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July 3, 2013

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July 3, 2013

The only other review I read on Ms. Testas' non-profit ranch was only partially true. Yes, ACC did seize her horses and they are pursuing charges against her in court; operative word being 'pursuing'. Did "horselover" never hear the term 'innocent until proven guilty'? I worked on that ranch at the time of the seizure and can tell you that it was a gross injustice! Those animals were the first consideration of Ms. Testas', each and every day. They were feed and watered, their stalls mucked out, their feet and coats checked, and their overall well being looked after daily. The horses were all seen to by a regular veterinarian and an equine dentist. They had a very content life as animals rescued from horrible situations and then 'retired' into open pasture and companionship in the herd. Additionally, her dogs are some of the sweetest dogs I have ever known. I attended all of the ACC hearings regarding this matter; I was there to see the officer giving 'signals' to the supposedly neutral administrator of those hearings, who just happened to be an officer who ALSO worked for L.A. ACC. ! The reason this is GOING to court is so Ms. Testa can FIGHT these malicious and erroneous charges. And, if justice exists, she is going to win. I would heartily recommend any horse organization that she creates in the future, once she recovers from the persecution she has experienced at the misguided hands of the Los Angeles Animal Care and Control Department, who (based on my experience at their hands) are a bunch of hateful incompetents!

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

January 23, 2013
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January 23, 2013
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On October 2012, LA County Animal Control seized all of the horses from Dude's Rescue. They filed felony animal abuse charges against the owner, Michelle Testa. Her trial begins February 2013. This can be verified via the LA County Index of Criminal Defendants. In addition, a court deemed her 3 Chow/Aussie dogs dangerous. They cannot leave their kennel unless they are leashed and muzzled. This can be verified via LA County Animal Control - Castaic and Lancaster. She is also facing criminal charges for an incident where her dogs bit a child who was visiting her rescue. Please note that, although she no longer has any horses, her website is still up soliciting donations. Please consider donating to a reputable rescue, or taking a trail ride with a legitimate riding stable, rather than Dude's Ranch "Rescue."

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2013

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