National Humane Society's finances under scrutiny

SAYREVILLE - A controversy over where the money goes is dogging the National Humane Society as a report published by the Center for Consumer Freedom says that less than half of 1 percent trickles down to local shelters.

The Associated Humane Society in Tinton Falls says it is in need of donations and repairs. The executive director of the Associated Humane Societies, which runs a shelter in Newark and another in Forked River, says she's glad someone looked into the financing of the national group.

The president of the national group does not dispute this. He says its mission is more global, working against animal cruelty such as cockfighting, dog fighting, puppy mills and sealers. He says it never claimed to aid local shelters.

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