May 30, 2014 - Animal Rights    3 Comments

Not an Isolated Incident

From a blog by Paul Munshine, “SPCA agents caught acting like animals again“:

They searched the house for five hours, snooping through her checkbook and wallet. Eventually they charged her with 66 counts of animal abuse, mainly because several of the dogs’ water bowls were dry. In fact, Decker said, she was so concerned for the dogs’ health that she used a water filter so her pets wouldn’t have to drink the water that mere humans drink.

At first the SPCA demanded she pay $68,000 in fines, she said. Then they lowered that demand to $15,000, but “they wanted to take all my pets kill all of them but two of them,” she said.

“You touch that phone and I’ll slap these handcuffs on you.” – SPCA agent to 69-year-old Kate Decker
“This was straightforward extortion by racketeering,” she said.

SPCA officials declined to comment on the case.

Paying them off would have been cheaper than fighting them, but Decker fought anyway. She hired attorney Justin Loughry to build a case with a long list of witnesses who would attest to how Decker babied her dogs.

Earlier this month, the Moorestown municipal prosecutor dismissed all of the charges. It was quite a victory, but “I’m $120,000 in debt,” Decker said. She’d like to sue the SPCA but doesn’t have the money, she said.

What a horrible situation for Decker. It would be hard to believe that people against cruelty could behave so thuggishly, but this case is but one out of a larger pattern of human mistreatment and deception from so-called “animal lovers.”

She is certainly not the first person to have charges dropped but still suffer under the crush of enormous legal fees. And it’s not just against individuals. We’ve got large animal right organizations forking over tens of millions of dollars in a settlement with Feld Entertainment after a huge, frivolous lawsuit and an “essentially paid witness,” we’ve got animal rights activists posing as farm workers, going so far as to abuse animals in order to “maintain their cover.” We’ve got animal rightists making us wonder if there is any point at which the ends don’t justify their means.

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Unfortunately, Decker’s case is not surprising or hard to believe at all.

  • Liz Lufrano

    Not clear in here, but Feld Ent. fought the Animal Activists and WON, but not many can afford to do so!

  • Dorothy

    Happens over and over and over…..especially if the owner is single, older and female. The goal is to strip the owner of their animals and if the owner is bankrupted in the process that’s fine too….keeps them from attempting to get their animals back or file suit against those that very often violate civil rights, engage in extortion and threats (up to death threats) and slander/defame by way of both print and social media. If a “rescue” that is also a breeder manages to obtain a well bred group of animals at far, far below market value without the owner getting a dime for their lifetime investment…..well, gee, that’s gravy and of course, the animals are in better hands and those bloodlines shouldn’t be wasted now should they?

  • Tricia Fenton

    How do we donate to help pay Ms Deckers legal fees? Tschiskennel@gmail.com