Ohio Animal Owners Vindication Fund

$3,200 of $100k goal

Raised by 26 people in 2 months
Dave Distler  CHARDON, OH

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                                                 Press Release

    There is a secret cancer eroding the lives of animal lovers and pet owners in Ohio. This deadly abscess is an Illegal Enterprise operating through a pattern of Racketeering; it is called the Ohio Humane Society and its County affiliates. Those groups, who are relied upon to protect animals, instead steal, torment, and, if they can’t be sold, kill their helpless charges. The out-of-control criminal behavior of Humane Societies is a hidden national problem. As a former thirty-year Assistant United States Attorney prosecuting white collar crime, it is my firm belief that Humane Societies in the United States may be the largest criminal organization in America today.

    Ohio’s controlling statutory framework is so loose that any group of ten people (whether they care about animal welfare or not) can pass a resolution, and the State of Ohio awards to those people the power to hire their own prosecutors, their own police, and the power of arrest with complete immunity. There is no oversight and no reporting to anyone. This arrangement is an open invitation to exploitation by greedy thugs. The invitation has been accepted.

    Most states have this same or a similar framework.

    Private shelter operators are frequent victims of the Societies because private shelters often house large numbers of animals for the Societies to seize and sell, and because, in Ohio, these shelters often have a better reputation and receive more donations than Humane Societies. For example, when three kittens were left in a car last summer and were in danger of death from the heat, Lake County Sheriff ‘s deputies took the kittens to Caroline’s Kids Pet Rescue for care, not to the Lake Humane Society.

    Humane Societies are privately funded. Their Directors and Board members often receive generous salaries, and the Societies must pay their private police and prosecutors. To get the money they need, Humane Societies bust pet owners and private rescue shelters, using extortion and threats of arrest and/or prosecution to coerce the surrender of animals and the payment of illegal restitution to the Humane Society.

    Under Ohio law, restitution may be paid only to the victims of a crime. In instances of animal abuse, it is the abused animals that are the victims, not the Humane Society. Humane Societies manufacture violations of animal protection laws for funding, e.g., one woman had dogs that all were healthy and well-cared-for. Humane agents broke into her home, which adjoined her shelter, dumped garbage on the floor, broke furniture, completely trashed the place, and then took photographs to show that the shelter was messy and dirty. All of the dogs were clean, well fed, and watered. Society agents prosecuted this woman for smells that they alleged were in the air. The humane agent and the prosecutor from Medina County were involved in this prosecution, which occurred in Wayne County.

    These Societies have undeserved credentials, both as charities and as law enforcement organizations. They hire strange people. For example, a woman who was sued by a man who had paid her $50,000 for sexual favors, then was hired by the Medina Humane Society as their law enforcement officer with the power to compel arrests.

    These Societies profit from selling animals which are “stolen,” by extortion, and from collecting criminal fines which the Societies are awarded through the coerced agreement of their victims.

    Animals that are young and cute are adoptable, i.e., “marketable” commodities. The Humane Societies sell those animals. The other animals are killed by the Societies, usually through use of false claims that the animals have some sort of illness, which allows the Societies to avoid the cost of their ongoing care.  The animals suffer, kind-hearted animal-loving people suffer, and society suffers as there are fewer, rather than more, resources for animals in need.

    The Societies’ prosecutions are driven by profit, not by animal welfare.

    In Cuyahoga County, a Humane Society “planted” evidence of animal abuse at the clinic of a veterinarian who helped a private shelter, by chaining an emaciated dog to the front porch of the Veterinary Clinic, then searching the clinic to “find” the dog.

    Humane Society agents break into private homes and shelters, require extortionate payments to avoid prosecution, and collect those periodic payments monthly from large numbers of people. The Societies require psychological evaluations of private shelter operators and permit those evaluations to be posted on-line. Societies smear the reputations of shelter operators.

    The Director of Lake Humane, Lee Nesler, ripped animals from the arms of Caroline’s Kids Rescue staff, chiding the women for crying, and exclaiming, “The animals have no feelings!”

    The Societies have threatened to take away the children of animal owners who resisted their extortion.

    In one instance, Society agents jammed 84 healthy cats into cages, two or three per cage, strapped the cages on a flatbed truck, drove the truck at a high speed over country roads, then, after the terrified cats had urinated and defecated on themselves and each other and their noses were running, photographed the cats to document animal abuse, killed all of the cats that night, and prosecuted the shelter owner.

    One of the most pathetic instances of Prosecutorial misconduct was in Cuyahoga County when, during a raid, a volunteer tried to smuggle a blind kitten from the shelter to avoid the Humane Society “impoundment” because she loved the kitten and wanted to adopt it. She knew that if the Humane Society got the kitten, the Society would kill it. The worker was discovered, prosecuted for “Obstruction of Justice,” and the kitten was “euthanized.”

    The Illegal Enterprise, which encompasses the Northern Ohio Humane Societies of approximately thirty-eight counties, is an Animal Gestapo that operates Animal Death Camps.

    I am suing Lake Humane Society as the first of many Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations because volunteer staff from Caroline’s Kids Pet Rescue are being prosecuted by the Lake Humane Society, and I am hoping to prevent prosecution of the owners of Caroline’s Kids, which is threatened to occur on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 (Valentine’s Day).

                     Gregory C. Sassé, Esq.
                      Attorney for Plaintiffs

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Update 11
Posted by Dave Distler
16 days ago
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The Global Petition for Lee Nesler of Lake Humane Society to return all of Caroline's Kids seized kitties will be hand-delivered to Nesler at the Pre-Trial Hearing scheduled for April 18, 2017. It is close to 1,000 signatures from all over the world. Here is your chance to add your name to it or help boost the number of people who see it on change.org. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support.

https://www.change.org/p/lee-nesler-return-caroline-s-kids-seized-kitty-cats
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Update 10
Posted by Dave Distler
28 days ago
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IMPORTANT LEGAL UPDATE - CK Defense Attorney files Motion in Court alleging fraud by LHS on Affidavit used to obtain original Search Warrant. Please read this important document in its entirety. Note: The News-Herald of Mentor, Ohio had been given this information several days ago and chose not to publish an article about it.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B46ajvtG7_nIeExWcl9vNWhOekk
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Update 9
Posted by Dave Distler
1 month ago
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Please sign the new on-line petition to insist that Lake Humane Society returns all seized Caroline's Kids kitty cats.
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Update 8
Posted by Dave Distler
1 month ago
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Be sure to sign our new on-line petition to have Caroline's Kids Kitty Cats returned and all charges against CK owners and employees dropped: https://www.change.org/p/lee-nesler-return-caroline-s-kids-seized-kitty-cats
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$3,200 of $100k goal

Raised by 26 people in 2 months
Created February 19, 2017
$50
Debbie Ward Gulyas
4 days ago

Please save Freebie from LHS! I'm sorry that you are having to deal with this injustice!

$300
Anonymous
4 days ago
SF
$20
sj francis
1 month ago

Hope this helps! I'm one for the animals. Thanks for caring, too! http://onefortheanimals.blogspot.com

$20
Gerry Pinion
1 month ago

I wish I could help more as I truly admire your work for the animals. Sadly our government does not give a damn (sorry) about people so to think they will take care of animals will be an uphill battle. I will share this and have signed up to be updated. God bless you for your true kindness and again I admire you immensely! Respectfully, Gerry Pinion

NP
$100
nancymarie phillips
1 month ago
MG
$10
Maribeth Grablovic
1 month ago
TY
$65
Tara Yates
1 month ago

I support Caroline’s Kids and the other rescues that have joined the lawsuit. I was shocked to learn that any group of ten people can pass a resolution, and the State of Ohio awards to those people the power to hire their own prosecutors, their own police, and the power of arrest with complete immunity. There is no oversight and no reporting to anyone. The pending federal lawsuit will document abuses by Lake Humane Society and other northern Ohio humane societies against Caroline’s Kids and other animal rescues that have joined this lawsuit. The lawsuit will show how these humane societies have abused their “credentials,” both as charities and as law enforcement organizations. The lawsuit must be funded and go forward to bring these abuses by these societies to light to the public, to lawmakers and to the courts. This lawsuit is essential to move to a system that better protects the owners of animal rescues and sanctuaries and also better safeguards the welfare of ALL dogs and cats taken into custody by humane societies. Also we rarely hear about the volume of abandoned animals (especially cats) that the humane societies refuse to take in…these animals are left to suffer and often die. We need our animal rescues and sanctuaries to fill this unfortunate need and currently way too many are being methodically shut down or severely limited by humane societies. This has to stop and this lawsuit is the first step towards this end.

MP
$10
Melissa Porter
1 month ago
$20
Anonymous
1 month ago
AK
$25
antoinette kline
1 month ago

GINNY IS THE MOST LOVING AND CARING HUMAN BEING TOWARD HER ANIMAL FRIENDS I HAVE EVER KNOWN NO ONE LOVES ANIMALS AS SHE DOES.. THIS ONE'S FOR COOKIE , GINNY... LOVE YOU AND SUPPORT CAROLINE'S KIDS.. GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND GIVE YOU STRENGTH TO SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER ... TONI

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