If you are getting this email it is because I want to thank you for helping in some way to form my life, my values and my commitment to help animals and others who are vulnerable and can’t afford legal representation. That’s why I went to law school and that’s why you supported me in some way along that path.
I wanted to send you the attached article, wherein I was selected as Best Attorney in Burbank, to tell you that your support of me is appreciated, to prove to you that I am doing what I promised you I would do and to ask for your help.
I helped form and am currently serving on the board of directors for The Animal Protectorates™ – a California non-profit corporation exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (“TAPS”). Our board is comprised of other attorney members and several other steadfast solid ethical individuals who have been working in animal welfare for decades. We also have attorney advisors – Nicole Herft who also attended the evening program at Loyola Law School, graduating #1 in her class, is serving TAPS as probono legal counsel through her firm in helping research development of a national animal abuse registry.
Our group under the DBA of CROPS USA(Citizens for Rescue-Only Pet Stores) helped get an ordinance enacted in Burbank to prevent pet stores from selling puppies that originate from the cruel world of commercial breeding facilities (“mills”) where animals languish in cages their entire breeding life –not feeling grass or human touch for decades and forced to breed at every cycle. You should be proud to see in the attached photo at a recent celebration of the ordinance, another Loyola Law School evening program alum –Assemblyman Mike Gatto – a staunch and pro-active supporter of animal welfare legislation at the state level.
In addition to the work on the “puppy mill” ordinance, TAPS has taken head-on a felony animal abuser in Riverside County. When local animal advocates were not getting results from animal control, law enforcement or elected officials, we were asked to step in. We did and shone a big bright blaring light on what was happening- starvation, mutilation, experimentation an no concern whatsoever that puppies were literally baking on the scorched desert land. We connected the dots between multiple counties of a woman who has been hoarding and causing the deaths of hundreds if not thousands of animals over at least 3 decades – she is the worst of the worst – animals in San Bernardino county were found in box freezers and dead on the premises.
We had to think out of the box using social media, networking, calls, emails, presenting the abuse at the County Supervisors meeting and even acquiring a vacant parcel of desert land directly across the street from the hoarder so that we can keep an eye on her in perpetuity as the recidivism rate of animal hoarders is almost 100%.
After this hoarders recent arrest, 13 dogs and approximately 23 puppies were rounded up over several days and put into protective custody – they have been in that state for almost 2 months- puppies starting to pass their most adoptable ages. This past week TAPS was able to take custody of 1 dog and 6 puppies. We paid almost $1000.00 in pull fees, veterinary care and transport for these dogs. We are waiting on the DA to file a petition to get the remainder forfeited so they are not sitting in the shelter for months, even years waiting on this case to go to trial. We have sent letter after letter begging the DA to file this petition and feel it may happen soon. We must be ready to get the remaining dogs out of there and to rehab/rescuers in Central California where they stand ready to accept them all. We will likely spend $5,000 - $7,500 in pull fees, shots, spay/neuter and transport.
There are also more dogs of this hoarders that have fled further into the desert. We are confident that our local scout has found them and we need to set up feeding stations to begin to lure them to new areas where we can trap them and get them to safety. Time is of the essence for these dogs. We need to grade our newly acquired 5- acre parcel back to a wash area and have been quoted a HUGELY discounted price of $4000.00 for grading it and even getting it prepped for the wildlife way station we hope to build soon. Even with this discounted price, it is still a lot of money for TAPS, especially given that we are looking at immediate funds that will be required for the dogs that we hope will be released from protective custody soon.
So, my plea to you is this: I will keep working tirelessly to help animals and others who can’t afford but deserve legal representation, but I need your help today to keep doing it. The Dog Death Camp case is important to me – the most important thing I have ever worked on. There is a core group of us who have sacrificed all of every minute of our mental, emotional and physical selves to help save these dogs and to stop this woman. We need financial support. We need it now. Please donate – no amount is too small – no amount is too large. You can donate online at: www.tapsusa.org
Here is the article that broke the story - Desert Star Weekly “Dog Killing Fields in Sky Valley” (there are photos with article):
Desert Star Weekly "Dog Killing Fields in Sky Valley
Here is TV coverage from KESQ – Shelley Rizzotti interviewed in the spot:
Thank you for your continued support and in advance for helping us help these animals.