Angel’s Gate – Animal Suffering and Consumer Deception

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.
Read more here.

Angel’s Gate is a self-proclaimed
animal “hospice and rehabilitation center” in Delhi, New York, that
receives “special needs animals” from all across the U.S. Marino
promises donors and people who send her animals that 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 were 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
  • Animals wounded in fights that broke out daily because of stressful, crowded conditions were left untreated.
  • Animals suffering from pain, seizures, and
    hydrocephalus (water on the brain) were denied veterinarian-recommended and/or
    prescribed medication.
  • 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

 from PETA’s investigation, and read excerpts from our investigator’s notes. 

Despite claiming to provide “hospice care” and
“rehabilitation” to hundreds of animals, Angel’s Gate 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
 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 a full four
months after Franklin’s arrival at the facility.

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 the website of Angel’s Gate. 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.

The animals at Angel’s Gate 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

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Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to lend my support to revoking the tax-exempt status of Angel’s Gate, a self-proclaimed animal “hospice and rehabilitation center.” Delaware County, N.Y., officials have charged the charity’s founder and operator, Susan Marino, with 22 counts of cruelty to animals and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

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 organizations at risk of having its charity status revoked.

I understand that detailed evidence of cruelty, deceptive solicitation of contributions, and misuse of funds at Angel’s Gate was shared with your office in June 2011.

I respectfully urge you to revoke the charity status of Angel’s Gate. Thank you.

Sincerely yours,
[Your Name]

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