Anderson, rather than look for any defense for her client and the 'deplorable' conditions discovered by Montgomery county investigators and the HSUS, has decided to employ another tactic. She has attacked Reunion Rescue and director Cindy Marabito with false accusations and demanded the American Pit Bull Examiner articles not only be stricken, but that Marabito be 'banned' from writing for the Examiner.
Known for reporting the truth, The American Pit Bull Examiner articles will be republished in their full form with photos in this blog for archiving purposes. The American Pit Bull Examiner has a history of writing about last minute death row dogs and others, many of which are enjoying lives in wonderful homes today.
Question for Anderson...not only do you defend the deaths and abuse of perhaps hundreds of dogs sent to Spindletop for 'refuge', but now you want to shut down articles saving other pets. The articles support, in a small way, the dogs of Reunion Rescue...the dogs Anderson claims are 'farmed out' to other rescues. This is the first of many false and inflammatory statements Anderson submitted to the Examiner. Hopefully, in a court of law, her arguments are based on fact, not fabrication.
The following is a breakdown for Anderson and the team of trolls who spend their spare time harassing those of us who have lost dogs at the horror hotel known as Spindletop.
So let me push up my sleeves and ask the dogs and other animals in my care here to be patient. Instead of a walk today, I'll be wasting more time trying to clear up the mess and after effects from the Spindletop tsunami.
Linked below are Zandra Anderson's false accusations which resulted in the un-publishing of several articles, including a plea for Nolan the abused dog from Lake Tawakoni in which Leah Purcell fleeced one unsuspecting donator for $450 on the day of the raid. The dog never even went to Spindletop. He is here in Austin safely fostered. He is the one lucky dog in this mass hoarding for dollars gone so horribly wrong.
Skipping past the intro in which Anderson claims Marabito printed 'out and out fabrications' and likens Marabito to an 'unbalanced individual to wreak havoc.' She goes on to offer her literary review courtesy of her work at the South Texas School of Law which brings up a photograph of a shit filled toilet when googled. Do they teach creative writing at her alma mater? Maybe a brush up course is in order as the two complaints are riddled with grammatical error as well as mistruth.
Claiming 'wherever there is animal seizure, rumors fly' allowing for the poor defendant to defend herself for 'fear of being a target of criminal prosecution.' Before I get down to business, let me help to reinforce that statement. I am just getting started here, so be afraid. Be very afraid...I rescue pit bull terriers...hence the Latin 'terra ... earth'. I am going to make you a promise. I am going to dig like there is no tomorrow and you haven't even begun to see the s--t start to fly. I will not slow down until every dang bit of it hits the judicial fan.
!. "FALSE. MarabitocontendsStella[sic], a dog, was killed in an electrical failure at the refuge based on a disgruntled ex-employee's statement despite she was informed this dog was not involved in such an incident."
In fact, I was informed by her client, Leah Purcell that Stella was adopted. For over two months including the very day the HSUS and Montgomery County ACC were raiding her property, Leah Purcell called me to describe what was taking place. I asked her if she would like me to write an article asking for help. At that time, I had no reason to believe Purcell was guilty of abuses or crimes. She answered to, "hold off. Zandra was trying to negotiate for 'our' personal dogs." I reminded her these were our personal dogs and asked her one last time about Stella.
I offered Purcell the opportunity to come clean. In rescue, I realize things can happen and had begun to fear the worst about Stella, especially now that the joint was being raided. Purcell didn't even let me finish my question. She said, "oh, she's doing great. They love her!"
July 18, that 'disgruntled ex-employee' positively id'd Stella as one of the dogs who died a horrific painful death with 37 others in the torture chamber infamously known to us now as the Morgan Building. Note to Zandra, I'd be a bit disgruntled, too, if I had to bury 38 dogs I'd hired on to care for in the hot miserable dirt at Spindletop.
2. "FALSE. At the same time, Marabito has the dog,[sic] Stella,[sic] posted on her website (www.reunionrescue.com) stating the dog is in Austin and begging for donations on a dog she contends is dead[sic]"
Let me stoop down below pond scum level to try and explain this. I am busy trying to raise money to board the four dogs I have in California and recover from the $10 plus thousand dollars I've raised and sent to Leah Purcell and James Brewer of Spindletop for boarding.
Three have thankfully been redeemed and are here with my in my sanctuary, however two had to be spay/neutered as Leah Purcell defaulted on the promise to fix the dogs and deposited the checks issued above and beyond the boarding costs earmarked for their spay/neuter. We have statements from both donators to back this up.
Once I get caught up trying to take in the Spindletop dogs who need much medical and other treatment, I will try and satisfy Anderson's complaint about Stella's still being on our adoption page. She will join our Memorial Page in which other's who've died at the hands of Purcell and Spindletop have been invited to create memorium for their lost pets at Spindletop.
3. "FALSE. Marabitodissparages[sic] attorney,[sic]ZandraAnderson[sic],in teh article stating that she had knowledge of the alleged issues at the refuge."
One question as this one could take all day....how could Zandra negotiate for the 'personal dogs' if she had no inkling of the dogs involved in the seizure and others not found? More than several emails cc'd to myself have direct quotes from Zandra Anderson stating her knowledge of the whereabouts of these pets.
In regards to Stella, if she is alive, then where is she? Why was I paying her boarding and if adopted as claimed by defendant Leah Purcell, to whom was she adopted. This should be relatively easy to clear up and I will gladly retract and apologize for any remarks about Stella. Just give me the dog. Simple. Again, where is she? Where are the others in which misleading id numbers were issued to the pet's legal and grieving owners.
4. "FALSE. Marabitio[sic] is claiming her "rescue" is going to claim certain dogs that were not owned by that organization. In fact, she claims on her site that the rescue is "home to the world's friendliest pit bulls" yet she operates no shelter. The dogs are farmed out to other rescues and kennels."
Where to start? My 'rescue' is a 501(c)(3) in excellent standing with 15 years of impeccable history and not so much as an arm scratch. Which dogs are not 'owned' by Reunion Rescue? Stella, Amber and Angel each were relinquished ownership to Reunion Rescue. Cindy Marabito 'owns' the Austin dog, Batgirl (new name Bebe) as we are not partnered with Austin Shelter. I adopted her on my birthday April 26, 2011 and drove her to Spindletop myself as I was full in my rescue here and couldn't make room.
Like many others, I trusted Leah Purcell and began a friendship with her that ended up a nightmare and in Stella's death. Since the raid, Reunion Rescue which keeps our 501(c)(3) published on our site to save death row dogs in the 11th hour were defrauded by Purcell who has pulled at least one dog, Feo, from the Alvin, Texas ACC under our non profit federal ID. We have committed to saving Feo if identified and if he is still alive.
Nolan, the subject of the article Zandra had unpublished yesterday is in foster care and in much need of medical attention. The article featured a chip in for Nolan, but has been deleted prohibiting Reunion Rescue from raising the necessary funds to cure Nolan's heartworm and other medical needs.
The Reunion Rescue No-Kill Refuge is indeed a reality. We may not be fancy, but will have air conditioned play kennels and already have a one of a kind raw fed holistic center in which the dogs can heal and get the much needed rehabilitation they never received at Spindletop.
Which 'rescues and kennels' Anderson is referring to are a mystery. Our California dogs are boarded at a wonderful place owned by a fellow pit bull rescuer who is also a dog behavior modification expert who never meets a bad dog. In fact, every one of our placed dogs in the past 2 years owe their happy lives to this facility. The only other 'rescue' in which our dogs were boarded was Spindletop which, in my book, neither qualifies as a rescue or kennel.
5. "FALSE. MarabitodisparagesJamesBrewer [sic] even commenting on attire and stated he was present for the hearing on the seizure. Mr. Brewer is a veteran law enforcement officer who lives in another state and was not there.
My deepest apologies. Two things, then. One, why did I and hundreds of other people pay James Brewer the upstanding law enforcement officer thousand if not hundreds of thousands of dollars...only Paypal knows....to board our dogs in the hellhole called Spindletop? Two, who was that guy in the dumb and dumber shirt?
6. "FALSE. Marabito falsely states there were 80 dogs in the house."
Printed by various other sources, "removing dogs from five buildings, including one two-story structure that housed 80 dogs."
7. "FALSE. Marabitoallegesthat [sic] attorney Zandra Anderson was negotiating to lessen charges which is false. The hearing was a civil proceeding and no criminal charges have been filed against the owner to date."
Constable Tim Holifield announced as did Tamara Holland with Montgomery County Attorney's Office that Anderson negotiated "an agreement to relinquish custody of 287 dogs seized. She waved her right to an appeal regarding custody of those dogs." Several other reports have quoted Holifield's statement, "the District Attorney's Office will evaluate all of the evidence, make a determination and eventually present their findings to a grand jury."
Whether Anderson decides to represent Purcell in the criminal proceedings or not is moot to Marabito and Reunion Rescue whose interest in the matter is to see justice prevail and all criminal acts against animals and the people who care for them prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
8. "FALSE. Marabitoallegesthat [sic] Zandra Anderson 'stood on the grounds where our dogs like Reunion Rescue's Stella were buried." Not only is this false, [sic] Marabito has been told that this dog was not involved in any suchincident, [sic] and this dog did not belong to Reunion Rescue as suggested."
|Zandra Anderson standing on the grounds of Spindletop...|
On so many levels, so many questions. Stella and Amber who were brought to Spindletop by their finder were relinquished in a signed document to Reunion Rescue. Both dogs' boarding were covered in the $10,000 plus paid to Leah Purcell and James Brewer. Reunion Rescue has been told by Purcell that Stella was adopted. To whom? Where is she? Stella's body was positively identified by former employee and whistleblower, although Anderson has publicly and by email claimed Reunion Rescue's Stella is alive and did not perish with the 38 dogs in the Morgan Building.
Again, if you know where Stella is, please tell us. We would love to find out she is alive.
9. "FALSE. Marabitoalleges [sic] attorneyZandra [sic] Anderson had some sinister knowledge of an alleged incident involving the death of multiple dogs which is not true."
Zandra Anderson claims in her own writing in this complaint that she knew of what she calls 'an electrical failure at the refuge.' More details, please, about the electrical failure and the 38 dogs who perished of heatstroke.
10. "FALSE. Marabitoalleges that the owner picked up her own 'unaltered pit bulls' which is a total fabrication. Personal dogs were released and all were altered before the seizure."
Question, which veterinarian performed the operations and when were Asia, Cooper and Austin spayed?
11. "FALSE. Marabito consistently refers to these dogs as being owned by people who placed them at teh rescue for adoption. That is totally false. Dog [sic] were relinquished to the rescue for adoption by various people who no longer have any ownership rights in them."
This statement is purely ludicrous. I will simply address my own dogs. I have multiple proof of emails sent to Leah Purcell in regards to Stella, Amber, Angel and Batgirl now called BeBe concerning applcations for their adoptions from postings on our website. Each dogs opportunity was killed by Purcell with false claims that each dog was too aggressive for adoption and then Stella was killed.
After the raid, it was discovered that Stella and Amber had played with the finders small dogs in her backyard. Angel is a wonderful goofy boy who doesn't meet a stranger and loves to play. BeBe is hurting from the miserable treatment she received at Spindletop and will be undergoing long term care via the Reunion Rescue detox protocol. Amber is a gentle soul. She is keenly depressed from her terrible experiences at Spindletop and we are just allowing her to decompress and learn to be a beloved dog for the first time in her life.
I cannot speak for the hundreds of others affected by the word twisting and maneuverings of a slanted view of the law, so I will let them speak for themselves.
This is the end of Part 1 addressing the jointed complaints of Texas Dog Lawyer Zandra Anderson.
I will be updating with blog entries each day which will address the misguided complaints from the dog lawyer. I will add this, if I was a dog in Texas, I'd find me another mouthpiece...just sayin'.
Reunion Rescue depends 100% on the goodness through donations and our American Pit Bull Examiner articles to support our saved dogs. To remove our right to support our dogs based on untrue claims is a low blow, but what else would someone expect coming from Spindletop and those that still refuse to tell us where the dogs are?