June 14th, 2012
10:29 PM ET

'Baghdad pups' under scrutiny

As part of a large investigation, Drew Griffin reports on Terri Crisp and questions her record helping animals.

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  1. Bryan Stone

    Regards post-Katrina activities by Noah's Wish – I served a two week rotation in Slidell. Louisianna and personally saw hundreds of animals receiving the best of FMASH unit type care, including air conditioning in a hug tin barn. Veterinary attention was provide, either on or off site, all animal owners were offered a npo-cost spay or neuter. To question the work of Noah's Wish (who fired Terri Crisp when her ego got out of control post-Katrina) insults the volunteers who gave thousands of hours, as well as the city of Slidell, who recognized the need for animal care post-disaster and allowed Noah's Wish to function.

    June 20, 2012 at 11:36 am |
  2. Gail Moerkerken

    There does need to be a correction to one part of this story. I have no knowledge about SPCA International and Bagdad Pups, but as a volunteer who spent months in Slidell, LA (just outside of New Orleans) during Hurricane Katrina, I can state with fact and experience that Noah's Wish took care and control of over 2000 animals, had approximately 1000 trained and convergent volunteers on site throughout the deployment and spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on vet care at LSU for the so many who were injured, sick and had been left behind.

    I resigned many years ago as a Coordinator for Noah's Wish due to the lack of transparency, the lack of full disclosure and the lack of answers to questions. However, credit is due where credit is due and its important that the general community be aware of some of the facts that may not be accurate in this above noted report.

    June 15, 2012 at 8:51 pm |

    I have first-hand knowledge of the good works of SPCA International and Terry Crisp. I was an advisor to the Iraqi Army in 2008, and Terri Crisp helped me get my team's dog, Kimber, out of Iraq. The fact is that SPCA International has brought 500 animals back from Iraq, and has taken in $27 million. That equals $5400 per animal. That's not much considering that they have to hire private security contractors to transport the animal from the FOB to a major air base, then they contract Gryphon Air to transport the animal from Baghdad (or Kabul) to Kuwait, and then they pay to fly the animal from Kuwait to Washington, DC. Whether it's a "service animal" abandoned by contractors, or a stray that was picked up by US troops, doesn't matter if you're the dog being rescued. I know all of this first-hand because I worked with Terri Crisp to get Kimber out of Iraq (successfully), and I can tell you that she was and is genuinely dedicated to the humane treatment of animals. Oh, by the way, a lot of the SPCA International's donations come from the people who are getting their own "pets" rescued from Iraq or Afghanistan; they're not hustling little old ladies. There was a Marine Colonel who got them to transport his unit's mascot, a donkey named "Smoke" out of Iraq...I've seen how some Iraqis treat animals, and TRUST ME, this was and is a very good cause! Please consider all of the facts and assumption being reported in this segment very carefully before you judge Terri Crisp or SPCA International.

    June 15, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
  4. george delgado

    it is not fair... it feels today i have been sold to a new owner... but isn't this trata de blancas?? have i been sold again?? i am very dissapointed...what is it next?? do i have to give my body to an alien who just wants political gain???

    June 15, 2012 at 8:46 pm |