Asking for accountability of the donated monies

It seems many people have and are trying to ask for accountability of funds and can not get answers. Anytime you ask for donations via the public you should keep meticulous records and be prepared to show them upon request. So I wonder where all the donated money went it the Vet bills are still unpaid?  ( Click on the picture to enlarge for view )

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Animals left at several locations

This post shows this group’s situation of animals being left all over North Carolina. The lady named Dreaner Sanford is listed as their adoption helper and transporter. Their own Team Members refer to their actions towards this animals as a mess.  I wonder why these members of the Team are not listed as plaintiffs on the lawsuit.  ( Click on the picture to enlarge to view )

Asking for Rent money?

So I find this to be another reason why these 3 woman filed such a frivolous lawsuit, it IS all about the money. Not only can they not pay their NC Vet bills but it seems they can’t pay their rent either. You do not rush into court to sue someone due to your own bad choices. If you can’t afford to pay your own bills then you need to not be in Animal Rescue or any type of Rescue where cash flow is essential.  ( Click on the picture to enlarge to view )

What took place to cause a Federal Lawsuit surrounding the Animal Rescue World

This will be an ongoing blog about Legal Knot’s that seem to take place and clog up our already over burdened court system. I hope to follow one case from start to finish but at times we might verve off track and post about another legal knot.
 
Once you file in court you need to be fully prepared for not only the truth coming out about the motion that you choose to file but also any events surrounding and leading up to the case. At no time should anyone run off to a Law Firm and file a Lawsuit without merit nor should a law firm take a case without merit and evidence. You need to remember merit is not just your view of you being wronged, it’s deeper than just your hurt feelings.
  mer·it  (mrt)

 

1.  a. Superior quality or worth; excellence: a proposal of some merit; an ill-advised plan without merit.

     b. A quality deserving praise or approval; virtue: a store having the merit of being open late.
2. Demonstrated ability or achievement: promotions based on merit alone.
3. An aspect of character or behavior deserving approval or disapproval. Often used in the plural: judging people according to their merits.
4. Christianity Spiritual credit granted for good works.
5. merits

    a. Law A party’s strict legal rights, excluding jurisdictional, personal, or technical aspects.
    b. The factual content of a matter, apart from emotional, contextual, or formal considerations.
v. mer·it·ed, mer·it·ing, mer·its
v.tr.

To earn; deserve. See Synonyms at earn1.
v.intr.

To be worthy or deserving: Pupils are rewarded or corrected, as they merit.
 
So we use this current case file in the Michigan Federal Courts as our example.  And as we go thru this process we hope to not only bring to light how this took place but also how to prevent our legal system from being used as someone’s personal playground and being abuse of power.
 
To start things off it appears we have 3 ladies ( 1 from Wisconsin, 1 from the United Kingdom and 1 from Michigan) who went to their good friend Nicole Thompson of Hardin Law Firm in Southfield Michigan and asked her to file a defamation suit against 5 other people ( 3 from North Carolina, 1 from South Carolina and 1 from Pennsylvania). This seems to steam from Face Book posts about a North Carolina Animal Shelter in Columbus County NC, animals pulled from that Shelter and then left at local North Carolina Vet’s Office’s and/or Boarding Locations including many of these locations have outstanding bills owed by the Plaintiffs in this case. And last but not least one family dog named Smokey that was taken by the Plaintiffs in some fashion via the Columbus County Animal Shelter.( Now that alone seems to raise my eyebrow). So we have unpaid/outstanding Vet Bills in NC by these 3 named Plaintiffs and a missing NC family dog and yet they have filed a Federal Lawsuit on 5 others in hopes to get their bills paid via a settlement. For me this sounds a little like blackmail and extortion.
 
At this time we have been able to verify with the local Columbus Animal Shelter in North Carolina and the Local North Carolina Vet’s Offices that the 5 Defendants in this case had nothing to do with any of these unpaid bills or animals that were left at different locations by these Plaintiffs. However it does seem these 5 Defendants did come in as some sort of a clean up crew to try and help find these animals homes, get some donations for these Vet’s and misc tasks. And oddly one of the dog’s seems to be a local North Carolina Family’s pet that got caught up in these events. A Face Book page was created for the family and friends of this family to help them gain support to reclaim their family pet called Smokey. ( Many of the complaints in the court filing seem to refer to a Help Bring Smokey Home Face Book page.)
 
At this point I need to take a break and review some facts as I’m still sorting out how this case was filed in a Michigan Federal Court when it all seems to stem around a North Carolina Animal Shelter, North Carolina Residents, North Carolina Veterinarian Offices and a North Carolina missing family dog named Smokey. 

Penelope Ashenhurst adds new profile pic for her Face Book page

One would think if you were the plaintiff of a Federal Lawsuit in Michigan you would not immediately run to Face Book to change your profile picture to this SLAPP Suit pic. Esp. when you are the one who filed the false and highly questionable lawsuit. It appears this woman feels no one can touch her in the UK where she lives. I would bet the judge over seeing this case will find this kind of  “in your face action” towards the defendants extremely negative on her part.  This is what you don’t want to do when you are the one filing the case against others. ( Click on the picture to enlarge to view )

Frivolous Filings of a Lawsuit

Frivolous filing means one “that is both baseless and made without a reasonable and competent inquiry.” C & C Liberty Enterprises v. United States, 1992 U.S. App. LEXIS 32656 (9th Cir. Nov. 30, 1992)

Frivolous Lawsuits and Legal Definitions

Frivolous Lawsuits and Legal Definitions

Frivolous lawsuits are those filed by a party or attorney who is aware they are without merit, because of a lack of supporting legal argument or factual basis for the claims. Frivolous lawsuits waste time, money, and judicial resources, and fines and/or sanctions may be imposed upon a party or their attorney for filing such a claim.

Frivolous lawsuits may be filed for purposes of harassment or coercion, such as to coerce the defendant into paying more or accepting less money than is rightfully due. They may be filed due to lack of due diligence by an attorney in investigating a client’s claim, or other reasons. Generally, the defendant must win the lawsuit before seeking a remedy for the frivolous claim.