Now remember, charges were only filed because the HSUS promised to pay for all the pigs needs. They made a deal with the local humane society and Yazurlo that if she signed over the pigs to the Humane Society, which they said required them to press charges, they would care for them forever. They said the charges were not "real", it was just a formality before they could release funds. She signed them over, the HSUS ran, the local HS went broke trying to care for the pigs and they gave them back and offered some help.
Don't let this happen to you. Asking for help is just as risky as not asking! If you need help, go local. Do not depend on the HSUS to save the day. If you want to help go local. Do not help the HSUS kill more animals for the sake of a headline.
Here is a new story from back in Nov. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CacHlJunzzE
January 07, 2009
Pig Tales owner rejects plea deal, pleads not guilty
By FRANK FERNANDEZ
BUNNELL -- Prosecutors have offered a woman who runs the Pig Tales Sanctuary a deal that includes two years' probation during which time she can't have animals.
But Lory Yazurlo did not take the deal Tuesday in Flagler County court and, instead, pleaded not guilty to a pair of first-degree misdemeanors, cruelty to animals and unlawful abandonment or confinement.
Yazurlo, sitting in her wheelchair, told Judge Sharon Atack she did not have the money to hire an attorney. Atack asked Yazurlo to fill out a financial affidavit.
Yazurlo said after the hearing she was surprised the charges were not dropped Tuesday because she had reached an agreement with the Flagler Humane Society that she could keep caring for the approximately 400 pigs at her sanctuary.
In November the Flagler Humane Society initiated the complaint against Yazurlo, saying pigs at her 20-acre sanctuary in rural Flagler County were "emaciated and malnourished.
"It doesn't make sense," Yazurlo said. "They are giving me all the animals back."
On Dec. 29, humane society director Donna Howard told The News-Journal she had decided to return the pigs to Yazurlo's care after it became clear the only way to remove the pigs from the sanctuary would be to euthanize them.
Howard said the Humane Society would continue to inspect the 20-acre sanctuary.
But she did not appear in court Tuesday, and she could not be reached for comment afterward by The News-Journal.
Assistant State Attorney Scott Westbrook said after the hearing that he had not been contacted by Howard. What would happen if Howard asked for the charges to be dropped?
"I'm not saying if we would go forward or not," Westbrook said. "But, legally, we would not be bound by it."
Westbrook said in these cases, the accused is not usually allowed to keep animals.
"I think a person charged with this should not have control over animals," Westbrook said after the hearing.
Yazurlo said she didn't have any mental issues requiring that she undergo a psychological evaluation, which was part of the agreement Westbrook offered.
"A lot of people consider someone with a lot of animals a hoarder," Yazurlo said outside the court. "It's not like I want any more. I just figure I have to take care of these guys."