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A Letter From Our Reader Cynthia Harlow About Leon County Government, LCSO And Animal Abuses
Supporting Documents Received:
#1 — Photo Of Malnurished Doberman Dog
#2 — Photo Of Bleeding Puppy
#3 — Courtview Cases Of Dubious
#4 — Courtview Cases Of Harlow
#5 — Leon County Sheriff’s Office Complaint
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Subject: Leon County Government
Date: Thu, 17 May 2012 07:24:28 -0400
I am writing to get help with an on-going issue in Leon County relative to Animal Abuse and/or neglect that has now escalated into something much deeper. I have wrote and/or called every local agency I can think of to no avail since ~9/09. I now feel as though I am being harassed by the Leon County Sheriff’s Office due to an incident that occurred on 5/4/12 as well as another incident that happened yesterday 5/15/12. I have documentation relative to Animal Control’s recent “citations” I received that I feel prove harassment on their part as well as emails that show our Animal Control Director is not a truthful person. Please check his statements relative to the recent case on Wide Road made to WCTV where he was caught in yet another lie. A citizen literally had to break the law to get him to admit the dogs on Wide Road were not being properly cared for. Why? I will not stop until I get some help for these animals as well as the citizens on the Southside of Leon County. I am determined and tenacious and have vowed to keep emailing until my words reach the right person. Please take the time to meet with me (or have someone from your staff do so) and review the documentation I have gathered before you make a determination or form an opinion based on what you may hear. There is something going on in Leon County that is not kosher and up until I was asked by Sgt. Debbie Hertz at Leon County Sheriff’s Office “not to cc Larry Campbell on anymore of my emails” I thought it was only an Animal Control issue. The same evening (5/4/12) that I did not comply with her request I was harassed at my home at approximately 11pm for Animal Control to write me a citation. It took approximately five deputies, an Animal Control Officer , as well as a K-9 officer taking a “sworn statement” about a chain that was inside my fence? The entire incident lasted approximately 5 hours. A LCSO Sgt. literally stepped in front of me (see attached) and wouldn’t let me get my son to witness what was taking place on three separate occasions that evening. I have never been so scared in my life! I now live in fear in my own home as each day seems to present a new “investigation” into something I am supposedly involved in based on the word of Judy Dubois. Judy Dubois is an habitual liar and a drain on Florida taxpayer’s but is somehow still credible in Leon County. I tried to get an injunction against her this past week (as many others have done before to no avail) to stop the harassment from her but truthfully am now more fearful of our local law enforcement than I am of Judy Dubois. Please help me. I am being harassed simply because I tried to help animals and couldn’t get Animal Control to do their job. I have attached a few documents to support my email and also have dozens of individuals who can substantiate my claim if they can do so without fear of prosecution. I have tried to get help at the County level but it has been over a week since I emailed commissioner Akineyemi and still have not been granted so much as a meeting so I am now writing you all.
Thanking you all in advance.
Cynthia Harlow 850-545-7082
Date: Wed, 9 May 2012 09:13:02 -0400
Subject: Re: FW: Leon County Animal Control
Please call me at your convenience and we will work to set up an appointment.
Thank you, Carmen
Aide to Akin Akinyemi
Leon County Commissioner, At-Large
301 S. Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301
(850) 606-5379 direct
(850) 606-5303 fax
>>> Cyndi Something firstname.lastname@example.org> 5/4/2012 2:48 PM >>
Please help me. I am writing to you based on the request of Florida House Representative, Alan Williams. I have tried for numerous years to get help from Animal Control (as well as multiple other agencies in Leon County) in reference to an animal hoarder that lives in my neighborhood. This person is very well-known in this community for being a nuisance to numerous county agencies and citizens yet nothing seems to get accomplished. The amount of taxpayer resources this person alone is consuming via (Animal Control, LCSO, Code Enforcement, Clerk of Courts, Health Department and State as well as Federal Agencies is astounding) and could easily fund at least two additional residents for employment in Leon County! Please check two names, Judy Dubois and Christine Winckelmann as their records speak for themselves. I have pleaded with the director of Animal Control, Richard Ziegler for many years to do something about Judy Dubois. I recently found documentation that implied Judy Dubois was brought up on charges of animal cruelty and or neglect in 2006 (CJIS Case #2006MM5391A1) but this person still has animals? As of today the amount of dogs at 3651 Robin Road was reported to a LCSO as approximately 50 dogs!! I would guess the property is about an 1/2 acre. The director of Animal Control was recently caught in two lies relative to Christine Winckelmann (saw no violations on property at Wide Road until citizen was forced to break law, jump fence and leak pictures to media) and within the last week also lied to me about a lock belonging to Animal Control on a vacant property at 3658 Robin Road. This is the same property I had to beg Animal Control to help me with approximately 2 years ago. At that time the count was approximately 25 dogs but Ms. Dubois “finds” a lot of dogs which would explain the new count of 50. The property was literally infested with rats as shown in the video I provided to the Leon County Health Department. The animal laws were supposedly recently updated (9/2/11) yet we still have neighborhoods with 50+ dogs! What was the purpose of the revision if this kind of behavior is still being allowed? I was given notice by Animal Control to provide proof of rabies for my cat. On what grounds? I feel as though I am now being harassed by this agency. I stopped by their office today (5/3/12) to pick up a citation Animal Control has issued me. Judy Dubois alleged my cat was photographed on the property at 3658 Robin Road. Ron Davidson the AC Officer who issued the citation was not in the office today so I was rudely told by Stacey (front desk) I would have to wait for him to return from the field. I have a full-time job and I am a single parent and waiting at Animal control or making a return trip when the paperwork should have been there seems irresponsible on this agencies part. I specifically told Officer Davidson when the notice was left on my door I would pick the citation up on 5/3/12. Also, my cat would have had to jump a fence that is approximately 8 feet tall and enter a yard with a Great Dane running loose or this citation to be valid. The Great Dane being kept on the property at 3658 Robin Road is a direct violation of Section 4.36 iv (please don’t quote me on that exactly as I am tired) but this issue has been ignored although I have made multiple calls to both Animal Control and LCSO. This is yet another waste of my time because of lies told by Judy Dubois. She frequently calls in false police reports as well as calls my employer (FSU) and harasses me at my job. As far as I have been told there is no proof that Judy Dubois even has claim to the property located at 3658 Robin Road (Parcel ID#41142060000.) There does however seem to be a problem with how the taxes were assessed on this property. There are approximately 12 years of taxes that were paid that showed NO structure on the property though the mobile home was and still is on property. I called the Tax Collector’s office about this approximately two years ago and the issue has still not been addressed or resolved. I feel the taxes that weren’t assessed are still owed to Leon County. There are also no taxes being paid at 3651 Robin Road (Parcel ID#4114207340000.) I am in the process of figuring out why. The tax collector’s sites states there “may” be a previous exemption that is no longer valid. If that is even a possibility why would our County not “may”be collect taxes that are owed? How do other residents of Leon County apply for exemptions that “may” be valid? I have been dealing with this issue since September of 2009 and have still not received any type of resolution. I have contacted legal counsel as I can’t sleep and have started having frequent headaches and nausea due to this on-going issue. I have friends, family co-workers, even my doctor can attest to the stress this situation is causing me and the amount of time and money I have spent simply trying to get Animal Control to do the job we taxpayer’s are paying them for. I am in no way implying ALL of our Animal Control employees are lacking but I can assure you based on my experience very few employees in this department are productive, proactive or helpful. I have more documentation than you would probably care to see if you would like. I have asked any and every agency in Leon County that I can to please, please help me. The residents on the Southside of Leon County are fighting a losing battle trying to find peace in our own home. Please feel free to check my name about calls relative to Judy Dubois as there have been many. I have been a citizen of Leon County for most of my adult life and my youth but my name was seldom, if ever heard until September of 2009. I have pictures of the Doberman that I watched starved to death in September of 2009 -the same month I started calling. Please also check calls relative Judy Dubois and Christine Winckelmann that weren’t from me. I can be reached at 850-545-7082 should you like to speak to me. Thank you so much for your time. Any help or guidance you can provide will be greatly appreciated.
Cynthia Harlow 850-545-7082
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2012 09:19:37 -0500
I understand the frustration you have, however I cannot prove she stole the dog. She has an ad on craigslist and a missing animal report with the shelter. If an owner does not come forward within 30 days Judy can keep the dog. If you feel you must involve LCSO, then that is what you need to do. If an owner comes forward and can prove it is their dog with rabies vax, pix or some type of proof, and Judy refuses to give up the dog criminal charges can be pursued.
Dot Penton, Animal Control Officer
501-b Appleyard Dr. Tallahassee, Fla 32304
Ph:850-606-5412 Fax 850-606-5401
>>> Cyndi Something <email@example.com> 1/11/2012 6:38 PM >>>
I have pictures of the dog that is missing. If you are worried about the dog being sick and a place to stay in the interim, I’ll be glad to keep it. I have seen the conditions the dogs in Judy’s care are subjected to. The dog will not be left in the care of Judy DuBois without me taking further steps to have the dog removed. Please let me know if I need to keep the dog until the owner has claimed the dog. If I need to contact the Leon County Sheriff’s Office to file a report please let me know. Again, thanks for your help with this. Please let me know what Richard says about getting this dog back from Judy.
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2012 10:55:05 -0500
We picked up a brown pit bull but not a blk/wht pit from Judy on 01/09. She was not home the officer went to get the blk/wht dog. I will call the shelter and do a lost animal report in case someone is looking for it. I will let Richard know that she has not given us the dog as of today 01/11. If she has an ad on craigslist that should be good. Usually when we take animals to shelter they do get sick. I will make sure all the facts are covered at the animal shelter and hopefully an owner will come forward.
Dot Penton, Animal Control Officer
501-b Appleyard Dr.
Tallahassee, Fla 32304
Ph: 850-606-5412 Fax 850-606-5401