by Bodwyn Wook
“These public officials around here ARE a complete load of fools and BRAIN sonsofbitches, AND the dirty bastards are 100% WET as well as COMPLETELY on the God-damn TAKE…it is ALL because of the farming weedkiller and insecticide IN the God-damn drinking water! What I can’t figure is WHY in the Hell are YOU dumb bastards surprised by any of THIS…? USE your God-damn heads for JUST once, Christ Almighty frying in Hell!” — Judson Andersen (farmer, Prairie Squid Twp, Squawbunion Cty, MN, b 1919)
The action described in the following finally took place on the 31st.
Mr Patrick Holt, condom, er, quondam “medicine man”, finally agreed letting the new Waseca Animal Rescue group take as many of his misused and sick and dying beasts as possible to safety just the day and night before:
Consequently, the sheriff’s department implies strongly that criminal charges are harder now to put up as “evidence was removed”. As for the part played by the state humane society, alas, that “non-profit” outfit with its close-on-to fifty percent kill-rate and consistent in-the-black budget reports now seems to be just another self-made-irrelevant Baby Boom Non-Productive Professional Careerist’s wet dream. Therefore, now, the newly-founded Waseca Animal Rescue is affiliating with other largely (oh, the shameless horror of it all!) non-professional rescue groups regionally, sharing organizational information and resources.
For one thing, with the support of an actually-ethical “sponsoring veterinary”, there are many things the ordinary men and women of every day CAN learn medically to do to care for animals in need, thus knocking down some of the costs.
My Dear Partner In Crime [who, needless to say, prefers to remain nameless in these raffish pp — ed] has been central in bringing together a real motley hard core…so, now, the job is to keep them all busy on “organizing projects” so that we do NOT have time to start noticing annoying personal differences and just how much actually we all hate each other! This is the curse of mammalian politics, I am afraid….
Wretchedly, in all of the confusion like spiriting Jews out of Budapest in 1944, the self-admittedly “psychologic” Holt let some seventeen cats get magicked off in their longterm (!) dwelling-carriers by a neighbor called “Mike”, and we are trying to put a microscope up this cluck as many of the cats were observedly sick.
“Mike” supposedly was going to let them “all run loose to play in the straw” in an old barn or shed of his and in which Old Waseca County, Much Accursed & Downwind From Vile Indian-Draped Mankato, abounds. Also, Holt’s sister surfaced from Tracy, MN, said she “didn’t realize it was that bad”, wept for the pity of it all and, then, took away a number of the dogs. Now there has been a mood-swing, something seemingly characteristic of this family, and so this detestable female Holt-critter is announcing her intention to “breed the dogs”. And, so, like Night After Day a local animal rescue in her area now is begging on bended knee, as we did her brother beforehand here in the Encephalitis Belt, not to do such stuff & so it goes.
Bird-Lovers & Other Fascists, however, will be glad to know that Miss Mickey has obtained for us here in God-Forgotten Easton, MN, a “Purr-Fect Cat Fence & Containment System” which you-know-who now is to put up & It Will Solve All Out Troubles….
The following text is from the Waseca (MN) County News and copyrighted by them:
UPDATE: More than 50 animals — some dead — removed from troubled sanctuary
By DREW AMO
WASECA — Mickey Tibbits, a volunteer with the newly-formed Waseca Animal Rescue group said conditions at the Pathfinder Spirit Ranch earlier this week were deplorable.
Tibbits was one of several volunteers who were at the troubled animal sanctuary Tuesday night, using everything from a horse trailer to the back seats of vans to get animals off the farm and placed in no-kill shelters before authorities arrived Wednesday to remove additional animals from the farm site.
“We were loading dogs in the dark,” she said. “It was either getting them out of there or worrying about their future.”
After a long county permit dispute, time was up for the Pathfinder Spirit Ranch Wednesday after the 45 days the county gave animal sanctuary owner Patrick Holt to reduce his dog and cat population on the property. Nine Waseca County Sheriff’s Deputies along with members of the Animal Humane Society were out at the farm south of Otisco late Wednesday morning checking and loading the animals to be taken to shelters.
Chief Deputy Brad Milbrath said at the scene that the number of deputies was a standard precaution when serving a warrant like this. He added that Holt has been cooperative with authorities.
By the end of the day, authorities removed 11 dogs, three ferrets, one dead sheep, one dead goat and three dead ponies from the property.
Milbrath said the cause of death for the five animals is still being investigated. The dogs and ferrets were transported to the Animal Humane Center in Golden Valley.
Scene at the sanctuary
In the days and weeks leading up to Wednesday, members from Waseca Animal Rescue group were pleading with Holt to release his animals into their care, so they can be taken to no-kill shelters.
On Tuesday night, he finally agreed and released 34 dogs and one cat to the group.
Tibbits said the short notice translated into a chaotic scene as members of the group tried to rescue as many animals as they could.
“We scrambled and took as many as we had no-kill shelters for,” she said. “We did the best we could with the time we had.”
Tibbits said the majority of the dog population was split between two farm buildings, with another 19 living in Holt’s home.
Tibbits said there were no windows in the farm buildings, the cages were too small and the dogs had no bedding.
She went on to say the dogs were lying in their own waste, since the cages were not cleaned regularly. It also appeared that the dogs were not getting regular food and water, and the food was often eaten on top of the animal’s waste.
Several animals were also underweight and limping.
“Mainly they were in ill health because of their conditions,” Tibbits said.
New homes for the animals
The day after the group removed 34 dogs from the farm, Tibbits got a photo of one of the dogs from its new owners.
“The dog was really content,” she said. “Just a few hours earlier it was lying in a cage in its own excrement.”
The group plans on keeping in touch with the new owners of the dogs to see how the animals adjust.
Second Hand Dogs in Claremont took in 14 of the dogs. The shelter specializes in German shepherds and German shepherd mixes.
Animal Ark in Hastings took in 10 dogs, with the first batch of dogs arriving at 9:30 Tuesday night.
“Those folks were good enough to stay open,” Tibbits said. The shelter had members and a veterinarian standing by late into the night.
KARE, another no-kill shelter, based out of Milaca, took in five of the dogs.
Some of the other rescued animals were taken in by individuals and some are still being transferred to no-kill shelters in the area.
“I’m just glad it’s over,” Tibbits said. “I’m glad our group rescued as many animals as we did.”
Calls seeking comment from Patrick Holt were not returned.
Drew Amo can be reached at 837-5451 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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By: asitREALLYis on 4/6/10
You said before thatyou were going to eat the Easter rabbit i mean. Don’t do it, that’s sick
By: asitREALLYis on 4/6/10
Commando. Im worreid about you man. Voting Chickens. what next? Maybe it would be good for you not to eat rabbits like you said or anyway use some rubber gloves. There is something in them like a virus that gets in your brain.
By: panic on 4/6/10
Commando – If you were actually arguing about the reality of the situation, you’d be wrong. Instead, you’ve brought up Amendments, voting chickens, police impersonators, and presumably war-torn relief areas, none of which apply to this situation. That makes you oblivious and wrong. I could even overlook that if you didn’t contradict yourself every other sentence, or display a complete lack of understanding of how the Constitution works, where it applies, and who it applies to, or demonstrate a fanatical resistance to reading and comprehension.
The First Amendment provides for freedom of speech, even when you have nothing of substance to say. Keep up the good work reminding us of that.
By: Commando on 4/5/10
Yes I am the type that requires you to have some paper with a stamp on it. Try to pull someone over because you do not like the way they are driving and forget you don;t have a shiney badge and see how far you get there bright star. You do not have a concept of life yet do you? “ I think I am doing good therefore I am” Wake up we have a system and laws . So I guess you don’t have a stamp, and by the way volinteers I have delt with for years in the service and you know what they all had to be with a sanctioned organization to come in to a relief area or they would be arrested or should they run shot ,and I do not care how good their intentions were . Unclecrow can spout off how he thinks Holt should be tasered and put away for life and yet you have no comment about that being over the top. You are as one sided as the mob you try to justify ,grow up.
By: DanACunningham on 4/5/10
itsabouttime, I was in no way offended by MickeyT’s response to my comment about changing my will. In fact I am grateful that she expressed such eagerness to talk with me about the idea. While you may feel imposition at perceived violations of social mores relating to personal finances, I do not feel bound by them.
I think you and a few others are misconstruing the actions and mission of the animal rescue group. However, I do agree that the character judgments against Mr. Holt are undue and unbecoming.
By: panic on 4/5/10
IAT-No one is denying that the county and city are arbitrary in enforcement of many rules and regs. I believe Holt was trying to do the right thing, in a fashion. Unfortunately, he did not have the resources to comply with the county’s demands, and properly care for the animals. So alas, he was caught between his desires to have a animal sanctuary and his inability to run one in the way the current regs demand. I’m aware. Also, your tear-stained outrage about the ‘mob’ is comically overblown. You might want to dial it back, as you’re undermining your point, however nebulous it is.
Commando – what’s the difference in your mind? Some papers with a official stamp? A plaque with a dollar on it? Are you really that outraged that some people from your community got together to help someone? Gee, fill out your paperwork before you shovel your neighbor’s sidewalk. Patrick Holt is not an 80 year old grandmother. He had two choices. He could wait and let the sheriff department confiscate his animals which most likely would lead to many fringe cases being euthanized, or he could voluntarily give them up to a a group of people that arranged for them to be safely placed. Patrick could have saved himself a whole bunch of work and stress by taking the former. He loves his animals, so he took the latter. How he got to that point is not the problem of the the rescue group, nor should it be. I’d say you need to better argue your point, but you haven’t come up with one yet. Also, I don’t think you actually ate rabbit, I think you said that to be argumentative.
Why are some of you so scared of volunteer help? The only person who’s ever said they would go door-to-door to check on animal licensing is Police Chief Hiller, in a city council meeting. You’re trying to paint a group of citizens with the same brush you reserve for intrusive ‘big’ government. It does not make sense, and it gives the impression that you like the noise and attention of pot-stirring this thread, without actually making a valid argument.
By: 4hooves on 4/5/10
It seems as though many of you think that Holt’s rights have been trampled on. Well, with our rights also comes responsibility! Therefore, he has the right to own animals (and personally I don’t care how many/or kind) BUT with that right also comes the responsibility to care for those animals with adequate/proper food, water, shelter, sanitation, and medical care. Have you all forgotten about the 5 dead animals removed from the property! Which the cause of death is under investigation. Yes, animals die of natural causes, but 5! That alone sends up a red flag for investigation by proper athorities. What if it were a comunicable disease that could be transmitted to neighboring farms? As US citizens we have rights, but we also have responsibility for our actions while exercising our rights!
By: itsabouttime on 4/5/10
FYI panic: Mr. Holt needed a CUP in 2010 because he had info on his website that he would take in unwanted and abused animals. The Waseca county ordinances were re-written with new rules and signed into action in 2009. Patrick Holt technically did need a CUP to operate prior to 2009, and there are many businesses operating in the county that apparantly have been “grandfathered” in under the new ordinances, as they did not have conditional use permits. Is that following the law, or selective enforcement? The county was aware Holt was there, what he was doing and did nothing until Mr. Holt applied for a CUP in 2009. Ask them why. Holt was trying to do the right thing, and, big news flash for all, he does have rights. I take no sides in this except the truth, and I believe in following the law and letting people excercise their American rights.
By: Commando on 4/5/10
You misguided child did you not understand my question are you a real organization or just a mob? If I were to sweet talk a 80 year old grandmother out of her house is that not the same as stealing. You know it is and just because you scared this guy to “freely” give up some of his animals does not make it OK. But you all are the type that think water boarding is wrong too.
And yes my rabbit was very tasty so you may want to take a cup of your own “shut-yer-yell-hole ” until you have papers that show you to be a real mob not just a wanna be mob!
By: itsabouttime on 4/5/10
Thank you onevoice! I have sat back and read the facts in the WCN, and read the comments on the WCN online opinion section. I was appalled to first read a member of the newly formed rescue group pressuring another to change his will!! How low can one go?! mickey_tibbits owes Dan Cunningham an apology for playing out his VERY personal finances on a public forum! This “group” better take a class on Fund Raising 101. Who will their next victim be? Who appointed this mob as the Pet Police? I would not donate to this group till legal records are produced to show THEIR accountability and legal status with the state of Minnesota. Do they have ALL the proper permits? Landowners have rights, the last time I checked, dogs and cats don’t pay property taxes! I wonder how many of the do-gooder crew have more than 3 pets in the city of Waseca without the proper license/permit? This bunch of power hungry people better clean out their closets before they take on judging the rest of us. The premise of this group is great, it just lacks educated leadership. And, please, someone, advise oldunclecrow that Janesville does NOT want to participate in his delusions of public punishment. I have a news flash for the group NOT everyone agrees with you – get used to it and get over it. By the way, I hate cats, and that is my right too. And I don’t care if you disagree with me, grow up.
By: panic on 4/5/10
onevoice – the only thing more tiring than repeatedly reading the same questions over and over again, is reading them from you. It’s sad to see Flowers for Algernon acted out in real life.
By: onevoice on 4/5/10
Nickiblowers, Pathfinder Spirit Ranch began operations in Waseca back in 2007.
April 2009, the poisining of the dogs happened. At that time he had 60 dogs, people were aware.
2010 he asked for help and at first everyone jumped to his defense all the while bashing the county officials and the high costs for adoptions in our county, while proclaiming their determination to help.
We saw what happened over the blogs how that went, they then came back and attacked Mr. Holt. This was the “help” he recieved. Have you heard anything in the newspapers or on the television coverage about how abused these animals were? I’ve heard they needed more socializing and were not familiar with some basic household commonalities.
So, will these rescue groups now freely hand these dogs over to their “new” homes or will they too charge a fee and what will that be? Heard you got some nice dogs out of there.
Did he need a CUP back in 2007,2008 or 2009? NO. But now in 2010, he does???? Something doesn’t seem right.
Many have more than 3 companion animals in this county, will this group now go from farm to farm and house to house?
By: panic on 4/4/10
Coomando – Well, the ‘fact of neglect proven’ would have to wait for charges filed, and a court to make a decision. Patrick didn’t have to do anything, he gave up the animals willingly to a group of people who arranged for better care for them. As far as rights go, none of Patrick’s rights were violated. I know it’s tough to stay informed when there’s sooooo many things going on in the world, but just a tiny bit of research would make for a finer argument than your current one.
Patrick filed for a Conditional Use Permit. Failed to get it. Patrick had people out there himself in order to apply for it. There’s pictures and descriptions and all sorts of files sitting right on the city website. Ask your neighbor how to get there. As he failed the CUP process, he had 45 days to come into compliance with the county’s rule of “No more than 3 companion animals”. The “tree-hugging lynch mob” as you say, gave Patrick the option of re-homing the majority of his animals. There were no violations of the 4th 5th or any Amendment. The hand-over was completely VOLUNTARY. Ask your neighbor what that means.
So, Commando, you are welcome to pass out copies of the Constitution, but I think you may want to start with something more local, like the history of this ‘case’. Otherwise you just come off as a loud-mouth applying made up laws, rights, and who-knows-what, to a situation you know nothing about.
Enjoy your rabbit. Perhaps you’d like a nice cup of shut-yer-yell-hole with it, at least until you have even a tenuous grasp of what you’re talking about.
By: Commando on 4/4/10
Well well,I think it is all coming to light!
I have yet to see here a fact of neglect proven. That would do away with the old you are innocent until proven guilty deal I thought we lived under. What is up with you people? As I read what is in this blog all I see is you got a guy that may have a mental condition for keeping animals lots of them and you don’t like it so you get together a self appointed possy to deal with I will use your words here Unclecrow
“unwholesome characters” So you are the judge of what is to be deemed wholesome and good here? What a joke. What planet are you all from? We have things here on earth in the USA called rights …like the 4th amendment you know protection against unreasonable search and seizures ring a bell or did they not cover that in the USSR where you grew up? You call for his imprisonment? And if he is not found guilty what should be your prison time crow man? Hey just because I may think you are not as wholesome as me does this mean I get to cast you to the goo log ?I can tell by the way you write you think chickens should vote and dogs should be on the sup ream court. Have any of you wholier than thows filed a complaint and then had the courage to let this man know it was you who brought the law to his home? Cause that is the only way they would get a warrant .This is covered in the 6th amendment
should any of this tree hugging lynch mob decide to look it up. Like Mr Holt you may have the right intention but you have a delusional way of thinking to operate in the United States .By the way is the Waseca animal group a licensed and bonded organization or just a mob?
Let me know I would love to come to one of your rallies I can contribute by providing you each a copy of the U.S. Constitution .Have a great Easter mmmmmm I think I will have rabbit for dinner.
By: 4hooves on 4/4/10
dogmom – Thanks for the information. Holt’s will never surrender the animals voluntarily. In my opinion, from experience with Holtz, the only reason he surrendered any animals was to avoid criminal charges.I have personally seen and abserved his obvious neglect and inhumane conditions of his place and have listened to his (in my opinion) pathetic ignorant excuesses. Holt has been reported many times over the last several years. The process of this type of investigation is long and tiring for those involved, getting to the point of being able to get a warrant for seizure of animals is not something that occurs overnight or even in a day or two, rarely even weeks, I’ve seen it go months and in this case years. Sorry for going on and on, there were a lot of people that cheered when we heard the news of the seizure and unfortunately there are still animals their suffering.
dogmom – if help is needed let me know and I can round some up for you! Have a Blessed Easter!
By: dogmom on 4/4/10
4hooves – Mr.Holt would not surrender any of the horses or other farm animals and the Humane Society did not remove them either. We had several arrangements for them including Misfit Acres and some private homes. Members of Waseca Animal Rescue are still going out daily to help with the chores and checking on them.
By: wasecaforever on 4/4/10
This has turned so sad. Waseca is the perfect town, and such ugliness is shameful! Aren’t we all in this together as community?
By: panic on 4/4/10
onevoice – to answer your questions: No. No. No. I know you love the attention of constantly stirring this pot, but you’re crossing into Fahrenheit 451 territory. Just makes you look like a sad, lonely internet troll.
By: nickiblowers on 4/4/10
Yes, onevoice, I’m sure that the Waseca County Sheriff’s dept had nothing better to do that day so they figured they’d just wander onto Holt’s property and start seizing animals. REALLY? OBVIOUSLY the evidence was there or they would not have gone through the trouble to obtain a warrant for the seizure and if said evidence was not present, the warrant would have never been granted nor executed. Since you don’t seem to understand the situation, this is an ongoing investigation and certain details are not to be made public at this time…however, I’m sure you’ll be the first to know once they’re posted on the WCN…Happy Easter.
By: onevoice on 4/4/10
If there is no evidence of abuse or neglect and no clear definition of whether he was in his rights or not, has this action now set the precedence for groups(who are probably self congrating themselves) such as this to take your civil liberties away. Regardless of the set rules or standards, but based on their perceptions? Will they next go from farm to farm, house to house?
By: 4hooves on 4/3/10
I am very happy to hear that many of the animals at Holtz’s place have been truely rescued! But I haven’t read anything on the horses and other larger animals. Are they still there or were they removed? Please offer any information. Many thanks!
By: oldunclecrow on 4/3/10
onevoice, thank you for your question. As to _hysteria_ in any form first of all we need to try not to be hysterical, ourselves. Our attempts to gloss and minimise the Holt pseudo-spirituality mistreatment and abuse of animals of course are wholly understandable. Naturally, everyone wants their community to be really like it says in the Chamber of Commerce propaganda! So, we must not lie to ourselves about ‘how nice’ we are and _work together_ to MAKE it so. After all, these denied and tolerated and unabated perversions and incests and violations in our midst make us all in to less than beasts.
As to the emotional hysteria or other mental problems of either Mr Molester Ludemann or Mr Medicine Man Holt, accurate _diagnosis_ remains the legitimate task of professionals. _This_ is what we pay them for with our taxes after all, at least when they are not under-performing their public (professional!) duties, failing to answer the needs of the ordinary men and women of everyday _in a timely way_ or otherwise stalling around. I only wish to make it objectively clear that one way or the other proportional periods of some sort of punitive and/or therapeutic confinement surely must be a component in any cases involving cruelty. Typically, these perpetrators in one way or another are possessed by obscene or vicious phantasy and simply can not be let to run around loose.
(When I add personally I only would wish to see these often incurable & always unwholesome characters roped, thrown, tied & ‘put to sleep’ I am only being truthful emotionally, although for obvious reasons this can not be a matter of public policy. I would be satisfied, myself, with cutting out the seat of an animal harmer’s trousers on a village fete day in the county, perhaps at the Janesville ‘Hay Daze’, and parading him in the streets with his fanny painted blue and an informational sign around his neck. This after all is the sort of penalty that should be made available to any of our public characters when they over-do for instance too many bankrupt corn-boiler subsidies…a sense of humour is the absolute requirenment of any real system of justice!)
By: onevoice on 4/3/10
oldunclecrow,I reread your first post, was there any evidence? Has any evidence come from any of these rescue or the Humane Society groups that would suggest the hysteria of the situation could be proven?
By: dogmom on 4/2/10
I am a member of Waseca Animal Rescue who took part in moving the animals on Tuesday. It was not our choice to leave the cats, Mr. Holt informed us he had somewhere for them to go and since we are not “the law” we cannot force him to do anything or give us anything he will not. Please understand that we had already arranged for Animal Ark in Hastings to receive ALL the cats.
By: onevoice on 4/2/10
What is needed in this county is a way to have clear and consistant information via brochures in vet clinics and/or possibly a web sit or a combination of both, which spells out proper requirements for pet ownership on any number of topics but mostly the required care of animals pursuant to all codes and ordinances within our county. With clear language to include the proper definitions of nuisances and fines or action if found not to be in compliance. Included should also be clear language on procedures to turn in strays, properly relinguish an unwanted pet or to be able to locate a lost pet. The who’s, what’s, when’s, where’s and how’s so to speak.
Maybe this newly formed group will be able to finally accomplish this.
By: wasecaforever on 4/2/10
butterflygirl, technically, Mr. Holt did decrease his cat population on his property…I’m not trying to “stir a pot”, I am just looking at the facts and the legal rights of a property owner.
By: butterflygirl on 4/2/10
I wonder how the 17 cats are sleeping tonight.
By: dvrcdlady on 4/2/10
As a foster home to three of Holt’s former “prisoners” I would like to personally thank everyone involved in saving these and all the other animals Tuesday. I thought you would like to know how these three are rapidly adjusting to having a large open area to run and play outside, cushy beds to sleep on inside, fresh water and food in clean bowls, along with lots of kind words, loving touches and encouragement. I do not want to think about where they would be without you.
By: DanACunningham on 4/1/10
MickeyT, I’m hoping it will be a while before my will is read. I put the idea out there (below) half hoping it might catch on, and I am giving it serious consideration myself. Meanwhile, I do have some other ideas about how Waseca Animal Rescue could raise support. I’ll give them a little more thought and email them to you, and you might want to develop them.
Thank you and all the members of the group for what you have done already. Fox News (channel 9) showed some of the rescued dogs at the Hastings Animal Ark. They appeared healthy and happy to be alive.
Reading your invitation for me to join your group, I am reminded of Groucho Marx, and think I wouldn’t want to be a member of any club that would have me meet with them over coffee in a fancy restaurant. Nevertheless, I would like to contribute in some way.
By: butterflygirl on 4/1/10
wasecaforever, if you read on the home page of the Waseca County News, Holt was ordered to reduce the dog AND cat population. This is what I don’t understand, is why the cats were left behind at the neighbors, and if he is truly this phychotic, mentally unstable person, then why were ANY animals left in his care?
By: Hope on 4/1/10
I am a Second Hand Dog foster home located south of Waseca. I have taken in numerous rescue dogs. Patti, who runs Second Hand Dog, does a great job with the rescue. All vet care, supplies, and food are provided. All you need to do is provide a safe, loving home until the dog is adopted. It usually takes just a couple of weeks for the dog to find their new family. Consider opening up your home for the less fortunate dogs and give them a second chance.
By: wasecaforever on 4/1/10
butterflygirl raises very interesting questions! If the animals were neglected then ALL of the animals should have been removed or are the standards different for large animals and dogs/cats/etc.?
By: onevoice on 4/1/10
Good questions butterflygirl.
By: oldunclecrow on 4/1/10
onevoice, good of you to ask! Since in society there is the prevailing idea that humans are more important than animals, I would say that in the case of Molester Ludemann the balance of his life certainly should be eked out in an institution since from date of conviction; the thorny vagaries of the perverted and largely male lust are as a rule pretty incurable. (Needless to say I, personally, should just as soon see these people executed [‘put to sleep’] as painlessly possible, even the young ones.)
Be that as it may, it follows that in cases of animal neglect and cruelty for first offences there should be at least confiscation of the animal property, forfeiture of future rights to hold animal property, and for cause, as in the present Mr Holt Animal Spiritual Sanctuary & Sweathouse Hocus Pocus case, mandatory medical treatment. I think that consequent to that there should be imprisonment along the lines of seven years or so, the sentence as I believe that obtains in the case of theft. After all, if animals are indeed property so too is our community wellbeing and peace of mind which is stolen away by the abuses of any of the deluded and cruel among us.
Of course in all of the foregoing I am being utterably reasonable. However in the good old days of our Anglo-Saxon common law I should have been privileged to go challenge some one who was acting up in a bad way in our neighbourhood to a fight with, for example, battle axes and then, having ‘done him’, to settle a fine or hush money on to his aggrieved relations who would, naturally, suddenly discover how much they had ‘really loved him’ and come out of the wood work. This is the so-called _wergild_ or ‘man money’ owed in such cases for manslaughter. Whereas had I crept up on someone and let them have it in the back of the head with a nice large smooth stone (in order to avoid disarranging my clothing and hair through the messiness and perspiration of duelling) this properly would be deemed _murder_, I would be banished for cause and any one could kill me any how. I think the many advantages of a simpler law-system are clearly obvious….
Wretchedly, a now largely-disguised criminal class goes unabated even by the battle ax. It is the political personalities who, even more than the molesters and the animal perverts, are our great curse and social problem. It is worse objectively than HIV. These gentry can’t stand to be on their own. So, they surge everywhere for attention at all costs (to us), braying about ‘public service’. It is just self-talk for trough-wallowing in every case, every time, and these self-adoring skunks everywhere are the jacks of the human pack.
By: butterflygirl on 4/1/10
If the law is Holt can have only 3 companion animals, then why now is it o.k. for the neighbor to have 17 cats!! Were these animals removed because of the law or for other reasons, I’m confused. If it was because of neglect or abuse, then why is he allowed to still keep the dogs, sheep, goat, etc? Also, I feel the neighbor would be aiding and abetting keeping those cats! There just doesn’t seem that much concern for the cats how I see it.
By: onevoice on 4/1/10
Don’t animals die? there is such a thing as a natural death.
By: tapnorac on 4/1/10
What is sad is they took 3 dead mini horses out of there, a dead goat and a dead lamb. Why then did they allow the rest of the horses, goats, sheep, mini horses and llahma to stay at the farm. Do they want more to die?????
By: onevoice on 4/1/10
Oldunclecrow, what would those charges you want be?
By: oldunclecrow on 4/1/10
Some would try to say now that the timely removal by Waseca Animal Rescue of many of the misused and sick and dying Holt animals in order to save as many possible was to destroy “evidence”. This seemingly accounts for and is an “excuse” for why Mr Holt was not busted on neglect and cruelty charges. It is is a real paradox. After all, The Vile & Evil (you guessed it!) Counseling (you guessed it!) Professional Fred Louis Ludemann — how come so many psychologists LOOK LIKE this guy? — was only nailed with a year in the slam and twenty-five years “on probation” for the actual rape of a little child. (One imagines that Deludedman of course had a note to the judge from his doctor, two other professionals, saying his prostate or his dementia is playing up…or something.) In any case there are clearly different rules for the credentialed honestiores of the overfolks and us mere low-class humiliores. So Mr Holt, who is certainly no professional as well no good animal carer, by this reasoning alone should have been charged for _at least_ life in prison just on the basis of whatever animals Waseca Animal Rescue was not able to rescue…and, anyway, Tasered a few times along the way.
By: mickey_tibbits on 4/1/10
I would love to talk to you about changing your will. Waseca Animal Rescue would build a great facility for cats and put your name over the door!
There are too many stray and feral cats in Waseca County, but the answer is reducing the population by neutering, not pretending they do not exist or neglecting.
As a cat-lover myself, I tried very hard to get Holt to release the cats to us. Our group intends to followup on the care of these cats.
Meanwhile before your will is read, would you like to join our efforts?
By: Abymom on 4/1/10
Butterflygirl–the sheriff did not remove the cats from the other home. We can only hope that they are being well cared for at their current home.
By: butterflygirl on 4/1/10
So did the sheriff and the HS go to the friends house to retrieve them? Would’nt that be considered obstructing justice?
By: Abymom on 3/31/10
Mr. Holt moved the remaining cats to a friend’s farm–otherwise, there was a rescue group that was prepared to take them.
By: DanACunningham on 3/31/10
Thank you WCN for this story. And please do keep it updated.
Only one cat was rescued???
I wonder what my nephews and nieces would say to one another if they knew I am thinking about replacing them, in my will, with their share of my fortune going toward building a cat house.
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