Caught on Camera: Animal Rights Advocate Arrested for Rescuing Abandoned Dogs from Foreclosed LA Home

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Animal rights advocate Hans Peterson is under arrest for rescuing a dog locked inside a foreclosed Los Angeles home. The previous owners moved out and left nothing behind but the dogs. One dog was left in the house, another in the garage.

A neighbor heard the dogs barking for days and called for help. L.A. Animal Services arrived but refused to enter the home. “Possibility the people could come back and then they could turn this around and sue the city,” according to Animal Services Officer Hoang Dinh. He claimed that the city is required to issue a written warning to the owners before entering the home or removing the dogs.

Hans Petersen was not willing to wait. He went into the house and emerged with a six-month-old puppy. The LAPD arrived moments later. Hans was arrested for interfering with Animal Services as they conducted their duties.

The puppy was taken to to the South LA Animal Shelter, but Taz, the dog in the garage, was left behind. **Update – that night someone returned to the home and broke Taz out of the garage. The dogs are free…

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87 thoughts on “Caught on Camera: Animal Rights Advocate Arrested for Rescuing Abandoned Dogs from Foreclosed LA Home”

  1. This is the most unbelievable thing to see or read about. A good man is doing the right thing rescuing these dogs left to die and HE gets arrested?? This world is governed by evil…The bastards that left these innocent animals should be tracked down and arrested asap for animal neglect and animal cruelty…Tell me this story has a happy ending, I couldn’t stand reading the whole thing,..that the dogs are ok and the rescuer is out of jail. I would have done the same thing so I guess I would have spent time in jail too!!

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    • Sandra: here in the usa. we don’t have a justes system.we have a leagle system. Why would they look for and punish the wrong doer. when they can arrest the person whom is doing the right thing.I mean its easyer. he is standing right there and they dont need to work to look for him. alsow it makes them feel good!!.they can go home feeling good. Yep they arrested somewone that saved a dogs life the hell with the real theafs. drugies,muggers,ect,ect… 🙁 real 🙁

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      • Reminds me of the teenager who was suspended from school for assisting another student that had collapsed from a potentially fatal asthma attack.

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  2. Ridiculous. What can we do to help? Does no one care if the dog left behind dies?? Our values as a society are sure messed up sometimes

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    • AMY, I WAS THINKING THE SAME THING..! WHILE THEY ARE WAITING TO “”DO THE RIGHT THING”” (BUNCH OF CRAP) THAT DOG COULD DIE FROM THE HEAT.. DOING THE RIGHT THING COULD GET THIS POOR DOG KILLED.. SOME LAW’S NEED TO BE CHANGED..!! NOW..!!!!!!!!!!!!! STUPID PEOPLE..!!!

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  3. I am torn up inside about poor Taz! I do hope that he is okay. Hans did the right thing. I am sue I would have done the same. I do not think he should have been arrested. I sure says something that he was, just to keep Animal Services from being sued.

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  4. So Lyndsay’s free, Paris is free, but this man doing the right thing is arrested? Honestly, the more I see of how our society is run, the less inclined I am to be a part of it.

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  5. The law is screwed up now a days, someone trys to do the right thing and gets arrested? what the hell is wrong with the system.

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  6. Enough with the Red Tape! Dismiss the charges against Han’s; he had NO criminal intent. Save the Dog(s) and arrest those who abandoned the dogs for Animal Abuse!

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