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Linda Robbins cleared of animal cruelty but may still lose her beloved Lhasa Apso dogs
A Colorado pet owner accused of abusing or neglecting his animals will most likely lose those animals — whether he’s guilty or not.
That’s what happened to Bill Lee, a mall Santa whose reindeer were seized and whose story we told in our feature “Santa is Grounded.” And the same scenario looms before Linda Robbins, who has at least temporarily lost custody of her fifteen Lhasa Apso dogs even though she was acquitted of animal cruelty in Greeley last week.
Robbins, a 62-year-old retail clerk, was staying with friends in Greeley this past August after losing her rental home in Englewood because of that city’s limit on the number of pets an owner can keep, says Elizabeth Lamb Kearney, Robbins’s lawyer. Greeley is more animal-friendly and Robbins was trying to find a home there.
In the meantime, she rented a van to transport her fifteen Lhasa Apsos, Kearney says. Robbins doted on the dogs, cooking them homemade food and grooming them frequently. She’d started with just two dogs, a male and a female she bought from a breeder nine years ago. The pair had two litters and Robbins was unable to place all of the puppies, though she says she had several homes lined up when the dogs were seized.
“I miss my dogs,” Robbins says. “Try to picture someone taking your children. In a lot of ways, that’s what this is. They’re like your family.”
On August 4, Robbins took her dogs to a park. When she returned to the apartment building where she was staying with a friend, she went inside to get the dogs some water. An animal control officer was waiting for her when she came out. A man walking his own dog had heard barking coming from Robbins’s van and called the police. The animal control officer told Robbins it was illegal to keep dogs in an unattended vehicle and handed her a ticket for fifteen counts of illegal confinement and fifteen counts of neglect.
But that wasn’t the last of it.
Five days later, Robbins took five of her dogs to a groomer. Due to her living situation, she hadn’t been able to keep up with her regular grooming schedule and the dogs had developed mats in their fur. When she went to pick them up and pay her $200 bill, the animal control officer was there and served Robbins with another five counts of neglect.
On August 14, Robbins was on her way to Denver with the dogs when she was pulled over by the Greeley police. Kearney says they held Robbins on the side of the road for fifty minutes in 90-degree heat and then charged her again with illegally confining and neglecting her animals. This time, they seized all fifteen dogs.
The dogs were taken to the Weld County Humane Society. Robbins was told that in order to keep custody of them during the court case, she’d have to pay $375 per day, which works out to $11,250 per month.
At first, Robbins tried to fight the bond payment and the charges on her own, without a lawyer. But she wasn’t successful. When she couldn’t pay the bond, she lost ownership of her animals. She eventually hired Kearney, who persuaded the Greeley Municipal Court to drop the charges related to the traffic stop because the cops had no probable cause to pull Robbins over in the first place. It’s not illegal to drive with dogs in the car, and furthermore, Robbins had the windows cracked and the air conditioning on.
Last week, Robbins stood trial on the rest of the charges. A jury took just one hour to find her not guilty. But though she was acquitted, her animals weren’t returned to her.
Recent changes to the state animal cruelty law allow an animal owner to be refunded the bond costs if the owner is found not guilty. But Robbins never paid any bond and what’s more, she was charged under Greeley’s municipal statute, not state law.
With Kearney’s help, Robbins is now fighting to get her animals back. Three of her dogs died in the shelter, a sad turn of events that Robbins credits to substandard care. As far as she knows, nine others have been adopted and three remain at the shelter.
“I will get my dogs back,” Robbins says. “I’m not leaving here until I do. … They should never have been adopted out to begin with. I’m not guilty of anything.”
So many people found not guilty or with dropped charges losing their animals…Exactly what law is allowing them to do this?!?
NONE actually!!! No law can trample civil liberties no matter what…not just our federal constitution but also state constitution. -NOT POSSIBLE!!!
Disclaimer connected to this blog…Things said are of my opinion and the opinion of others…Stay tuned -B
“animal owners have argued we’re holding the animal hostage: ‘You either give me $600 to bond your animal, or the animal becomes my property, and you, as a citizen, have no rights to contest whether what I did was legal or not legal.’”
animal seizures and rescues are being conducted by a very sophisticated network of
organized crime who have developed a very sophisticated scheme by which they are
criminalizing longstanding animal and livestock owners; divesting them of
ownership of entire herds of livestock and commercially valuable animals.
all of it done at taxpayer expense and thru a highly developed scheme to collect
follow the animals ~ follow the money!!!
Tell me…does this make any sense to anyone?!? Just boggles my mind when there’s no room for ‘more’, they than threaten to kill the animals already residing at the shelter…Are the people who run these places so lazy that they can’t work year round to place animals in permanent and temporary homes where they will be cared for properly, receive a little love, maybe some training and not be threatened with abuse and neglect at the shelter!?!-DEATH!!! ya think?!?
*****MUST BE OUT MONDAY 5-20-13***** MOBILE, ALABAMA! Every dog in the adoption area (48 dogs) must be out by COB MONDAY 5-20-13 to make room for dogs seized in a abuse/hoarding situation!!! LOCAL FOSTERS NEEDED NOW!!! PLEDGES NEEDED TO PAY FOR BOARDING!!! Click on the photo and comment on the original thread if you can help! Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you can foster, adopt, rescue, pledge, transport ANYTHING! Or go to the Mobile County Animal Shelter Mobile, AL and ADOPT! PLEASE SHARE!!!!
******URGENT NEED OUT NOW****** MOBILE, ALABAMA! SNOWBELLE ID#A049769 PIDGE ID#A049773 ALICE ID#A049772 LEIGH ID#A049771 LEANN ID#A049770 Snowbelle and her 4 little girls need rescue or adopters now! Snowbelle is a 2 year old, Yellow Lab/German Shepherd mix with four 6 month old babies. ALL CAN BE INDIVIDUALLY ADOPTED. Snowbelle has a wonderful personality and is just the most loving, gentle girl! She does great with other dogs and has no problem making friends! All of the babies are playful and wonderful, as are all 6 month olds. If you want to rescue, you must take the entire family! Snowbelle and her babies have been at the facility since May 2,2013. If you are a 501c Rescue please contact the Mobile County Animal Shelter at 251-574-3647 7665 Howells Ferry Rd Mobile, AL 36618. If you are an out of state rescue who needs rescue assistance or you can foster for local rescue, please email email@example.com! MCAS does not test dogs with cats or children. Individual adoption is $80, this includes 5 in 1 vaccination, spay or neuter, and rabies. PLEASE SHARE!!!
Oh I’m sharing all right!!! Next came this:
URGENT!! Mobile County Animal Shelter is euthanizing their entire shelter full of 50+ dogs today to make room for a hoarding situation. Its heartbreaking. Please, if anyone can find it in their heart to adopt or foster, contact South Bark to arrange transport.
“MONDAY…yes, MONDAY! That is the day that a puppy sitting in a kennel hopes does not come. That is the day that he can and most likely will die. Up to 50 furbabies can die on Monday if not RESCUED! We at HEALS are raising funds to transport as many babies as we can out of Alabama. Transportation is the main reason that so many puppies never find a way out. TODAY..WE VOW TO MAKE A CHANGE! Please help save these babies lives!”
“TODAY..WE VOW TO MAKE A CHANGE!” -What the Hell happened to ‘YESTERDAY’ when those animals arrived there?!? …and ‘that rescue’?!?…What happened to finding them homes?!? This is typical of the irresponsible and FAKE commitment these people claim to have for the animals in their ‘care’!!!
What if they returned to a reasonable price for the homeless animals they SELL…on a regular basis…What if they just give them away!?! Transporting them out of state is no solution to the problem!!! Taking in more-huh?!? Why spend the money to transport them to give them away-Why not give them away to the community there?!?
*****EMERGENCY in ALABAMA SHELTER UPDATE**************
“Ok, Everyone….HEALS has just got a update. These babies are not set to be killed today and the staff at the shelter is working immensely hard to assure that every dog gets out before Monday.The staff at this shelter are WONDERFUL people and do not make the decision of whether to euthanize any animal. They are caring people that want to save every dog and cat!! Please DO NOT BLAME THE STAFF. They are willing to move mountains to save these babies. They are easy to work with!! This shelter is ran by the county and the county makes the decision. We at HEALS are putting together a transportation plan but will need a lot of help in doing so. We need rescues to step up and pull some babies! WE NEED RESCUES NOW! HEALS will continue to update everyone as soon as we get info. RESCUES PLEASE CONTACT US! We can transport up to 30 dogs to NY, NJ, PA, VA, and maybe more.”
Here we go…blaming the general public for THEIR inadequacies…UNACCEPTABLE-DESPICABLE!!!
Damn right I blame the staff but mostly the manager of this shelter!!! Did they have to agree to participate in yet another animal seizure?!? HELL NO they didn’t!!! -Work with the owner instead!!! -HELLO!!! Could the animals currently housed at this shelter have been moved out a lot sooner?!? HELL YES they could have but then they wouldn’t be operating at ‘overflow capacity’ that enables them to claim there is an overpopulation of animals in the county and the need for spay, neuter…even death of the animals…They wouldn’t be able to ask for donations now would they!?! Wouldn’t be able to maintain their ‘staff’ and the cost to the county would be far less a burden for the county!!! ahhhhh, ya think?!?
I’m so sick and tired of seeing this kind of thing on FB…I won’t share it when an animal is threatened with death to make room for others…Lazy idiots have learned nothing about getting the animals adopted then fake their panic and claim it is YOUR fault-BULLSHIT!!! Just because they think they are forced to make room for more…especially for seized animals!!! If they don’t have the space or the money to manage it then they shouldn’t be involved in the seizure to begin with!!! Fire the bitch that runs this place!!! -It’s NOT YOUR fault and rests on his/her shoulders!!!
They have the following on their FB page pertaining to the current situation…I tend to believe the same only, not for just the animals that will likely be killed on Monday but this emergency alert would apply to ANY sheltering system that is operating well below the standard of getting animals adopted out on a regular bases and needs to STOP participating in animal seizures that are done at TAXPAYER expense!!! This BULLSHIT needs to stop!!! The rescue is not a rescue when animals, even the ones not involved, are KILLED in the process with no scientific evidence to justify a single death and done by choice!!!
Disclaimer connected to this blog…Things said are of my opinion and the opinion of others…Stay tuned -B
|For Immediate Release:Contact: Paul Sloca573-635-7232 (office)Friday, May 17, 2013 Luetkemeyer Renews 2010 Inquiry Into IRS’ Stonewallingon HSUS’ Tax-Exempt Status
WASHINGTON, D.C. _ Three years after launching an investigation with a constituent-driven inquiry questioning the tax exempt status of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and subsequent stonewalling by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-3) is renewing his inquiry. Luetkemeyer is also raising serious questions about IRS Exempt Organizations Division Director Lois Lerner’s political ties to HSUS in light of her recent apology for targeting conservative non-profit groups seeking tax-exempt status.
In a letter dated May 17, 2013 to U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Luetkemeyer called for an investigation into the handling of his request made to then-IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman in March, 2010 about constituent concerns regarding HSUS’s significant lobbying activities as a tax-exempt group. Luetkemeyer also sent a letter to Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George requesting that he perform his own investigation into the matter.
In May, 2010, Luetkemeyer had shared those concerns in both a personal conversation and letter to Lerner who has been tied directly to the political arm of HSUS. Since launching his inquiry, Luetkemeyer has received repeated non-responsive letters from the IRS about his inquiries and given recent events and his responsibility to constituents mandated that a follow-up letter renewing his concerns be sent because it was both timely and necessary.
“While it is disconcerting to think that Ms. Lerner, who oversees tax-exempt organizations for the IRS, may have disregarded my request for an investigation due to her own political beliefs or those of her staff, in light of the recent revelations about the activities of Ms. Lerner’s office and in the absence of any other explanation from the IRS, many Americans will arrive at this very conclusion. With that in mind, I formally request that you investigate the IRS’ handling of my requests and report back to me in a timely fashion. Anything short of a timely and thorough investigation threatens to undermine the vital work done by rule-abiding non-profit organizations across this nation,” Luetkemeyer wrote in his letter to Lew and Holder.
“If the government entity charged with collecting taxes cannot do so in an unbiased, non-partisan manner, the people of this nation will lose faith in our democracy. To restore the faith and trust of the American people in our government, I urge you to act quickly to resolve these issues and implement proactive policies to prevent such actions from occurring in the future,” Luetkemeyer said in the letter.
NOTE: Attached is a copy of the Luetkemeyer letters to Lew, Holder and George.
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