More Bad News for the SPCA-Exposing Animal Rights Extremists~Their Agenda is anti-American!!!
Exposing the Animal Rights Extremists has been a hard nut to crack but looks like they are finally getting hit hard to justify their mob mentality of inflicting their moral vegan views onto the rest of us. HSUS, PETA, SPCA and others are being questioned and answering for their actions which is a big win for the rest of us-From their FAKE cruelty laws, calling all breeders ‘puppy mills’, and accusing rescues and owners as ‘hoarders’, to the outrageous bans and regulations over animal usage with their attempt to end all human relations with animals all together. -Stand up for your right to be a free American…this judge did!!!
The animals at the SPCA are getting their ears pinned back: Mulshine
It looks like they picked on the wrong little old lady this time.
The armed and uniformed agents of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals have a nasty habit of raiding the homes of helpless women. (Look here and here for tales of their raids on defenseless female animal lovers.) But when agents of the New Jersey SPCA handcuffed 84-year-old Theresa “Tee” Carlson back in January, they made a big mistake. Unlike their prior victims, Carlson has the resources to fight back. She promptly sicced a pack of legal pit bulls on them.
Last week, a couple of lawyers won a key victory for Carlson when a Superior Court judge thwarted the SPCA’s efforts to take over the Hunterdon Humane Animal Shelter — as well as its big bank account.
Judge Edward M. Coleman terminated the temporary receivership of the shelter that (see Order 7-28-14.pdf) the NJSPCA had gotten earlier in the year. They did so by taking advantage of an obscure statute that permits the state SPCA to take over a shelter in the event the operator is arrested. There was no need to arrest Carlson, but the NJSPCA agents clapped the cuffs on her anyway so they could grab the shelter.
Coleman not only returned the shelter to its rightful owners, he also ordered the NJSPCA agents to give an accounting of what they had done with the money they took out of the account.
“These people don’t report to anybody and they can do as they please,” Carlson said of the SPCA.
The attorneys who represented the shelter, Walter Wilson and Michael Fahy, elaborated on that. They said that even though the NJSPCA is a registered charity, it hasn’t filed its 990 forms with the Internal Revenue Service since 2011. Meanwhile, state officials told me the group missed the July 31 deadline for filing its forms with the state for the past fiscal year.
That means its finances are a mystery to the public — even though it spends public funds. The agency gets to keep half of the fines it collects in court, but there’s no public oversight, Wilson said.
“They keep saying they report to the Attorney General’s office,” Wilson said. “But their report consists of a one-page document.”
That document lists basic information on raids and arrests. (Check this one to see how little information is made public: 2013 Annual Activity Report NJSPCA & Counties.pdf ) But other than that, they’re free of supervision, he said.
That’s what led to the raid on the shelter, which has a no-kill policy and therefore had a handful of cats that were nearing the end of their natural lives. It was really a raid on the shelter’s budget, Wilson said.
“It all comes down to the money,” Wilson said. “They’ve been trying to get the shelter’s money since 2004.”
The attorney defending Carlson against charges of animal cruelty, Victor Rotolo, of Clinton, has been documenting the history of how the state chapter has tried to seize the shelter’s assets.
“They tried to play it like they came in to clean things up,” Rotolo said of the SPCA. “They came in to get the $5 million.”
That’s how big the shelter’s budget was and it explains why the state SPCA was so eager to take over the shelter. But they overstepped their authority, he said, and he’s planning to sue the agents as individuals as soon as he clears Carlson of the cruelty charges.
“The day I win this case, I’m suing the lot of them,” he said.
That should be fun. But the real question is why New Jersey is the only state in the union that lets a private group run around with guns arresting people. That practice should have been curtailed back in 2000, when the State Commission of Investigation issued a scathing report characterizing the armed SPCA chapters as “gun clubs.”
That power should have been repealed long ago, said Assemblyman John DiMaio, a Republican from Warren County who’s been pushing a package of bills meant to curtail the state SPCA.
“I’m not sure how they can carry firearms. It’s beyond me,” he said. “It’s antiquated and it should be eliminated.”
Rotolo, who was an Elizabeth cop before becoming a lawyer, asks what it’s going to take before state officials finally take the guns away from this gun club.
“They’re finally gonna act when there’s a crisis and one of these wannabe cops kills somebody,” he said of state officials. “Then they’ll take a hard look.”
That look is long overdue. The Carlson case should finally open some eyes.
ADD: Matt Stanton of the lobbying group that represents the NJSPCA got back to me after my print deadline with an email responding to my questions about whether the group’s charitable reporting is up to date.
The first question was whether the forms are up to date. The second was where a citizen can view these forms. Here is his response:
” 1 – No. All required charitable reporting forms are up to date.
“2 – Section 990 of tax returns. 2012 returns were filed late. Our accountant had a stroke. We are on extension for 2013. Nobody who is part of the NJSPCA gets a salary.”
Huh? If the 2013 form has not been filed, then the SPCA is not up to date. And the state Division of Consumer Affairs confirmed that they missed the filing deadline for charities of July 31 for the fiscal 2013 report.
As for the question of whether anyone at the NJSPCA gets a salary, I didn’t ask that. What I wanted to know is any information that would indicate why they wanted to take over the Hunterdon Humane Animal Shelter’s bank account.
But then I think I know the answer.
ALSO: I don’t know what editor handled those two Hunterdon County Democrat articles linked below, but he needs to teach his reporters the basic of objective reporting. For one thing, the reporter quotes the NJSPCA official at length but did not get comment from Tee Carlson’s side. That violates basic rules of fairness in objective reporting and denies the reader a chance to hear both sides.
For another, there are passages like the one cited below, which are pure opinion:
Hunterdon Humane reopened in April, operated by NJ SPCA with new administration. The shelter was cleaned up, code violations were corrected and the number of animals in residence was reduced by working with area adoption groups.Under Carlson’s leadership the shelter had very little online presence. Now the shelter makes frequent posts on its Facebook page regarding new adoptions.
The statements in the first paragraph are matters of opinion and are vigorously disputed by Carlson and her attorneys, who were not given a chance to comment.
As for the question of whether the shelter had “very little online presence,” so what? The law does not require shelters to have an online presence. Why is the reporter introducing this?
I am, as you no doubt know, an opinion columnist and therefore express my opinions in every column I write. Reporters are supposed to be objective and balanced. These articles read like press releases for the SPCA, not news articles.
Disclaimer connected to his blog…Things said are of my opinion and the opinion of others…Stay tuned -B