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Five dogs seized and four dead cats removed from home of NC animal advocate — 18 Comments

  1. Animal advocacy had become a for profit charity.
    People often become overwhelmed at the amount of care and veterinary services needed to keep rescue animals alive or get them healthy enough to adopt out mix all of this in with the mental disorder of hoarding and we have one disaster after another popping up across the country.

    • I haven’t seen anything at all. People are saying this isn’t her primary residence so the situation is very confusing. I don’t know whether the cats are somewhere else or if they’d been adopted out.

  2. Stop me if you don’t want to go into it more deeply, but I think this kind of problem calls for real analysis. What is it that sometimes leads committed rescuers to go off the tracks? We don’t learn anything by simply calling them abusers — it’s more complicated. Is it that they take the weight of the world on their shoulders & then slowly decide that they can make their own rules? Or is it just a question of losing control of their situation? Is this a question worth pursuing? At the very least, I think it calls for rescuers to look in the mirror & ask whether they understand how this could happen.

  3. I’d be more than happy to write her side of the story if she wants to get in touch with me. I’m getting bashed big-time for even writing this article. So everyone go put on your rose-colored glasses and pretend this never happened.

    • I would SO LOVE TO HEAR HER SIDE, Elisa Black-Taylor!!! I also would LOVE to talk to you further on your Pinterest Page you are working on. I am working on a “little project” of my own, and would love to “compare notes”!!! Look me up on Facebook….photo of “eye with black cat on the lid”. Or I will look you up!!! Thank you!!!

  4. It is disappointing that we have another animal advocate who in reality and in her personal life is anything but an animal advocate and more an animal abuser. It reminds me of Westberry.

  5. Correction: State v. Mauer was decided in 2010 — please read it. Maybe I wrote 1990 by mistake because I knew defendant as a self-sacrificing rescuer then & for many years thereafter.

  6. This is tragic! I have no direct knowledge of the case and do not know Ms. Hart personally, but I hope we look at it with compassion and a view to learning from it. If true, the facts bear a striking resemblance to those in the leading NC Court of Appeals case on animal seizure, State v. Mauer(1990). All rescuers should Google that case & ponder it. From decades of observation I believe there is a slippery slope caused by the David vs. Goliath role of rescues in relation to animal control. Rescuers are so incensed by the plight of impounded animals that the pressures of time & limited resources can lead to cutting corners & a feeling that the end justifies the means. As your readers know there are efforts to regulate rescues more tightly in NC. That will happen unless rescues regulate themselves in some way like other professions.

    • I DO look at it with ‘COMPASSION’, Mariana Burt…..FOR THE ANIMALS INVOLVED!!! I do agree, however, that something deeper has to be going on for someone like her to completely “derail”, if you will, like this!!!

  7. I am sick to death of people not reporting suspicious activity for years! If she had animals there and only came around late for a few nights a week, did the neighbors think she had a fairy bringing food and water??? Dead animals smell and still no response??

    I have inquired many times about animals I saw in the neighborhood possibly left with no food or water, and maybe left alone for more than a day. It’s our responsibility to see if the situation is right or not. Horrible, horrible…

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