Wisconsin Rescue Update: Sanctuary Owner Charged

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On Thursday, May 21, Jennifer Petkus, founder of the Thyme and Sage Ranch—a sanctuary once entrusted to care for homeless animals in Richland County, WI—was charged with 11 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty and five forfeitures after nearly 400 animals were seized from her property. The charges include improper shelter and the mistreatment of animals by intent or negligence.

“The ASPCA Forensics Investigation Team is now beginning to evaluate the evidence they collected from the scene,” says Jeff Eyre, the ASPCA Director of Field Operations and lead investigator on the case. “This includes documentation of the injuries to the animals seized, causes of death and a review of sales, adoption and medical records. All evidence will then be turned over to Richland County authorities to aid in the prosecution of Petkus.”

Animal welfare organizations, in conjunction with the Dane County Humane Society, are currently housing many of the animals seized from the ranch. They include 315 dogs, 21 rabbits, 14 birds, two chinchillas, one cat, one ferret and one rooster. 23 horses also seized from the property are being housed at a Wisconsin horse rescue. Many of the animals are suffering from skin, eye and ear conditions, malnutrition and various internal infections.

Despite numerous attempts to have Petkus sign the seized animals over to authorities, so far she refuses to relinquish ownership. By law, the Dane County Humane Society cannot place any animals up for adoption until Petkus surrenders them or a judge mandates their release.

Petkus is currently free on a $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court today, May 29, at 1:00 P.M.

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Monique Combs
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Kristin,

Amazing how cruel people are to the innocent. Thanks for posting and continued awareness.

May 30, 2009 02:31 AM #1
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You bet Monique...thanks for reading/commenting!

May 30, 2009 02:51 AM #2
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Kristin, if my memory serves me, wasn't that woman contracted to house animals for the local animal control?  If so, how could they have let this go on so long?  I hope she gets what she deserves, lots of jail time, fines up the wazoo, followed by hundreds of hours of community service!  Thanks for the update?

May 30, 2009 03:45 AM #3
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Betina Foreman
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This is sad. It seems like this persons heart is in the right place. I wonder what happened that allowed it to get out of control? Perhaps the sick animals were in worse condition when they arrived? Every story has two sides. I am sure this person wanted to help not hurt these animals. Hopefully it will be resolved.

May 30, 2009 03:46 AM #4
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Kristin, I'm glad you continue to share this information with us. 

May 30, 2009 03:51 AM #5
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Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
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Terry I hope she rots as well....how can she even have a say in keeping the animals and not turning them over??

May 30, 2009 07:39 AM #6
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Betina, from what I have heard, I am having a hard time seeing how she could do this no matter what..

May 30, 2009 07:40 AM #7
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Tony, you bet!

May 30, 2009 07:40 AM #8
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Terrie Leighton
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Why do you suppose she will not turn over the animals to the humane society? She is obviously incapable of caring for them. I hope this situation is handled quickly and the 400 or so animals will soon fine wonderful, safe  homes.

May 30, 2009 11:55 AM #9
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Terry, I have no clue...I totally agree with you!!!  I hope the animals find loving owners/homes asap too!

May 30, 2009 02:39 PM #10
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Toula Rosebrock
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Hi Kristin:

Unbelievable!

As I've mentioned before, going after these people will be my next career!

May 30, 2009 11:32 PM #11
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Toula, you and me should form a "company"!!!!!!!!!!!!!

May 31, 2009 12:55 AM #12
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Kristin, in my years as a humane investigator, not ONE person we seized animals from turned them over willingly.  I do believe they either consider them personal property or really think they have done nothing wrong.  WHY would anyone want 400 animals?  Hell its a full time job just caring for my own 7 and a few feral cats!

May 31, 2009 02:38 AM #13
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Rita Minion
O'Brien Realty - Solomons, MD

Hello Kristin,

With the woman having 315 dogs seized - she must have been running a puppy mill.  Gosh, all the poor animals who suffered while on her property!  At least now they are in better hands.  I can't understand why she was not forced to relinguish ownership of the animals & birds.  Unbelievable!  I hope the authorities can somehow force her to give up ownership so that the rescue groups, etc. can place the animals & birds up for adoption.  I understand that it sometimes can take months.  Please keep us updated!

Rita

 

May 31, 2009 02:40 AM #14
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I agree Terry....simply astonishing!

May 31, 2009 05:20 AM #15
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Rita, I couldnt agree more...it is so unbelivable and simply wrong!

May 31, 2009 05:21 AM #16
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