Investigation Update and Victory: Susan Marino, the founder and operator of Angel’s Gate, Inc., was prohibited from owning animals after being charged with 22 counts of cruelty to animals and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Angel’s Gate was dissolved. Marino was prohibited from being an officer or a director of a charity for 10 years. Read more here.
Update and victory: Susan Marino, the founder and operator of Angel’s Gate, Inc., was prohibited from owning animals after being charged with 22 counts of cruelty to animals and criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Angel’s Gate is a self-proclaimed animal “hospice and rehabilitation center” in Delhi, New York, operated by Marino. Angel’s Gate receives “special needs animals” from all over the U.S. Marino promises donors and people who send her animals that the animals will “live out their days in peace, dignity and love.” PETA’s undercover investigation found the opposite.
Despite claiming to provide “hospice care” and “rehabilitation” to hundreds of animals, AG does not have a veterinarian on staff. PETA’s investigation found that most animals were denied veterinary care for a variety of ailments—from simple to terminal—and that some animals who were examined by a vet were still left to suffer without treatment. One such animal—an elderly Chihuahua named Malcolm who was sent to AG by Animal Care and Control in Brooklyn—was examined but received no treatment and languished for about two weeks before he finally died.
In addition to controlled substances and other drugs haphazardly piled in various bins, PETA’s investigator found medication that had been prescribed for Shifty, a bulldog suffering from seizures, and Tucker, a dog with hydrocephalus, untouched almost a week after a veterinarian dispensed them. A bottle of medicine sent to Angel’s Gate from Kentucky with a paralyzed pug named Franklin was found full four months after Franklin’s arrival at Angel’s Gate.
PETA’s investigator repeatedly brought to Marino’s attention the respiratory distress of a miniature horse named Mimi, who was denied veterinary care for days before she finally died. More than four months after Mimi’s death, Marino still solicited sponsorship donations for Mimi’s care on Angel’s Gates website. Marino has a spotty history with federal and state regulatory agencies: In 2004, the IRS listed Angel’s Gate as an organization that failed to establish its status as a public charity, and in 2010, Angel’s Gate was listed on the IRS’ list of exempt organizations in New York at risk of having its charity status revoked. Marino did not file her 2006 annual filing for charitable organizations with New York’s Office of the Attorney General until September of 2010, at which time she did not enclose the required $50 fee.
Unfortunately, Marino has been featured positively on national TV, prompting not just support and donations (one lottery winner apparently sent $50,000!) but also the false impression that Angel’s Gate is a good place for animals. Well-meaning people have for years naively sent ailing and debilitated animals to Marino.
No animal should be kept in the cruel conditions that PETA’s investigator witnessed at Angel’s Gate, but for animals with special needs, quality of life and individualized care is especially critical. Elderly animals who are nearing the end of their lives suffer severe emotional—not just physical—distress when, for reasons they have no way of understanding, they are abandoned by the family they have always known and loved. Senior animals must be able to rely on their guardians to be brave and see them through difficult times, even when that means saying goodbye.
Angel’s Gate neglected animals need your help today!
PETA has turned over evidence to the Internal Revenue Service. Please join us in urging the agency to revoke the tax-exempt status of Angel’s Gate!
Send polite comments to:
Lois G. Lerner
Director of Exempt Organizations
Internal Revenue Service
If you feel that you were deceived when sending Angel’s Gate animals or donations, please contact us at CIDInfo@peta.org.