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      • I’d like to see the perpetrators of this scam prosecuted for animal abuse/neglect and fraud. They deserve long prison sentences for what they’ve done.

        Let’s hope the legal battle doesn’t drag on too long and that Bart can soon be placed in a loving home far from those monsters.

  1. They did go to mediation.no agreement so the next step court Mr hutson has retained a lawyer which Dusty posted a written check on the gofundme to a lawyer which she took down then posted a video with her child waving alot of money so i guess the account has been used..

  2. There’s a mediation hearing set for March 5th between humane society’s lawyer and Mr Wayne…records indicate Mr Wayne has no legal representation…then where is the 6500.00 from the gofundme account? There was a check posted by Dusty for 3000.00 to go for a lawyer. Let’s home this will be the end for Bart and he gets an awesome home…but does she get away with 6500.00? Very confused here.

    • Thanks for the update. She wants to retain the money I guess and will probably wriggle around looking for ways to achieve it. Mediation makes sense. I am sure the court encouraged it.

  3. Irish yes,,those funds didn’t go to bart. Dusty who owns the gofundme has taken the money and supposedly using it for legal fees by the previous owner..so its fraud…over 6500. Go to gofundme request your money please check out the fb page What’s going on with Bart the cat?….its all there

  4. It was Bart, but the medical expenses are covered by the Humane Society. Then the fund was changed to pay for a lawyer, but he’s using a free public defender. Get your money back!

  5. Wait one darn minute,I donated to Barts fund,are ye saying the cat posted with the beat up face and had to have his eye removed was NOT Bart???? and if not then wot cat did I donate to?????

  6. there is video where a woman states that Bart was moving when he was buried says it all I guess, that is bad enough But also the funding, people gave in good faith and now that funding has not gone to Bart’s care and from the looks of it won’t. But as they say justice takes time, so I am for one just going to wait and see.. something tells me this will all work out.

    • Paul this is very similar to the Julianne Westberry case in SC where a supposed rescuer of cats collected around $22K and left dozens of cats to die. She has been charged with fraud and because of her deception people no longer donate like they used to to legit rescues. What Dusty has done will have an effect for a long time in the world of animal rescue because potential donators will woner if their money is going to a cat or for a seafood dinner.

      Please come back to this article and add any updates if you hear of any.

  7. In my opinion, Bart’s injuries were mainly to the head, which to me do not support the hit by the car routine, also there was a mention that he could of been attacked by a roaming dog but from what I know there were no Bite marks, Bart dug himself out of his make shift grave, at that point he was put in a cage for days without vet care and putting salt on his open wounds that had maggots in it. This was a horrid head injury, so really what conclusion is there. Also the gofundme account was set up for Bart’s med bills and when HS informed the owner of the fund how to donate at that point Dusty informed them that they wouldn’t be getting the money because it wouldn’t go to Bart. This fund was up to 7000.00 when the truth started to come out people left warning comments not to donate at gofundme and started to request refunds, Dusty did remove the comments then changed the title of the account to support the legal fees for the previous owner.(she did try another account just for legal fees and it got no donations) She did post a written check indicating that 3000.00 was going to a lawyer to get Bart back home and the rest was to go to Bart’s long term vet care. there are snap shots to support this, videos of cats dying coming back to life etc. HS will win this, and Bart will be safe, and the account well who knows, I guess we will see how this all plays out.

  8. You made an error in your posting in your mention of Thomas Gonzalez.

    Mr. Gonzalez is an attorney (Thompson Sizemore, Gonzalez & Hearing), per the HSTB website, has agreed to volunteer his time to represent the interests of Sherry Silk, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, and Bart.

    Mr.Gonzalez IS NOT representing Mr. Hutson,.

  9. It gets smellier by the hour. Is this an attempt to create a ‘celebrity cat’? Looks like that. With Grumpy cat making millions it encourages cat owners to exploit their cat.

    But how did Bart get the injuries? Was that part of the plan to injury him deliberately or was he injured in a fit of rage and then the plot was dreamt up.

    Thanks for the update Elisa. Dusty is one of those: not the full shilling as some people say in the UK. Others would simply say she is bonkers but doggy.

    • He was likely hurt, but this neighborhood tends to not only have their cats spay/neutered, but also to withhold vet care. I’m glad I bumped into this update. The external site article on this was very thorough on what’s happening. And you can’t deny anyone who is seeking an attorney on grounds of being poor shouldn’t be having neighborhood lobster dinners. Talk about fishy!

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