Please read the following. The most frightening part is that Ms. Weems is running yet another animal rescue ( I;ve been there and the conditions are deplorable) Please help me get this woman away from helpless animals.
Margaret Weems, 57, allegedly operates Angel Puss and Pooch Rescue, Canoga Park and Eagle Rock. Animal control officers recently seized 60 cats housed in filth-encrusted cages at Weems' mobile home in Dayton Canyon and the city officers found 360 cats living in crowded conditions at her Canoga Park rescue center.
Weems has been charged with felony animal cruelty based on the situation of the cats seized from her home. She is scheduled to be arraigned Jan 8, 2002 in the Malibu Superior Court. City animal control officials served a search warrant last month at Weems' Canoga Park rescue operation. They said many of the felines were sick or crammed into pet carriers so small the cats could not stand.
The city investigation will be ongoing. Weems was given until Dec 29 to apply for a license to operate the rescue centers and provide veterinary records for the animals but she has not yet done so. The case will be turned over to the City Attorney's Office for review and possible prosecution.
Weems says she is exempt from the city's licensing requirement because she is running a humane society, not a kennel. Federal law, she says doesn't require humane societies to be licensed. Local officials dispute her claims. Weems also says she has been under attack by animal control officials and animal rights activists for a decade and she had accused them of violating her civil rights in a pending federal lawsuit filed in 1999. Weems said, "These are vicious people. They aren't activists, they're terrorists."
The local animal rights activists say they have little sympathy for Weems.
In October, dozens of animal rights activists had a protest in front of Weems' Canoga Park shelter. The protest was to call attention to what they are calling the cruel treatment of cats. There was a scuffle during the protest and Weems' husband, Patrick Weems, was charged with misdemeanor counts of battery and inflicting serious injury.
"The humane society is very concerned, we've received complaints, and the general manager has told his officers to find out what's going on and do what they have to do."
Yeah, they did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. The woman got probation and is completely free and is abusing animals once again.