21 April 2011

PETA investigation reveals horrors at animal hospice, action needed

PETA has released the horrifying findings of an undercover investigation performed at Angel’s Gate in Delhi, New York, a non-profit hospice and rehabilitation center for special needs animals.

The shelter, run by Susan Marino, claims that its mission is to care for “animals many of whom are terminally and / or critically ill or physically challenged, come to live out their days in peace, dignity and love.” The PETA investigator found the opposite to be true.

At Angel’s Gate, the investigator was able to obtain photos and video revealing unspeakable conditions. Described as a “chaotic hellhole,” the animals, who required special attention and 24 hour care, were denied veterinary care and “deprived of basic necessities and quality of life.”

PETA’s findings include:
  • Paralyzed animals were forced to drag themselves around, developing bleeding ulcers in the process.
  • Animals kept in dirty diapers for up to two days.
  • Feedings included rancid raw meat which had been left unrefrigerated.
  • Animals in desperate need of veterinary care were denied. “One dog's infected, rotten jaw snapped in half.”
  • No proper shelter for animals who were kept outside in freezing temperatures.
  • Animals denied basic necessities such as water.
  • Bodies of dead animals left among the living
In one entry, the PETA investigator writes:
Tuxie had blood and tissue spattered on the walls and floor like I find every day. Tuxie had an ocular discharge and nasal discharge, as I reported on prior occasions. … Susan said that the wound is not infected, yet the appearance, odor, and Tuxie’s demeanor, in my extensive experience with animals and providing professional veterinary care to them, tell me otherwise. Tuxie is very ill and he needs extensive care; picking his scabs and watching him deteriorate in the cage for two years is not helping him. … So many of the dogs need veterinary care beyond the care necessary for their main condition or handicap. Jeanie’s mouth is full of infection, which is obviously due to the purulent discharge running down the left side of her mouth. The stench coming from her mouth is nauseating.

Upon competition of the investigation, PETA turned over its findings to the Delaware County District Attorney's Office. To push things along, PETA would like supporters—and anyone who is appalled by this story—to urge District Attorney Richard Northrup Jr., who is currently reviewing the evidence, to file cruelty-to-animals charges against Susan Marino. Send an email to Richard Northrup, Jr. from PETA’s action alert page.

Daelyn Fortney | @daelyn | email
Daelyn is the co-founder and managing director of the animal rights and eco-friendly news source, This Dish Is Veg. In addition to her work at TDIV, Daelyn homeschools her three daughters.

Photo credit: PETA