As is the case with the more ad naseum post of earlier I did not solicit what I am about to post, it did not originate with me. I don’t rescue horses, don’t own horses, don’t currently ride. If the rescue la la types have a hissy fit over this comment, they also sold this person a horse so they also know where to find them. I do not.
The heat is on in horse rescue in Chester County I would say, wouldn’t you?
Here is the comment. The X-Rays are posted as photos within the body of this post as you can see. The comment comes from a lady named Lisa who comments regularly on these horse rescue posts:
Here is what the people of this rescue think a removed bone chip looks like. Didn’t know a removed bone chip required screws? My vet calls it a fracture not a bone chip removal and that this horse, my little girl’s horse that I got from Jessica Basciano, is not going to be able to do much when it comes to riding. I have invested a load of money in this horse and to find this out has been heartbreaking for myself, not to mention my little girl whose horse this is!
Oh yeah, I got this horse at the end of August and am now just finding all this out now. You think maybe in an almost 5 month spread I could have been told about this?
Also I am still trying to get my other horse’s vet records. In fact I contacted Barbara Luna a few weeks ago requesting them, as my vet is going to now have to a check on him as well, since I don’t know if I was told the entire truth about his injuries. I still haven’t heard a word back from Barbara about his vet records!
Hey Barbara, if you are reading this, my vet still needs Hi Card Gambler’s vet records! Can I please get them for the 3rd time in asking for them?!
Here is the horse before this lady Lisa started caring for him:
Here is is AFTER she bought him and has cared for him:
Here is some sort of discharge papers from when he was a racehorse:
Goes to show that someone will still care for an animal even when it ends up being more special needs than pleasure riding so why wasn’t eveyone just up front about this with all vet records? These horses unlike the majority of dogs and cats who go into rescue have paperwork, have vet records — it is all supposed to go where they go so why doesn’t it?
Yowza! There seems to be a flurry of activity and phone calls and facebook messages and all sorts of Tom Follery. Of course more people are asking where Barbara Luna and Turning for Home are in this hot mess. Follow this LINK for the 990 on Guide Star in 2010. Barbara Luna must report to the board and they are listed on page 33 of the report.(also found here: Turning For Home 990).
So anyway, hope this all gets sorted out. But this sure is one hot mess. Who the heck knew finding odd Craig’s List Posts in late fall would lead to so much drama?
I will admit up front I am waaay past cranky. I have been sick for a week and I am tired of being sick. Anyway between being sick and life in general I did not pay much attention to some outreach this blog received which was very interesting. It came in a few days ago, I forgot about it, did not approve it and came back to it today.
Anyway this woman Kendall with whom I have never spoken, and certainly never met, got a horse called “Wildcat”. Wildcat was mentioned by people in the comments on one of the posts. I don’t remember where.
Silly me, I had no idea horses in a horse rescue in PA would travel across the country to the great plains state of Oklahoma. But I don’t rescue horses so what do I know.
Her comments and name (and e-mail address) provided me with enough to find her Facebook page and photos that are public of this horse. I am NOT publishing her e-mail as she seems like a victim if that is what you call it. I did not solicit this woman, did not know she exists. But if people from clear across the country are complaining now, what next? And if anyone mentioned in her comment have issues with being mentioned, well heck you sold her a horse and you know where to find her.
Makes you wonder that is for darn sure. What I am posting is unedited and it is unsolicited by me. I don’t know her from Adam’s house cat. The only thing omitted is her e-mail address – no photos were embedded with the comment. But again, I found photos of the horse on her Facebook page that were public not private photos. (we are not Facebook friends as it were.)
Here it is:
Sadly, I have to add my name to the list of people who have been misled by Off the Track Rescue and Turning for Home.
Mid November- saw Wildcat Lake on OTTB Connect facebook advertised by Christina Hannan representing herself as working for Jessica Basciano. I quickly received a private message saying he had come off the track with a bow but released to ride by a vet.
November 23, 2012- I received a fax with an adoption application from Christina Hannan and adoption agreement. All the paperwork was titled Off the Track-Jessica Basciano
November 24, 2012-I faxed back signed paperwork. The adoption agreement does not have a date, horse description, horse name or signature by anyone from adoption facility. I asumed all paperwork would arrive with him with the his description filled in along with a signature. Oddly, I received a private message cancelling the adoption saying Jessica didn’t want him to go that far. I then received another private message saying it was on again. We received several phone calls this same day from Barbara Luna, Jessica Basciano, Deb Jones and Bonnie Hutton confirming we were adopting him.
November 28, 2012 – Wildcat Lake was delivered to us in Oklahoma by a shipper we provided and paid for. No vet records, no rehab info, no signed adoption papers were delivered with him. We received a coggins but a couple weeks later discovered the tattoo does not match Wildcats tattoo..
Early December, 2012-I checked with our three references provided to Christina/Jessica and found no one had been contacted on my behalf.
Late December & Early January- I asked Christina for his vet records as she quoted he had been approved for riding in her advertisement. She again in a private message told me he had been approved to ride by two vets. She sent me a private message (see below) later telling me Wildcat had been released by Jessicas vets and that we should contact her. She said she had only spoken to her personal vet on the phone about it and he had not seen him. I called the vet that did his coggins and it was confirmed that he only did a coggins and did not discuss the bow and its rehab with Christina.
January 7, 2013 – . I then contacted Barb and Jessica for Wildcats vet records. I received both of their interpretation of supposed vet records but didn’t get the actual physical paperwk Barb said the vet that did track eval and followup eval with Jessica was Tom Lurito. I received this from Jess but no actual vet records were sent to me as requested:
Then I received this from Barb Luna-her interpertation of the vet records but no actual paperwork was received from her either:
January 8, 2013 – I left messages for Dr Lurito several times over the past two weeks
January 17, 2013- I contacted Barb Luna again telling her that I wasn’t having any luck with Dr Lurito and she responded that she couldn’t do anymore for me.
January 18, 2013- Dr Lurito called and said he couldn’t remember a horse named Wildcat.
I still have nothing on Wildcat except my personal vets evaluation which is he is NOT ridable now, has a really bad case of rain rot, and underweight. No shot records were provided either.
For those few of you who are defending these ladies, you need to ask yourself a few questions:
what if I wasn’t a good person that received a horse in this condition? what would have happened to him? My references were never checked! I can only assume he was never vetted after the track so if jessica received money for him as she admits in an earlier post (approx 2000.00), what did she spend it on for him? we know it wasn’t for vet care, rain rot meds, ulcer meds, etc etc etc so what did she do with it? Christina stated she was “thinning the herd for health reasons” yet she is advertising as of today with more horses.. I see in earlier post where Christina says she adopted him from Jessica – then why was the adoption application titled OFF THE TRACK with Jessicas name if she no longer owned him? None of this makes any logical sense.
People, can this whole horse manure pile get resolved? What does Barbara Luna think? Is she ultimately responsible in some way since she appears to be the link between the tracks and the horse rescues?
It is time for the players in this drama to get together and get this figured out. I see names in her comment that mean nothing to me, but I have to ask is the Deb Jones she refers to the big deal horse rescue lady Deborah Jones mentioned in the media? ( See this article and this article for example) Is this the lady from savinghorsesinc?
1.25.13: This message was purportedly sent to this Kendall lady by someone in the rescue. Kendall isn’t very tech savvy so I believe she doesn’t know how to screen capture private messages very well and copied and pasted this to herself or something? I don’t know but whatever, here:
UPDATE 1.27.2013 Received this document from Kendall Pearsall in OK. It is in native format “as is”
I have to say sometimes I tire of all the whining you hear regarding contracts, pay, and benefits from teachers when their school district contracts are up for renewal. I think that people might be more amenable at times to them getting a little more here and there if they took their moral obligation to our children more seriously. That includes those who work with someone that they know is doing wrong by kids.
Teaching is an honorable profession, but teachers/coaches like this guy Kenneth Fuller are without honor. Sorry, but I find taking advantage of kids despicable. And to put his family through this is despicable too. And selfish. Hope he gets help in the clink.
WEST CHESTER – The former West Chester Rustin High School swimming coach pleaded guilty Wednesday to engaging in an inappropriate sexual relationship with one of his female team members.
Kenneth Fuller stood before Common Pleas Court Judge David Bortner and admitted that he had taken the girl, then 17 years old, to a hotel and an area park in the spring of 2012 and had sex with her after supplying her with alcohol.
He also admitted that he had helped fake a doctor’s letter for her that would excuse her from missing class when the two had one of their trysts. Finally, he acknowledged that after his arrest in May, he had continued to contact the girl about his case – although there is a disagreement about what exactly he said and why.
Fuller, dressed in a blue business suit, striped dress shirt and tie, said little during the 30-minute hearing in Bortner’s courtroom besides saying he understood the rights he was giving up in entering his guilty plea, and understood the charges against him. He was accompanied by family members and his attorney, Vincent DiFabio of Paoli….Fuller, 48, of East Goshen, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of endangering the welfare of children, which carries with it a possible maximum sentence of 3½ to seven years in prison, and a standard recommended sentence of between three months and one year in jail.
People always shake their head in amazement and skepticism at made for TV movies on Lifetime based on real stories and say “How can things in real life be that horrible?” The short answer is you would be amazed.
In December, 2010 a really dear friend of mine from high school got engaged. I was so very happy for him. I did not know much about his intended other than a rather rocky past and quite a few children, but figured she looked nice enough even if she seemed to have a hard time in photos smiling and my friend Scott, well, he was so over the moon happy with this woman.
We’re not teenagers any more and this woman brought kids into her relationship with my friend. My friend Scott is a very emotionally generous person and had been doing the single dude thing for so long I thought it was terrific. And I knew those kids were lucky to get someone like Scott in their lives. After all, some people don’t want to be step-parents to the children of others.
Now Scott and I grew up minutes from each other and he went to one of the private schools many of my friends came from. But for years now he had been out on the west coast. So a lot of our communication over the years was by phone, e-mail, letters, and Facebook. So I had watched from afar as my friend fell in love with this woman. He was so happy. They were creating their own family unit and he loved her kids. Then came the news she was expecting.
Scott was going to be a father. He was, quite simply put, over the moon. Then on Tuesday, June 28th his daughter was born in sunny Petaluma, CA. Scott was a dad.
Scott took to fatherhood like a duck to water. We as his friends shared their joys and Baby Girl’s every step. Baby Girl is a magically beautiful child and there is no doubt whose genes were dominant – she is a mini me to her devoted dad. The only thing at this point that gave me pause was the fact this woman seemed to be dragging my friend deeper and deeper into this church which seemed a little too California cult-like to me. Sorry, but I am who I am and I come from a traditional religion.
Time passed and this past September Scott’s friends received the jolt of a lifetime: he was out of the house and this woman was trying to get a restraining order out on him to keep him that way. He was barred from seeing his daughter, the now ex had all his stuff, and there he was wondering why he just got run over by an 18 wheeler.
Skeptics out there might say he must have done something wrong, and to them I say he might be many things but my friend Scott is not an abuser of anything or anyone. He is not perfect, he is human complete with all the dents life gives you by your late 40s but he is honorable.
Besides, this is ironically the third case I know about where exes (women) are using the legal system to their advantage. For example, I know another man in NJ who dates one of my very close friends and he is going through a version of this. His case is even stranger because his now soon to be ex wife wanted the divorce. He acquiesced and became accustomed to the idea and started to move on with his life with someone else (my friend), and whammo, all of a sudden he is an abuser. He has been fighting these charges brought on by his soon to be ex-wife for months and in his case his soon to be ex-wife continues to contact him when she should be speaking through her lawyers (After all one would expect a woman in fear for her safety would not seek constant, direct contact for minutia the attorneys are supposed to handle, right?)
I have a HUGE problem with women who work the system like this. I have zero respect for women who work the system to merely keep a home court advantage. It’s like women who cry rape and later it is proven rape did not occur. Women who work the system to their own selfish ends make it that much harder for women actually in need. After all it takes two to make a relationship, get pregnant, and break a relationship.
So now my friend Scott has to scramble to pick up the pieces of his life. He has not seen his daughter in over 110 days by my count. I mean what kind of judicial system is it that doesn’t allow a father to see his daughter on Christmas or puts a dad who was the primary caregiver for more than a year in the position where he can only see his child two hours a week? And because of the bogus restraining order it kind of makes it hard and down right dangerous for Scott to even attempt court supervised visits. Why? Because this woman has already exercised the order on him for coincidentally somehow being in a store too close to her in the same SMALL town they were both living in until recently….and isn’t that crazy? He wasn’t attempting to see her and was getting a cup of coffee or something innocuous and whammo he gets a police visit?
What is wrong with the judicial system in California? I am kind of surprised that a state that is often more forward thinking because of its Trendy Wendyiness for lack of a better description wouldn’t be more fair. What happened to a father’s rights?
Nowhere have I heard my friend speak of taking primary physical custody, let alone taking his daughter anywhere. He just wants his parental rights. He was not some anonymous sperm donor and he’s not some impregnating baby daddy who bolts at conception and/or birth. He wanted this child, he loves this child, he wants to see and spend time with his child. Real time, not pizza time.
Of course now that this is all unfolding there are many sad details of his ex-fiancee’s life coming to light. I will spare my readers the details as I think this is a woman with deep-seeded issues and we’ll leave it at that. But I am of the opinion that the California legal system needs to take off the protect-the-woman- at- all- costs blinders and look to this woman’s life before she was in Scott’s life. And then these esteeemed professionals in California’s system have to ask is this the first time she has worked the system? Is it possible for one woman to have so many issues with her multiple prior baby daddies or is there something else not being seen clearly or fairly?
And a little shout out to this “church” that this woman dragged my friend into. You see, when this all began, like a good Christian my friend went to their pastor and kind of said “what do I do?” I hear this pastor person gave some solid counsel at the outset. But soon the tides turned. Behind the scenes, and inspired by his ex fiancee, church members traded accusations — one of them went so far as to threaten Scott with physical violence on his Facebook page. Right there in black and white for all to see. Whoa. There’s Christianity at its best, right? So why is it all these good Christians have turned their back on him? It was all ducky and peach preserves until someone cried wolf, so what up with that? To these God-fearing hypocrites I suggest they brush up on their Matthew – Judge not, that ye be not judged.
A little shout out to Scott’s ex: I spared writing about a lot of details his friends and family are privy to. I did that not for your delicate sensibilities, but for Scott and his daughter. Which is also why I did not name you or her by name. What you are doing is wrong, and you know it is wrong. Am I wrong in thinking you have a very destructive pattern? Am I wrong in thinking you need to stop popping out kids from different baby daddies and get to the root of your issues? Girl, you need a shrink and birth control. Relationships end, but fathers have rights too. Moving from man to man and leaving a litter of children with various fathers isn’t going to fix what is wrong, is it?
I am so sad about this. I might never get to meet my friend’s daughter. And the thing that makes me the most sad is somewhere there is a little girl not quite old enough to get what is going on, but old enough to miss and ask where her daddy is. And Baby Girl is a daddy’s girl so I know she’s asking.
Lifetime TV? If you need story ideas, here’s your next moment of truth movie. It is all very sad, and all very true.
Loss is indeed a four letter word. I have cried so much today my eyes hurt and are but swollen slits in my face. I am feeling my grief so much right now it is palpable, raw, and in Technicolor.
My little dog slipped away today. Iggy is gone and I am so sad as I write this that I hope this post makes sense.
Some people might think I am crazy for writing about this while it is so new and so raw, but truthfully writing has always been my catharsis and I need to get this out. This is such a hard day.
It was almost three months ago to the day that I lost Iggy’s adoptive brother to old age. When I said good-bye to Mr. Peanut on October 11th, I did not think in my wildest imaginings that Iggy would go over the rainbow bridge this morning. But he did just that.
As a breast cancer survivor taking my dog to his own oncologist was not easy. But I wanted him to have options because his disease was in the early stages.
Dr. Ann Jeglum and the vets and staff who work for her at VOSRC are simply amazing and I am so glad I did this for my dog. I saw a lot over the past month Iggy has been a patient and truthfully these are the kind of folks you want looking after your pets in all situations. And they truly look after the humans in the pets’ lives too.
Anyway, at first Iggy was responding very well, but then a couple of days ago he stopped wanting to eat very much and became increasingly lethargic. At first we thought it was just the side effects from having had four straight weeks of chemotherapy. But yesterday morning my dog looked at me so helplessly… and off we went to VOSRC. They saw us right away and I knew from the looks on their faces it wasn’t good.
Ends up Iggy had contracted a urinary tract infection and with his chemo compromised immune system couldn’t fight the infection. So they put him on a doggy I.V. to rehydrate him and give him antibiotics. They also did an ultrasound. We left him to be cared for overnight. No one knew yesterday how everything would play out, so I wanted to give him a change to turn the corner.
This morning shortly before 9:00 a.m. one of Dr. Jeglum’s vets, Dr. Lindner phoned. Iggy’s prognosis was not good and he wasn’t improving. So we made the difficult decision to come in to say good-bye.
Only the phone rang again. Iggy passed before we could even get there to say good-bye.
I accept that it was his time, and like a couple of my friends said he and his brother were sent to me to get me through a difficult time in my life and knew I was ok so they could go. But I still feel like my heart has been ripped out of my chest and someone played racquet ball with it.
Of course it doesn’t make it any easier that this week is the 5th anniversary of Iggy coming home to me from Main Line Animal Rescue. Iggy had been a foster dog for a MLAR volunteer who came for a playdate with Mr. Peanut and never left.
Iggy and his brother gave me some very happy years with them and did indeed get me through some crazy stuff including abandonment and breast cancer. When I was going through seven weeks of radiation, he and his brother were happy little faces greeting me at the door every day when I came home. They transitioned with me out to Chester County and my new life, and were loving being country dogs.
Iggy loved being in Chester County and being able to run in great big fields with other dogs. He loved chasing the crazy fat squirrels in the back yard and conquering the “dog proof” trashcan. He was a giant dog with a big heart in a little body.
Only today his little body just gave out. I am devastated I wasn’t there when he passed, but I almost wonder if it didn’t happen that way because of losing Mr. Peanut such a short time ago.
In between the tears I keep waiting to hear the clickety clack of little feet on hardwood floors.
It was a privilege to have this dog in my life and I wish he had lived to a ripe old age instead of just 9. Yes my heart is incredibly heavy.
I will leave you with this: Iggy is yet another reason why good animal rescue is so important. He had been abused early in life (among other things) and he and I were both so lucky he came to Main Line Animal Rescue. He gave so much unconditional love to me as well as companionship. And if it wasn’t for Main Line Animal rescue we never would have met.
Good-bye my sweet boy. I know you are with your brother now. Try not to bark at too many squirrels over the rainbow bridge. I love you little man and I will miss you.