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Cat shelter reopening; charges still possible



Published: Fri, September 24, 2010 @ 12:09 a.m.

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Kimm Koocher, owner of the Cat Ladies Society, stands behind a climbing tree in the society’s empty new shelter at 2217 Mahoning Ave., where humane agents seized all 90 cats under a search warrant in a Wednesday raid.

By Elise Franco

By Elise Franco

efranco@vindy.com

Youngstown

Cat Ladies Society employees say they’ve been cleared to reopen at their new facility, but the city’s prosecutor said formal charges still are a possibility.

Kimm Koocher, Cat Ladies Society owner, said she met Thursday with her attorney Damian Billak, who told her the shelter was cleared of any wrongdoing and is free to reopen and begin adopting out cats at its new facility, 2217 Mahoning Ave.

But city Prosecutor Jay Macejko said the case still is under review, and no decisions have been finalized.

“Nothing like that was reached in terms of an agreement,” he said. “They asked if that was a possibility, and that was the extent of the conversation.”

Billak didn’t return calls to comment Thursday afternoon.

Joe Borosky, Animal Charity humane agent, said he still is working with Macejko on the case.

“I was just in the prosecutor’s office [Thursday], and he assured me that’s not the case,” Borosky said. “[Macejko] wants to look over the evidence to make sure everything is in order.”

Macejko said he’s reviewed only about one-third of the case material from the 83 cats seized Sept. 15 by Animal Charity, so it’s still too early to make a decision.

“I haven’t decided if we are or are not going to file charges,” he said. “The case has been submitted to me for review. ... Right now, all options are on the table.”

Animal Charity removed more than 80 cats from the former Mahoning Avenue facility Sept. 15 after a three-month investigation into reports of sick cats and strong odors inside the shelter.

Jeff Bailey, CLS employee, said shelter representatives will have a news conference at 3 p.m. today at Petco in Boardman to discuss the fate of Cat Ladies Society, as well as a monthly adopt-a-thon at the store.

He said they’ve been given the go-ahead to participate in an adopt-a-thon there Saturday and Sunday and will offer for adoption about eight cats that previously were in foster care.

Borosky said only 29 of the 83 cats brought to Animal Charity were saved from euthanization due to severe health problems. He said they had upper- respiratory infections, fungus, open wounds, uncontrollable diarrhea, ear mites and external bleeding.

“It wasn’t just one thing. It was their overall health,” he said. “Now what we’re finding out is the 29 that we still have are coming down with the same things.”

Borosky said the intentions of CLS was never in question, but they took on more than they could handle.

“Their intentions were good; I never questioned that, but I think they got in over their heads,” he said. “That’s what happens when you take in more than you can facilitate.”

Macejko said the case is worth taking time on.

“It’s still too early, so I don’t want to commit,” he said. “There’s definitely something there. ... The question is whether it rises to level of animal cruelty.”


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1ConcernedCats(8 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

So basically the Cat Ladies have decided to do whatever they want regardless of the investigation. Yeah, these really sound like law-abiding folks just trying to do the right thing........

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2Our2Cents(6 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

This is absurd. So basically they are now going to say the other remaining cats are also ill to CYA because they've probably already murdered them. The facilities at CLS are very well thought out and setup. There are no odors, and I wouldn't expect them with the new ventilation system. They do have a closed room with it's own ventilation for the ill animals. And just like all of the other rescues, they have a large area with plenty of play and climbing items in order for the cats to be happy until adopted. AFA does the same exact thing, but no one questions them putting animals in the same room. Also, why is it possible for them to injure an elderly volunteer and take her personal adopted cat from her. Borosky did that...just ask anyone that was there. I don't personally know anyone there besides stopping in on occasion, both at the old building and new one now that I know this has happened. I do however have many close friends and family that are RVT's in OH and everyone agrees this was ignorant and murdering these animals was to create a false case to cover their rears. They are all afraid to say anything pubicly because of possible retributions to their own employers! Now, why would they all feel that way if AC's enforcement program is truly impartial and fair?

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3CassAnn(252 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

The city Prosecutor needs to wake up and smell the coffee. Any evidence presented at trial isn't going to fly because Animal Charity KILLED all the evidence! You cannot destroy evidence in an ongoing legal trial. I think if some true investigating is done by Ms Koochers' attorney he will find that the Humane Agent is not even legal by Ohio's state laws.

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4Ariel(18 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Good. This is slight progress. But now it's time to remove the corrupt individuals involved in this sickening attempt to shut down the competition.

Killing animals because of colds and ear mites? Unbelievable. I've never heard of such a thing. Anyone who works with animals knows that you euthanize when animals are beyond help. All of the conditions listed above are easily cured. These people obviously don't care about animals. Now it's time to investigate these "humane agents" and strip away the power they have clearly misused.

Thank you, Vindy, for reporting on this issue. Animal Charity wanted to destroy the Cat Ladies organization, but unfortunately, it was the innocent animals who were the ultimate victims.


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5nuganuech(46 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

In the article, Borosky says, “Now what we’re finding out is the 29 that we still have are coming down with the same things.” Could that be a result of how Animal Charity and the humane officers transported the cats? The Humane Society of the United States has clear guidelines about animal transport: "The vehicle(s) should provide the animals with safety, security, protection from the elements, adequate ventilation, and temperature control. Each animal must have a separate enclosure. Special enclosures should be available for sick or injured animals; these animals require special care and handling as well..." (http://www.animalsheltering.org/resou...).

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6Our2Cents(6 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Yep, they don't follow any standard suggested procedures from other Humane agencies themselves. They didn't care because it sure seems pretty obvious we'll soon hear that the rest of the animals were euthanized. I mean he can't even do the math? 80 taken, 64 already euthanized = 16 should remain...not 29! People, there are no survivors...this line of lies doesn't add up and never will. Lies after lies by animal charity trying to protect their own screw up with this. They pack the animals in crates, steal carriers that belong to CLS to transport the animals...and have not returned them, and then tell tons of lies trying to cover their butt. They had no intent on keeping any of the animals, it was a war mission to seek and destroy...and they've accomplished murdering the animals. Now, they're trying to find a way to charge someone with no evidence...since they killed them and didn't let any other Vet in to see them...and only to again try to cover their rear with this screw up. animal charity is not a charity and is beyond the rules of the state humane acts...even the one that stands for 1862ish that hasn't been changed.

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7kittycare74(7 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

concerned cats u need mental help.Just be quiet and go away you really don't no your facts. Well folks u have it ,if you just read the statement above,you all know these poor little innocent creatures were murdered.If they even touch the other 28 cats ,because they THINK their comming down with something there is gonna be so much trouble in this town I just may leave ,because it sickens me to live in not only a murder town with people ,now with innocent animals.I just got off the phone with a vet and he assured me all of the above could most definitly be cured .SAD SO SAD.GOODBYE so called Humane Murdering Agents.ITS time your closed down and only no kill shelters open .I want to cry, I was sick before but after reading this i am beyond sick. I don;t think i have ever hated anything in my life this is a very unfamiliar feeling for me .I am so sorry Cat Ladies Society for all your losses...I am just so sorry ) :

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8dees2cents(38 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Animal Charity is not a charity at all. It is all about the mighty dollar to them and they were just looking out for their own pockets.
When money becomes more important then a living creature , it is time to get out of the business..... our what they call charity.

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9Werecat(73 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

I find it hard to believe that the bright, alert and curious cats seen in the video being taken from Cat Ladies Society were a mass of running ears, caked-on fecal material and open, oozing wounds.

I don't know what cats Borosky was looking at, but I saw only one with a bleeding wound, and that wound appeared to have been inflicted when the cat was crammed into a crowded carrier with other cats.

It sounds like Animal Charities is gearing up for another round of cat disposal, want to bet that the remaining cats are dead by Monday? Then it's only their word that all of these animals were sick - well their word against a ton of videotaped evidence to the contrary.

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10Our2Cents(6 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Werecat, We're in total agreement with you! Our hearts ache with this entire thing, as I know your's and everyone else's also. I would love to know the rest are ok, but with Borosky at the healm, it sure seams like that's not the case. I'm glad the media was able to film immediately before they cleared the place out...it proves the animals were not sick and in pain...and therefore did not deserve to be murdered.

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11starofesther(168 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Borosky said only 29 of the 83 cats brought to Animal Charity were saved from euthanization due to severe health problems. He said they had upper- respiratory infections, fungus, open wounds, uncontrollable diarrhea, ear mites and external bleeding. DON"T BELIEVE IT! Kill them because of ear mites.....Right there tells me I will never go to Animal Charity or Devils for Animals Hitler Hitler Hitler ....Just couldn't wait to kill the cats indeed of letting them Have a chance to heal and live......
Hitler Hitler Hilter behavior .....My only comfort is they go back to God Almighty Our Lord! They dont like the Cat Lady Society because they want to give the cats a chance to LIVE TO LIVE TO LIVE

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12starofesther(168 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

They lie...Severe Health Problem EAR MITES ....This cats were neglected and were brought to Cat Ladies NO KILL SHELTER ....SO what does Devils for Animals DO....and Animal Charity
KILL THEM Hilter people .....

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13starofesther(168 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

But city Prosecutor Jay Macejko said the case still is under review, and no decisions have been finalized.

Spend your time on cold cases for people that have been murdered here in Youngstown that are still on the street...

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14starofesther(168 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Prosecutor Jay Macejko review the laws to protect animals from peoples neglect....People should have to account for animals in there household and litters....

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15taseman(13 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

It is STRONGLY urged that a full, legal investigation and possible lawsuit be undertaken concerning Animal Charity of Ohio. To that end, there are many questions that need to be answered, and I demand that city and county officials answer them: Who made the decision to seize the animals at Cat Ladies Society? What was the evidence and who brought it? Why were cats and kittens with curable ailments killed? What veterinarians made the official/medical determinations to kill?Who did the killing? Where was the killing done? What did they do with the cats' remains? Were the cats sold to NEOUCOM for use by students in experimentations? What source gives Animal Charity of Ohio the authority to function? Were any other local shelters, like Angels for Animals, involved? This is a political issue and local officials will need to help the citizens of Youngstown and Mahoning County understand what has really happened.

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16LittleRiver(10 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Think the focus has to be on making changes that benefit the welfare of the animals. I believe upper respiratory infections will "Pass through the Air", so without good ventilation, even in separate cages you may have a hard time clearing up any uri. Seems to me that CLS recognized this problem and addressed it with the new building to meet these needs, however, it is not a good idea to allow sick cats free roam with other sick cats that may be in a different stage of recovery. Another issue is, if cats are really sick and cant smell they are likely to not eat or drink, which in turn will casue dehydration and death. Were these cats that supposedly very sick dehyrdrated? And if so were they given fluids by sub Q or IV and supplemental nutrition by CLS or Animal Charity? I understand there is a vaccination for Cat Bordetella, that is routine in some Shelters down south, and this may help prevent any future problems. No shelter likes to kill animals. Unfortunately there are more homeless animals than there are rooms for them in a no kill shelter. If you call a no kill shelter, with an animal for them to take, most will tell you they are not taking any now, or if your lucky they will put you on a waiting list... what happens if you can not provide for this animal while you wait to get it into this great NO Kill shelter? Who is the bad guy here? I am not saying Animal Charity is right in what they did, and I have no personal experience with Cat Lady Society. But it seems to me they have the same common goals, only difference is one will not turn away a homeless animal and will euthanize a pet... this option more humane than ignoring the pet to starve or get hit by a car. Hopefully, Animal Charity will be able to work with CLS and give them the rest of their cats back. I believe CLS is better equipted in their new building then Animal Charitys building.

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17taseman(13 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

A very disturbing aspect to this tragedy concerns the veterinarians and vet tech staff who supposedly made the decisions to kill (euthanize) kittens and cats that other veterinarians would have saved. By objective professional judgements its probable that they should have taken measures to assist in their care and rehabilitation, but did not. And why they did not needs to be understood and pursued. To that end, I think these veterinarians and vet techs at Animal Charity of Ohio need to be under investigation by State of Ohio authorities. It is likely that charges can be brought against them for malpractice and negligence. Let the phone calls and letter writing begin. I will post later with the contact information.

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18pen1255(4 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Macejko said the case is worth taking time on.

“It’s still too early, so I don’t want to commit,” he said. “There’s definitely something there. ... The question is whether it rises to level of animal cruelty.”

Yes Mr. Macejko I agree the case is worth taking time on. I would say taking cats from a place where they were loved and cared for and throwing multiple cats into each carrier and throwing them in the back of a truck to take away and kill them definitely rises to the level of animal cruelty. Charges should be pressed against animal charity instead of trying to help them justify this.

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19taseman(13 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

To phone, write, or send email to the Ohio Veterniary Medical Licensing Board, the contact information is as follows:

Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board
Theresa Stir, Executive Director
77 S. High Street, 16th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215
614-644-5281
email: info@ovmlb.state.oh.us
web: http://ovmlb.ohio.gov

This agency overseas disciplinary action concerning conduct of licensed veterinarians in Ohio.

Another way to get our voices heard, and hopefully draw attention to this tragedy, is to contact Ohio's chief law enforcement official, the Attorney General:

Richard Cordray
30 E. Broad Street, 17th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215
1-800-282-0515
web: www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov

Hopefully this will help. If we're serious about investigating what has happened, we need to let them know how we feel. Mayor Williams and the Mahoning County Commissioners need to hear from us too. I'm happy to see that Kimm has secured the services of an attorney.

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20becky47(34 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

So glad I don't take my pets to Animal Charities for Vet care...Both dogs would have been put down since one has chronic ear infections and the other had fatty tumors..."OMG can't help them...BETTER PUT THEM DOWN"... then there is my one cat..."Look out he has ear mites oh and a broken tail...he can't be saved BETTER GIT RID OF HIM TOO".... That would leave my one male cat...opps he is on the fat side... that can't be good for him "PUT HIM DOWN" leaving me one kitty...HUM nothing really wrong with her...oh wait she is black with a heart shaped white mark on her chest...wonder if that can be a bad thing....WHAT DO YOU THINK ANIMAL CHARITIES....OH WAIT WE KNOW WHAT YOU WOULD DO.....

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21Our2Cents(6 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Taseman, in defense of the Registered Vet Tech profession, I only wanted to state that the Vet Techs are under the direction and orders of whoever the Vet is. They have no option in the matter but to carry out whatever they are told to do. Also I have to wonder if they were the ones doing the euthanasia or if it was the Vet. Either can do it, but the RVT has to be under directions of a Vet. I don't know the current techs at AC, but I know of former employees who stated they always changed up decisions and nothing is ever handled the same way. Hmm.

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221970mach1(1005 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Yes, Animal Charity seems to find a way to screw everything up they are involved in.

However, Cat Ladies was a complete dump. It smelled disgusting when you walked in, and they mixed healthy and sick cats, so the healthy cats got sick.

Cat Ladies were also charging people to take cats. They'd bring those cats in, mix them with others, and get sick and die.

So be careful what you wish for as far as an investigation. Yes, it will probably show Animal Charity screwed up, again. But it will also show that Cat Ladies had cats living in unsanitary conditions.

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23SKIPSHIP(3 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

KIMM MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOU. I KNOW YOU ARE HEART BROKEN. I HAVE HAD SEVERAL RESCUES TO THE CAT LADIES AND THEY WERE GREAT TO ME . I SAW NO EVIDENCE OF THESE CHARGES... ALL THEY NEEDED WAS MORE ROOM. AND THEY WENT FOR IT. NO ONE IS TAKLING ABOUT THE 800 LB. GORILLA IN THE ROOM... JEALOUSY. THEY RECIEVED A WONDERFUL DONATION THAT MADE AFA GO NUTS.

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24taseman(13 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Our2Cents, thank you for making that clear, so that readers have a better understanding of the profession and the inner-workings of a vet office.

It's extremely worrisome that Animal Charity vets may have allowed institutional bias or some other unethical cause to affect their medical decisions.

By the way, does anyone know which government agency is obligated and able to force Animal Charity to reveal all of the details and evidence regarding their action against Cat Ladies Society?

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25starofesther(168 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago


When cats pee and poop yes it smells strong but smell is NOT Being Cruel or Abusive....So people that complained....should Help Not complain raise money for the shelter
False charges on Animal Charity Part So what they previously said...That Cat Lady Society that allowed sick cats in there facility because they are No Kill Shelter ..Animal Charity prefers to KILL OBVIOUSLY HITLER BEHAVIOR...best way to resolve the problem is to Kill the Animals HITLER BEHAVIOR!

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26taseman(13 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

1910mach1, even if the conditions in the shelter were sub-par, that doesn't justify killing them. Most had curable illnesses and should have been provided with care. Meanwhile, the shelter could have done what it needed to do, reopen, and then adopt out the cats. There is no justification for killing sick animals that can be healed, unless there isn't the will to do so, or the belief that these animals' lives aren't worth saving. And I think that is a crucial dividing line here. Animal Charity may not share the same values that other agencies share. Indeed, many readers of vindy.com, and perhaps even yourself, don't see the value of an individual life. I'm not saying you don't. I don't know you. But I've rescued many many animals over the years and have come to understand that there are few organizations that are truly dedicated to life. Cat Ladies Society is one of them. Animal Charity resembles a law enforcement agency. Actually, I believe they say as much on their website. And they act accordingly: often with disproportionate force, heavy-handed, and perhaps with a chip on their shoulders, just above those gunbelts. I suspect that Animal Charity feels weak, frustrated that they cannot do a better job to combat animal cruelty in our community (and who can blaim them, since they're underfunded and the cruelty problem isn't taken all that seriously by our local government). Accordingly, they overreact, responding inappropriately and, perhaps, motivated and cajoled by other interests in town. Oh yes, definitely yes, let the investigation begin. Let us know the truth.

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27becky47(34 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

By their actions Animal Charity has taken a little known west side shelter and catapulted it into the spot light. I am sure they were not prepared for the back lash...too bad for them. don't think we are going to go quietly nnow...

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28walter_sobchak(1909 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

starofesther,

Would you stop with the Hitler references already! Hitler was guilty of invading sovereign nations, killing and imprisoning soldiers, exterminating Jews and gypsies, having doctors perform cruel experiments in the name of a master race. To draw a parallel to the Animal Charity people and Hitler is absurd and demeaning. The cats may have been killed but it is not murder. murder is the killing of a human being. Cats are not human, have no souls and NO RIGHTS! It is our responsibilty to properly care for animals and not abuse them. But, I'll be damned if I'm going to lose any sleep over a bunch of stinking cats.

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29Our2Cents(6 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

I can say the new facility is in no way sub-par. Go visit for yourself, see the beautiful paintings, clean easily cleanable floors, filtration from each individual litter box.

As for the question about who to force them to reveal...it is in the ohio revised code: http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/1717 which breaks it down in many ways. An interesting part in there is section 1717.15 which states a county can supplement any other donations, etc the AC would receive in this case. Didn't they just disband the country program and spread the funds among a bunch of other programs, including CLS? The Agent falls under city or county depending on how the county is setup to handle a society. What really angers me more...it only requires 20 hours training to be a so called humane agent. Um...WTH. Kimm is a Registered Vet Tech with the OVMLB and therefore had to obtain a degree to obtain her RVT...much more schooling than 20 hours. But the Agent is left with the decision to act?

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30Ariel(18 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

I can't take the credit for the following information, but I thought I would share this post from an anonymous source elsewhere on the Internet:

"I always knew Youngstown politics were bad, but this is ridiculous. Judge Belinky’s office (330-740-2310) says that all they had to do with the whole catladiessociety fiasco is that the judge appointed Humane Officer Joe Borosky, and didn’t I think that Animal Charity and Nicole Barringer (330-788-1064) were responsible? I was told it was handled by municipal court (330-742-8700)

The clerk of courts’s office refused to comment on the matter, but later admitted that is was Magistrate Anthony Sertick (330-742-8824) who signed the order to raid catladiessociety.

The magistrate isn’t elected, he is appointed, apparently by the three municipal judges.

Those judges are, in the order in which they will face re-election: Judge Robert A. Douglas Jr., (330-742-8725), Judge Robert P. Millich (330-742-8725) and Judge Elizabeth Kobly (330-742-8725)
The city attorney (Joseph Macejko) ‘s office refused to comment.

The very rude woman in the mayor (Jay Williams) ‘s office (330-742-8701) gleefully told me that the city attorney is not elected, he is appointed, by the mayor, who is mayor until 2012, and not eligible to run for re-election.

So, they all say that no-one is responsible for the deaths of 64 cats.

Citizens of Youngstown, remember these names, and make sure the ones that are elected officials are never elected to any office again, never paid for with your tax dollars again."

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311970mach1(1005 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

I am sad and disgusted the animals are dead. However, I did not conduct an examination of them. Therefore, I do not know if they needed to be humanely killed instead of letting them linger, suffer, and eventually die.

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32poundpuppy48(3 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

There are no "employees" at The Cat Ladies Society. Everyone is a volunteer, including Kimm, the owner.

It sure is strange that the healthy cats are now becoming ill. Is this because they were exposed to something at Animal Charity? Did they neglect to vet these innocent animals?

Don't you wonder who was beind all this heinous buffoonery? Perhaps other shelters whose adoption numbers don't compare to that of The Cat Ladies Society?

I'm sure the perpetrators will be exposed in the end, every last one of them.

It's amazing that people who start out to save these animals end up trying to kill off the competition using the innocent kittens and cats as their pawns.

You would also think that the accountable people would step in and start investigations on this corruption. Nobody will admit that they are the accountable party for overseeing Animal Charity. Hmmmm.......

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33SKIPSHIP(3 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

WALTER ANIMALS HAVE RIGHTS. THATS WHY ANIMAL CHARITY EXISTS.. AND WHY THEY ARE GIONG TO FIND THEMSELVES AT THE SHORT END OF THE STICK..

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34amlynn(1 comment)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

My family and I recently adopted a kitten from the Cat Lady Society. Not only was the shelter beyond clean, all of the cats looked healthy and well maintained. This case is beyond pathetic and is just another attempt of government taking away the good that decent people try to do. Perhaps the real evidence lies within corruption and ethics in terms of our so-called "local government."
I wonder how much money Animal Charity made from the local government for putting down those cats?
Pathetic.

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35maxi(73 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

"Joe Borosky, Animal Charity humane agent, said he still is working with Macejko on the case."

More reasons to be concerned. I agree with the above post. Go beyond your local officials Mahoning County because the valley is as corrupt as ever. You're not going to get anywhere with Borosky (too many red flags with this incompetent character) or obviously now Macejko, Go ahead Macejko, charge CLS. Plan on making national news.

Thank you Taseman...I borrowed your info...it's worthy of reposting:

To phone, write, or send email to the Ohio Veterniary Medical Licensing Board, the contact information is as follows:

Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board
Theresa Stir, Executive Director
77 S. High Street, 16th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215
614-644-5281
email: info@ovmlb.state.oh.us
web: http://ovmlb.ohio.gov

This agency overseas disciplinary action concerning conduct of licensed veterinarians in Ohio.

Another way to get our voices heard, and hopefully draw attention to this tragedy, is to contact Ohio's chief law enforcement official, the Attorney General:

Richard Cordray
30 E. Broad Street, 17th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215
1-800-282-0515
web: www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov

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36walter_sobchak(1909 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

skipship,

I suppose you are going ti tell me that animals have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? If that is the case, why is it lawful for me to hunt, kill, and eat a deer or turkey, as long as I am properly licensed?

This is why, when I go to the Canfield Fair, I am heartened by the kids that belong to 4-H. They raise, care for, andeventually sell their livestock to someone who will slaughter them, butcher them, and resell the meat for others to enjoy. They understand that animals have a purpose and they were put on this earth to serve mankinds needs whether it is for food, work, wildlife, or pets.

This may be a tragic case of a power struggle in the animal welfare field, but we are consuming way too much time and resources on this.

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371970mach1(1005 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

You know, sometimes actions have unintended consequences.

For instance, holding candlelight vigils and trashing the prosecutor has the result of backing him into a corner, which almost forces him to file charges if the case is a close call.

Another unintended consequence is posting the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board (OVMLB) information and demanding someone's hide. While it is your intent to cause problems for Animal Charity and the vets that did the killing, and they may very well deserve that, you open up another whole can of worms.

My understanding is Kim Koocher is a RVT (registered veterinary technician) who is also therefore under control of the OVMLB. If she is convicted or even charged of a single count of animal abuse, her license is put at jeopardy.

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38taseman(13 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

There are other contacts that may be useful. Within the Supreme Court of Ohio there is an office, the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, that to my reading conducts investigations regarding the ethical conduct and competence of lawyers and judges in the State of Ohio. Perhaps they need to hear about our apparent local problem with accountability. The contact informat is:

Office of Disciplinary Counsel
250 Civic Center Drive
Suite 325
Columbus, Ohio 43215-7411
614-461-0256
toll free 1-800-589-5256
http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/Disc...

Another possibility is the Ohio Ethics Commission, which "promotes ethics in public service to strengthen the public's confidence that Government business is conducted with impartiality and integrity."

Ohio Ethics Commission
30 West Spring Street, L3
Columbus, Ohio 43215-2256
614-466-7090
http://ethics.ohio.gov/ethicshome.html

How sad it is that we need first to demand accountability from our local government officials by employing state-level authorities, just to initiate a process whereby we can hold Animal Charity accountable for their actions...it raises more questions that need to be answered.

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39taseman(13 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

For those who wish to show their support and can attend, Cat Ladies Society will be at Petco in Boardman at 3pm. See the text of the article above that started this long string of pearls.

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401970mach1(1005 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Well, let's hope for an investigation that gets ALL the facts out there.

Would be interesting to know WHO contacted PETA and got them involved. Would be interesting to see WHO got Animal Charity involved. Someone had to have contacted those organizations, right?

WHAT did those people (or person) who contacted those organizations see that prompted them to seek help?

What if the person, or people, who sought help for the cats were part of Cat Ladies and were concerned about care of animals? That sure would be interesting.

Why did Animal Charity pull out of their bike run that was scheduled with cat ladies?

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41taseman(13 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

1970mach1, you see, that's precisely the point. Kimm was not violating her code of ethics. Quite the contrary, she was upholding them. She was curing sick kittens and cats so that they may have a chance at a better life...to be adopted into a loving human home. Animal Charity, however, most likely killed many kittens and cats unnecessarily, in violation of their ethics. If Animal Charity didn't have the means to treat the animals, they should have enlisted the assistance of other agencies for aid. But, like so many places, even some local shelters, they just killed them. There are many shelters around the country that routinely kill even healthy animals because of a lack of available homes. This is true, but it doesn't make it the right thing to do. It's still wrong. That's why so many organizations are looking for ways to control the overpopulation problem through public education and intensive spay-neuter programs. What Animal Charity vets did was wrong because most of the cats and kittens deserved care, whether they were able to provide it or not. They made the wrong medical decisions, and I would be happy to see the details of those decisions and how they smell after being brought out into the light of day. And simply killing them because of a lack of facility is wrong too. That's what Kimm understood. That's what her shelter is all about. Save the ones you can, find homes for them, and work to improve public understanding. Yours included.

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42computer_rick(137 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

@Walter_Sobchak ...

your quote... " But, I'll be damned if I'm going to lose any sleep over a bunch of stinking cats."

You are a real piece of work. You kind of lose all credibility about your concern over humans, when your turn around and make the statement that you make above. wottaloser.

Me? I think that whoever made the lousy decision to pursue these folks as harshly as they did, will find themselves having to ki$$ some serious booty to save their 70k a year guv-mint jobs. Or good-bye come this November. Too late in the election cycle to torque off the types who will vote against "mean" type folks who do us all the favor of going after a bunch of old ladies who just want to save some cats.

And too all those who think this is blown out of proportion. Hey, welcome to the real world. Where folks bring there own thoughts and prejudices to the table. You probably poisoned your neighbors dog for barking too loudly, didn't ya?

And all those cats that were euthenised (let us just say "killed", shall we?), after being "saved" from the vicious old ladies? Shades of George Orwell and the "New Speak" of "1984", don't ya think?

And again I say, lot easier to prosecute a bunch of old ladies trying to do good, than bust a crack house, ain't it? (snicker)

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43taseman(13 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Yes, it's all very interesting, blah, blah, blah. And it's all very sad.

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441970mach1(1005 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

How many cats did Cat Ladies charge people to take in?
How much did those people get charged?
How many of those cats became sick and died at Cat Ladies?

If you get your wish for investigations, THOSE questions will be answered, too.

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45maxi(73 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

@1970mach1,

Please crawl under the hood of your 1970mach1 and stay there.

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46taseman(13 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

1970mach1, you seem to imply that I'm an unwavering ally of Cat Ladies Society (or an enemy of Animal Charity). Neither is the case. My only concern is how the animals are treated by humans, how they are treated by us. If a thorough, fair, and comprehensive investigation of every organization involved in this ordeal reveals problems with the Cat Ladies Society, then so be it. I'm on no one's side, except the animals primarily, and those people who are trying to help them.

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471970mach1(1005 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

"@1970mach1,

Please crawl under the hood of your 1970mach1 and stay there. "

I see. you want the TRUTH about Animal Charity, but not the Cat Ladies. Why not?

Hey, what ever happened to Kim's friend Maria that started Cat Ladies with Kim? Where'd she go? Why did she leave Cat Ladies? Was it about the care of the cats? Wow, that'd sure be explosive news if that was why. That'd sure change the news coverage if that is why she left. Does anyone know why she left?

Let's have that investigation and find out ALL of the truth.

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48taseman(13 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

I agree with 1970mach1. Let's get to the truth, and do so with recrimination. Because after all of the fingerpointing is finished, no doubt there will be plenty of blame to go around.

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49maxi(73 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

1970mach1,

Do YOU know why Maria left? Do YOU know Maria personally?

I heard she had something to do with deliberately wanting to take down CLS. I heard she left there disgruntled.

What do you know 1970mach1?

Please share. Let the other side of the story be known.

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50catzrule(25 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Judge Belinky claims that he did NOT appoint Borosky. He claims that Animal Charity appointed Borosky and that he only "approved" the appointment. He also says he has no jurisdiction to investigate and/or remove Borosky.

Is everyone aware that Nikole Barringer's FATHER is a board member of Animal Charity? Good luck complaining to the board about her. Richard Cordray has received previous complaints regarding Animal Charity and Borosky and I personally spoke to him at the Canfield Fair about the malfeasance of this Agency and Agent. And, this was before the raid on the Cat Ladies.

Keep making the calls, writing the letter and sending e-mails. Do not let this fade away...........

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51maxi(73 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

catzrule, thank you for that information about Nikole Baringer's father. I checked the Animal Charity website but they do not list the names of their board of directors.

I do see where they have many cats up for adoption:
http://www.petfinder.com/pet-search?s...

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52maxi(73 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

You can also follow Animal Charity on Facebook. In the search box just type "Animal Charity of Ohio".

Joe Borosky posted today to the Animal Charity facebook page:
"Sometimes doing the right thing is not always the popular thing to do".

But seriously Joe, was it truly the right thing to do?

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53catzrule(25 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Animal Charity has not posted anything to the BBB site in years regarding their operation. WHY? I believe as a non-profit that their financial numbers should be available to the public. Can anyone find out if this is true? Maybe we can have their non profit status challenged? They obviously are not a "humane agency" and should not have it for that reason.

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54catzrule(25 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

On the Animal Charity Facebook site you can click "like" and leave a comment. They will ban you after you leave a negative comment, though. Been there, done that.......

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55maxi(73 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

If Animal Charity of Ohio is truly a non-profit are they required to post the names of their board of directors to their website?

Does anyone know the answer to this?

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56maxi(73 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Trust me catzrule, I had no intention of pressing the "like" button on their facebook page!

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57catzrule(25 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

There is no love lost between the City of Youngstown and Animal Charity/ Borosky. Google these 2 items:

Vindicator article dated 10/25/2008 regarding High Caliber K-9 screw ups that Borosky made in the investigation. Read the quotes made by Macejko regarding AC.

And, the letter to the editor printed in the Vindicator dated 12/20/2009 by Jason Whitehead, Yo. City Chief of Staff (#2 guy under the Mayor). This letter about the incompetence of Animal Charity is really good, especially the last line about Nikole Barringer having a hidden agenda or motive.

My guess is that the Magistrate may have given the warrant in Macejko's absence since Macejko has publicly complained about Borosky bringing him cases unprepared that he cannot prosecute. Now that you cannot unlight the candle, Macejko is combing the allegations to see if there is something there because he knows they will be part of the lawsuit that is surely coming.

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58maxi(73 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Thank you catzrule for your evidence based post! Much appreciated.

So whereas the works of Animal Charity could be a good thing, it's credibility has been tainted by the work of Baringer and Borosky, and I'm sure many others.

Overhaul Animal Charity. Clean house starting with the board of directors, then the executive director, the humane agent, and on down the line. Out!

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59catzrule(25 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

No one can find out who is the board. Why hasn't the board issued a statement supporting their people? There are more holes in this than swiss cheese. And, it smells like rotten cheese. My guess is that there is someone of "importance" on the board. It makes me sick to think of the corrupt politics in this area.

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60catzrule(25 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

IRS 501c's (non profits) are supposed to disclose their 990 annual return when asked. They do not have to give you the 990B form that has the list of major contributors. You can ask for the last 3 years. One section of the 990 lists the board members and that will be included in the 990 return they must give us. Can someone read the IRS regulation and see if I understood it correctly? If so, can someone write to them and ask for it? I was threatened by Borosky if I EVER called Animal Charity for ANY reason, he would have me arrested. If I read the IRS rules correctly, they will get into big trouble if they do not give the report when requested.

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61daxcat(2 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

One thing not mentioned is that anyone, yes anyone, can take an euthanasia course and perform euthanasia if the clinic/shelter/etc has the euthanasia solution that a DVM bought and a DVM does not have to be on the premise. Dog pounds/wardens do it all the time. see ohio administrative code 4729-14-01, 4729-14-03, 4741-1-23.

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62Ariel(18 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

@catzrule: Animal Charity DOES NOT meet BBB standards of local charitable accountability.

http://www.bbb.org/youngstown/busines...

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63starofesther(168 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Prevention of litters!!!!!! that would help with the problem why should cats or kitten or dogs BE BORN TO DIE .That is NOT THE SOLUTION
The solution is prevention...All my cats are fixed so they can not have babies.....Just found a abandoned kitten...He is gonna be fixed!
Las Vegas, NV Clark County has people register there animals to make them responsible...and here in Youngstown OH they should do the same why should animals have to be killed because of peoples neglect... I won't trust Animal Charity or Angels for Animals

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64Ariel(18 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

@catzrule: You should be able to get any info. you need from GuideStar. You have to register, but it's free.

http://www2.guidestar.org/organizatio...

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65raider33(1 comment)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

" Devils for Animals "Hitler Hitler Hitler "
To the idiot who wrote these remarks "May God have mercy on your Soul" ANGELS for Animals started because of ONE little girl's dream 50 years ago to find homes for lost or deserted cats. The "VOLUNTEER" workers which would be literally hundreds of local people over the years, would certainly want a crack at you. The real problem is if every cat were to have a home each person would be required to have and take care of 7 cats. A family of 5 people 35 cats. ANGELS FOR ANIMALS like many VOLUNTEER agency's are set up to take care of so many animals. If you are set up for caring for 200 animals and now have 250 your overall care drops off. Now consider having 400 animals. "THE HUMANE THING is to eliminate those that are sick or have physical issues and are unable to be adopted. A person who would write such hateful and truly stupid comments needs to get off there "ASS" and volunteer out at ANGELS, of course that's what I would do if I was you. The other option if I were you is to just kill myself.

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66southsidedave(4780 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

This story just breaks my heart. I visited the CLS website and read some stories about the cats.

http://thecatladiessociety.com/2010/0...

A compassionate person cannot help to be overcome with emotion for the cats and all the people who cared for them.

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67catzrule(25 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Ariel,

Thanks for the link! I see a John OWEN on the 2006 return from Warren who was a Vet there. I wonder if this is Nikole OWEN-Baringers father and a present member of the elusive Board. I also see a downward trend on their finances from 2006 to 2008. As posted before, this is looking to be all about MONEY.

Why isn't the local media investigating this further? If I can ask questions and find out information, why can't they?

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68Ariel(18 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

@catzrule: You're welcome! I found another link that's even better! I just downloaded the complete IRS form 990 from this site. You can download all of them. Looks like the last one filed was in 2008.

http://dynamodata.fdncenter.org/990s/...

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69catzrule(25 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

BINGO. I found 12 directors names and addresses on the 2007 return on the link to guidestar. I think OWEN the vet may have been her ex-husband and Dr. Baringer on the board may be her FATHER. Nikole is a Board member. This whole thing stinks with conflicts. How could a complaint about Animal Charity be addressed fairly when the CEO Nikole is on the Board and so is her Father????? WHERE ARE YOU MEDIA?

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70Ariel(18 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

@catzrule: Send a letter to the Vindy editor and all the other media outlets. Email the editors all the information, including the forms. Do the legwork for them. Tell them your concerns. Ask them to look at the information you've been able to dig up.

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71Ariel(18 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

By the way, the IRS form asks a question about a written conflict of interest policy. Animal Charity checked NO as the answer, so they do not have a written conflict of interest policy. Although the IRS doesn't require one, charities have to disclose details about how they protect against conflicts of interest.

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72jorlando78(9 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

John Owen is listed on the 990 as Nikole's husband. He was their staff veterinarian for three years and the couple made over $100,000 each year. It is also interesting that the 2008 return shows that Animal Charity does not have a conflict of interest policy or a whistleblower policy.

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73jorlando78(9 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Another interesting fact:

Animal Charity's 2008 form 990 shows 28 paid employees and 0 volunteers.

When your agency claims to be a "law enforcement agency" that has the authority to investigate and shut down other 501(c)(3) nonprofits, how can your paid employees be impartial? No policy regarding conflict of interest? No policy regarding whitleblowers?

Look at the situation this way: If I owned a restaurant in Youngstown and the county's only health inspectors were on my payroll and had the power to close any other restaurant, wouldn't that be considered a severe conflict of interest?

Again, where is the oversight? Where is the regulation? To whom is this agency accountable?

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74catzrule(25 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Here is more irony with Animal Charity.....remember the pitbull last month they found with the lock around its neck in Youngstown? Animal Charity was raising money to find the people who did this to the animal. Do you know that they would not have adopted this pitbull out if it had lived? THEY would have killed it. I was told there is a law that shelters can only release Pitts to their owners and they cannot adopt the full blooded ones out. I was also told by the Dog Warden that Borosky will not normally respond to calls about Rottweiler or Pittbulls. Borosky made a media circus of this case because he knows the Federal Case of his killing the therapy dogs in Campbell is coming soon.

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75DumbBorosky(3 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Put this into search on youtube Help Belle, starved Percheron Draft horse in Mahoning County, Ohio. This horse is starving to death and The Dumb Borosky isn't jumping into action on a obvious animal cruelty charge. Hmm! No donation money involved no raid. Well The Dumb Borosky hope your gonna like your new career as a security officer. Because your done son! BOOM!

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76catzrule(25 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Don't forget the 14 starved to death Longhorn cattle that he found piled in the woods (rotting) on a waterway going into Meander Reservoir 2 winters ago. There is a Sheriff's report on it. He did NOTHING to charge the owner for starving these cattle. Borosky does not see a dead animal as abused or neglected. The same owner was reported a week ago with having thin cattle again. But, when it is a small animal shelter that is in competition with his for community dollars, he raids and shuts them down.

Our politicians are looking the other way. We will not look the other way, we will be voting ALL current office holders OUT on a state and local level. And we will be voting NO on all tax levies until someone looks into the actions/non-actions of Animal Charity and Agent Borosky. Politicians, do your jobs!!!

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77disgustedjoker(46 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Am I reading that these cats were put down for ear mites??? Are you serious? That is a very common condition and is easily treated. This is very sad to hear. We have so many unwanted cats roaming the streets and I think it is a wonderful thing that the CLS is doing. Maybe the Humaine Society should assist them in their efforts instead of going this route. This is a shame....

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78DumbBorosky(3 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Put this into search on youtube Help Belle, starved Percheron Draft horse in Mahoning County, Ohio. This horse is starving to death and The Dumb Borosky isn't jumping into action on a obvious animal cruelty charge. Hmm! No donation money involved no raid. Well The Dumb Borosky hope your gonna like your new career as a security officer. Because your done sone! BOOM!

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79SHUTHEMDOWNNOW(2 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Here is something else to ponder on..Peta and Inhumane Agent Borosky OPENLY called the Cat Ladies Hoarders and Hoarders have a link to Metal Illness. Well if this is so then why is NO Agent paying Our Own Queen of Angels for Animals a visit? On her recent interview with Dan Rivers she openly addmitted to owning 50 cats at her home.Is she above the law?Why is she permitted to OWN that many cats on a private residence and these woman get hammered for running a business?? Here's another question for someone.Why are the YPD so quick to run in on two woman with cats and my daughter for 2 years has been complaining about the DRUG DEALER across the street from her house that is 2 blocks from a school on Schenley .NEVER ONCE HAS THERE BEEN A REPSONCE TO HER CALLS!!!!

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80DumbBorosky(3 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Hell I see the dealers all the time on corners of main drags all the time. Yo-town police just drive by. Better to raid CLS all there armed with is pooper scoopers.

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81Ariel(18 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

@jorlando78: You hit the core issue.

This story is NOT just about cats.

This is about:
1) an organization wrongfully being granted the authority to shut down a competitor (major conflict of interest);
2) that organization intentionally misusing the power it was wrongly granted in the first place;
3) the organization seizing assets and destroying evidence while an investigation is still pending; and
4) the organization refusing to disclose the facts of the case, showing a complete disregard of accountability for their actions.

It's like giving Burger King authority to shut down a rival McDonald's down the street because of unsubstantiated claims that the restaurant's conditions are unhealthy. It's like making Burger King employees health inspectors and then granting them authority to shut down rival businesses that are taking away their profits. The core of the issue here is misuse of power, conflict of interest and grossly unethical business practices.

I'm still waiting for the so-called evidence to be made public.

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82RUDYBOY(2 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Why is it that the prosecutor is being told to file charges against some well-meaning people who try to find a solution to the population of unwanted cats. Aren't there some real criminals you can go after? Funny how real criminals can be turned back out on the street, but it's so easy to pick on people who really want to help. How many more people do you think would be outraged if this happened to dogs? But the fact that it was cats that were killed seems to be okay with a lot of folks. Yes, I'm sure they charge a fee to adopt cats. It does cost money to spay / neuter, and to give shots. Angels for Animals charges more than that, and are a lot less helpful. I have many strays in my neighborhood, and the only solution anyone wants to offer is for me to pay to get them all fixed. I have taken in 2 of them, but i cannot take care of the whole neighborhood by getting them fixed. I keep my cats inside due to the cruelty some people like to inflict on cats. There is still so much wrong with today's society!!!

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83becky47(34 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

I sent several emails to Amimal Charity and below is the canned response I received. They state that the report that 64 were euthenized is inaccurate...wasn't that number given to the media directly by THEM????

First of all, we would like to say: don’t believe everything you read or hear, especially opinions and comments by people not directly affiliated with the case. Even though the vast majority of you may be lead to do just that…

We would like to remind you that this is an ongoing investigation, and due to the legal aspects, are not allowed to release specific information. However, we would like to dispel a few myths and provide a few facts.
1. We did not euthanize 64 cats. That number is inaccurate.
2. To borrow a quote from Mark Twain, “Reports of Mickie’s death are greatly exaggerated.” Mickie’s Obituary was written prematurely…Mickie is alive at our facility. However, the fact is that Mickie is in kidney failure. This was discovered through bloodwork. It had nothing to do with the environment or living on a desk- Mickie’s kidneys are simply not working!
This leads to the next point, that yes- these cats may have been receiving some type of medical care, but it was not under the direction or supervision of a veterinarian. Therefore, it was not given appropriately and cats were suffering needlessly.
3. In addition, trained Animal Charity staff was at our facility until midnight on September 15th. Every cat removed from Cat Ladies Society was medically evaluated and documented with pictures.
4. Several people have called Animal Charity to find out about cats they released to Cat Ladies Society for $250. The Cat Ladies Society told them they were adopted…but they were NOT. Several of the cats are here at Animal Charity. So, who is the dishonest party? According to callers, they can’t get any information from the Cat Ladies Society.
5. The case has NOT been thrown out of the courts. We expect charges to be signed early next week. Attorney Macejko is working very hard- but he also has city murders, rapes, drugs and various other serious cases to handle. Therefore, he is taking his time to review our case and all of its details. But we feel confident that charges will be signed.
6. We were given permission from a previous owner to release information regarding one cat, named JJ. JJ was released to Cat Ladies Society in late July and weighed 16 pounds. When JJ was evaluated at our facility, he weighed only 7 pounds, had dental issues, an abscess on his mouth, extreme respiratory infection, a temperature of 105.1 degrees and was extremely dehydrated.
7. After the case has gone through the courts, Animal Charity will be happy to share all information we have with people that are interested in seeing it.
8. The cats that are here have had to be treated for several ailments, including: worms, upper respiratory infections, fleas, ear mites and dehydration to name a few.

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84becky47(34 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Here is the remainder of the email from Animal Charity... the intire email could not be listed in my prior post due to the length.

9. If all we wanted to do was euthanize these animals, we would not have gone to any of these measures at all.
10. We all love animals here and do our best each and every day to ensure that they are properly provided for.
11. There are conflicting interests in a no-kill facility and humane work. No-kill tries to save them all even if that means they suffer. They have good intentions. They simply don’t work. In humane work, we try to save them all, but recognize that we can’t. Our mission is to end their suffering. If that means euthanasia, then we will do it. Our care and concern lies in what is in the best interest of the animal.
12. We will be happy to provide you with more information as the court case moves forward.


Please try to sort opinion from fact until then.

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85SHUTHEMDOWNNOW(2 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Typical responce email from AC. They saved the office cat to use as their ACE in the hole, to come down on CLS.Killed the healthy ones and our keeping the Kidney fairlure cat as evidence. Now that sounds Inhumane to me.Pumping the cat full of fluids are you,Maybe a special diet...can't let this one die.You people don't love animals you are covering your butt.We can't wait to hear why your agent killed those dogs in the AC parking lot!!Therapy dogs to boot.Mahoning Valley is watching and Listening. You need Boycotted. CLEAN HOUSE YOUNGSTOWN. Start a new Animal Chairty, one that if there is a complaint to be made it won't fall on deaf ears because Daddy is on the Board of Directors and people aren't dating workers so on and so on.Confict of Interest.I do believe it's called.

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86danikytn(248 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

i just remember savannah, she was a senior special needs cat, always there just sitting quietly enjoying the peace and calm, enjoying being alive. Im sure she was one of those put down, her age alone wouldve done her in at most shelters. Dont they realize that most of these cats DID have pre-existing conditions, thus the reason the CLS rescued them, they were deemed unadoptable, not worth saving, by other area "shelters". Yet they found a home with CLS, and wouldve found forever homes, eventually, like my Ashley did, like so many others who came before him and after. Its just upsetting to me, Savannah wasnt hurting anyone, she wasnt sick, she was just old, and tired, and alone, til CLS saved her. RIP savannah and all the others, at least now you cant be terrorized and kidnapped again.

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87danikytn(248 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

http://thecatladiessociety.com/2009/0...

my ashleys story, as you can see, the CLS ladies love all animals

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88danikytn(248 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

his cat fancy article

http://www.catchannel.com/magazines/c...

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89catzrule(25 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

How can Agent Borosky appoint himself as cop, judge, jury and executioner???? In reading the court papers for the dog case coming up in Campbell that he illegally seized and euthanized dogs, I see that he had NO warrant and killed the lady's dogs immediately with no due process for her rights. Is this not still The USA? I am looking forward to this case and the Cat Ladies case to come to court.

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90Ariel(18 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Borosky is an egotistical, power-hungry menace to society. He can't find work in law enforcement because of his horrific employment record, so he tries to exert his power over animals and animal lovers. That career will also soon come to an end, and rightfully so. What's the next stop on his downward career spiral? Corrections officer in a prison perhaps? I'd like to see how his ego stands up to hardened inmates spitting on him and throwing their own feces at him.

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91crosby87(6 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Catzrule: Do you know when and where the case regarding the dogs in Campbell will be held? If the records available to the public how can they be accessed? Thanks!

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92catzrule(25 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

To access the Federal Civil case against Animal Charity:

http://dockets.justia.com/docket/ohio...

You can follow the link to Pacer to access the court documents. You need to sign up and they will mail you a user name and password. It is free, unless you access more the $10.00 worth of pages in a quarter. They charge at a rate of .08 per page, so it should be free unless you look up massive cases. I received my password/user name within a week and was able to look at the actual court documents. I do not think they have assigned a trial date. I plan to attend. I will put it on here when I hear of the date.

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93catzrule(25 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

The case will be heard in the Federal Courthouse in downtown Youngstown.

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94crosby87(6 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Thank you, catzrule. I plan on being there as well, if possible. Many thanks, and compliments, to all of you who have done so much research and digging. Bravo! Perhaps our local media may one day follow your lead.

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95Ariel(18 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Gotta love CITIZEN JOURNALISTS. Way to go!

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96starofesther(168 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

A No Kill Shelter....What does that mean...to Animal Charity and Angels for Animals...
When an animal is sick Kill Them!

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97crosby87(6 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Just a brief update: The Ohio Attorney General's Office followed up to an email I sent them regarding the actions of the Humane Society. Initially they told me to contact the mayor, that his office oversees the Humane Agents, yet that isn't correct. When I called the OAG representative back I was informed that there is nothing that their office can do. If anyone know differently, please post the information.

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98temp(6 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

When is someone in local government going to fess up? Why were these cats taken and murdered? Who is accountable? Where is the proof?

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