"Humane Sanctuary, Inc" - UPDATE INARA'S MOM IS THERE!

Postby pitbullmamaliz » February 19th, 2010, 8:04 am

This is the woman I got Inara and her brother from 4 years ago. She was in a different location then. Last I checked on PetFinder, Inara's mother was still there. :( I've contacted the group doing the rescue to see if she is still alive and okay. I wish there was something I could do.

http://www.wytv.com/content/news/local/ ... adI0A.cspx
Thirty more dogs were removed Saturday from the Kinsman home of Kathy Witzman. The dogs taken were found inside the residence.

More than 100 dogs, two horses, and dozens of ducks ,chickens and cats were taken from the property on State Route 87 in Gustavus township Friday.

Witzman runs what she calls the Humane Sanctuary, but over the years, officials with the Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County said it grew out of control.

"I'm sure that initially her desire was to help animals, but it just got out of hand," said Detective Harold Firster, Trumbull County Sheriff's office.

After an investigation and two weeks of planning, 30 volunteers, including five veterinarians, began a rescue operation early Friday, which continued for most of the day. Sheriff's deputies arrested Witzman on animal cruelty charges and transported her 97-year-old mother to Trumbull Memorial Hospital.

Sheriff's deputies and fire crews said the house is deplorable and its conditions are some of the worst they've seen.

"The dog feces had caked the floor almost like a carpet," Firster said, "and the smell of ammonia was so pungent that it was very difficult getting the 97-year-old mother out of the house."

Officials said some of the animals are visibly suffering from skin disease and mange, while several week-old puppies are clinging to life after they were hidden in a barn.

"Others, when you look at them you can tell they're malnourished," said Barbara Busko, Animal Welfare League.

Witzman was previously charged with open burning back in 2007, after she allegedly burned several dead animals.


http://www.wytv.com/content/news/local/ ... Pfq9A.cspx
Trumbull County Sheriff's Office officials, as well as members of the Animal Welfare League, knew it was going to be difficult to handle all of the animals they rescued from a home in Gustavus Friday.

But even they were surprised with some of the conditions they encountered at Kathy Witzman's house.

"We found a container just about filled with animal carcasses," said sheriff's Dep. Harold Firster.

Because of the carcasses being found on the property, sheriff's officials are filing a felony open dumping charge on Witzman, who is already facing numerous charges of animal cruelty.

The more than 160 animals found at Witzman's home are now being housed in a temporary shelter provided by the Animal Welfare League.

Except for a few stray cats, no other animals are on the property. Witzman has been released from jail and is expected in court Thursday.

Officials also removed Witzman's elderly mother from the house and took her to a hospital for evaluation. Barb Busko, of the Animal Welfare League, said conditions inside the home Where Witzman and her mother lived were extremely poor.

"Deplorable conditions, filth, feces and animals living in there including two dead dogs that the others dogs were feeding off of because they were hungry," said Busko.

Some of the dogs are in poor health. One dog has died and another is not doing well.

Anyone willing to help the welfare league house some of the animals temporarily is asked to call the shelter at 330-394-4122.
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Postby ArtGypsy » February 19th, 2010, 8:23 am

:shock: :sad2: :o :cuss: :nono:
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Postby HappyChick » February 19th, 2010, 8:51 am

How Horrible! I hope Inara's mama is okay. Sending hopeful thoughts your way....

Let me know if there is anything I can do. I still have friends about a couple of hours away from you and I'd be happy to help if need be.
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Postby LMM » February 19th, 2010, 9:04 am

Ugh, this makes me unbelievably sick. And it's happening more and more, supposed rescues that operate this way. Or some form of it.

Let me know if I can help with Inara's mom Liz, I absolutely will if I can.
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » February 19th, 2010, 9:59 am

Thanks girls. :) I'll keep you guys updated.
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Postby TheRedQueen » February 19th, 2010, 10:11 am

:cry:
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Postby iluvk9 » February 20th, 2010, 3:43 pm

How horrible for dogs and her Mom... :shake:

...transported her 97-year-old mother to Trumbull Memorial Hospital.
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Postby airwalk » February 20th, 2010, 4:41 pm

LMM wrote:it's happening more and more, supposed rescues that operate this way. Or some form of it.


you're right it does seem to be happening more, but truthfully, I think it's just we are all so much more aware of it than we used to be. Thus why our shelter is very careful what "rescues" we work with. We have some that have refused to sign our rescue agreement because we ask they be prepared to provide adopters names if asked...some refuse...for me that's an enormous red flag.
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Postby LMM » February 20th, 2010, 11:13 pm

I agree. The more involved you become, the more aware you are to this type of thing. It makes me shudder to think of what we don't know.

I think when a rescue is not very forthcoming, it's huge red flag. And by that I mean the things they should have no problem being forthcoming about.
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Postby kera09 » February 21st, 2010, 3:42 pm

oh man, thats awful! those poor dogs. in rescue you have to know when enough is enough or this can happen. Praying that inaras momma is ok!!
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » February 22nd, 2010, 9:16 pm

I found Inara's mom! One of my friends is friends with somebody volunteering there and got pictures of every dog there - Sophie is #9!!! I started crying when I saw her because I saw Inara in her eyes.

PLEASE if anybody can help her I will send money or do whatever to help. I can't send much but I just want to make sure she goes to a good place where she's loved as much as her daughter is. :(

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Postby HappyChick » February 22nd, 2010, 9:21 pm

I'll start making contacts. Where exactly is she?
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » February 22nd, 2010, 9:24 pm

Trumbull County, Ohio, close to the PA border. Thank you so much Angie!
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Postby HappyChick » February 22nd, 2010, 9:27 pm

Aha! Where in Trumbull county? Do you have the name of the city or shelter? Do you have any contact info besides the phone number?
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » February 22nd, 2010, 9:34 pm

I know they're all being housed in a warehouse, but I'm not sure of details. I will find out what I can and post it here and on FB. Thank you again!!!
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Postby HappyChick » February 22nd, 2010, 9:37 pm

You are welcome! I hope we can get her out! Hello Bully is the big rescue in Pittsburgh, probably our best bet. http://www.hellobully.com/

I'll contact them in the morning and you should too! The more people they hear from the better our chances, I think.
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » February 22nd, 2010, 9:42 pm

I feel bad focusing so strongly on her, but she's family, you know? :(

I posted her up on FB, so if you guys can crosspost her there I'd be forever grateful!
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Postby madremissy » February 22nd, 2010, 10:41 pm

Holy smokes, I just saw this. :( :( :( I hope something can be done for Inara's mom.
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Postby LMM » February 22nd, 2010, 11:35 pm

Liz, add my rescue FB page so I can circulate her widely. Any way we can find out her temperament?

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Postby iluvk9 » February 23rd, 2010, 6:54 am

:cry: I saw Inara's eyes also.

Angie, you rock with all you do !! :dance:
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