Crystal Kisicki has a history of animal hoarding dating back to the 1990’s, says Monterey County District Attorney Dean D. Flippo .
In June 2013, Kisicki and her purported St. Francis All Creature Rescue and Sanctuary became the subject of an investigation by the Monterey County SPCA because of consumer allegations and complaints regarding the intolerable condition of animals being kept at Kisicki’s Monterey, California, property.
The SPCA removed a total of 17 sick and malnourished animals — 14 dogs, one kitten and two birds from a hoarding situation, reported Beth Brookhouser, director of community outreach for the SPCA.
"Unfortunately, rescue groups can either be really good or really, really bad," said Brookhouser, "It appears that Kisicki is really, really bad."
One adopter reported that his puppy began to suffer from coughing, itching and hair loss, later found to be ‘scabies—and passed the disease on to the adopter’s wife. Others came forward with similar, and worse, reports on animals adopted from Kisicki’s group, according to the Monterey Herald.
Not long afterward, the Central California SPCA seized 61 animals from Kisicki’s rural property in Fresno County. Those animals also were found to be in poor condition, without adequate food, water, shelter, or veterinary care.
Further investigation revealed that Kisicki had also conducted fraudulent adoption events in Contra Costa and Tulare County.
ANIMAL CRUELTY, UNFAIR BUSINESS PRACTICES, FALSE ADVERTISING
Animal cruelty charges were filed in Monterey County Superior Court and the District Attorneys of four California counties began putting together a civil unfair business practice and false advertising case against Kisicki and her so-called “rescue group,” states DA Flippo.
“The problem of fraudulent non-profit, animal, rescue organizations is nationwide,” Beth Brookhouser told the Monterey Herald. “These organizations make money off animals, and by the looks of the care and amount of money Kisicki asked for, it appears Kisicki fell into this category,” she added.
DISTRICT ATTORNEYS ANNOUNCE PERMANENT INJUNCTION
On July 21, 2014, Monterey County District Attorney Dean D. Flippo announced in a News Release that his office--along with the District Attorneys from the counties of Fresno, Contra Costa County, and Tulare-- settled their civil case against animal hoarder Crystal Kisicki and the St. Francis All Creature Rescue and Sanctuary.
The terms of the agreement also provide for a statewide permanent injunction and require Kisicki to comply with probation requirements from her criminal case.
She was ordered to pay the SPCA for Monterey County restitution as awarded by the criminal court.
The defendants agreed to a permanent injunction that bars Kisicki from possessing or “rescuing” any animal, selling or adopting out animals, working or interacting with animals, and adopting or procuring any animal from any animal shelter, pound, pet store, individual, Craigslist or any other online site, or from any other source, DA Flippo states .
The permanent injunction also prohibits St. Francis All Creature Rescue and Sanctuary and Crystal Kisicki from starting up or working with another animal rescue group and soliciting potential adopters or monetary donors.
In January 2014, Kisicki pled guilty to two counts of animal cruelty. She was sentenced to three years of informal probation and 10 days in jail.
The civil case was filed in February 2014 in order to seek permanent restrictions on Kisicki’s contact with animals and to make sure that St. Francis All Creature Rescue and Sanctuary would stop defrauding consumers, DA Flippo announced.
“This case should serve as a warning to other animal hoarders that California District Attorneys take these cases seriously.”