Was 60 year old Kimi Peck personally affected by the latest tragedy, the Tehachapi fires???? Or, are Kimi Peck and Susan Marlowe trying to pull a fast one on Kern County taxpayers? Will Kern County officials continue to allow Kimi Peck to operate an illegal kennel? Kimi Peck, always the victim or always the the opportunist? We’ll go with the latter!
Fire drives controversial animal rescuer back to former home BY JAMES BURGER, Californian staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Friday, Jul 30 2010 02:25 PM Last Updated Friday, Jul 30 2010 02:25 PM The Old West Fire has burned a new wrinkle into the ongoing drama surrounding controversial animal rescuer Kimi Peck. Susan Marlowe, the Hollywood CPA who evicted Peck from a home on Bear Valley Road earlier this month, told Kern County Engineering, Survey and Permit Services Director Chuck Lackey that Peck had moved into the remote, rural enclave of Old West Ranch after the eviction and was living there with more than 30 dogs until this week’s fire destroyed the home where she was living. In a scene heavily covered by local media, Peck surrendered 144 of the more than 200 dogs she had been sheltering on Bear Valley Road to the Humane Society of the United States on July 8, along with cats, rabbits and a number of other animals. She kept somewhere between 30 and 50 of the animals for herself. Now Peck and her animals are back on Marlowe’s property on Bear Valley Road. Kern County Animal Control Director Guy Shaw said Thursday that he visited the west Tehachapi home Wednesday for the first time since Peck was evicted. Marlowe, he said, had told him he was welcome to connect with her property manager and visit the home, which she told Shaw was vacant. So Shaw was surprised, when he arrived, to see vehicles on the property and hear dogs barking from the warehouse and house on the property. Shaw and an animal control officer began looking around the property, checking on the welfare of the animals when he got another surprise. "I see Kimi Peck walking toward me in the front yard," he said. Shaw said he checked on the welfare of the 32 dogs he found on the property and they were safe, fed and had access to water. Lackey said Peck’s animals are still in violation of county land use laws, but Marlowe has petitioned the county to issue a conditional use permit that would provide an exemption to those rules for her property. Marlowe’s petition goes to the Kern County Planning Commission for review on Aug. 12, Lackey said. Lackey said Marlowe asked him to allow Peck to stay on the property for a short time, given the tragedy that occurred in Old West Ranch.
Not *quite* as good as the chimichanga on the chandelier Posted July 19, 2010 at 3:56 PM by RunnerGirl in News (6 comments) OK, this is not meant to get the fur flying on who’s right/who’s wrong when it comes to animals. I think we can all agree that lots of animals in not a lot of space = not a good thing. The real question about the SPCA’s plight is how this woman was actually related (or not) to the late, great Gregory Peck? While you ponder that, clean out your linen closet and kindly deliver any towels, blankets, or any other accoutrement you think would lend some creature comfort to our critter friends. 6 Comments | Leave a comment sundog said Kimi Peck is the ex-wife of Gregory Peck’s son Stephen, though I don’t know if I’d call that related. She hasn’t had much contact with the Peck clan in ages. But I was more disturbed to find out that Madonna dumped her unwanted chihuahuas on this woman, who allowed at least one of them to freeze to death in an outdoor pen. http://hoardingchihuahuas.com/ I just hauled a Hefty bag full of old bath towels to the SPCA, but they sure could use more. Chihuahuas lose body heat very quickly, so they need to be wrapped, even in the summer. July 19th, 2010 at 8:03 pm Turty_Squip said Throw away the towels, and just deliver the plastic bags. If you pack 20-25 dogs in the Hefty(tm) bag, that’s far more effective than wrapping each one in a towel. And better for the environment! July 20th, 2010 at 5:23 am RunnerGirl said Thanks for the info and the donations, sundog! I’m heading down there today with my goods. For anyone who’s interested, the SPCA is at 6201 Florin-Perkins Road, which is between Power Inn and Watt and between Fruitridge and Elder Creek. July 20th, 2010 at 7:52 am PI Becky (Altringer) said I am sorry Sundog but all your information at http://hoardingchihuahuas.com/is not true. The story of them frozen was not Kimi Peck. It was Cynthia Gudger. The truth will all come out soon. July 20th, 2010 at 9:28 pm sundog said Interesting that a private investigator would comment at a public online forum—that what PI stands for, right, Becky? Part of a private investigator’s job is to be discreet and to protect the identity of her client. But when you post a comment on a blog as you did above, the administrator can look up your IP address and find out your location. More to the point, I was told earlier today that Kimi Peck’s supporters are attempting to start a campaign online to “free Kimi.” Good luck with that. In just a casual Google search, one can see that Peck has managed to alienate the shelter and rescue community, her former neighbors in the Bakersfield area, and a lot of dog lovers. So either she’s the victim of a huge statewide smear campaign, or she’s left a trail of poop the breadth and width of Cali. July 21st, 2010 at 10:49 pm P Marlowe said Becky: Funny thing about blogging. Somebody’s always giving you free advice. This sundog’s on the level. He socked your comment in the kisser and barely took time afterward to cross the street. He’s cagey. July 22nd, 2010 at 8:00 am PI Becky (Altringer) says: August 1, 2010 at 7:02 am Sundog and Marlowe I am not working undercover nor am I working for Kimi Peck so it does not matter if I (as you say) expose myself. And, not you can’t find my IP address since it is changed every two minutes. I don’t think Kimi is right in some of what she does, but what Robyn is a stalker by running that web site. And P. Marlowe? You have no room to talk. Marlowe is a criminal who will be exposed. Sundog did not sock my comment in the kisser because I am not trying to hide and I am not working for Kimi Peck. Just giving my personal comment like everyone else. P Marlowe says: August 2, 2010 at 12:07 pm Those are harsh words to throw at a man. I don’t mind if you don’t like my manners, I don’t like them myself. And other quotes from The Big Sleep.
The Humane Society rescued Kimi Peck’s animals on July 8, 2010. Total, approximately 200 animals were rescued from Peck’s ‘sanctuary’. Today is July 26, 2010, and there are still 70 of Peck’s former dogs not ready for adoption because they are still receiving treatment but hopefully soon they will be ready for you to love them and show them a life they so deserve. Please view the pictures in the following link. There are many wonderful animals in shelters EVERYWHERE that need a loving home. If you live in the Sacramento area, please please please consider adopting one of the dogs and/or cats/ and/or rabbits and/or chickens that came from Kern County. There is nothing more than these animals deserve (actually all animals deserve) than to have a loving family to call their own. Thank you for adopting!
The following are Kimi Peck’s Kern County lawsuits pertaining to her ‘rescuing’ efforts from 2005-2010. Kimi Peck’s Chihuahua Rescue and the Dog Angels are still listed on Guidestar.com and actively collecting donations. Please note that Kimi Peck has an extensive criminal record in both Kern County and Los Angeles County pertaining to her ‘rescuing’ efforts and you can view these in the citations section: Kern Case Information (6 total records, displaying 1-6 records.) Case Number Party Name Party Type Case Title Case Type Filing Date M-1502-CL-17673 PECK, KIMI DEFENDANT MARLOWE V PECK UNLAWFUL DETAINER 1/19/2010 M-1502-CS-7545 PECK, KIMI DEFENDANT TACADINA V PACK SMALL CLAIMS 6/25/2008 M-1502-CS-7871 PECK, KIMI PLAINTIFF PECK VS BENEDICT SMALL CLAIMS 3/10/2010 S-1500-CV-266800 PECK, KIMI DEFENDANT BENEDICT V PECK OTHER CIVIL PETITION 3/30/2009 S-1500-CV-268999 PECK, KIMI DEFENDANT GOLAND VS. PECK OTHER CIVIL COMPLAINT 12/1/2009
Two of the lawsuits were filed by Ms. Peck’s Tehachapi neighbors. These neighbors are hardworking business owners who have never had issues with anybody except for Kimi Peck. These neighbors accused Ms. Peck of stalking and harassing them after they complained about Kimi Peck’s illegal kennel. Ms. Peck claims that these neighbors were part of a conspiracy to ‘get’ Kimi peck. Ms. Peck claims these neighbors, and many others, were being paid to spy on her.
Support local legislation. Laws that recognize hoarding as unlawful with appropriate punishment and mandatory treatment are necessary. Even though hoarding cases exhibit typical characteristics of animal abuse, they are rarely prosecuted because they fail to show the individual’s intent to harm.
Why Do People Hoard Animals? It is not clearly understood why people become animal hoarders. Early research pointed toward a variant of obsessive-compulsive disorders, but new studies and theories are leading toward attachment disorders in conjunction with personality disorders, paranoia, delusional thinking, depression and other mental illnesses. Some animal hoarders began collecting after a traumatic event or loss, while others see themselves as “rescuers” who save animals from a life on the street.
"Historically, collecting animals was viewed as an animal lover who gets in over his or her head, but the truth is that people who hoard are at a total loss of insight,” says Dr. Randall Lockwood, ASPCA Senior Vice President for Anti-Cruelty Initiatives and Legislative Services. “They have no real perception of the harm they’re doing to the animals." In the majority of cases, animal hoarders often appear intelligent and clearly believe they are helping their animals. They often claim that any home is better than letting that animal die. In addition, many hoarders possess the ability to garner sympathy and often deceive others into thinking their situation is under control. They are blind to the fact that they are not caring for the animals or of the extreme suffering they are inflicting. According to Dr. Lockwood, "Being kept by a hoarder is a slow kind of death for the animal. Actually, it’s a fate worse than death." Back to top How Can I Tell if Someone Is a Hoarder? It’s not always easy. Animal hoarders range in age, and can be men or women of any race or ethnic group. Elderly people tend to be more at risk due to their own deteriorating health and isolation from community and social groups. One commonality between them all is a lack of understanding of the crisis. “I have worked with many animal hoarders in their homes. Their mental illness allows them to maintain an absolute denial of the filth and the suffering of the animals,” says Dr. Stephanie LaFarge, ASPCA Senior Director of Counseling Services. “They simply cannot see or smell or react to the situation as a normal person would, “ Here are several signs that may indicate someone is an animal hoarder: They have numerous animals and may not know the total number of animals in their care. Their home is deteriorated (i.e., dirty windows, broken furniture, holes in wall and floor, extreme clutter). There is a strong smell of ammonia, and floors may be covered with dried feces, urine, vomit, etc. Animals are emaciated, lethargic and not well socialized. Fleas and vermin are present. Individual is isolated from community and appears to be in neglect himself. Individual insists all animals are happy and healthy—even when there are clear signs of distress and illness. Back to top Do Hoarders Often Pose as Rescue Groups or Sanctuaries? Absolutely. Research shows many hoarders are beginning to set themselves up as “rescue shelters,” complete with 501(c)(3) not-for-profit status. They may appear to be sensible people, persuasively conveying their love for animals and readiness to take those who are sick and with special needs. Furthermore, the Internet appears to be becoming a great tool for solicitation. “When looking to place an animal, it is easy for a person to get seduced by a pretty website,” points out Lockwood. “We need to caution people to look behind the curtain before giving over an animal.” Here are several signs that a rescue group or shelter may involve a hoarder: The group is unwilling to let visitors see the location where animals are kept. The group will not disclose the number of animals in its care. Little effort is made to adopt animals out. More animals are continually taken in, despite the poor condition of existing animals. Legitimate shelters and rescue organizations are viewed as the enemy. Animals may be received at a remote location (parking lot, street corner, etc.) rather than at the groups facilities.
Kimi Peck’s illegal Kern County/Tehachapi kennel/operation is finally shut down!
Below are some highlights of the response from EARS volunteer Heidi Ziegler of Los Angeles. On Friday morning, vet checks for all animals were the priority for the day. Two veterinarians and a number of assistants worked throughout the day and volunteers lined up with animals outside the exam room. Notable cases included animals with untreated cataracts, mange and ear infections. One beautiful dog had an ear infection so advanced that it damaged his inner ear. In addition, his feet had urine burns and his nails were in need of a major trimming. The Kern County Fairgrounds provided an air-conditioned building for the temporary shelter, so humans and animals stayed cool inside while the temperature outside reached 107 at noon. Volunteers cleaned kennels, provided food and water, and assisted with grooming and exercise. Some dogs’ coats were so matted that volunteers spent several hours cutting and shaving. At times, the situation was comical and provided the volunteers a chance to laugh with each other. Many of the dogs had never been on a leash before — so we followed the protocol of walking them on a double leash. Some of the early volunteer favorites were a black-and-white spotted dog, a poodle, a timid Russian blue and regal grey-and-white cat, the Great Pyrenees and the small dogs with so much personality! Photos: One of the nearly 200 animals rescued in Kern County last week; EARS volunteer Ida Noack waits for vet care with a patient; EARS volunteers give a friendly dog some much-needed grooming, and get a few laughs in the process; EARS volunteer Sharon Covington of Sacramento and Lynn Frischmann of Santa Cruz, a UAN and HSUS volunteer) practice the two-leash protocol; this dog is ready for playtime.
Even though Ms. Peck claimed her over 200 dogs were special needs unadoptable dogs, she was clearly wrong. These dogs are wonderful dogs that are craving the love and attention they’ve lived without while living in cages and pens at Kimi Peck’s ILLEGAL ‘sanctuary’ compound. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE – adopt one of these dogs and give him/her a second chance at life!
Close to 200 animals were rescued from Ms. Peck. Yeah!!!! However, how many of these Peck stories are we going to have to continuing reading about? STOP MS. PECK…STOP!!!! Here is a great fair and balanced story in the Sacramento Bee today:
Kern County refugee critters arrive at Sacramento SPCA Share By Cynthia Hubert email@example.com Published: Sunday, Jul. 11, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1B More than 200 animals taken from a Kern County woman’s filthy home this week began arriving Saturday at the Sacramento SPCA. The shelter scrambled to accommodate the creatures, including 144 dogs, more than 20 cats and some rabbits, after authorities took them from the Tehachapi home of Kimi Peck, said SPCA spokeswoman Lesley Kirrene. Peck is a former relative of the late actor Gregory Peck and runs a dog "rescue" group from her home, said Kirrene. Peck agreed to surrender the animals after authorities confronted her about conditions at the house, Kirrene said. The creatures were living inside Peck’s residence and garage in kennels perched atop wood shavings, she said. Kimi Peck has a long history of collecting animals, according to news reports. On Web sites, she is variously described as a "hoarder" and a hero "rescuer" of needy creatures. Peck was previously married to Gregory Peck’s son, Stephen, said Kirrene. "This is not your typical hoarding situation in the sense that these animals are in pretty good shape," said SPCA director Rick Johnson. "This lady is a caring person. She just let things get out of control." The Sacramento shelter agreed to house the animals at the request of the Humane Society of the United States, which transported the first group to the SPCA on Saturday afternoon. Many of the canines taken from Peck’s home are small breeds including Chihuahuas, but the first group consisted mainly of larger, mixed-breed dogs. Johnson, who supervised unloading of the animals Saturday along with a posse of staff members and volunteers, said the creatures were "stressed from the trip" but otherwise in good shape. "They all seem to be quite sweet," said Kirrene, as workers carried dogs of all shapes and colors from a van. The Sacramento shelter got involved in the Peck case in part because Kern County’s animal control facility is too cramped to accommodate the critters, said Kirrene. The local SPCA has a strong history of finding homes for smaller dogs, said Kirrene. "We just seem to have great luck placing them," she said. "They fly out of here, so we’re pretty confident we can find them homes." Shelter workers have been working for the past two weeks to "shift some things around" and find space for the new arrivals, Kirrene said. Petsmart is donating cages and will pay for veterinary care, she said. The animals will be placed for adoption after they are evaluated and treated for any health problems, said Kirrene. © Copyright The Sacramento Bee. All rights reserved. Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2010/07/11/2882294/kern-county-refugee-critters-arrive.html#ixzz0tNbbsb9W