BULLY BREED RESCUE gone wrong!
UPDATE 5/31/2019: Heidi Lueders appeared before the judge at a hearing on 5/31/19. At a hearing held 4/25/19 she was ordered by judge to produce a valid prescription for pills found in a mandated drug test (see hearing 4/25/19 update). Again, she failed to satisfy the requirement. A "doctor's letter" was submitted into the record. It was vague and didn't name the specific drug in question so the prosecutor moved to increase her bond. Defense argued that she was, in fact, prescribed the medication in question. Next hearing date is 7/15/2019. Lueders must produce a valid prescription or face the consequences.
Note: NARWAI templates for letters to prosecutor for this case are available. We assert that subsequent counts of felony animal cruelty may be eligible for elevation. CT statute provides that "subsequent offenses" of aggravated animal cruelty are a higher felony class. This would drastically affect sentencing possibilities.
UPDATE HEARING 4/25/20/19: Heidi Lueders defense continued to argue a "mental defect". Time was requested to allow for psychiatric evaluation with next hearing set for 5/31/2019. The defendant possibly does have a "drug problem". She failed a court mandated drug test prior to hearing. Defendant must produce a valid physician's prescription at next hearing for pills identified by the drug test. If not, she's violated conditions of release pending trial, a violation that could land her in jail until criminal case is adjudicated.
2/13/2019 Arraignment hearing Heidi Lueders of New Canaan, CT. Lueders was the operator of Bully Breed Rescue, Inc until five bodies were found in her home. She received donations for dogs in her custody in days preceding the gruesome discovery on 11/16/2018. The dogs were found dead, neglected -starved to death. Residence was full of needles from drug use, feces and general mayhem. Within days Lueders "admitted herself" to a medical facility. She was originally charged with five misdemeanor following a domestic violence incident, during which her family restrained her and contacted authorities. The prosecutor appropriately misdemeanor charges to multiple felony counts.
Upon the discovery the defendant "admitted herself" into a medical facility (apparently for drug rehab) and defense attorney referred to her as a "victim" of drug dependence. This was attempted in the case of Brian Douglas. He killed Freddy, his ex-wife's dog, on video. He admitted himself to a facility for "treatment" yet Douglas sits in prison today, serving time for life he took.
Nissan dealership shows how change happens!
KATY NISSAN in Katy TX did have options when a planned event got the attention of animal advocates. They could have ignored the complaints and moved forward with plans to auction off a puppy. Instead they listened and decided to take the opportunity to make a difference in more ways than one. Not only did the
Advocates use social media (especially Facebook) to network and coordinate efforts to help animals. Clickbait sites are impeding efforts. These are sites/pages designed to grab attention, create a distraction. They use a shocking image or provide little detail (just enough to incite you to "click" on link and share). Advocates, driven by their love for animals, share for "help". Everyone's newsfeed is full of them and it's nothing but SPAM. Social media is profitable for those who exploit/harm animals in general. It provides anonymity. Further, funds are collected electronically, easily and quickly. Some "clickbait" sites routed through a FB link. Others are petition links or appear to be links to further detail. Time taken to hit links, read/sign and share could be used to help in real and current cases. DailyPetition and YouSign are documented. They use false or dated information/images from resolved cases. Both resurfaced recently despite circulated warnings, only to again be "shared" and commented on by those who don't recall them or are simply unaware. New clickbait sites appear regularly. The pond is full and the fish are biting so why stop?
The article content is irrelevant. It's NOT to help animals. They only need you to hit the link. The profit is in advertising and banners on the page where you land. The amount charged for ads is based on number of "hits" a web page receives . It's simple. If they can get you there they've succeeded.
They are using advocates and they are using our animals! Please be wary.
Subject of NARWAI investigation in Breckinridge County, KY will be tried by jury on 7/12/2019. NARWAI Reps and complaining rescue attended EIGHT pre-trial hearings to demand accountability for cruelty. NARWAI submitted documents/evidence to incite action and later, filed interrogatories into pretrial decisions, evidence admissibility and other actions. Testimony/evidence was revisited and was deemed admissible. This "rescuer" was under investigation at NARWAI for some time. We felt county officials were ignoring evident cruelty on the property. A kennel license was even approved. NARWAI is challenging issuance of the license per ordinance.
This is a precedent-setting case. Animal crimes must be prosecuted per statutes regardless of location or local officials' perspective on animal life. Arrest made 3/25/2017- animal cruelty for withholding medical treatment causing pain/suffering, theft for refusal to return a dog to rescue upon demand. The cooperation of Deputy Tyler Hardin on issues this "rescue operation" is appreciated. He was instrumental in achieving results, responsive every time he was contacted. Deputy Hardin made many visits to the property prior to this arrest when we reported potential harm and/or stolen dogs on property. He also served the current warrants despite evident attempts to evade.
This case could be the first such case heard by jury in Kentucky. The rescue that saved Lily has been and will provide testimony. NARWAI is involved to speak for the victim (Lily) and ensure the suffering intentionally inflicted upon her is not ignored. We will see justice for Lily. We will see this county uphold Kentucky's notoriously insufficient animal cruelty statute.
A case in Corpus Christi, TX results in NARWAI working with local officials to permanently improve animal welfare.
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