Norman Pang who lives in Hawaii, has filed a lawsuit against two animal groups.
He says he's being unfairly targeted for animal cruelty by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the Hawaiian Humane Society (HHS)which has been feuding with him for years.
So he’s going to court seeking some relief.
"I am sick and tired of their harassment -- their name calling," said Norman Pang, with Animal Haven. "Abuser, murderer, they are calling me a collector, a hoarder and such names like that none of which are true. I am so tired of that I decided to file a lawsuit.”
For years, Pang and his wife Bonnie operated Animal Haven, a no-kill shelter. The Hawaiian Humane Society unsuccessfully tried to pursue animal cruelty charges against the couple 14 years ago.
After his wife passed away, Pang agreed to give up the animals at the shelter because he was having trouble caring for them. Now he says he feels like he was stabbed in the back.
“I feel so betrayed because I thought the Humane Society of the United States was coming in to help me," said Pang, co-founder of Animal Haven.
Because of the rocky history with the group, Pang thought he had an agreement that the Hawaiian Humane Society be left out of the process.. So a crew, from it's national office, was flown in to help instead. Read Wayne Pacelle’s blog entry on the event.
"When they came on my property with the cameras I immediately asked them what they were doing, and the guy with the camera told me we're doing a training film," said Pang.
He should have known better when the HSUS is involved.
The video, showing animals in a sad state was posted on the HSUS website with other hideous descriptions of his situation. Pang says the images are deceiving because most of the animals were already sick when they arrived at the shelter.
"Right now we look like the worst people on earth because of the way we're being presented by the Humane Society," said Pang. He claims, the societies were working together to gather evidence, in order to build an animal cruelty case against him.
"Any of the footage we take on these animal rescue operations is immediately shared with the media and immediately put out in the community again," said Igna Gibson, Hawaii State Director of the Humane Society of the United States.
The Hawaiian Humane Society says the images are disturbing and has turned over all materials to the prosecutor's office as evidence. It is now up to the prosecuting attorney whether or not to pursue charges against Pang. They've also created some FAQs on the case.
So far, Pang has not been cited or charged with any animal cruelty charges. Both the Hawaiian Humane Society and the Humane Society of America have declined comment. A hearing on the lawsuit is scheduled for Dec. 7.
This is a common tactic. Shot the film and pray on the public’s sympathies. It’s a great PR tactic and a highly effective fundraising tool that most people can’t see through.
I need to find out if Mr. Pang has a fund to help with his costs. I’ll be more than happy to send him a contribution.
Ten years later: the rest of the story - This morning I found myself in a reflective mood thinking back to mid-July 2008 and one of the most hectic weekends of my life. I blogged about it at the t...