I decided to look into this further and I found that the humane society was an hour drive north of Denver and Aurora, two cities despised by pit bull zealots for their breed bans. I also discovered that LHS had an interesting benefactor: ANIMAL FARM FOUNDATION.
Between 2009 and 2012, LHS received over $35,000 from the AFF. The AFF paid $50 for every pit bull LHS adopted out and $150 for every pit bull that received a CGC plus there were several large lump sum donations for "adoption incentives".
Click here to read the ANIMAL FARM FOUNDATION'S version of LHS rags to riches story.
AFF 990s can be viewed here and here.
Last Friday, Klonda Richey was killed by her neighbors' gripping dogs when she took out the garbage. It didn't take long for word to leak out that the victim had made numerous complaints to animal control. Dogsbite.org has uploaded all of the complaints against the owners, ANDREW NASON and JULIE CUSTER and AC's pathetic responses. Some of the more chilling complaints, indicate that NASON and CUSTER used their mutants to threaten and intimidate the victim. Klonda Richey was so frightened of the dogs that she sought a protection order with the court. Magistrate KRISTI WUEBBEN refused to grant it.
You can read all of the gory details at dogsbite.org.
The state of Ohio is of special interest to me, so I looked further into the Montgomery County Dog Warden, MARK KUMPF.
His facebook page was a regular pity party, with KUMPF whining about his worst day ever. His friends and coworkers rallied to show their support for the pudgy slug. The entire discussion has since been deleted but I copied it below. It is a sickening display considering a woman who repeatedly asked his department for help and protection is dead because of KUMPF'S lack of action.
Apparently, when the Montgomery County Dog Warden comes a knocking, all you have to do is ignore him and he goes away. Unfortunately the problem doesn't. It's impossible to feel one iota of sympathy for KUMPF'S worst day in his life when you consider the details of Klonda Richey's slow brutal agonizing death.
Back to the pity party.
There were a few familiar names; JEAN KEATING, TAMIRA CI THAYNE, DAISY BALAWEJDER, but one particular supporter of KUMPF is worthy of highlighting.
STACEY JACOBS - COLEMAN is the executive director for the ANIMAL FARM FOUNDATION.
I dug deeper into KUMPF'S facebook page and found a photo of him posing with old money bags herself, JANE SAUL ROTROSEN BERKEY, the grand poobah of the AFF.
It is important to note that KUMPF, along with another Ohio Dog Warden MATT GRANITO, local pit bull activist JEAN KEATING and LEDY VANKAVAGE were instrumental in overturning Ohio's pit bull law in 2012 which has been addressed in depth at Scorched Earth. Both GRANITO and KUMPF are known to have close ties with the Utah Cult and LEDY VANKAVAGE. VANKAVAGE also occupies a seat on the AFF board of directors. And now we see a direct connection between Ohio and the New York Cult. It's a small world.
Been in animal control since August 1989. Today counts as the hardest day I have ever had and the worst case I have responded to in my career. Can't say enough good things about the professionals at the ARC - ACCO's Torbin Peterson, Brian Baker & Kandi Angi Broadus & Dr Kelly Meyer and all the folks who helped work our case today.
- Marilyn Karch Bourdow As I came down Riverside Drive after work tonight, there were two dogs fornicating right beside the road near Bruce! I normally stop and try to help strays, but I was too scared. This was a horrible thing to have happened and could have happened to any person in the area. The dogs were probably mistreated and not fed. So sorry you had to go through that, Mark.
- Steve Knick I can't even imagine what it would have been like to be on that case. You, your team, and all the other first responders on this case deserve a great big thank you from the rest of us who don't have to deal with what you went though today (and every day for that matter). THANK YOU for all you do.
- Sarah Kraus I think that is awesome that you have such a great staff and team!!!! To help with all the cases and that you appreciate them soo much!!! Thank all of them for what they do!!! I sure wish I could do that and help but I guess it was never meant to be for me! I will still pursue my law enforcement career goal and my personal animal rescue I have done 254 dogs and counting lol!!!! Thank you for all your hard work really thank you!!!
- Kevin M. Kilgore Sorry, But! Your do your job first; then get home safe to those who love you. Tomorrow it will be better and will be one of the better days. If not, then consider something else. Worse things happen and life goes on...you know. Get some damn rest of which I know better than most you will not... your bud.
- Cindy Broome Kind of hate when there’s a conversation where everyone seems to know the story, but the details for those who don’t know the principals are far from clear. Thanks to some hints here, I found this link, which will tell the story if you, too, were in the dark. Terrible tragedy, indeed. Very sad.
- Stacey Jacobs-Coleman Mark Kumpf, I am glad that you are on this case because it means we will be getting only reliable facts without speculation or hysterics. We need people like you. I am sorry you have to deal with this tragedy. And I am glad it is you who will be giving us information.
- Susan Cain Take a deep breath and hold your head up. I know you do an awesome job. I know your job is hard. I always waited till I got home and cried. Terrible thing is all the good you r doing. You don't get to ever forget.
- Joann Hughes Such a tragedy. Thank you for your service. As the mother of a first responder I can tell you that most everyone pauses when a tragedy happens and then they I go right on about their business never thinking what first responders go through day after day. It is the aftermath, the images in their heads of what they experienced and saw that make their jobs so much different than the average person. Sleepless nights, bad dreams etc. The community does appreciate you and some of us empathize and appreciate more because we have a loved one that has survived an event that changed their lives. Take care of yourself and staff.
- Mark Kumpf Our agency responded to every call we received. We had no legal grounds to take any action beyond issuing warnings as we never witnessed a violation. Our citations cannot be issued on a complaint, we have to see a dog in violation. The criteria for declaring a dog dangerous requires a bite (never bit anyone), killing a dog (never killed another dog), or convicted of 3 at large violations (never cited as neither the ARC or Dayton Police have witnessed them at large). Dogs are personal property and we cannot confiscate them based on a complaint only. With no legal basis to remove the dogs, our agency had no way to prevent this from happening. As noted in my press release this evening, our office never received an identified complaint from Klonda as our calls a(12 of 13) were anonymous. We received no calls from September on. The calls were not all dogs at large either. Several we're for conditions or barking. I agree that this is a terriBle tragedy, I spent the day at the scene with my officers and the Dayton police. We all wish it hadn't happened but in the end, the only people who could have prevented this are the two under investigation by the Dayton police.
- Scott Giacoppo Mark, you and your team are top notch, it's a part of the job we all pray we never have to deal with, the community is lucky to have such trained professionals like yourself. You're in our thoughts, stay strong.
ONE lone voice called KUMPF out. And ONE person agreed. I was compelled to join him.
The comments at the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center facebook page are not so warm and fuzzy.
this blog post will most certainly be updated as the sad story of Klonda Richey and her murderers - NASON, CUSTER, KUMPF, WUEBBEN and yes VANKAVAGE & BERKEY, continues to unfold. expect a block buster of a blog post from Scorched Earth too.