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HSUS Employee Charged over Criminal Caribbean Caper



Last night, news broke that HSUS employee Atiya Pope has been charged with embezzling over $30,000 from the animal-rights group. Obviously this should be concerning for those who have supported the animal rights organization with their donations. Ironically, the charges that Pope ran up on the company credit card allegedly include a fancy vacation to Aruba.

Perhaps this didn’t immediately raise red flags with the organization, since they have so many other dealings in the Caribbean. Incredibly, HSUS has stashed $50 million of donor money into Caribbean-based hedge funds. It’s telling when a “humane society” favors tax shelters over pet shelters.

Other purchases that Pope allegedly ran up on the company credit card include a $17,307 Enterprise Rent-A-Car bill, and additional food and gasoline expenses. But as ABC 7 News reports, the fraud went on for two years and was uncovered when her new supervisor did a “light audit.”

What incompetence at HSUS.

ABC 7 News reported that staff at the Humane Society of the United States were “stunned” by the allegations, but we believe the public and HSUS donors would really be stunned if they realized not just how much money HSUS sends to the Caymans and Bermuda, but what a tiny percentage of HSUS’s money goes towards local pet shelters. Our polling shows that 87% of HSUS donors are unaware that HSUS gives just 1% of its budget to local shelters.

For the amount of money HSUS sends to this area instead of helping presently needy animals, someone should consider naming a beach bar drink after HSUS. Something that gives you a good hangover and induces vomit.

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