ANIMAL 'RESCUER' CONTINUES TO DOG COUNTY SUPS...by James Burger
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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
I am a victim of Pecks. Peck moves in to your neighborhood with hundreds of animals mostly dogs and it takes 4 years to get the board of supervisors in your County to do their job and get the illegal kennel shut down. The smell and mess is constant so is the harassment she poses in your life if you oppose her; the mess is still there and shes been gone now for at least 3 years. The house stands in ruins , the house was a beautiful 3200 sq ft with a ball room and pool, on 23 acres its now a shell of filth left behind . I can never own a dog again trauma of the years of 24/7 barking ex neighbor
The 'rescuer', KIMI PECK, who runs this illegal operation continues to operate it illegally and 200 plus dogs continue to live their lives in pens/cages 24/7 never having a chance to get out, unless the LAW STOPS HER. Kimi Peck continues to dupe unsuspecting people into believing she runs a legit agency. She has a criminal record in Los Angeles Courts stemming from her 'rescuing' and now she has one in Kern County. Reputable rescuers NEVER have issues with the law, community. Kimi Peck has had issues stemming from her illegal activities for at least 12 years. Kern County filed charges against Peck just a few days ago (December 2, 2009). Do you want to believe Kimi Peck LIES or do you want to believe her documented ACTIONS. Here is some more of her action that she does not want the public to see: 001 M PC 597F PERMIT ANIMAL TO GO W/O CARE 002 M CO 7.08.030(E) FAILURE TO FURNISH INFORMATION ON LICENSE 003 M CO 7.08.030(E) FAILURE TO FURNISH INFORMATION ON LICENSE 004 M CO 7.08.030(E) FAILURE TO FURNISH INFORMATION ON LICENSE 005 M CO 7.08.030(E) FAILURE TO FURNISH INFORMATION ON LICENSE 006 M CO 7.08.030(E) FAILURE TO FURNISH INFORMATION ON LICENSE 007 M CO 7.08.030(E) FAILURE TO FURNISH INFORMATION ON LICENSE 008 M CO 7.08.030(E) FAILURE TO FURNISH INFORMATION ON LICENSE 009 M CO 7.08.030(E) FAILURE TO FURNISH INFORMATION ON LICENSE 010 M CO 7.08.030(E) FAILURE TO FURNISH INFORMATION ON LICENSE 011 M PC 853.7 FAIL TO APPEAR AFTER WRITTEN PROMISE
KIMI PECK â€¢ Good Silly People / critics â€¢Â Bad â€¢ very bad KimiPeck .org vimeo. com/groups/friendsofkimipeck/videos hkimipeck.blogspot .com/ http://kimipeck.org/ http://vimeo.com/groups/friendsofkimipeck/videos http://kimipeck.blogspot.com/
In addition to Ms. Peck's many charges and convictions from her Burbank days as a 'rescuer', presently in Tehachapi, her former neighbors were fed up with Kimi Peck's rescuing. In addition to Ms. Peck acquiring over $5,000.00 in fines for being a nuisance and operating an illegal kennel, 23 of her neighbors got together and wrote a long letter to Kern County officials with what they have had to endure. Ms. Peck has since moved to yet another property and she continues to operate without a license and continues to collect donations. Is this fair to the hundreds of animals she claims to be caring for and collecting donations on? Ms. Peck's words are nothing but excuses. Her actions are nothing but dispicable. Read what 23 of her former neighbors claimed: 1. The barking of up to hundreds of dogs, day and night, for periods ranging from 30 minutes to 24 hours. 2. Disturbing sounds of yelping dogs in apparent distress, often accompanied by other sounds of banging, thumping and human yelling. 3. Disturbing sounds of uncontrolled dog fights. 4. Strong and offensive smell of urine and feces. 5. The smell of dead animals. 6. An annoying increase in both vehicle and pedestrian traffic going to and from the Peck residence at both the front gate (off Pine Tree Mine Road) and the back gate (off Sunny Hill Lane) at all hours of the day or night. 7. Clumps of dog hair and other debris blown from Ms. Peck’s property onto nearby properties. 8. Unusual infestations of flies and mosquitoes. 9. Occasional small arms gun shots coming from Ms. Peck’s property.
A great rescue organization saving more dogs than any other rescue I know. They kept 175 chihuahuas from being needlessly euthanized by a county shelter near Los Angeles and continues to be active in saving dogs.
I was a volunteer there and saw the animals neglected day after day. I was just one of a handful of volunteers who spent hours trying to make the dogs' lives livable, but Kimi made it impossible. Dogs were left in kennel runs, cages or pens, day after day. I did my best to give attention, but with over 200 dogs in her Burbank facility it was impossible. Some dogs never got out, not even held, not taken outside to sit on someone's lap, to get fresh air. Kimi would make up "reasons" heart condition, near death - I couldn't understand. At first I believed her, at first I assume she knew best, but over time, I realized, it was a matter of control for her - some odd sense of power. If you showed a particular interest in a dog, started to push for that dog she would pull it back, almost as if she were running interference between you and that dog. I never understood it. Now I read about what has happened in Kern County (since she left Burbank), and I know it wasn't just me. Problems seem to follow Kimi, and I don't believe it's just "bad luck", I believe after my experiences in Burbank and reading the latest that Kimi is not only a poor decision maker, but has not established a solid support system of knowledgeable staff. She has her supporters, but no one who is knowledgeable in the areas any successful business person needs. She needs a solid foundation for the dogs to be supported on, she has not provided that. No matter how big ones heart is, if the structure around it is weak, it will fail. In the end, the dogs are the ones that lose, and that is a crime.
Kimi Peck's 'rescue' history in Los Angeles. It's no wonder she is on their Do Not Adopt List. Reputable rescuers do not have this kind of record. 6-1202 BMC OPERATING AN ILLEGAL KENNEL Filing Date: 01/13/1997 Guilty/Convicted 03/24/1997 6-1202 BMC OPERATING AN ILLEGAL KENNEL Filing Date: 04/05/1999 Guilty/Convicted 06/15/1999 6-601 BMC SANITATION WHERE ANIMAL IS KEPT Filing Date: 02/14/2003 Guilty/Convicted 03/26/2003 6-1219 BMC SPACE REQUIRED FOR DOGS CITATION Date: 03/13/2003 Guilty/Convicted 06/17/2003 6-1212 BMC DRAINAGE CITATION Date: 03/13/2003 Guilty/Convicted 06/17/2003 6-1241 BMC RECORDS CITATION Date: 03/13/2003 Guilty/Convicted 06/17/2003 6-1219 BMC SPACE REQUIRED FOR DOGS CITATION Date: 03/22/2003 Guilty/Convicted 06/17/2003 6-1212 BMC DRAINAGE CITATION Date: 03/22/2003 Guilty/Convicted 06/17/2003 6-1241 BMC RECORDS CITATION Date: 03/22/2003 Guilty/Convicted 06/17/2003 6-1219 BMC SPACE REQUIRED FOR DOGS CITATION Date: 04/04/2003 Guilty/ Convicted 06/17/2003 6-1212 BMC DRAINAGE CITATION Date: 04/04/2003 Guilty/Convicted 06/17/2003 6-1241 BMC RECORDS CITATION Date: 04/04/2003 Guilty/Convicted 06/17/2003 6-1235 BMC FAIL MAINTN KENNEL CLEAN/TRASH CITATION Date: 08/17/2004 Guilty/Convicted 09/30/2004 6-1229 BMC FOOD PREPARATION/RECEPTACLES CITATION Date: 08/17/2004 Dismissed Due to Plea Negotiation 09/30/2004 6-1238 BMC FAIL MAINTN CONTROL INSECTS CITATION Date: 08/17/2004 Dismissed Due to Plea Negotiation 09/30/2004 6-1223 BMC CLASS AND SEPARATION CITATION Date: 08/17/2004 Guilty/Convicted 09/30/2004 6-1224 (a) FAILED TO WASHFACILITY DAILY CITATION Date: 04/19/2005 Dismissed Due to FOJ, CAL-PC 1385 05/19/2005 6-1231 BMC FAIL SUPPLY FRESH WATR/ANIMAL CITATION Date: 05/09/2005 Dismissed Due to FOJ, CAL-PC 1385 05/19/2005 6-1231 BMC FAIL SUPPLY FRESH WATR/ANIMALS CITATION Date: 05/09/2005 DismissedDue to FOJ, CAL-PC 1385 05/19/2005 6-1241 BMC RECORDS CITATION Date: 05/09/2005 Dismissed Due to FOJ, CAL-PC 1385 05/19/2005 6-802 BMC MAINT ANIMALS IN CLEAN COND CITATION Date: 05/09/2005 Dismissed Due to FOJ, CAL-PC 1385 05/19/2005 6-802 BMC MAINT ANIMALS IN CLEAN CITATION Date: 05/09/2005 Dismissed Due to FOJ, CAL-PC 1385 05/19/2005 6-1212 BMC DRAINAGE CITATION Date: 05/09/2005 Dismissed Due to FOJ, CAL-PC 1385 05/19/2005 6-902 BMC UNSAFE PREMISES CITATION Date: 05/09/2005 Dismissed Due to Plea Negotiation 05/19/2005 6-1241 BMC RECORDS CITATION Date: 05/09/2005 Guilty/Convicted 05/19/2005 6-601 BMC SANITATION WHERE ANIMAL IS KEPT CITATION Date: 05/09/2005 Dismissed Due to Plea Negotiation 05/19/2005 6-801 BMC INSUFFICIENT FOOD& WATER CITATION Date: 05/09/2005 Dismissed Due to Plea Negotiation 05/19/2005 6-802 BMC MAINT ANIMALS IN CLEAN COND CITATION Date: 05/09/2005 Dismissed Due to Plea Negotiation 05/19/2005
Chihuahua Rescue run by Kimi Peck has saved thousands of dogs and placed over 3 thousand dogs in loving homes that otherwise would have been killed in city shelters. She has unfortunately been stalked by a group of misfits that "volunteered" temporarily at her rescue in Burbank, CA. I worked with these so-called volunteers who were more obsessed with Kimi Peck than the dogs she was trying to save. When Ms. Peck insisted that placements were to be done to her high standards this small group of misfits felt rejected and have since done everything they can to hurt the dogs and thereby hurt Me. Peck. Ms. Peck continues to make great strides in rescue "despite" these misguided misfits attempts to stop her. They have used the "hoarding" angle because they think people will believe that a person who saves a lot of dogs must have something wrong with them. Ms. Pecks rescues have been heavily scrutinized by the authorites and always found to have taken excellent care of her animals. She has courageously survived the attacks of the "stalkers" and will continue to thrive in the world of rescue because what she is doing is the right thing to do. There are some changes coming to the internet that will expose people who use the internet to harm other people and they will no longer be able to get away with libelous statements on scandalous websites. Please support Ms. Peck in her tireless and thankless efforts to save dogs from certain death.
Please...before you donate to this non-profit or give an animal, do your research. Kimi Peck, who runs this non-profit and also the Dog Angels, has been legally forced to close six (6) 'sanctuaries' she's operated since 1997 because of her own negligence. This can be verified thru Los Angeles Court records. Here is the latest article in the Bakersfield Californian regarding Ms. Kimi Peck latest 'sanctuary'. Dog rescuer ordered to move animals By: BY JAMES BURGER, Californian staff writer Tehachapi dog rescuer Kimi Peck must move 200 dogs out of her home on Water Canyon Road by 5 p.m. June 23 or the county of Kern will seize her animals. Supervisors have ruled Peck is in violation of zoning law and fined her at a previous hearing. She promised to leave or apply for a conditional use permit. But by Tuesday's hearing she hadn't. Neighbors spoke out against Peck at the hearing, saying she doesn't intend to leave and playing audio files of barking dogs. Peck's lawyer, Matthew Hess, said Peck will leave. "If she is not wanted in the community, and is not able to work it out informally with her neighbors or this board, then she will leave," he said. But he fired a threat at the board if it imposed any further penalties against his client or seized any animals. "I will take every step I can take to make sure that not one hair on the head of those animals are harmed," Hess said. "She will be out by June 23rd, unconditionally." County Engineering and Survey Services Director Chuck Lackey fired back. The board, he said, could take that promise at face value and then seize the dogs "by force" if Peck does not move out by her attorney's timeline. Supervisor Don Maben jumped on that idea, making a motion to seize the dogs if they are not gone by 5 p.m. June 23. The motion passed unanimously.