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Kern County Animal Control Harassment|
On December 20, 2016 the Kern County District Attorney stood up before the judge in Mojave (Kern County), CA and stated “lack of evidence” which ended the case against Save-a-Life started on August 2, 2016 by a disgruntled employee, who had mastered the art of lying and playing a martyr. The judge dismissed the case without prejudice.??????.
Save-a-Life is a no-kill, nonprofit 501c3 corporation incorporated in 1994. There has never been any court action against it before. Animal Control has an advantage—they are funded by some of the same taxpayers who are the board members, directors and volunteers of Save-A-Life. The same persons who have devoted hours, days, months, years to helping animals in distress, not only by sheltering them, feeding them, consoling them, continuously requesting funds for them, giving up their time (what’s a vacation?), social life, and also by donating most of their earnings, when the need arises (and that’s much too often).
Animal Control wastes taxpayers’ monies by not using common sense to judge a situation. Granted, there is a need for overseeing animals in the public, but time and time again Kern County has taken the “easy” and “more publicity-seeking” routes jumping at the opportunity to shut down a rescue without any type of proof, just speculation. This was the second case in Mojave in 2016, that I personally know of, that was dismissed for lack of evidence . In the meantime, in our case, $10,000 was paid for lawyers’ fees alone.
There is no compensation for the headaches, heartaches, stress and sadness that Save-a-Life experienced. There is a strong hope that karma catches up with the persons responsible. We’re back in the game and stronger because of the many friends who helped us. We can’t name them all because many were anonymous donors – the good that came out of this experience: knowing there are persons who rushed to help, who were willing to put themselves out, who believed in us.