A Stray Dog's RUFF LIFE
Available on Philo, Tubi TV, iTunes
2,000 healthy dogs are killed every day in American Shelters simply because they are homeless temporarily. Activist filmmaker Tom McPhee sustained a nine year examination of America's homeless dog population that results in a million healthy dogs being killed every year in American shelters. In Detroit he meets Terri Sumpter, a pissed off dog rescuer who has energized citizens by protesting the treatment of animals at Detroit Animal Control and then is attacked by the old and new animal rescue establishment. In Houston he meets Tawny Hammond, an influential member of the Best Friends Animal Society team as she is having their support and resources refused by Houston SPCA after Hurricane Harvey, resulting in a logistical catastrophe. It is the wild west in the world of domestic animal rescue in the United States, where the rule of law is what you can get away with. Along the way two thousand healthy dogs are killed in shelters every day simply because they are homeless, as the rescue community fights with themselves.
Starring Tawny Hammond, Dr. Ellen Jefferson, Debby MacDonald
Director Tom McPhee