A California woman with a history of animal hoarding allegedly set up a fake animal rescue group to acquire more animals.
The nonprofit group St. Francis All Creature Rescue and Sanctuary settled a lawsuit in Monterey, Fresno, Contra Costa and Tulare counties on Tuesday.
Under the terms of the agreement, St. Francis Rescue and founder Crystal Kisicki are barred from possessing or working with any animals. They cannot rescue, buy, sell, adopt, or put up for adoption any animals from any source, KION-TV reports. Kisicki, who has a history of animal hoarding dating back to the 1990s, is barred from working with any other animal rescue groups or soliciting donations.
Kisicki came under investigation in June 2013 when the Monterey County SPCA seized 17 unhealthy and malnourished animals from her rural Fresno County property. The Central California SPCA seized 61 more animals, who were in poor condition, without proper veterinary care and lacking adequate food or water.
Kisicki and St. Francis All Creature Rescue and Sanctuary were accused of conducting fraudulent adoption events in Contra Costa and Tulare counties.
Kisicki pleaded guilty to two counts of animal cruelty in January. She was sentenced to three years of informal probation and 10 days in jail. She was also ordered to pay restitution to the Monterey County SPCA.
A civil case was filed against her in February seeking to place permanent restrictions on her ability to house and work with animals and to stop the group from defrauding the public.
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