Friday, October 25, 2013

More Controversy For Cat Rangers

Seems like unsavory rescue never ends.

Cat Rangers has been accused in the past of not using funds collected for the purpose that they were intended. Sending sick, unvetted cats/kittens to fosters/adopters. Transporting across state lines without health certificates or the proper paperwork.

Now it seems that Cat rangers has been soliciting funds for 6 kittens that are no longer with us.

When first asked if Cat Rangers could help this family, the answer was

Cat Rangers posted out about the family, stating that rescue was interested in them. They stated that the kittens were born on October 10th and that Cat Rangers had rescue, transport arranged and would vet, if they could raise funds.

Was this because Linda had offered to foster even though she had a full house?

The adopt a pet posting for this family states that the family would be available on the 13th of October. An update followed, stating that kittens had died on October 20th.

What kind of a rescue asks for funds for kittens that have passed? If they were unaware, why not check with the shelter or adopt a pet before posting? The shelter in in Georgia. Cat Rangers is approximately 70 - 90 miles from the shelter. A phone call could and should of been made, before asking for donations to their paypal on their website.

October 23rd a comment was made on Cat Rangers thread about mama and kittens. A woman posted that she had spoken to Sparrow on October 23rd and was told mama and kittens were safe. .

The foster was also under the impression the family ( mama and kittens ) were safe.

Yet Friday, the foster for the family wanted to know where mama was.

People were asked to donate to Cat Rangers paypal or on the Cat Rangers website.
Cat Rangers posted their paypal address on October 22nd.

Others asking people to donate on Cat Rangers website

After the safe posting people were relieved. Thanking Cat Rangers for saving the family. People were under the impression that mama and kittens were safely out of the shelter. Cat Rangers never posted on their thread that the kittens had died or that mama was still in the shelter. Sparrow knew on October 23rd that the kittens had died.

Unfortunately for mama, safe does not mean out of the shelter.

On Thursday night, Lisa, after paying $100. on Wednesday, assuming mama had been pulled, asked Cat Rangers where mama was. No response was given on the thread.

Around 10pm Thursday night a comment was posted on Cat Rangers thread about them soliciting funds for kittens that had died. It also asked if mama had been picked up from the shelter. No response was given as of 6:00pm on Friday to the questions asked.

According to another comment made Friday, October 25th at 2:15 pm, mama was still in the shelter. We called to verify the comment. Mama was definitely still in the shelter on Friday, October 25th at 2:30pm..

Designed to pull at heartstrings, please make sure you are really donating to what people are asking of you. Call the shelters. Do your homework before donating to any animals thread.

Urgent Floyd cats thread for mama and kittens

Cat Ranger thread for mama and kittens

Adopt a pet link for mama and kittens


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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Sanctuary or Trailer..... You Decide

So many rescues. So hard to find just the right one for that animal. So many with their hands out for your cash. How do you know if that rescue you are sending that animal to is a good rescue?

Feaganes rescue in Lenoir, NC

Their previous rescue address in Casar was visited. The people there were replacing a bedrooms linoleum. When asked about the animals, the reply was:
" There were many " and that " the place stank ":

Feaganes rescue sent a PM via Facebook to multiple people in July. Asking that money be sent to their Paypal for renovations to their home so they could take in more animals:

At the time the request was sent, Feaganes were not registered with the state of North Carolina as a non-profit, yet in June they offered receipts for a tax deduction?

                                            Feaganes received their non-profit status July 22nd.


A friend was contacted about a dog named Bruce. He was pulled from a kill shelter in North Carolina and sent to Florida to be fostered. Things did not work out for Bruce there as the foster stated that Bruce was aggressive with her boyfriend. Bruce was then transported to Feaganes rescue in late August. He was supposedly aggressive and not neutered. Was this taken care of?

While Bruce was at Feaganes questions were asked on Feaganes Facebook page about his welfare. How he was doing, etc. Some of the questions were ignored. Some personal messages were sent but received no reply.

Bruce had heartworms. A source stated that his treatment had been paid for by someone who had paid an adoption fee to get him out of the shelter. Feaganes had a fundraiser for Bruce for heartworm treatment that had been paid for?

After which friends drove to Lenoir, which is near Hickory, to check on Bruce and to see the conditions of the rescue.

When they arrived, they found that Feaganes sanctuary was in a trailer park which consisted of many singlewide trailers close together. Not much of a yard to speak of. The trailer in question was near the back of the park, with a small pen in the back, which stank of pooh.

Knocking on the door a man came out, she introduced herself and asked  " is this Feaganes rescue "
He said " yes ".
He was asked if Bruce was there, " yes ".
He was asked if she could come inside to see the rescue and Bruce, " no ".
He was asked if Bruce could be brought outside, to which he answered " no ".
He asked her who she was, the answer was simple enough. " I am an individual, concerned about the welfare of Bruce "

This is a red flag in my opinion. If you go to a rescue and they refuse you entrance, refuse to let you see a certain animal, there is definitely a problem.

What made matters worse was that after the visit, Mr. Feaganes messaged people, telling them that she claimed to be a private investigator, accused him of fighting Bruce and threatened to expose his rescue. These accusations were completely false. He obviously was not listening, as the name she gave to him was not Barbara,

One has to wonder why Mr. Feaganes reacted the way he did. Why he lied about what was asked. Why she was refused entrance to a rescue that wants to rehome their animals. A rescue/sanctuary should be proud of their place. They should want to reassure others that the animals sent there are in a safe haven.

He even went so far to threaten " Barbara " with charges if she did not PM him.  What kind of charges can be pressed from someone knocking on a door, asking about a rescue or a dog? " Barbara " did not PM him and is still awaiting a visit from the Lenoir police or Caldwell sheriff.

In my opinion, this rescue may have too many animals. They claim to have 4 dogs of their own, able to take in 5 to 7 more and have multiple cats.

Rex is a lab in Alabama with a fractured leg. It took over a week to arrange transport, raise funds to have him transported to Feaganes rescue by volunteers. Rex had full vetting sponsorship, yet was not vetted by sending party.

 This dog traveled over 500 miles with a fractured leg. The receiving rescue allowed this to happen.

There was no health certificate, a requirement for entry into the state of North Carolina. The rescue should of insisted that Rex be seen by a vet prior to transport.

Feaganes also had a fundraiser for Rex, even though a lady in New York had offered full sponsorship for his vetting. Note on the fundraiser, it states vetting.

Days after arriving at rescue in North Carolina, Rex broke with parvo. Another fundraiser

Had rescue protocol been followed:
10 day quarantine
Rex might of shown symptoms of parvo before leaving Alabama, as Feaganes thread was started June 24th  Rex did not leave Alabama until July 3rd.

This dog infected how many cars on his travels to North Carolina?

Nevermind the painful leg. It is my opinion that the rescue did not act responsibly in the planning of transporting of an unvetted, traumatized dog.

The sending party could have vetted Rex in June as he had a sponsor.

Someone named Cheryl asked Feaganes about a specific cat. To which someone answered:
" Which one? "
" I have so many "
The landlord was called to ask about the quantity of animals that are allowed in each home. Unfortunately, there is no limit. Dogs are not allowed to run loose outside at any time. A small pen hardly has room for dogs to run to release pent up energy.

Remember, this rescue wanted to renovate to take in 20 to 40 dogs and/or cats depending on the size.
Inquiring minds would like to know how they would manage to keep so many animals comfortable in a singlewide trailer.

Is this a crate and cage rescue?

 Rexs thread:

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Rescues Disregard Cost Bugsy Weight

Rescues inability to recognize the right way to rescue is affecting dogs lives.

Here we have Bugsy

Pulled from Orange county, California shelter in August
Seemingly friendly in his pull video yet labeled aggressive by the shelter.

Bugsy with the trainer on August 22nd
Does he seem aggressive?

The pulling rescue placed all blame of weight loss on the trainer. Making it sound like they had starved him. I highly doubt a trainer with over 30 years of experience would risk their reputation by starving a sick, troubled dog.

Someone talked with the trainer and was told that Bugsy was ill when sent there. He was friendly and receptive to training the first two weeks, learning basic commands, etc. Even with medication, his kennel cough worsened, he refused to eat and was growing more aggressive.

According to the trainer, at this point a man named Tony of the receiving rescue, was called daily and asked to pick Bugsy up. Tony's reply was that Bugsy was too dangerous for anyone to foster and that they had no where for him to go. Tony was told that Bugsy was at a critical stage in his training, that although he was still friendly, he was getting stressed in his kennel and that it would be easy for Bugsy to turn aggressive. Tony did not send anyone to pick up Bugsy.

Bugsy, now sicker, wasn't eating and was becoming more aggressive to training personnel, to the point of attacking the trainer when he entered the kennel to feed him.  Personnel had to wear a bite suit to continue to enter Bugsys kennel to feed and clean up after him. It was at this point the trainer notified Tony that Bugsy was to be put down if no one came to get him.

The update was September 11th. Obviously no one had checked on Bugsy in the month of September or they would of seen that he was sick, not eating as the trainer stated, and that he was losing weight.

Arrangements finally made, Bugsy was taken to be vetted and neutered on September. 14th. Almost a month after being pulled from the shelter. Should this not have been one of the first things to be done before sending him to trainers?

Bugsy was then sent to a different trainer.

Had Bugsy of been properly checked out at a vet they might of learned that he was deaf instead of finding out a month later. Had Bugsy been neutered before going to the trainer, maybe his demeanor would of been different? Had the pulling rescue/rescuer been involved in Bugsys training or at least checked on him occasionally, maybe this rescuer would not of had to " almost drop dead " when she saw him after 3 weeks.

It is my hope that the pulling rescue thoroughly checked the new trainer out. That they will do the responsible thing this time around and check on Bugsy. That they will be involved with his training instead of ignoring him while others are pulled.

The rescue Bugsy was pulled for is not in California. This is part of the problem for an out of state rescue. It is next to impossible for the receiving rescue to know the trainers, boarding kennels, fosters, vets, to which their dogs are being sent, are acceptable and/or reputable.  The puller/pulling rescue should be held responsible for the dogs welfare until the dog has been delivered to the receiving rescue.Such is the case for Bugsy. It is my hope that the pulling rescue is to be held accountable for the pain that they are causing certain dogs by their negligence, that the receiving rescue learn from the part they played in Bugsys rescue.

In my opinion, pulling a dog from a shelter only to place in boarding with limited visitation or to leave for weeks at a trainers with no participation, while pulling other animals, does not constitute rescue.

Rescue is not supposed to be about the quantity pulled but rather the quality of life given.

I pray that all rescuers that give a damn about any animals welfare will do their due diligence for any animals pulled from the shelters or found anywhere else.

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Danielle Vigil - DNA/DNR



Cause of death- Kennel Cough
This makes the 3rd dog in just a couple months that has died in her care. 

Danielle has a history too.  She's been arrested and found guilty Aug 2010 on CA Penal Code 597.1(a) of Animal Neglect.  

She had around 20 Pit Bulls removed by animal control from an abandoned lot where she kept 
the dogs.  

Danielle claims to have 501(3)c pending, but she's not even registered with the state as a non profit.  
She's using the name "A Safe Haven" 

She has a "FOR PROFIT" business called 
"I'm a Keeper"

What concerns me is the number of animals she has listed on Petfinders.

Where are all these dogs now and why are people still giving her dogs when she has so many listed already?

Friday, September 6, 2013

Milena: " Please Don't Kill Me "

This article was written in loving memory of Brynn/Sophie. A dog that died leaving 7 puppies because a rescuer did not have her vetted properly.Even though Brynn/Sopie was pulled for someone else, this does not excuse the rescuer of her responsibility to make sure procedures are followed.

Milena pulled or had pulled for her 3 dogs:
Josie, Sophie/Brynn and Marcie from San Bernardino shelter in California..

On this post of Brynn/Sophie, her having kennel cough or a cold was not mentioned.
This post was from July 12th

Brynn/Sophie and her 7  1 day old pups were pulled for a lady named Alese in Massachusetts. Alese wanted Brynn/Sophie sent to Massachusetts as pregnant as she was. Milena was in agreement but the pups were born. So plans changed
Brynn/Sophie must of had her pups on July 12th as they were with her when she was pulled on the 13th.
She had pledges but not like Josie. They had no plan for Brynn/Sophie and pups prior to being sent to Alese.  A woman in Utah, who was going to foster, drove all the way to the shelter in San Bernardino, Ca. Her dog didn't get along with Brynn/Sophie, so she went home.
They had decided to send Byrnn/Sophie with newborn pups to Aprils for only 4 hours on July 13th after she was pulled. On July 13th a temporary foster was found for a week but something went awry and she had to stay at Aprils.
April was only supposed to keep Brynn/Sophie for 4 hours til she went to foster
Milena saying babies are home. 

Is cardboard the best they could do for this girl and her babies?

April was to be a temporary foster. She already fostering Josie who was sick.
Josie at vet was diagnosed with pneumonia

April was a inexperienced foster for dogs with kennel cough/pneumonia.
It was said that Brynn/Sophie had a cold but was going out and eating. She was not as sick as Josie.
April lives in 3 rooms/800 sg ft home. There is no way that germs were not spread. Even if Brynn/Sophie didn't pick up germs she got sicker. There was no mention of sickness on her thread until July 18th. 5 days after she was pulled.
Too weak to clean her babies. Did this happen overnight?

She would not eat, was incontinent, breathing very labored.
On the 17th Brynn hadn't eaten in 24 hours and was incontinent The 18th Milena says there is no money for vet
She did end up going to the vet on the 18th. However, sources say Brynn/Sophie was not seen by a vet but rather a vet tech. She was given antibiotics and sent back home. No xrays or bloodwork was done like with Josie because it seems Milena did not want to put out any money. She had already put out funds to vet HER foster Josie for a full workup.

2 days later she wasn't eating still and was becoming deathly sick she was taken back to the vet. She was given several shots of antibiotics and maybe a vit. B shot and sent back home. She was not treated properly. She did not get the same vet care as Josie did.  Josie was given a full work up, including xrays, blood work on her second visit.  Brynn/Sophie should of received the same care as Josie. It was stated on thread that Brynn/Sophie did receive the same care.
Brynn/Sophie and Josie went to the same vet. They received the same treatment

This is not true.  

Brynn/Sophie did not have xrays or blood work done. Considering it was stated that Brynn/Sophie was sick/pregnant when she left the shelter, was sicker than on first visit, xrays and blood work should of been done as they were with Josie She was a mother. Her pups needed her!

Josie having xray for kennel cough/pneumonia on 2nd visit

Milena was the backing/pulling rescue.
Milena pulled Brynn/Sophie and was responsible for all vet care 
She should have had her vetted properly, but didn't. April was able to get some baby food by syringe into Sophie. This could not have been of any substantial nutritional value.
Milena can not be this stupid. She has been rescuing dogs for how many years? Hmmmmm.......

Instead of taking Brynn/Sophie to the vet certain people decided to play veterinarians. A shopping list was made:

List of over the counter stuff needed

Were any of these women professionally trained for this kind of care?  Milena's transporter Linda Stone was sent to April's to give Subc fluids to Sophie. They tried steak, tuna and chicken to tempt her, but she would not eat. She was given home remedies which included pedialyte and Robitussin DM. No one consulted with the vet.
Brynn/Sophie hasn't eaten in almost 48 hours. The rescue okays the fact that she is given human medications

Robitussin is not to be used in treating pneumonia

A registered nurse asks who the idiot was that gave the dog Robitussin

A veterinarian was called by me, to ask if Robitussin DM could be used on a dog with pneumonia. The answer was  no. Especially not if she was nursing as it would harm the puppies.

A person playing veterinarian made a judgement call that was wrong:
Linda states that Sophie did not need to go to the vet that night. She died approximately 6  hours later

Brynn/Sophie was not stable. She couldn't even stand up. Milena says there were no funds to take her to the vet. Someone had to tell Milena to get Brynn/Sophie to the vet, to raise funds and that Brynn/Sophie should of gone a long time ago as pneumonia could not be treated at home.
No funds for vet. Pneumonia can not be treated at home. Sophie could not stand up.
Amy had to tell Milena to take her to the vet. What kind of rescuing is this?

Sophie was not given the vetting/care that she was entitled.. She was not cared for like Josie. The inexperienced foster April, states she told them over and over that Sophie was not eating and was sick. She and Milena were talking on the phone. She said she should have pushed more to have Sophie go to the vet again.
Milena was in charge and should have done it without people telling her to get Brynn/Sophie to the vet. She has been doing this long enough to know the difference. Milena was the backing/pulling rescue and was responsible for this dog, no matter the circumstances as stated here for another dog:
Was there an application filled out for Brynn/Sophie? Will there be one after this posting? Will it be back dated?

By playing veterinarian it is my belief that these women all contributed to Brynn/Sophies death. They were not qualified/trained to diagnose/treat Brynn/Sophie. This poor mother of 7 died an agonizing, slow death at the hands of so called animal rescuers.

Chars comment on the thread was spot on:

 Alese stated that she would foot the bill yet was constantly asking for people to honor their pledges. While I believe that people should not offer money if they are not willing to pay up, the point is that rescuers should not count on pledges made. Life happens. Sometimes animals are sicker than they appear to be. Whether pledges are paid or not is besides the point. Rescuers should be prepared to pay out more than anticipated. Vetting is a never ending expense.

Alese stated that she made $60. an hour and that she would foot the bill.

April had asked Milena if a milky like nasal discharge from the puppies was a bad sign. Milena, advised to look for a brown discharge. 3 of the pups had pneumonia when Shelly ( the CBC foster ) received them.
Alese thought she could cover the vet bills. She hadn't planned on/thought about the puppies getting sick. This family cost her more than she had anticipated.

One of Brynn/Sophies pups had died at the time of this posting

Debbie was correct!
Lack of money seemed to be the theme:

It was said that Milena was not a rescue
WRONG!!!  Milena IS and has a rescue

Milena was the backing rescue for these dogs and is ultimately responsible for ALL their vetting/care and final outcome. She is a 501and IS a rescue which fosters/places and adopts out animals.

Milena pulled Brynn/Sophie
Milena pulled Josie a lactating throw away mom for herself. She had over $1000 pledged to Josie,  Josie was vetted first visit including being tested for parvo. She had blood in her stool. Second visit she had chest x-rays, blood work up and was diagnosed with having a bad strain of Pneumonia.  She was treated and seemed to be getting well.

Milena saying Josie escaped death but Marcie is critical

Marcie was sent to Canada.  Marcie was very pregnant and sick. I was told that she did not get treated before she was transported. She had pneumonia by the time she got to British Columbia. How did this dog receive a health certificate to travel? What vet in their right mind would issue a health certificate to a sick dog? Marcie, who was in the vets for 2 weeks has survived, but 2 of her pups did not.

Posted July 13th, Marcie is Canadian

It doesn't matter how many dogs this rescuer has " saved ", passed off to others, adopted out. Brynn/Sophie moms deserved so much more than she received. Her pups deserved to have their mom feed and care for them. Someone decided to withhold money and others played veterinarian and it helped to cost Brynn/Sophie her life.  So we have 1 out of 3 grown females that died because of incompetence. Does her life mean anything?   Who is to be held accountable for the lack of vetting/care that this dog was entitled? Her pups will never know her life because of human asininity. There were 4 puppies lost. Do their lives mean anything?
Has anyone yet to see an apology? How about someone owning the mistakes that were made?

After all the suffering that Brynn/Sophie went through, in her final hours she was allowed to go to the emergency vet. Why Milena did not offer to pay it before is the question of the day. How this poor momma of seven must of suffered. To think that rescuers, people committed to ensure the safety and well being of animals could put a beautiful soul through all of this is truly sickening. This was not a mistake. This was someone in my opinion, that wanted to hold onto their money.

A responsible statement:

It has been said after these tragedies that Milena has been banned from pulling from San Bernardino.

It makes me wonder who will pull for her? Who will be held responsible if something were to happen?

Are you willing to put your name/your rescues name at risk? How many more Brynn/Sophies are there to be before people wake up?

I agree with what Lisa says below in the following comment:

Brynns Facebook thread:

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