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Settlement Shutters Facility After Undercover Video Footage Shows Severe and Fatal Neglect of Animals
For Immediate Release:January 28, 2013
Contact:David Perle 202-483-7382
N.Y. -- As part of the settlement of a lawsuit by the New York State Office of
the Attorney General, Angel's Gate, Inc., a self-proclaimed animal "hospice
and rehabilitation center" in Delhi, run by its founder Susan Marino, has
been closed. The attorney general's action followed a review of evidence from
PETA's undercover investigation of Angel's Gate that revealed rampant, severe,
and often fatal neglect of sick, injured, and dying animals.
Angel's Gate and Marino
acknowledged that they had knowingly failed to account for donations since June
2007 in violation of New York law. The settlement prohibits Marino from
caring for or harboring any animals other than her own "pets" and
from being an officer or a director of an organization that holds charitable
funds for 10 years. Additionally, Marino was banned from owning any
animals for six months by order of Kortright Town Justice Yvonne Pagillo on November
7, 2012. That ruling came as a result of cruelty-to-animals
charges against Marino—also prompted by PETA's findings.
"This ruling means that
people will no longer unwittingly relinquish their animals or their
money to that hell on Earth formerly known as Angel's Gate," says PETA
Senior Vice President of Cruelty Investigations Daphna Nachminovitch.
"It's also a wakeup call to keep your eyes wide open if you are
considering passing your animal on to an outfit that sounds good but is anything
PETA's evidence shows that
Marino kept animals in crowded conditions that led to fights and injuries,
which were then left untreated; denied animals medical treatment and
medications for pain, seizures, tumors, open wounds, and infections; left
paraplegic dogs to drag themselves around and sustain open wounds, despite the
availability of wheelchair carts; and left diapers on animals who needed to
have their bladders emptied, until they finally urinated on themselves and
sustained urine scald. In one case, a miniature horse named Mimi was denied
veterinary care for severe respiratory distress, until she finally died. Months
after Mimi's death, Marino was still soliciting donations for the horse's care
on Angel's Gate's website. Please click here to view
PETA's video footage.
For more information, please visit PETA's
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