MEDIA ALERT – IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: October 16, 2015 10 pm to October 17, 2015 8am
EVENT: International Protest Against Kill Pounds & BSL
WHO: Kate Riviello, President, nokill-newyork.org
NY: ANIMAL CARE CENTERS-NEW YORK, 110th Street & 1st Avenue
FL: MIAMI DADE ANIMAL SERVICES
IL: CHICAGO ANIMAL CARE & CONTROL
CA: LANCASTER ANIMAL CONTROL
TX: DALLAS ANIMAL SERVICES
TX: HOUSTON BARC
ND: MINOT, CITY HALL
Kate Riviello has authored a criminal complaint, with cat owner Stefanie Petsche, against an individual who is both an animal rescue and employee of Animal Care Center – NY(SI) alleging fraud, conspiracy, theft/conversion (Maddie’s Fund and other grants), falsifying a government instrument and animal cruelty. Activist/paralegal Kimberly Serino who has been independently investigating Angel’s Gate for seven years assisted. The cat named “Trebble” has become lost forever into the labyrinth of the corruption and mismanagement of what is ACC-NY. A blog post will be completed by Monday October 19th including a letter to the Attorney General at http://www.kateriviello.wordpress.com. The cat “Trebble” may still be alive and we have demanded from the District Attorney that a search warrant be issued to properties that are implicated in the disappearance of possibly hundreds if not thousands of cats that were pulled from the ACC-NY system and dumped at various locations never to be seen again (including Angels Gate with Susan Marino having been convicted of animal cruelty and today’s court-ordered sale of said property). It will be requested from the Attorney General to commence an investigation and subpoena of ALL animals that have been pulled from ACC-NY for the past five years by the “Mayor’s Alliance” (through the New Hope Department at ACC-NY) and those dispositions (alive at foster or adopter, dead by illness, killed at vet for temperament, lost, still in boarding, “placed” in “feral” colonies” and last vetted, etc) be made public for dissemination and scrutiny by donators. The City has sanctioned “trap, neuter, release” covert locations for cats, however, placing additional cats into those colonies after having been pulled from death row has come into question.
Riviello has led the protest campaign against ACC-NY for what she claims is felony animal cruelty with killing of animals before the hold time and “mistakenly” killing animals with adopters and rescue holds, as well as lack of veterinary care. A criminal complaint was filed against ACC-NY in Brooklyn for lack of veterinary care for a dog named Jackie (http://www.kateriviello.wordpress.com) but the PD and DA never initiated an investigation to her knowledge. Riviello also filed the first lawsuit against NYPD for lack of enforcement of animal cruelty laws in NYC which was denied in Supreme Court of NY for lack of standing (though a precedent setting case in NY against the USDA for a citizen to file for animal cruelty has been decided).
This Friday evening 10/16 at 10pm, Riviello will lead a national protest outside ACC-NY on 110th Street with copies of the criminal complaint for the press and attendees. Approximately 10-15 activists will sleep outside all night at ACC-NY and these various locations across the country in lounge chairs and sleeping bags.
**Houston, Texas, BARC has resorted to killing dogs and cats upon arrival with a stray population in dizzying numbers of hundreds of thousands;
**Dallas, Texas, a councilperson has suggested that loose dogs and cats be killed from helicopters and on sight by law enforcement;
**Miami, Florida, Breed Specific Legislation against pit bulls is a death sentence and all animals entering MDAS are in grave danger (contact Ale Ochea (786) 251-2362, Redlands, FL The Abandoned Dogs);
**Chicago is riddled with undercover eyewitness accounts of killing dogs and cats with empty cages available and lack of even basic care;
**Minot, North Dakota, persists in unconstitutional BSL and accounts of illegal search and seizure of dogs from homes in Chinese-style raids; and
**Lancaster, CA, killing unchecked with no accountability as to the bodies of animals when they leave the kill pound suggesting a conflict of interest to laboratories and rendering plants.
Contact Riviello at (845) 856-7366 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.