My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Dudes Ranch Equine Rescue Center, Woodland Hls, CA, USA
BEWARE. Anyone who thinks this convicted animal abuser is a nice person is just horribly naive, ignorant, and been "taken". The owner has been convicted three times and had her herd of over 20 poor, beautiful (she only "rescued" good looking younger horses) "rescue" horses confiscated by Los Angeles County Animal Control three times. Most recently they ended up in Lancaster Shelter late in 2012.
It took three months and starved and sick and dying horses (several of our vets did the assessments for Los Angeles County Animal Control) to refuse to allow her to take back her "gold mine". This had happened twice before when she was reported, but she was able to lie and get them back after a court ruling.
Several of our friends were recipients of these starved horses from the pound, and some were able to be returned to the unsuspecting people who donated them to this fraudulent non profit "rescue", expecting them to be re-homed and adopted out or to live out their lives happily. Thousands of dollars were taken in the form of tax free donations and pocketed as "expenses", and the horses were allowed to slowly starve to death. Many were very sick for a long time.
This probably happened when fewer and fewer "marks" were being snowed by this person who marketed herself also as an experienced riding instructor and trainer (not). What she did was have kids clean corrals and feed and care for the horses, claiming they were learning horse care--AND CHARGING THEM A LOT FOR IT!
What she was getting was free horse care and maintenance so she would not need to hire a stable hand to do the cleaning and feeding and watering and other horse care. Pure profit which ended in animal abuse and starvation.
Disturbing when we know she has started up somewhere else now, most likely under a new name. These kinds of people are so successful at mining the public and eager young horse lovers, why should they stop this profitable scam?