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Lariccias donate to give abused animals a voice

Published: Thu, January 13, 2011 @ 12:01 a.m.

RELATED: Officials chew over countywide humane solutions




Anthony and Mary Lariccia will contribute $50,000 annually to Animal Charity so that animals continue to have a voice.


The Vindicator (Youngstown)

Dave Nelson, Mahoning County dog warden, holds one of several puppies he found Wednesday under a porch on Halleck Street on Youngstown’s North Side. The puppies will be taken to the county dog pound, given their shots and made available for adoption.


Tony Lariccia


Mary Lariccia

The contribution will continue until the agency regains its financial footing, the township philanthropists said.

The agency, the only humane agency in Mahoning County, decided Monday that it would no longer provide that service because of financial problems.

That meant there would be no one to respond to calls of animal abuse, cruelty or neglect.

The Lariccias, who are animal lovers, read the story about the changes in Wednesday’s Vindicator and called the agency offering their assistance.

“We don’t want that agency to close down because the animals have no voice,” Tony Lariccia said.

Mary Lariccia said the family tries to help when animals, the elderly or others who can’t speak for themselves are in need.

“When I went to bed last night, I thought of all the innocent animals that didn’t have anyone to care for them,” Mary Lariccia said. “It really bothered me. It kept me up.”

Mahoning County needs a humane society, she said.

“We need to help those poor innocent animals,” Mary Lariccia said. “We’ll provide $50,000 every year until they can get on their feet.”

Gary Pilcher, chairman of the Animal Charity board, said the couple’s contribution saved the agency.

“The most urgent problem is Friday’s payroll, which now we’re OK with,” he said. “We’re still sorting through all of this. This will keep us afloat. It doesn’t mean we’re flush with cash and can sit back and relax.”

The agency’s problems are multi-faceted, Pilcher said.

“We’re trying to get a handle on this,” he said. “We have unpaid bills from last November.”

How precisely the donation will be used hasn’t been determined, but the humane-agent position will be restored. It won’t necessarily be the same person who previously occupied that position though.

“A huge part of [the Lariccias] interest was they said they worry about the abused animals and that they can’t sleep at night,” Pilcher said. “The first order of business is going to be to trying to get that back on track.”

He said an emergency board meeting might be scheduled as early as today.

Pilcher expects the board will restaff the eliminated positions — the humane agent, chief executive officer and two part-time caretakers — although they may not rehire the same people.

He said the Lariccias donation “literally saved us. We might not have been able to pay people on Friday.”


1marianne(66 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

I certainly hope that they don't hire the same people in the humane unit. They obviously caused more problems than they helped!

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2CassAnn(252 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

It's a shame they didnt thoroughly investigate who they were giving money to. That money could have been used by a genuine agency to hire a proper humane agent instead of the mickey mouse agent ACL has.

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3kimk1957(21 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

The AC 'inhumane unit' needs to be investigated. PLEASE DO NOT bring Borosky back. Check out his track record. He's assisted in having well over a hundred dogs and cats killed...but didn't respond to calls for cows and horses that were being neglected and starved. This is an UNcaring, power hungry person that should not have been in this position. There are court cases pending including taking and killing dogs illegally. And what about pushing and hurting a disabled person at another animal shelter?
IT IS about the animals. Please get someone more trained and qualified to fill the position and not a control freak, swat cop wannabe. I understand that Mr. Larriccia wants the animals protected from neglect and abuse...but AC and Borosky's answer to that is just killing most of them....hence, AC needs to be investigated. Kinsman Kim

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41970mach1(1005 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

There was posting on the discussion board month or so ago about Animal Charity being sued in federal court.

On the news the people at Animal Charity were evasive as to whether the money would actually be used for humane work.

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5wineywoman(78 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Kudos to this more than generous family!! Time and time again they have donated badly needed funds. I admire their spirit and respect the fact that they aren't afraid to invest in this place they call home. It wouldn't hurt if others would follow their lead.

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6gr8bnretired(20 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

The Lariccias are very generous, community-minded people and are doing a great service for the neglected and abused animals of our community by saving the humane agency with their generous gift to Animal Charity. I sincerely hope that the executive officers at Animal Charity appreciate the gift and act in service to the animals in their charge by hiring new staff. In the past, two major positions at Animal Charity were held by publicity-seeking people more interested in making reputations for themselves than in true service to the animals. I hope the agency uses the gift in the way it was intended--for the selfless care of the helpless and dependent creatures that make our lives so complete. The Lariccias have again done a wonderful thing for our hometown!

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7author50(1121 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Tony and Mary are better faces for the valley than the others who seem to stain it.

That said. Why not consolidate ALL the Animal help places under one roof? Everything could be run by the dog warden.

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8Boardman120(82 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

There is a special place in Heaven for Tony and Mary Lariccia!

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9pol26(26 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Thank you Mary and Tony Larricia. We are blessed to have you in this area. May all your nights be filled with blissful sleep because of the commendable way you have lived your lives.

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10Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Thank you

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

The Lariccias are a blessing to this community, and are genuinely terrific people. It is wonderful the way they stand up for animals - and people - who have nobody to help them.

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12southsidedave(4784 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Anthony and Mary Lariccia are good people; thank you for caring about these neglected animals.

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13westsidelove(14 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

I am very happy to hear this~~ animals need a voice! People are the reason there are so many neglected and abused animals. There needs to be someone to be there to respond to calls of abuse and the people need to be dealt with. I say a big THANK YOU to the Lariccias.

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14someonewhocares(6 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Thank GOD for people like the Lariccia's! Now if the rest of the people in charge just do the right thing for the animals and hire an agent that truly cares for the VOICELSS!! This county is sick of seeing one Inhumane agent acting like God himself!! Animals that needed his attention have been ignored over and over again. Innocent cats dying by his RULE!!Please for the animals sake "DO NOT BRING HIM BACK.Mahoning county needs people in these jobs that sinerely care for animals and not the self glory of seeing themselves on tv being a hardass in control. New Year New Agent!!

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15WarrenRicheyKid(167 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Thank you, Tony and Mary!

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16foodforthought(11 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Thanks Bunches, Tony and Mary. That was so very nice of you!

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17catzrule(25 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

First of all, a heartfelt THANK YOU to the Lariccia family for their generous donation to help the animals of Mahoning County.

Secondly, Animal Charity will not be able to move forward if they retain Agent Joe Borosky in the position of Humane Agent. This man has brought a dark cloud over an Agency that has been here for years. His ineptness and poor attitude have brought many complaints and lawsuits to Animal Charity. There is currently a Federal Lawsuit against Animal Charity for Agent Borosky unlawfully seizing (no warrant) and euthanizing 5 dogs. The case number is 4:2010cv01725 and it was filed in the Ohio Northern District Court. Two of the dogs were certified nursing home therapy dogs. The purpose of the Lariccia Family money should be to help the animals, not go toward lawyers for the mistakes that Agent Borosky has made. Please wipe the slate clean and restart this much needed Agency with people who will do the job and not have hidden agendas.

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18peedymom(13 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Thank you Mr and Mrs Lariccia for truly caring about the animals that have no one to speak for them. I do hope that Animal Charity is accountable to the Lariccias for how they spend this money. A highly trained humane agent needs to be hired and a CEO needs to be hired who is willing to work with rescue groups to save as many animals as possible. There has been too much secrecy in the activities of the shelter and too little cooperation between the staff and the people who want to help

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19justonevoice(94 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Once again Mr. and Mrs. Lariccia have been more than generous to those in need in this Valley. I have to agree with Peedymom in that I hope Animal Charity is accountable to Mr. and Mrs. Lariccia on how this money is spent. Hats off to EVERYONE who care for and rescue all animals. More proof that there really are some wonderful people in this town. Again, deepest and most sincere gratitude Mr. and Mrs. Lariccia.

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