Monday, August 20, 2012

Truth be Told...last reprint 'Texas Nightmare Recap...What Happened to Nolan?'

The following is the last reprint of the articles Zandra Anderson had removed due to falsified information.

"June 22, the American Pit Bull Examiner covered a story about a dog almost starved to death outside Dallas, Texas.

Nolan is safe no thanks to Spindletop
He was relinquished to a rescuer by the couple who abused him and allowed him to reach the state in which he was found. Renamed Nolan, he was taken to a local vet and boarded with the kind donations from his story's readers.

Nolan, like many of the other dogs featured in the American Pit Bull Examiner stories was on his way to entering the Spindletop Refuge board to rescue program. The proprietor, Leah Purcell, was busy arranging the chip in funds to be delegated to her Paypal account shared by Spindletop treasurer, James Brewer. One of the readers who'd commented on the article was bilked for $450 by Purcell apart from the chip in. Nolan had not yet even entered the Spindletop program, for lack of a better term. How many other dogs and their supporters have fallen prey to the Spindletop con game?

When news broke about the July 17 Spindletop raid in which 298 dogs were confiscated, Nolan was en route with his rescuer to Willis, Texas. When Nolan's rescuer heard about the seizure, she turned the car around and drove back toward Dallas.

Typical dog from Spindletop 'refuge'
Nolan was one of the lucky few who barely missed becoming one of the dogs who have been described by HSUS as some of the worst abuse cases encountered. Dogs were found stacked in crates, some welded shut, lying in their own feces, vomit and urine. Nolan, heartworm positive and as starved as Patrick, would not have survived Spindletop.

Yesterday, Nolan arrived here in Austin at our dog foster care facility which has been likened to doggy Disneyland. He's already transitioned and friends with Benny, an extreme abuse case from Turlock, California.

Nolan is eating a raw diet and will slowly put on good, healthy weight. He is currently so thin, he is not a candidate for traditional heartworm treatment or neutering. Lucky for Nolan, he is undergoing the Reunion Rescue herbal heartworm cure featured on the site's Nutrition Page.

Life is good for Nolan. He is a gentle soul, part Great Dane and part American Bulldog. He will be undergoing long term treatment until he's fit, completely healthy and ready to join his forever family.

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Amazingly, the people who continue to try and plead the case for Zandra Anderson, Leah Purcell and Spindletop continue to protest the animals entrusted there were well cared for. The few which have been returned to rescuers bear harsh remnants of the abuse suffered there. These same people are attacking the rescuers instead of the abusers. Hopefully, justice will prevail and all concerned will meet with punishment whether that be jail time for fraud or disbarment for using legal status to manipulate what should be a federal case.

Zandra Anderson used false information to have articles removed from the Examiner. They have been reprinted in full with commentary in these blogs. Unfortunately, the time spent republishing the truthful pieces could have better been delegated by saving other animals, including the ones unclaimed due to the Spindletop raid.

Anderson continues to sling untruths about Reunion Rescue and our work to save animals. Maybe her slurs are a misguided attempt to drive attention away from Purcell and the atrocities which occurred at Spindletop, but to try and stop a qualified rescue group in excellent standing from helping the animals in our care is beyond comprehension.

Reunion Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non profit with impeccable records. Every penny ever collected has been spent to help support the many animals Reunion Rescue has saved over the years and whose stories are told in the book Pit Bull Nation.

We will continue to search for the dogs still missing from Spindletop and the truth about what really happened there, painful as that might be. Anderson, still calling herself the dog lawyer, published a 7 page epitome on No Kill Houston's Facebook page declaring her's and Leah Purcell's innocence along with that of their colleague James 'Cowboy Mind' Brewer whom many of us paid thousands and thousands of dollars via Paypal to board our dogs.

After reading all that wordage, we still have many many questions starting with where are our dogs?

  • Cindy Marabito Where was the climate control for the Morgan Building?
    Yesterday at 10:18am ·  

  • Cindy Marabito Which dogs were 'buried' or whatever you want to call it, Zandy? And why were the owners not notified?
    Yesterday at 10:21am ·

  • Cindy Marabito RE: Rescue restarted? Where is Abigail, the pit bull puppy you pulled under Treat 'Em Right from BARC and hid with a foster for Spindletop..who collected the board to rescue fee for the dog from at least one unsuspecting donator...and was never turned over as part of the seizure? Where is she now? Is she still alive? Lots of questions.
    Yesterday at 10:23am ·  

  • Cindy Marabito RE: Collecting money for dogs. Where is the money she collected for Nolan, the dog almost starved to death outside Dallas and who never set a paw on Spindletop? Those are only the $$ we've heard about with statements from those affected.
    Yesterday at 10:24am ·  

  • Cindy Marabito James Brewer: So why is almost $10K in Reunion Rescue money paid to Paypal account James Cowboy Mind Brewer? I bet a couple of others out there have siphoned hard earned money to this upstanding law official as well.
    Yesterday at 10:26am ·  

  • Cindy Marabito Brandon because he was late to work, that makes him a liar? He positively id'd Stella from the Morgan Building as a dog he'd walked and liked very much. He buried her in whatever you want to call it. So who am I supposed to believe? A guy who didn't show up for work at a place where his job was to bury dogs he'd walked? Or the person who is defending one of the most horrendous animal abusers in history? I think I'll go with the young man who is at least trying to help us find our missing dogs....out of the goodness of his heart.
    Yesterday at 10:30am ·  

  • Cindy Marabito Finally, Zandy, thanks for your own heartfelt consideration about locating the missing dogs. You and your client have had a month to id the dogs missing that were entrusted to Spindletop. Are you so inept that you cannot locate them or is it that you just plain don't give shit?

    You bring absolute shame on the justice system. I said it once on your Facebook comment you deleted, so let me repeat...if I have one breath left in my old body, I'll use it to see that your fat ass is disbarred and you are never allowed to practice law in our great state of Texas again.
    Yesterday at 10:34am · · 2


    1. ....and why is Zandra Anderson requiring that The Freckles Freedom Fund adopt a dog they paid Leah's fee of $750 and the boarding since before the raid at Spindletop (over a month of boarding) but that dog never showed up at Spindletop??? Why is Zandra Anderson refusing to allow the FFF to take the dog into the rescue? instead leaving it to suffer in a kennel?? What is Zandra hiding? The dog is listed as being pulled by Spindletop although it never made it to Spindletop. Instead Zandra dropped the dog at a boarding facility because she knew something bad was going on at Spindletop and was afraid to take him there. Why not just let him go Zandra???

    2. @Cindy Marabito - I cannot see two of your comments, but most of the ones I can see were answered in the press release. The Morgan Building's climate control consisted of two (2) air conditioners. The dogs who died in tis tragic accident were the property of Spindletop; therefore, there were no owners to notify.

      As far as a dog being "hidden" and not turned over as part of the seizure, I have no idea if this is true. I believe that even if true, the warrant was probably written for all dogs at the location of the raid, not all dogs owned or fostered by Spindletop. Per your previous blog this happened in June, before the seizure occurred. Have you spoken with anyone from Treat 'Em Right rescue to see if the rescue transferred ownership of the dog to Spindletop, as has been the case with many dogs from various rescues?

      "On June 24, Zandra Anderson pulled a BARC pit bull puppy ID #A1087966 under the group Treat 'Em Right Rescue from Houston. However, the dog named Abigail was fostered in Katy, Texas for Spindletop with at least one person donating $750 to Leah Purcell for that dog's behalf."

      Regarding James Brewer, the statement does not indicate he never received money on the dogs' behalf, only that he did not profit.

      Brandon Louth was not "late to work" - he did not show up every day. I am sure that most of us would not be able to retain a job under those conditions, especially during the first two weeks of employment. There is no indication that his JOB was "to bury dogs he had walked." The accident which claimed the lives of those dogs was just that, an accident.

      In regards to not identifying the dogs, the day of the hearing Leah asked for a copy of the photographs taken by HSUS on site the day of the raid, in order to help identify the dogs. Despite numerous requests, the photographs were never provided; therefore, no identification was possible.

      I am not sure what POSSIBLE grounds there could be to disbar Ms. Anderson. She is doing her job, which is to represent her client. Not sure her being fat (she doesn't look fat to me) is germane to ANYTHING.