Investigation Update and Victory: Susan Marino, the founder of Angel’s
Gate, Inc., has been charged with five counts of cruelty to animals and a drug offense. Read more here.
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.
We found that Angel’s Gate was a chaotic hellhole,
where animals whose conditions required special, individualized,
round-the-clock care were deprived of basic necessities and quality of
life. PETA’s investigator discovered the following:
- Paralyzed animals
dragged themselves until they developed bleeding ulcers, even though
wheelchair carts were readily available. One dachshund suffered a wound
so deep that it exposed the bone.
- Animals whose bladders should be expressed every few hours were kept in the same diaper for up to two days until the diapers were urine-logged, and animals suffered from urine scald.
- Animals, even severely dehydrated ones, were confined without access to water.
- Animals kept outside in freezing temperatures without access to proper shelter.
- Animals were confined to a bathtub, which they could not climb.
- Animals were confined to bathrooms.
- Small dogs were confined to Marino’s bed, several feet off the ground, with no way to leave it.
- Animals were suffering from treatable conditions without veterinary
examination or care, including open wounds and respiratory, eye, ear,
mouth, and skin infections. One dog’s infected, rotten jaw snapped in
- Crowded conditions so stressful that fights broke out daily, leaving animals with wounds that were left untreated.
- Animals suffering from pain, seizures, and hydrocephalus (water on
the brain) were denied veterinarian-recommended and/or prescribed
- Horribly suffering animals on death’s door were deprived of the dignity and relief of euthanasia.
- The bodies of dead animals were left out for days among live animals.
- Animals were fed rancid, raw meat that had been left unrefrigerated.
View photos from PETA’s investigation of Angels’s Gate, and read excerpts from our investigator’s notes.
Angel’s Gate does not have a veterinarian on staff, despite claiming
to provide “hospice care” and “rehabilitation” to hundreds of animals.
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 Angel’s Gate 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 New York State Attorney General’s Office. Please join us in urging Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to revoke the non-profit status of Angel’s Gate and ensure that Marino’s victims are seized and helped.
Send polite comments to:
The Honorable Eric T. Schneiderman
Office of the Attorney
Albany, NY 12224-0341
If you feel that you were deceived when sending Angel’s Gate animals or
donations, please contact us at CIDInfo@peta.org.
Article source: PETA Action Alerts