START A PETITION 27,000,000 members: the world's largest community for good
START A PETITION
x
Dec 3, 2012


12/3/12 UPDATE --- Click for article at Philly Dawg: Monroe Co. AKC breeder convicted of animal cruelty
A Monroe County show dog breeder was convicted on seven counts of animal cruelty in October, two months after humane agents raided her kennel and found sick and starving animals on the property.
» Read full article on[Philly Dawg]


***********
8/10/12 POST:

"authorities were working to consolidate the charges."





From: Pet Watch NJ <info@pwnj.org>
Date: Fri, Aug 10, 2012 at 6:33 AM
Subject: PA - Monroe Co. dog breeder faces 200 charges, including animal cruelty
To: info@pwnj.org


Please cross post

PA - Monroe Co. dog breeder faces 200 charges, including animal cruelty

Friday, August 10, 2012 / posted by AMY WORDEN / Philly Dawg (Phila Inquirer)

A Monroe County show dog breeder is facing more than 200 charges, including animal cruelty, and scores of dog law violations for operating an illegal kennel and keeping dozens of dogs and horses in inhumane conditions.

An official with the Pennsylvania SPCA says as many as 211 charges were to be filed against Julie Forsyth and an associate, Dan Sweeny, after five sick dogs, including a pregnant Chihuahua and a miniature horse, were seized from her Anamolink property, but that authorities were working to consolidate the charges.

"They were in bad health," said PSPCA spokeswoman Wendy Marano. She said the horse was skeletal and the Chihuahuas were being kept outdoors in filth and flooded kennels.

The Chihuahua gave birth to three puppies while in foster care, but only two survived, Marano said.

According to court dockets posted online yesterday, Forsyth and Sweeny have so far been charged with two counts of animal cruelty each.

But animal advocates want to know why Forsyth, who operated Fortora Farms Kennel, was not charged and her kennel shut down 14 months ago when dog wardens first inspected her property and issued a cease and desist order.

According to emails obtained through a Right to Know request by Main Line Animal Rescue, the dog law special deputy secretary, Jessie Smith, had issued a cease and desist order in May 2011, after wardens found 39 dogs on the property, water bowls filled with algae, a lot of debris and inadequate shelter.

An email from now acting dog law office director, Michael Pechart, said "it sounds like a bad operation out there."

At the time Smith said Forysyth could purchase a kennel license and comply with state regulations or reduce the number of dogs to below 26, the threshold for a obtaining a kennel license.

Smith, in emails, said Forsyth chose to downsize. Another email indicates that dog warden Ellen Howarth was planning to transport several dozen dogs, including litters of puppies to safety and was going to call a humane officer to investigate for cruelty. But apparently no action was taken until June 2012 - 13 months later.

At the time the cease and desist order was issued, the Department of Agriculture was in a state of upheaval with the appointment of a new Agriculture Secretary in the Corbett administration. Smith was fired, bureau director Sue West was transferred and a new dog law director, Lynn Diehl took over. (Diehl last week was transferred to the Department of Corrections after protests over her failure to enforce dog law.)

Meanwhile, Forsyth, a prominent American Kennel Club breeder who exhibited at major competitions in the northeast, continued to sell dogs - among them Chihuahuas, Yorkies, Basenjis, miniature Australian Shepherds and racing greyhounds - from her Monroe County kennel.

A new tip was brought by Pet Watch NJ in March after Forsyth's Pennsylvania phone number turned up on ads listing her at various locations in New Jersey and New York. It was another three months before dog wardens and humane officers moved to close the kennel.

The Dog Law Enforcement Office did not respond to a request for comment.

"Based on what I've seen we know enforcement was not taking place 18 months ago," said dog law advisory board member Tom Hickey. "It appears no one did anything."

Humane officers with the PSPCA obtained a search warrant and on July 17 removed five most severely ill animals, said PSPCA's Marano, who added her group was filing a total of nine cruelty charges in the case.

At the time Forsyth had 54 dogs and 20 miniature horses on the property, she said.

Marano said although Forsyth still has 39 animals on the property, several inspections have taken place and deficiencies have been addressed.

Marano said Forsyth has also applied for a kennel license. An individual is forbidden from obtaining a kennel license if they have been convicted of animal cruelty.

Libby Williams, founder of Pet Watch NJ, warns potential puppy purchasers to avoid online sellers.

The large puppy sales websites, like Puppyfind, Greenfield Puppies, Sunnyside and Lancaster Puppies, are clearinghouses for many bad operators who change their names, advertise under fictitious names and towns and claim to be AKC "hobby" breeders when in fact they are puppy mills, she said.

"If it sounds too good to be true it's probably a scam," Williams said. "If you see something that doesn't sound on the up and up, report them."

The state dog law tip line is 1-877-364-8471. To report animal cruelty call the Pennsylvania SPCA hotline at 1-866-601-SPCA.


Imported from external blog


Visibility: Everyone
Posted: Monday December 3, 2012, 10:20 am
Tags: animals pets rescue conservation [add/edit tags]

Group Discussions
Comments
Or, log in with your
Facebook account:

Author

Liz M.
female , single
Bellingham, WA, USA
LIZ'S SHARES
Jan
26
(0 comments  |  discussions )
\n\n\n​ On Jan 25, 2014, at 9:39 PM, marni miller <millermarni@yahoo.com > wrote:\n\n\n\n\nToday at 9:35 PM\n\n\nThis gorgeous kitty is in a bathroom and very agitated with the small space and no windows...he is worsening by the day......
Jan
24
(0 comments  |  discussions )
\n\n\n\nFrom: kbcrenshaw \n\n\nDat e:01/24/2014 7:50 AM (GMT-06:00) To: kbcrenshaw@comcast.net Subject: Fwd: Owner passed away ragdoll cat and very sweet black kitty need a new home -------- Original message --------From: kbcrenshaw Date:01/22/2014 7...
(0 comments  |  discussions )
\n\n\n\nCircleville is in Pickaway County, Ohio.\n\n\nFrom: Katie Walter <katie.walter@att.net& gt;Date: Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 11:50 AMSubject: Circleville, OH area - Disabled Owner w/cancer being evicted: Over 30 Cats need fosters/SOS!!! \n\nF...
Jan
23
(0 comments  |  discussions )
\n\nFrom: Anissa Sadeghi <westhancockk9@mchsi.c om>\n\nDate: Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 4:38 AMSubject: No offers!! URGENT!! Keokuk, IA: Can you please help one of these dogs?\n\nThese nice dogs are in the Keokuk city pound.  No one has stepped up for t...


SHARES FROM LIZ'S NETWORK
Jan
31
(1 comments  |  discussions )
YAHOO!!!!!!!!! I just got back home in Savannah, GA. from St. Augustine, FL. The drive was okay no snow just slush. I attended the sentencing for James Lee Lyons. Lyons who brutally raped my tenant\\\'s dog and Nola (Miss. Terrier a stray) is on his way...
(0 comments  |  discussions )
\\nYAHOO!!!!!!!!! I just got back home in Savannah, GA. from St. Augustine, FL. The drive was okay no snow just slush. I attended the sentencing for James Lee Lyons. Lyons who brutally raped my tenant\\\'s dog and Nola (Miss. Terrier a stray) is on his w...
Dec
27
(1 comments  |  discussions )
\\nPLEASE SHARE WITH EVERYONE!!\\r\\n1 DOWN 49 TO GO & ALL OUTSIDE THE U.S.!!!!!! WAY TO GO NY!!!!!!! New York, US - NYC councilman Peter Vallone (D-22nd) sponsored and helped pass a bill that creates an animal abuser registry. Persons on the registr...
Dec
15
(9 comments  |  discussions )
\\nThank You & Update!!!! We have decided to extend our fundraiser & petition for one more week! Because my tenant will receive restitution, we have reduced our goal to cover the cost for just Miss. Terrier. We raised $205.00 from our first fun...
Dec
13
(0 comments  |  discussions )
\\nBaylee & Miss. Terrier Fund & Petition! We have only 2 days left to reach our goal! PLEASE just take a moment and pass our link along http://fundly.com/urj6pdu 8\\r\\nAlso, we have only 2 days left before our petition closes! https://www.change...


MORE MEMBER BLOGS
Mar 31
Blog: How to Extend the Life of your TRIAD Boilers by Kayleigh L.
(0 comments  |  discussions ) — \\nHow to Extend the Life of your TRIAD Boilers \\r\\n \\r\\nCorlis Engine Review\\r\\nEvery user desires to prolong the life of a unit. TRIAD assists their clients in achieving this important objective by informing them of ways they can avoid problems... more
Feb 27
Blog: Dr Oz Weight Loss - The 100% Natural And Very Efficient Diet Pill by Debra S.
(0 comments  |  discussions ) — \\nYes, Dr. Oz called Garcinia Cambogia Extract (HCA) the Holy Grail of Weight Loss. He went on to say, “Anytime I see a scientist get this excited about something like Garcinia Cambogia Extract and when I looked through some of this research and... more
Blog: My Favorite Websites by krysta I.
(0 comments  |  discussions ) — \\nIFAW: www.ifaw.org\\r\\nOCEANA www.oceana.org\\r\\nPETA: www.peta.org\\r\\nEARTH 911: www.earth911.org\\r\\nANI MALs ASIA: www.animalsasia.org\\r\\n \\r\\n\\r\\n\\n more
Feb 21
Blog: testing one two three by Geoff M.
(0 comments  |  discussions ) — hello world more
Blog: Garcinia Cambogia Reviews From Actual People Garcinia Pure Extract Is A Huge Success February 20 by Dany M.
(0 comments  |  0 discussions ) — \\nGarcinia Cambogia Reviews From Actual People Garcinia Pure Extract Is A Huge Success February 20\\r\\nGarcinia Cambogia System The Dr. Oz Lose Weight Quick Process Without Having Side Effects\\r\\nHe went on to say, “At any time I see a researcher... more
 
Content and comments expressed here are the opinions of Care2 users and not necessarily that of Care2.com or its affiliates.