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Victory! Angel’s Gate Founder Charged : Please Send Sample Letter for Additional Penalties

January 2, 2012
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BACKGROUND

The Delaware County, New York, District Attorney’s Office has filed charges of cruelty to animals as well as a drug-related charge against Susan Marino, the woman responsible for the horrific suffering of hundreds of animals at Angel’s Gate, Inc., which she founded, operates, and dares to call “a hospice and rehabilitation center.”

PETA’s investigation of this hellhole exposed the daily neglect and terrible suffering of disabled, elderly, and ailing animals, many of whom had been shipped to Marino by well-meaning but severely uninformed individuals and agencies, including the New York Center for Animal Care and Control (NYCACC), which doomed Malcolm the Chihuahua and hundreds of other animals to die slowly at Angel’s Gate through its “New Hope” program.

PETA had provided the District Attorney with the evidence that our investigator gathered while volunteering at Angel’s Gate. Our investigator saw Marino allow animals to suffer, sometimes for weeks, from treatable conditions as well as terminal illnesses without providing veterinary care, medication, or pain relief. Paralyzed animals dragged themselves until they developed bloody ulcers. Animals developed urine scald after being left in soaked diapers for up to two days. Dehydrated animals were denied water, and others were forced to stay outside in freezing temperatures. The bodies of dead animals were left among those of the living for days.

While Marino has been charged, the nightmare is not over for the animals at Angel’s Gate, as they have not yet been seized. Please help us ensure their welfare and the safety of future victims by joining us in urging the New York State Attorney General to revoke Angel’s Gate’s nonprofit status and ensure that the animals are removed from Marino’s custody. Please click here to send a letter to the Attorney General, and please, when your animal companions become elderly or ill, let them live out their final days with dignity in the comfort of their own homes, surrounded by their families, not at the mercy of a conniving stranger.

PETA has turned over evidence to the New York State Attorney General’s Office. Please join us in urging Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to revoke the non-profit status of Angel’s Gate and ensure that Marino’s victims are seized and helped.

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WHOM TO CONTACT

The Honorable Eric T. Schneiderman
Office of the Attorney General
The Capital
Albany, NY 12224-0341
518-474-5481
Click HERE for online webform


SAMPLE LETTER

Dear Honorable Schneiderman,

I have learned of extremely disturbing and malicious cases of animal cruelty in which Susan Marino, owner and operator of Angel’s Gate, deliberately and with malice caused the suffering and death of numerous animals as well as cheated well-meaning people out of enormous sums of money. I am respectfully requesting that you revoke her non-profit status, charge her with the harshest penalty allowed, and seize and care for animals still suffering.

The following, courtesy of PETA, are the conditions witnessed by an undercover volunteer of Angel’s Gate:

Paralyzed animals dragged themselves until they developed bleeding ulcers, even though wheelchair carts were readily available. One dachshund suffered a wound so deep that it exposed the bone.

Animals whose bladders should be expressed every few hours were kept in the same diaper for up to two days until the diapers were urine-logged, and animals suffered from urine scald.

Animals, even severely dehydrated ones, were confined without access to water.

Animals kept outside in freezing temperatures without access to proper shelter.

Animals were confined to a bathtub, which they could not climb.

Animals were confined to bathrooms.

Small dogs were confined to Marino’s bed, several feet off the ground, with no way to leave it.

Animals were suffering from treatable conditions without veterinary examination or care, including open wounds and respiratory, eye, ear, mouth, and skin infections. One dog’s infected, rotten jaw snapped in half.

Crowded conditions so stressful that fights broke out daily, leaving animals with wounds that were left untreated.

Animals suffering from pain, seizures, and hydrocephalus (water on the brain) were denied veterinarian-recommended and/or prescribed medication.

Horribly suffering animals on death’s door were deprived of the dignity and relief of euthanasia.

The bodies of dead animals were left out for days among live animals.

Animals were fed rancid, raw meat that had been left unrefrigerated.

Please respect the victims by penalizing Ms. Marino and demonstrate your commitment to justice, responsibility, and integrity, attributes unquestionably necessary in a law enforcement setting: rejecting cruelty by maintaining an unyielding position towards it would be a model for all community members and would serve to characterize this type of behaviour as both impermissible and punishable.

I know your time is limited, and I thank you for your attention to this urgent issue.







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19 Comments leave one →
  1. January 2, 2012 7:00 pm

    Who will step up? I don’t imagine PETA will as their favorite is just killing. We have to get the city to come up with the funds for caregivers so these poor things can get some relief. It has to be immediate even if there is a way for caregivers to have to care for the animals on Marino’s property.

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    • Laura M. James permalink
      May 25, 2012 8:20 am

      NOT ON MARINO’S PROPERTY, THERE MUST BE ANOTHER WAY, WE NEED TO REMOVE THESE ANIMALS ASAP, ANYONE WITH PROPERTY THAT CAN HELP PLEASE ANSWER THIS PLEA, DEAR GOD WHAT KIND OF PERSON(MARINO) CAN DO THIS TO AGING AND SUFERING ANIMALS WHEN THEY WERE SUPPOSE TO BE HELPING THESE POOR ANIMALS? WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE !!!! MARINO SHOULD BE FINED TO THE MAX, AND SERVE PRISON TIME SEVERLY. SHE SHOULD NOT GET AWAY WITH THIS, MARINO IS WORST THAN YOUR AVERAGE ANIMAL ABUSER, SHE ACTUALLY PORTRAYED HERSELF AS BEING A CARING PERSON, PEOPLE WHO BROUGHT ANIMALS TO HER HONESTLY BELEIVED THEY WERE DOING SOMETHING GOOD, HOW COULD SHE, I DON’T EVEN KNOW HER AND I TRULY HATE HER WITH EVERY FIBER OF MY BEING, AND I AM NOT A HATEFUL PERSON. SHE WILL GET HERS, ONE WAY OR ANOTHER, WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND I TRULY BELEIVE THIS, MAY SHE DROP DEAD.

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  2. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    January 3, 2012 4:55 am

    angel’s gate
    a hell on earth
    precious animals
    treated as
    if they had no worth
    left to fester in pain
    and die
    as susan marino
    connived and lied
    unless the punishments
    really fit the crime
    horrors such as this
    will happen
    all the time

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  3. January 3, 2012 5:18 am

    angels gate??
    is a hell on earth for the poor lovely animals..
    respect and love animals.

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  4. January 3, 2012 6:18 am

    they should lock them up all involved and throw away the key…..

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    • Laura M. James permalink
      May 25, 2012 8:23 am

      i agree 100%, but it will never happen, not in today’s society, some fancey expensive attorney will claim she’s unstable or some garbage and she’ll get off with community service or something that won’t make a darn bit of difference to her, and we will UNFORTUNATELY see this happen time and time again. God help the animals.

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  5. SHIREEN permalink
    January 3, 2012 7:17 am

    THIS PLACE IS NO ANGELS PLACE FOR ANIMALS, THE PERSON OR PEOPLE CONCERNED DESERVE THE VERY MAXIMUM PENALTY & PUNISHMENT ON EACH & EVERY COUNT…. LOCK THEM UP FOREVER PLEASE… HORRIBLE/WICKED/VILE..

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  6. DEBERA DELGATTO permalink
    January 3, 2012 11:14 am

    this is a response i get from an “animal lover” who i believe is an “animal hoarder” and who associates with this place telling me how wonderful it is….

    You must be so proud of yourself and your star organization. I find it amusing that after all the alleged “months of investigation” and films that the only charge the local D.A. could come up with was depriving them of water.

    Pathetic.

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  7. Nancy Flint permalink
    January 3, 2012 11:55 am

    I dont understand.. werent all the animals sent to Angels Gate sickly and dying. If they were found in poor healthy it is because that is why they were sent there in the first place.. I wouldn’t hold so much faith is what PETA says…they advocate killing animals that can not be adopted… like pitbulls and feral cats….

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  8. January 5, 2012 5:05 pm

    I would have loved nothing more than have taken a bat to these humans!!!!!
    People are talking about PETA. I know what they have done in the past years. I watched the trial and was more than pissed! But my conclusion is, the world is a better place for all of the animals with PETA in it!!! And thats that!
    That you my dear sister, I will do all this along with my husband and I’ve shared!

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    • February 10, 2012 2:39 am

      I would have to disagree with your statement of “the world is a better place for all of the animals with PETA in it.” So I will then assume you don’t own companion animals then? PETA doesn’t believe in the very existence of companion animals and they think it is cruel to have a pet such as a dog or a cat… their nut job founder has even admitted to having rather see the animals dead than owned as a pet. The organization is sick beyond belief, they try to further their agenda by lobbying for things such as BSL which is what they eventually would like to see expand to include all breeds…eventually putting an end to companion animals all together. These people have killed more animals than the ASPCA and HSUS combined, and they promote this agenda with the money donated to them by uninformed and unaware animal lovers daily. Though i do agree that this Hell hole of a hospice needs to be closed and the animals moved to a safe haven, I know that PETA’s only reason for even bringing this to light was to benefit them. I’m sure they figured everyone would praise them for exposing this place and being so dedicated to the animals…blah blah blah. Wrong. Do you know that after this was finally exposed, that with all the power and money PETA has, they didn’t do one god damn thing to get these animals out of that place. Instead of being more about the animals welfare, they sat back and watched this go on in order to “be the Hero’s” and “save the day.” They got their video to promote their twisted agenda, and now they have moved on, leaving these poor victims of abuse and neglect behind. They do not care about those hospice animals, because if they did they would of did something to help them besides just video taping it and leaving the animals to rot and die for months while undercover. Obviously getting their evidence was more important to them than helping these suffering, disabled babies in Hell. In my opinion, PETA is just as bad as Angels Gate is by allowing this to happen and after exposing them, just left those babies to die in pain and misery.

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  9. celticircle permalink
    March 10, 2012 8:28 pm

    she should receive the full punishment of the law for all her crimes…the videos are too terrible…and oprah should pitch-in helping because she recommend her on her show, she should have better vetting…this was a crime to the animals and people who try to rescue them…

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    • sharnell permalink
      March 31, 2012 1:36 pm

      I agree. All those celebs should have come forward when they heard about the abuses and stopped giving this woman money and made it public what was really going on in this place. Shame on you Rachael Ray and Oprah and any other celeb that gave this monster money to abuse these animals. I don’t like PETA either, but without them involved, these animals would have been left with this person. I just hope that the people who fought so hard to get this woman prosecuted and to get her 501c taken from her will help to care for her animals when the time comes that they need someone to take them, and these poor babies won’t end up all euthanized in the end. If we can’t adopt one at least sponsor one?

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    • Laura M. James permalink
      May 25, 2012 8:28 am

      I AGREE, RACHAEL RAY AND OPRAH HAVE THE MEANS TO HELP EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THESE POOR ANIMALS, SO TO OPRAH AND RACHAEL RAY WHAT DO YOU OFFER?????

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  10. March 11, 2012 7:30 am

    If none of you have ever been to Angel’s Gate how can you even begin to form an opinion? Based on the lies in a blog or on a FB page? Susan Marino has not been convicted of anything. All these charges are bogus. And the truth will be revealed before long. You all are pretty gullible to believe anything Peta puts out.

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