The Humane Society of the United States apparently thinks Louisiana families are going to feel comfortable evacuating their pets into the care of felons (“Prison site of new animal shelter,” Oct. 9). The group should really rethink this ridiculous idea.

And why couldn’t HSUS, which has $200 million in assets, build a traditional shelter somewhere else? The group recently launched a massive construction campaign to expand its own offices instead.

HSUS raised $34 million after Hurricane Katrina hit, promising to reunite pets with their owners. Now it’s going to spend $600,000 on this prison yard for dogs and cats. What happened to the rest of this money? Attorney General Charles Foti asked the same question last year when he opened a formal investigation.