Fate of rescued animals goes to court
From ANIMAL PEOPLE, November 2005:
Pasado’s Safe Haven, of Sultan, Washington, directing one
of the major ad hoc rescue centers near New Orleans, suffered a
major embarrassment after sending 61 pit bull terriers to Every Dog
Needs A Home, also known as the EDNAH Animal Rescue & Sanctuary, in
Another 18 pit bulls were sent to EDNAH by the Humane Society
of Louisiana, which since losing its own facilities to Katrina has
operated from a corner of the St. Francis Animal Sanctuary in
An October 21 visit to EDNAH by Baxter County Sheriff John
Montgomery found more than 400 dogs packed into a two-acre lot, as
many as 75 of them running loose. One dog was found dead.
Founders William Hanson, 41, and his wife Tammy Hanson, 38,
were charged with cruelty and released on $1,000 bond each.
“It’s definitely not the type of facility that we thought it
was,” Pasado’s representative Diane Goodrich told Jane Stewart of the
“Goodrich said the Pasado dogs arrived at Hanson’s shelter on
October 17, delivered in individual cages that were lined up on a
gravel road inside the shelter entrance. Apparently the animals and
the cages had not been moved since their arrival,” Stewart wrote.
Pasado’s cofounders Mark Steinway and Susan Michaels said
they found Hanson “through qualified independent word-of-mouth
resources,” citing two veterinarians, among others.
However, three rescuers told ANIMAL PEOPLE before the
arrests that they had developed misgivings about EDNAH.
Where Angels Run founder Desiree Bender of Little Rock,
Arkansas, beginning on October 12 tried to alert Steinway and others
to the developing problems at EDNAH. “Desiree,” responded Steinway
on October 16, “you need to cease and desist with this character
defamation or you will soon be facing legal action the likes of which
you never dreamed of.”
But a quick search of <www.NewsLibrary.com> archives soon
discovered indicative history. In 2003 the Hansons escaped charges
in Cass County, Missouri, after 132 dogs were found at their
former home near Belton, Missouri.
Tammy Hanson, then known as Tammy Doneski, was in 1994
convicted in Chicago of felony impersonation of a medical doctor.
Steinway eventually led a team from Pasado’s who joined other
volunteers in looking after the dogs at EDNAH pending court
determination of their disposition.
“The threat of legal action against Walt and Faye Peters of
Contented Critters in Makinen appears to have stalled,” Jana Goerdt
of the Duluth News-Tribune reported on November 8, “because no one
has come forward to claim the twelve dogs and one kitten they brought
back from Louisiana.”
Many rescuers removed animals from Louisiana before the
mandatory holding time for identification expired, but Walt and Faye
Peters were apparently the only rescuers from whom animals were
seized. Duluth police took the animals on September 21.
In a second case involving the right of possession of rescued
animals, whose former caretakers have not been identified, former
Colorado Animal Rescue board member Sue Schmidt of Silt, Colorado,
on November 7 sought a court order to prevent CARE from transferring,
relocating, assessing or euthanizing six dogs she brought back from
Louisiana in October.
Schmidt resigned from the CARE board, Aspen Daily News staff
writer Andre Salvail, wrote, after other board members determined
that one of the dogs, a German shepherd mix, may be dangerous. The
dog bit CARE executive director Leslie Rockey during an attempted