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Review for Dog At Home Inc, Beverly Hills, CA, USA
BEWARE OF 'RESCUER' SUSAN MARLOWE: Accused animal hoarder faces similar charges in Riverside — under different name
BY JAMES Burger, Californian staff writer
Alleged animal abuser Anita Gilbert, arrested in Tehachapi Wednesday, may actually be Barbara Ryan, a Hemet woman who officials say skipped out on similar animal abuse charges in Riverside County in 2006.
Pets rescued from nightmarish conditions; corpses found in freezer
Or Barbara Ryan may be just another alias for the woman.
Rita Gutierrez, field services commander for the Riverside County Department of Animal Services, said she is 100 percent certain Ryan and Gilbert are the same person. And in another twist, some of the animals seized in Kern were the same animals seized from her in Riverside County.
Kern County Animal Control officers raided a home on Bear Valley Road on Wednesday and discovered Gilbert living in “deplorable” conditions with 15 dogs, 37 cats and 14 animal corpses.
Kern County Senior Animal Control Officer Steve Eirich said Thursday that the case was one of the five worst in his 17-year career and described piles of discarded animal food cans two feet deep and feces-covered rooms buried in refuse.
During the raid, local officials found pet carriers emblazoned with Riverside animal control’s name and phone number, Gutierrez said.
They called the number.
That phone call brought Gutierrez to Mojave Friday morning, where Gilbert was scheduled to be arraigned on 41 counts of felony animal abuse.
Riverside officers walked back into the holding cells, saw Gilbert and knew they’d finally found the woman who’d been running from them for two years.
“It’s nice to know she’s in custody right now and she won’t be hurting any more animals,” Gutierrez said.
Riverside officers also discovered that several of the animals taken from Tehachapi on Wednesday are the same ones that were seized from Gilbert’s rental home in Hemet two years ago.
In a jailhouse interview Thursday, Gilbert refused to take blame for the animals’ condition.
Gutierrez remembers well the conditions she and other officers discovered in September 2006 when code enforcers called them to rescue pets from a Hemet home Gilbert was renting under the Ryan name.
Immaculate on the outside, the home’s inside was filled with trash and feces and the floor was soaked in urine.
“Urine from the floor had wicked up into the walls. The drywall was disintegrating,” Gutierrez said.
The home and the animals were infested with *censored*roaches and fleas and covered in dried feces. Riverside animal control officers rescued 15 dogs, 23 cats and several cages of mice.
Then they came back for Gilbert with an arrest warrant.
“We went to arrest her and she was gone,” Gutierrez said.
Currently animal control officers from both counties are looking into how animals from Hemet made their way back into Gilbert’s hands in Tehachapi nearly two years later.
The link may be a woman named Susan Marlowe.
John Welsh, public information officer for Riverside animal services, said all of Gilbert’s animals were released to Marlowe after they were rescued from Hemet in September 2006.
Two months later, according to documents filed with the Kern County recorder’s office, Marlowe took out a loan to purchase property at 24492 Bear Valley Road.
Price confirmed that the address was being rented by Gilbert and was the location Kern County animal officers raided Wednesday. It is where they found the animals that Riverside officials say they put into Marlowe’s care in 2006.
Calls to Marlowe’s business offices in Beverly Hills were not returned.
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Review for Chihuahua Rescue, Beverly Hills, CA, USA
ANIMAL 'RESCUER' CONTINUES TO DOG COUNTY SUPS...by James Burger
James Burger is a top notch writer for the Bakersfield Californian who continues to keep animal hoarders in the news in Bakersfield. For that, animal lovers THANK JAMES BURGER! Here is Mr. Burger's latest article...
Animal "rescuer" continues to dog county supes
BY JAMES BURGER, Californian staff writer
firstname.lastname@example.org | Sunday, Jan 03 2010 02:17 PM
Last Updated Sunday, Jan 03 2010 02:18 PM
Peck's current home on Bear Valley Road has a bad history.
In July 2008, Kern County Animal Control officers found accused animal abuser Cynthia Gudger living in the warehouse on the property with a menagerie of starving cats and dogs.
The building was piled with trash, feces and animal corpses.
Peck's accountant, Susan Marlowe, had allowed Gudger to live there under the alias Anita Gilbert and had helped Gudger get control of animals that had been seized from her in Hemet by Riverside County Department of Animal Services officers when she was living under the name Barbara Ryan.
Gudger fled animal abuse charges after making bail in Kern County but was recaptured, returned to court and was ruled incompetent to stand trial before being placed in a mental health facility in April.
Peck moved into the home in June.
Tehachapi animal rescuer Kimi Peck will face a $5,000 fine and a $500-a-day penalty when she is called on the carpet before the Kern County Board of Supervisors Tuesday.
She should be on familiar ground.
Peck was fined $5,000 in July for exactly the same offense she faces Tuesday -- running a kennel without a permit on land zoned for agriculture.
She currently keeps around 170 dogs -- mostly chihuahuas -- in a home she rents from her Beverly Hills accountant, Susan Marlowe, on Bear Valley Road west of Tehachapi.
That home sits just a six-mile drive from the multi-level house on Water Canyon Road where Peck had kept the dogs until June 23.
Peck moved from Water Canyon to Bear Valley Road just hours before a two month deadline to get the animals off the property or earn a conditional use permit to operate a kennel there expired.
If Peck hadn't moved, she would have faced a $500-a-day fine for more than 60 days of delay.
But county reports state that, within three days of Peck's move to Bear Valley Road, county code compliance officers confirmed she needed a conditional use permit to shelter her animals there as well.
The code enforcement process against Peck began all over again.
County Engineering and Survey Services Director Chuck Lackey and then-Planning Director Ted James met with Peck in July and ordered her to get a conditional use permit.
She asked them for more time to deal with the problem -- at the same time she promised Kern County Animal Control Director Guy Shaw she would be moving out of Kern County with her dogs.
"She had told me she's moving out of the county," Shaw said at the time. "She told me that she bought a piece of property but escrow won't close until August."
But in late August, according to an Engineering and Survey Services report, an attorney representing Peck wrote to the county arguing that Peck was not in violation of any law.
County officials wrote back, outlining the tax filings and evidence from various rescue websites maintained by Peck, that show she is operating either a kennel or an animal shelter on her property -- both of which are a violation of land use law in the county's opinion.
That was the same evidence that convinced supervisors to fine Peck in June for violations on Water Canyon Road.
County officials told Peck's attorney she must apply for a conditional use permit by Oct. 1 or face further penalties.
Peck did not apply for the permit.
So county officials started the process of bringing the violations to supervisors.
While that process was going on, Peck got in more trouble.
Peck has argued, in the past, that she is simply an animal owner with a large number of dogs -- an argument that, if true, would eliminate the need for a conditional use permit.
County officials don't buy her argument.
But if it is true, then Peck is required to license every one of her dogs.
She has, according to Shaw, failed to meet that requirement.
In December, Peck was charged in Mojave court with nine counts of failing to license her dogs.
In the meantime, Peck's accountant and the owner of the Bear Valley Road property, Marlowe, has filed for bankruptcy, county officials report.
On Tuesday at 2 p.m. the whole mess will come before supervisors.
The engineering department is asking for the same fine they requested from supervisors in March and April -- a $5,000 fine and a $500 a day penalty until Peck seeks a conditional use permit or moves. This time the penalties are also aimed at Peck's accountant as well.
Peck did not respond to messages left on phone numbers for her anim
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