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Old 05-22-2009, 08:13 AM   #1
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Default [News] ASPCA Raid on Thyme and Sage Ranch in Cazenovia, Wisconsin

Update on the ASPCA Raid in Wisconsin

Jennifer Petkus, founder of Thyme and Sage Ranch in Cazenovia , Wis. was charged today at Richland County courthouse with 11 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty and 5 forfeitures. Misdemeanors included improper shelter and mistreating animals by intent or negligent violation. Ms. Petkus signed a $10,000 signature bond today. Arraignment is set for May 29 at 1:00 P.M.

The ASPCA has been on the scene with its forensics and animal response teams, as well as its Mobile Animal Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Unit, since the raid of the property took place on Tuesday. Approximately 374 animals were discovered during the execution of the search warrant, led by the Richland County Sheriff’s department. The ASPCA is evaluating animals found at the site and collecting evidence for the prosecution of the criminal case, as well as lending the services of its special forensic cruelty investigation team, comprised of disaster animal rescuers and field service investigators.

Update on the ASPCA Raid in Wisconsin

ASPCA on the Scene at Wisconsin Animal Seizure

On Tuesday, May 19, the ASPCA dispatched its forensics and animal response teams, as well as its Mobile Animal Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Unit, to collect evidence in the investigation of the Thyme and Sage Ranch, an animal sanctuary in Cazenovia, WI.

Under the authority and request of the Richland County District Attorney and Dane County Humane Society, the ASPCA is currently evaluating more than 300 animals found at the site and gathering evidence for the prosecution of the criminal case. More than a dozen responders from the ASPCA Disaster Response Team are on the scene, along with the ASPCA Mobile CSI Unit, a specially-designed vehicle outfitted with medical equipment for animal patients. The mobile unit is an important component in the fight against animal cruelty and affords the ability to work on-site, allowing evidence to be processed more accurately and efficiently.

Stay tuned to ASPCA.org for updates on this developing story.

ASPCA on the Scene at Wisconsin Animal Seizure
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I clicked on the link you had at the bottom of your thread here. OMG, those poor dogs. They all look so very sad and neglected. Thank God the ASPCA stepped in to help those poor dogs. The owner calling it an Animal Sanctuary is a gross misrepresentation of what that place really was.
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That is just horrible. I live close to the Wisconsin border and volunteer at a shelter, I am going to see if they are going to get involved and take some of the animals. It just breaks my heart.
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O.M.G. . These dogs are in such horrible condition. This is really upsetting. I'm so glad they were rescued, but this is just so sad.
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Our penalty for blatant animal abuse is so lax that an animal has not got a chance.

Why can't the penalty be harsher for these Human idiots. I watched other videos regarding this case on the Animal Welfare Website. I now know that we "The intelligent ones", being called human can also be the worst offenders of cruelty, murder and neglect.
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I live in WI and had been searching for my forever rescue dog when I found Jennifer and her 'sanctuary'. What I found most disturbing was all the people writing how awful she was and that the animals needed help, now!
Thank you to all the relentless animal lovers that put this woman out of business.
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As Wisconsin is working on legislative law to shut down puppy mills, this is not good news. I was shocked when I heard it. I'm ashamed that this happened in my state.

Most of the smaller animals (dogs and cats) came to the Humane Society here in Madison. I've been out a couple of times to take supplies and spend some time helping the staff. There's not much I'm able to do, but I can change paper and hold and handfeed frightened dogs.

There are some little friends that are so scared all they do is shake. It's getting better now that they've been cleaned up and gotten some needed medical care. Things are looking better. Most of the animals are set up in tents on the grounds of the Humane society because of space issues.

I will say that Dane County has wonderful facilities and treats all the animals there with respect and the best treatment they can offer. There are many volunteers (of course more are always welcome) and good vet care. There has been a great response to the needs for this group of rescued animals. Here is a link to the rescue info on the DCHS website.

DCHS Local Lead in Animal Abuse Case | Dane County Humane Society: Helping People Help Animals

And here's the link to their main page that tells all about the DCHS. I've gotten 3 of my previous pets from this society.

Dane County Humane Society: Helping People Help Animals

Last I heard, they are expecting to be able to offer some of the animals for adoption soon.
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Update on the ASPCA Raid in Wisconsin

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Stay tuned to ASPCA.org for updates on this developing story.

ASPCA on the Scene at Wisconsin Animal Seizure

OMG, these animals seem to be in a horrible condition. I am so happy that the ASPCA stepped in and is taking care of the situation, but it makes me incredibly angry to see such irresponsible pricks that treat animals like this. $10,000 bond isn't enough!!!!
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The shelter I volunteer at is looking for people to go immediatley there (Madison, WI) I think and stay for 3 days and help with all these poor babies. I can't go for 3 days but I am hoping some of them could. They were going to pay your gas and shelter costs. I am thinking we may get some in once they are ready and hopefully I can help then,
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to say that it is horrendous is mild indeed--greed breeds these behaviors--the animals have no voices we can hear- thankfully this is the end of one of these heartless breeders. It is soo hard to understand these behaviors, these are living breathing, loving beings who only ask to be loved and cared for and about- i do believe there is a place in heaven for all these precious loves God chose to give us stupid humans-
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