Nineteen animals were recently rescued from the home of Jessica Ankiel and Abrhamam Israel.
The pair were running a rescue called Ohana Animal Rescue from their home in Orange County. Neighbors had no idea. How can you keep 19 animals in your home without neighbors knowledge? Never let the dogs out of their crates. Let them eat and defecate where they live. 17 dogs and 2 cats were pulled from this hell-hole. Their coats are badly matted and they are emaciated.
Their children were taken from the home and placed with family. The home was in such disarray that it’s been condemned by the city. In addition to the criminal charges filed against Ankiel, a personal and shocking twist on this for Orlando rescue was that she was posting out requests for rescue for OCAS pitbulls. She was the contact that was supposed to be informing OCAS that an individual or rescue group was interested in a particular pittie. Now local rescues have no idea of the pitties that were saved went to good or bad individuals or groups. Nor do we know if all of the information was given to OCAS, or of some of the dogs that were euthanized there actually had rescue/adoption requests.
Ohana Animal Rescue was NOT a registered nonprofit rescue group. All the animals are currently in Orange County Animal Services in Orlando, FL . OCAS had adopted out 4 animals to Ohana, the rest came from other rescues including Dogs Rock and Cingaro. Ohana was listed by OCAS as a foster home. Unfortunately, OCAS had not done a home visit on this foster for some time, due to manpower constraints.
Now the animals that survived the ordeal are in isolation at OCAS, on the mend, but traumatized. I’m sure their individual stories will cross my path at some time in the coming week. At least two of the animals were pitties pulled from OCAS. Usually OCAS keeps dogs about 7-10 days, but since this is a cruelty case, the animals may have a longer life there. At least their cages will be larger and cleaner and the food will be available and not tinged by feces.
And this is just one of the reasons why rescue groups need to do home visits. I do home visits. I’m not paid. I just go to the home of the potential rescue/foster family. At the time the home visit is set up, the volunteer knows that some information has already been gleaned about the rescue/foster. From the vet, from recommendations, from google maps. If there is no home visit, you may be condemning an animal to a life of misery… or death.
Case in point, recently a NC woman rehomed her deaf pittie who she had had for a number of years. Within 48 hours, the much loved, sweetheart of a dog was deceased, beaten to death by the new owner.
Home visits should be mandatory.