UPDATE: Judge Orders Seizure of Animals!

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Posted March 1, 2011 by Rachelle Owen

This morning, after being presented with evidence—including video footage from PETA’s investigation—making the case that animals warehoused in Elizabeth Owen’s Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, storage units are in need of emergency intervention and care, Horry County Judge Bradley Mayers signed an order to seize custody and control of the animals because of animal neglect. The order requires officials to seize Owen’s animals—a German shepherd named Hope and some 300 cats who have lived for months or years on end (some for their entire lives) in cages and crates stacked on top of each other at the “Sacred Vision Animal Sanctuary.”

The order reads, in part, “Sufficient evidence of a pattern of behavior wherein [Owen] fails to provide adequate veterinary care to ill and suffering animals has been established necessitating emergency care.” According to one news story, “Judge Mayer [sic] said after reviewing evidence he would not feel comfortable allowing the animals to remain in Owen’s care.” We agree wholeheartedly.

The animals will be immediately evaluated by a veterinarian and sheltered. They will finally have a clean, soft spot to curl up, the ability to groom themselves without swallowing their own waste, room to stretch and walk about, and desperately needed veterinary attention. Future court hearings will determine when the animals can be offered for adoption and find the permanent, loving homes that they deserve and should have been afforded long ago. Judge Mayers’ compassionate decision marks a long-overdue new beginning for these animals, many of whom have been caged in Owen’s dungeon-like, stifling warehouse for years. Stay tuned for more updates on this case!

Stay loud!
-Rachel


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  • 1441 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    To hear that those poor innocent animals have been stuck in cages their whole lives when i have 2 cats and a dog who sleep in my comfy bed is just heartbreaking! I am so happy that the animals will be going to a new and happy home!

  • 1529 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    One more terrible situation found out! well done!!!!

  • 1534 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Gosh this is horrible. Thank God you guys exist because you guys are angels to this animals. I hope they are happy now. Who in their sick mind would do this to them.?!

  • 1534 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Thank you Peta for every thing you done for animals.So what is going to happen to this evil owen?I hope she stay in jail for a looooooooooooong time.

  • 1536 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    OK PETA
    A KISS!
    Vincenzo
    Italia

  • 1538 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    tanks for your help to only animals!
    Go PETA
    Tiziana
    Italia

  • 1538 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    thank you sooooooo much peta and the people who support peta for what you do it is so amazing and i wish more of the world could be like you!

  • 1539 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    You guys know what I meant! My last comment wasn’t clear. I meant, thank you, everyone of you who resolved the suffering of these animals.

  • 1539 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I am so glad you saved these kitties!
    I have cats and I think the lady is insane! Still, she should be punished and even then it isn’t enough.
    Somehow, I wish people would wake up and watch out for these things happening –
    and that the people who knew did nothing! Someone in her life knew!

  • 1539 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I am so relieved that all those animals will get finally some help and a better life. What was this lady thinking?? It was not a cat’s sanctuary but prison, poor little things. I hope the care they will get now will make up for what they’ve been through.

  • 1539 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Brilliant news, I’m so glad these animals will get the warm, loving life they deserve!!

  • 1539 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    PETA is cool organization, I strongly believe in you. And I also desire that those bastards will be punished.

  • 1539 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    So sad that woman should be looked in a cage to sit in her own feces how sick some people are!! Very sad I hope those cats find a loving home like they deserve

  • 1539 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Well done to Peta!!! I cannot imagine what these poor animals are going through. may they all get there forever happy homes, which they so rightly deserve and may Elibeth Owen rot in H*&L

  • 1540 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This is why I send, what little I can afford (I’m currently unemployed), any nickle, dime or penny to either my nearest no-kill shelter or even to shelters or people who are out-of-state (the REAL ONES!) who care more about the animals than themselves. I WANT to help those who are caring, who have a heart, and not just the ones who are out for the money and treat animals like non-living things. I may NOT be able to change the world, but I CAN help those who care for so many.

    To see the video and the pictures last week (especially the little kitten with the seizures), I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t sleep, and I just wanted to do SOMETHING to get these animals away from this female Demon! Thank heavens for PETA, for the people who complained, and for the judge who FINALLY stepped in and stopped the Insanity! Now I can sleep and look forward to helping others.

  • 1540 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    laws have to change to stiffer penalties just as if it was a human being, after all they are living, breathign, eating, walking beings..These cats could have been saved earlier why wern’t they…… there should be monitored cameras in all sanctuaries, rescues, shelters etc…more laws need to be put into place for pets in these places…. something has to change and be done.. time is now to start for those thatare or will be suffering.

  • 1540 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    No words to describe what these pictures show, horror discust what words do i use. those big human pieces of waste should be made to suffer same, eat own crap, live, sit in it and urine tooo. may they never see the light of day.. again… the city is just at fault for not protecting these cats, alot are at fault here now the cats are made to suffer, some I am sure are very very ill, how many will have to die. if they got any donated money the cats never saw it. what did they do with the money if any got donated… may they rot in hell.

  • 1540 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I’m so happy to hear this!

  • Jen

    1540 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Thank God!

  • 1540 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Thank God for Peta – The people who have animals in their care and leave them like this should receive strong punishment and should NEVER be allowed to have animals again. I would like to put the people responsible in a cage for several months and let them sit in their own excrement.

  • 1540 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I am so glad they got the animals out of there! I saw the video and it reduced me to tears. Owen came across as though she could care less about those animals. I got my cat from a no-kill humame society and everyone of those cats were treated like gold! I do hope Owen gets some sort of punishment by the law for the suffering she put those poor animals through.

  • 1540 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Thank you, PETA! God Bless you!

  • 1540 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Thank god these poor animals got rescued..god knows how many weren’t that lucky. I hope they all get good homes. God Bless you for all your hard work!

  • 1540 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    What happened to the sanctuary owner….?…..so as to prevent this from happening again.

  • 1540 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Thank you!

  • 1540 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Thank you PETA!!! Love you guys, so so much.

  • 1540 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    OH MY GOD!! When I saw these 2 photos, especially the SECOND one, I cried so hard that I choked and threw up all over my self!! How unbelievably vicious! I am a cat person and I was just reeling! I hope these poor babies were taken care of and are safe and sound. What happens to the lady who did this? I hope there is justice served!! I wish I could take ALL of them home..GOD BLESS YOU PETA!!

  • 1540 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Everyday I thought about these cats and wondered what was the update of this story. THANK YOU SO MUCH PETA FOR ALL YOU DO FOR ANIMALS!

  • 1541 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Just, to add my name to the peta petition in this case makes me feel that I am a small grain of sand that tipped the scales in the animals rightful wellfare in this case makes me feel so good. Thank you Peta and thank you all you grains of sand.

  • 1541 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Thank you Peta. Animals are so special. We can learn so much from them.
    They deserve the best, lot’s of love and care.

  • 1541 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Oh, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!

  • 1541 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    VICTORY IS OURS!!!
    I am so happy to know that these animals now have a chance at living happy and descent lives. I am also proud to know that I am part of the group that helped to free them. GO PETA!!!!

  • 1541 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    The pictures are so graphically horrific….Thank you PETA for exposing the crimminlas – And Thanks for the judge who saw & knows this is not right….We have to stand together.
    I pray all those beautiful animals get the love & care they so deserve
    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!

  • 1541 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I am from Brazil and receive notices from PETA every week, i fell sad because people arond the word still mistreat animals. Here in Brazil i see all the time and ofen i cannot do anything. But i do my best, i adopted two kittens and they receive the best treatment and love.

  • 1541 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    ANIMALS ARE THE BEST FRIENDS WE EVER EVER COULD HAVE. I’M GLAD THAT THIS LITTLE ARE SAFE AND NOW THEY WILL KNOW WHAT LOVE IS!
    GO PETA!!!!!

  • 1541 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    GO PETA!!!

  • 1541 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Thank God!!! It is always a blessing to hear of the good works that PETA AND THEIR TEAM STAFF for the great job they do. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORKS PETA1111

  • 1541 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Thank you so much Judge Bradley Mayers for doing this for these animals, this brings tears to my eyes, the world needs More Judges like you, you will receive many,many blessings in this life Judge, this entire nation should be very proud of you, and should be honored to have someone like you here.
    Thank you again.

  • 1541 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    My heart cries for all these poor animals.
    I am very happy they finally get some well deserved good treatment.
    Thank you very much for fighting for the voiceless ones!!

  • 1541 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I started to cry when I saw the pictures, how can anyone be so cruel to another being, I can not understand why would you keep Animals if you can not keep them the way an Animal should be kept, healthy and give them lots of love.

  • 1541 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I am so happy they finally took those poor helpless cats so they can hopefully be adopted now or just have a very nice comfortable place to live eat and sleep.
    a big thank you

  • 1541 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Prosecute her to the fullest extent of the law and then some. She should never be allowed to come withing spitting distance of a cat or dog ever again. I hope she gets jail time with her bunkmate an animal lover. Maybe then she will learn what these poor animals have endured under her “care”.

  • 1541 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    What will become of these animala. It is all well and good to ‘rescue’ them however what next?
    How did this woman become a caretaker for 300 animals and why did she keep them caged, some for their whole lives?
    What will become of her?

  • 1541 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Another Victory for us. We must keep fighting until these cruel inhuman places are shut down. Congratulations PETA

  • 1541 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Thank the dear Lord….I have a strong hatred of people who abuse animals. I hope these people are punished; more importantly, that they never get the chance to have an animal in their possession again. I love cats.

  • 1541 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Amazing work to save those poor animals and to get the medical treatment they need. Thanks to Horry County Judge Bradley Mayers and the PETA’s investigation team.

  • 1541 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    My Niece and Nephew live next door to an Animal Hoarder, when her house caught fire recently they removed well over 300 animals, and the home had over 2ft of feces on the floors. Fortunately the OSPCA removed all the animals from the home and placed them with various organizations who will properly care for them. But this lady is trying to get all of them back. My familys kids can;t even play in their own back yard because of the stench and their baby has had serious illnesses since she was born. Public health is fianlly looking into after her pedatricain forced the issue. He thinks her illness is because of the horrible conditions next door! Poor kids!! Poor animals!
    Government really needs to step it up so these people do not keep aquiring more animals to abuse!!

  • 1541 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Thank you so much for not giving up on these poor animals, they look so sad. If only all people cared.

  • 1541 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Thanks PETA!

  • 1541 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Thank you for never giving up!!!!!!

  • 1541 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Thank god for Peta … and kudos to ALL who care about animals. I will never understand how people can be so cruel. Maybe there is a special hell for them. I hope so.

  • 1541 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Thank you, thank you, thank you Peta. I sleep better at night knowing you are out there helping the least of these. You will always have my support. Love to you all!

  • 1541 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Thank you, so much PETA!!!those poor animals needs a really help, love and protection of these monsters, that everybody call “people”. They must to be several punishment….i would like to know and beleive that we still have a world with justice…

  • 1541 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i love peta forever

  • 1541 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This is so sad and sick. These poor animals had to suffer a lifetime, so should Owen. Owen should serve the maximum penalty in jail, fined the maximum and never be allowed to own another animal. Please save these poor animals.

  • 1541 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    thanks judge.

  • 1541 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This fantastic news! Those poor, poor animals can finally get the help that they need. This woman must be brought to justice for the torture and suffering she has put these animals through.

  • 1541 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I think anyone that treats animals like this, they should be treated the same way if not worse than how they treated these wonderful creatures!

  • 1541 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Thanks to the judge… poor cats =( animals that are so tender and nice, cats deserve the best!

  • DMC

    1541 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    omg i am seriously sick to my stomach seeing these poor kitties in that condition due to heartless, cruel, soulless person(s). =(

  • 1541 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    THIS CRAP NEEDSS TO END NOW!!!!!!!!!
    HARSHER,STRICTER, TOUGHER,LOOONGER SENTENCES
    FOR PEOPLE WHO DO ANYTHING TO HARM,MAKE SUFFER,ABUSE,KILL ANIMALS, AND ANIMAL HOARDERS TO!!!!!!!
    I AM SIIIICK AN D TIRED OF THIS!!!!!!

    GOD BLESS THE 300 ANIMALS IN THIS STORY!!!!!!

  • 1541 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    im glad they have been taken out of this situation…it’s been long over due apparently.

    but my question is: what’s going to be done to the person/persons who were responsible for this??? Anything at all??? Or just a slap on the wrist so to speak like most times?

    i want to see those responsible recieve REAL PUNISHMENT in this matter

  • 1541 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    VICTORY!! Now what to do with Owens….

  • 1541 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    All animal interests should be coNsidered, not only because they have rIghts and shoud be treated with dignity, but also because we Must use our rAtionality to protect aLl life, not destroy and make Suffer!!!!!

  • 1541 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I am so happy for these poor little angels, thank you for keep fighting for these inocents. Thank you, thank you

  • 1541 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Finally their suffering will end!!!
    Can’t even begin to imagine what these poor animals have been through
    Hope she won’t get away with it.
    Fantastic job PETA!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 1541 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    yay :)) i love Peta for always being behind everything good that happens to animals !!

  • 1541 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This is so heartbreaking that these people are getting away w/this!

  • 1541 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    stop animal abusing right now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 1541 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    disgusting that such people exist

  • 1541 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!

    More over, thank you for the helpless, precious animals that cannot speak or take care of themselves!

    Again, THANK YOU!!!!!!!

  • ash

    1541 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    how cruel is owen! thank god that these animals are now safe but there are always more that need saving. well done Peta and Peta members!

  • 1548 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    How sick are these people to do that they need medical help also because that’s really sick…..

  • 1548 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    A shame that people do not care about animals… we need to keep them safe and sound… they are defenseless and they are so grateful and so true friends!

  • 1548 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    stop animal abusing

  • 1549 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    GO PETA!!!!!!!!!
    WE ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 1549 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Omg I am so thrilled! These poor animals can finally be safe. They’ll finally be able to know what love is. This is fantastic <3 Yay. Tons of thanks to Peta and the Peta members! We pulled together in a time of need and saved hundreds of lives.

  • 1549 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    What is Owen’s punishment?
    I’m so glad those animals are finally being taken care of properly but is she still just getting away with all the misery she has already caused?

  • 1549 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Yes!!! thank you for not stopping until you won this fight for the animals!!

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