By RoniR in Los Angeles
VILLALOBOS RESCUE CENTER IN JEOPARDY OF CLOSING ITS DOORS. http://www.vrcpitbull.com/
As most of you know, we are in the process of building a new paradise up in the quaint little town of Tehachapi. Known for its adorable antique stores and that awesome "choo choo" train, it was the country living that was so appealing. So to move my program up into the secluded mountains, felt just right.
Never in my dreams would I think that such an angry and hateful woman co-existed there. I've never met this woman and yet a few days ago she sent out this letter. In it she accuses me of "stealing government money" and basically compares me to the likes of the people involved in the Diane Whipple mauling. Never once did she ask me or come to me with concerns as some of the other nice folk up there have. How sad is it that she complains about the conditions of their dirt roads being destroyed, when I offered to cover ALL EXPENSES so as not to have the local residents have the upkeep come out of their pockets anymore. This woman lives nowhere near the new place yet she, for some reason wants to shut down an organization that helps men and women get on the right track to life, counsels troubled youth, has Girl and Boy Scouts visit on a regular basis and was willing to become the "unofficial" Tehachapi Animal Shelter and handle the stray dog population while attempting to find any "lost owners. We had also set up a "Rewards Program" that we were willing to share with the local businesses, that would've given them more income and also bring in more donations for us.
I don't know why this woman is doing this, but if she is successful in her angry quest, we will not be able to operate as a rescue any longer. We are doing everything by the book by applying for the proper permits, etc. We have our county hearing on March 10th, 7:00 p.m. in Bakersfield. If you would like to send a letter/email of support or even show up, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll send out more information. Your letters have to be received by Feb. 22nd. Please be polite and professional in your response. Remember this is not an issue with the county.
In addition to all of the above, at this time Villalobos will have to partially suspend many of its services because we have to now focus on combating this issue. Phone calls and emails will go unanswered for a period of time or at least until we can deal with all of this.
This battle is being fueled by this woman, not any county entities. We appreciate any and all support. Many lives depend on it. We will no longer be able to save more dogs or continue our free spay/neuter program if she succeeds in her vicious war with us. To even think about all those dogs having to be homeless once again is just heartbreaking. Of course to think of a human being so heartless is even worse.