Kimi Peck’s BS…Compare news stories…Kern County, 2009 to Burbank, CA 2005 – You buying it? We’re NOT

See a similarity? Maybe people believed Peck’s BS in Burbank; however, check out the similarities in the stories. Here’s CBS Bakersfield’s story from today: Animal rescuer says she will end Kern County operation Story Updated: Nov 20, 2009 at 7:01 PM PST By Carol Ferguson, Eyewitness News Video BEAR VALLEY SPRINGS, Calif. — Animal rescuer Kimi Peck will end her operation and said she is now trying to place about 150 dogs elsewhere. Peck is now in a facility near Bear Valley Springs but said she will likely leave Kern County. "I’m shutting down the Dog Angels and Chihuahua Rescue immediately," Peck said. "I’m giving up my 501(c)3, and I’ll look back on the last 15 years as a horrible time in my life." As of Friday, Peck said she had more than 200 dogs at the facility. Friday morning, a group visited the large home and warehouse off Bear Valley Road. Peck said they were from Humane Society of the United States, but they immediately left when Eyewitness News arrived. Peck said they had toured the facility, and they’re ready to help. "They went through all the dogs, evaluated them, and they said they’re in excellent condition," Peck said. "They’re going to do everything they could to help me find other sanctuary for them." Contacted by phone in Washington D.C., Humane Society spokeswoman Rachel Querry said she had no knowledge of a group from her organization being at Peck’s place. Querry said she would check at the state level. Peck said the group will try to "come up with a plan" for two large rescue groups to take 50 dogs each, and she hopes another 50 can be placed with individual rescuers. Peck said she plans to keep 46 dogs she is close to who are old and not adoptable. Those dogs live inside the house, and looking through a bedroom window, Peck named off several dogs on her large bed. "I’ll keep the old ones and the biters," she said. Of the 150 dogs in the warehouse, Peck said many of them are also biters and very aggressive. She demonstrated, putting a fist near one pen where a couple small dogs bared their teeth. Peck said she had adopted out a couple dozen dogs in the past couple weeks. She listed some border collies and Australian shepherd puppies. A Los Angeles woman had contacted Eyewitness News, saying she had tried to adopt a dog from Peck. Robin Givens said she was met with continued delays as Peck required more paperwork. Peck said that dog was delivered to Givens in Beverly Hills on Thursday, and Givens confirmed to Eyewitness News that she did get the dog. Julie Feiner, also from the Los Angeles area, has tried for months to get back two small Chihuahua puppies that she turned over to Peck’s rescue. Feiner said the puppies were born to a small dog that had died. That dog belonged to her mother, and Feiner said she had tried to convince her elderly mother not to let the dog have puppies. Feiner hoped to save the new puppies and wanted Peck’s rescue to find a nursing mother dog. But, when she figured the puppies were probably weaned, Feiner said she couldn’t get them back from Peck. Peck said the two puppies had health problems, and there were delays getting them spayed and neutered. She refused to turn the puppies back over to Feiner. On Friday, Peck said the two tiny Chihuahua puppies had been sent "out of state" to an adoptive home. Peck had previously lived in a large home near Tehachapi where she had some 200 dogs. Kern County officials had ordered her out of that location, saying it violated zoning rules. County officials have been keeping an eye on her operation off Bear Valley Road, too. That house is the same place where accused animal abuser Cynthia Gudger was found with some 50 animals in filthy conditions in July 2008. Peck said the house is now in foreclosure, and she expects it will go to auction in a couple weeks. Asked if she will go someplace else in Kern County, Peck said "no." "I don’t belong in Kern County," Peck said. "It’s not my cup of tea." Peck said she’ll go back to writing movie screenplays, and she wants to end her time as a rescuer. "I’ll go back to my real life again, and try not to regret this experience," she said. Now go to the next page and read a story from the Burbank Leader in 2005…

Dog house is emptying, owner says Published: Last Updated Wednesday, August 2, 2006 8:05 AM PDT Mark R. Madler The owner of a controversial dog shelter is meeting a court order to reduce the number of dogs kept at her facility in preparation for a move out of the city, the woman’s attorney said in court Monday. But advertisement former volunteers say she is hoarding animals, and will continue to do so. Chihuahua Rescue owner Kimi Peck placed more than 100 dogs Sunday, giving them to foster homes and other rescue organizations, leaving her with only 88 dogs left, said Shannon Keith, Peck’s lawyer, who informed Superior Court Commissioner Kirkland R. Nyby Monday. Peck acknowledged that before the placement of dogs Sunday, she had 284 Chihuahuas housed at her rescue, but that is 50 more than the city’s limit of 234 dogs, said Burbank Police Lt. Bruce Spiers, head of the Burbank Animal Shelter. In June, Peck pleaded no contest in Burbank Superior Court to a municipal code violation of insufficient record keeping for the animals at her shelter and agreed to move the facility out of the city. Peck has an Oct. 26 deadline to shut down her facility in the 400 block of Moss Street. "I’m tired of rescuing," Peck said. "I’m retiring and I’m going to start a sanctuary. I do specialize in dogs that aren’t adoptable. Bring me a dog that’s 15 years old that has six months to live; that’s who I want to take care of." Peck and Chihuahua Rescue gained national attention in August 2003 when they took legal action in a case of 175 feral Chihuahuas taken from a ranch in Acton. A Los Angeles County judge later ruled that Peck’s group could have the dogs placed into foster homes rather than euthanizing them. Former volunteers at Chihuahua Rescue paint a different portrait of Peck — the former daughter-in-law of late actor Gregory Peck — as someone who hoards rather than rescues animals and keeps them in neglected and dirty condition. Former volunteers alleged that Peck is only placing animals now to satisfy the court order, but will continue hoarding them wherever she ends up outside of Burbank. Up to 350 dogs had been at the shelter at one time, creating squalid conditions, they said. Outside the Burbank courthouse Monday, a group of ex-shelter workers held up large color photographs they claimed were taken at the shelter showing multiple animals living in cramped feces-filled cages. Mark Hohne, a veterinarian who worked at the shelter, left after a year because he couldn’t take the smell of the dogs whose cages were not cleaned, he said. "She kept it clean initially to make it so I wouldn’t see what was happening," Hohne said. Peck counter-charged the volunteers were disgruntled people with an ax to grind and that she has adopted out thousands of dogs over the past decade. "This is misdirected," Peck said. "They should go after the breeders and the people who abandon and abuse their animals, not the rescuer who is merely a Band-Aid." The ex-volunteers were in court in hopes of getting Nyby to order Peck to put the remaining dogs up for adoption rather than just transfer the animals to another location. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was ready to begin screening of applicants who wanted some of the dogs, said Rene Barge, an attorney representing the ex-volunteers. Instead, after a nearly 90-minute wait, they witnessed an update on how many animals remained at the shelter and Nyby setting an Aug. 17 status date for the case. "I was hoping the court would take more of a stance," said Alissa Stohlgren, a volunteer who left the rescue facility last fall. "But we’ll be back."

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