Victory! Angel’s Gate Founder Charged : Please Send Sample Letter for Additional Penalties
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
Albany, NY 12224-0341
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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.