According to their own description, Angel’s Gate claims to be a hospice for the critically and terminally ill or physically challenged animals:
Welcome to Angel’s Gate, a residential, non-profit, 501 (C) 3 home, our home, for special needs animals. Here, animals many of whom are terminally and/or critically ill or physically challenged, come to live out their days in peace, dignity and love. Our focus is on wellness and quality of life. We provide for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of each animal. We take a holistic approach in animal care, giving all needed supportive services including hospice care.
However, when PETA went to investigate, they found quite the opposite. The animals were found in deplorable condition. Here are some of the conditions founds:
- There were no veterinarian available on the facilities.
- Paralyzed animals dragged themselves until they developed bleeding ulcers, even though wheelchair carts were readily available.
- Animals kept in diapers for up to two days until the diapers were logged with urine.
- Dehydrated animals with no access to water.
- Animals kept outside, in freezing temperatures, with no shelter
- Animals kept in bathtubs that they were not able to climb out
- Animals confined in bathrooms.
- Small dogs placed on beds that were too high for them to leave
- Animals found with open wounds. Some had respiratory, eye, ear, mouth and skin infections. (One dog’s jaw was so infected that it snapped in half.)
- Crowded conditions that were conducive to daily fights, which in turn produced wounds that were untreated.
- Animals in pain, in need of antibiotics, seizure medications, etc, because of lack of veterinarian care were not given their proper medications.
- Animals at death’s door were deprived of the dignity and relief of euthanasia.
- Dead animals left among live animals.
- Animals were fed unrefrigerated, rancid, raw meat.
Here’s a video made during the undercover investigation:
Addendum: Since this news broke down, I came to the conclusion that before we can attest that Angel’s Gate is indeed a bad place, we need to consider the source. I have since found out that PETA is against animals to be pets. They would rather see an animal dead than to be part of a family. Hence, a hospice would be the last place on Earth that PETA would consider for an animal. Also, after doing much further thinking, I came to the conclusion that, as in human hospice facilities, this hospice facility would house animals that are not in the best physical condition. The photos you see on this site (unbeknownst to me) were taken from the Angel’s Gate Facebook site. They were photos showing the conditions of animals that they work with and NOT the conditions that the animals incurred while living at Angel’s Gate. I have also come to the conclusion that crucifying or accusing a facility without at first investigating it myself or without hearing the other side is wrong.
I have also found an article by a reporter who had visited the Angel’s Gate and reported about how good the facility is. You are welcome to read it:
The director of the facility will have a day in court. Let the courts decide.