I began my dream job of helping local animals and supporting my children by opening a pet store a few years ago. I help local families by taking in local animals; many of which are sick and I provide months of care for. Since I opened, animal control has harassed me and performed MANY inspections, but I never once got cited for anything. 2 months ago, I decided to move my store to a better location. 2 weeks ago, I got a call that animal control was seizing all of my animals. When asked why, the answer was "Unsure if puppies have adequate food and water."...UNSURE resulted in a seizure? I averaged 140 hours per week caring for the animals and building new large enclosures for the animals; working without sleep to get my store back open. All of the animals were well cared for and loved. My children and I changed all bedding, fed and watered the animals the previous evening and went home. The "raid" was in the morning before I could make it to the store. I spoke with animal control the previous day and mentioned I'd be opening in the coming week. I'm sure this initiated the seizure to be done immediately because then the public wouldn't be witnesses to how well the animals were cared for. Then they proceeded to tell the public that they found MANY dead animals! I have the inventory list! The only animals that perished were feeder fish in a 500 gallon pond to feed the carnivorous fish and insects! The inventory list also does not include all of the cages and supplies they took from my store.
As if this hasn't destroyed my life enough, DSS also took my children from me stating that they needed to determine if my children are safe due to the pending charges I'm facing for the pet store. MY CHILDREN WERE TAKEN because animal control is "UNSURE" if the pet store puppies had food and water during the night!
My life has been absolutely ripped apart and I need help to fight. I've lost my business, my children, my home and am getting death threats due to the lies on social media. Im desperately in need of help to pay a criminal lawyer AND my family lawyer. I'm desperate to get my children back. Also, my animals back so I may place them in good homes so my children and I can move.