finding a Furever Home.
The longer an animal is in a shelter setting the greater the risk of diseases and illness. Many of these diseases (Parvo, Kennel Cough, etc) may not cause symptoms for 7-14 days. As for temperment, an animal in a shelter setting display many behaviors that will probably not be seen in the foster home. These animals are scared of the strange environment, they make be confused because they were with a family and now they are alone and that is just a few examples. Shelter workers don't have the time to spend hours with the animals to socialize them or gain there trust.
I know for a fact that many shelters will not spay/neuter or even vaccinate animals if they know a rescue is going to pick them up. Rescues may transport a rescued unaltered animal but I can say for the reputable rescues, there is always a good reason. Some of these animals are seriously malnourished or have and illness among other things which prevents them from being altered.
If the transporter is a novice or is disreputable then that means that the shelter is not taking the time to check them out thoroughly. While there are times that rescues may need the help of a transport company they check references as well as talk to other rescues to find out who is reputable. Maybe some of these rescues are not as connected as basset rescue but I do know that many times volunteers are gathered and they each will agree to one leg of the journey.
The idea of the Adkins' only being charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty shows just how lax the laws in some states really is. These people should be doing prison time. There acts were cruel, abusive, neglectful and inhumane. Until the states that would allow such lax sentencing guidelines have major Animal Welfare (not Rights)overhaul, these types of situations and even worse will continue. When there is no teeth in the laws then this type of inhumane behavior will continue to occur.
Then there are the people who get a puppy because it is soooo cute yet they have no idea of what that pup will need or it's characteristics. I always want to tell them..."Here is your sign!"