You Knew My Name. You Heard My Story. Now Read My INVESTIGATION .
It's imperative to mention that the stories floating around are the ones started by Lt. Powell of Region 8. They are meant to defame the licensee and accuse her of things she has not done because he wasn't able to find enough of what she did do incorrectly.
This whole situation started from a scenario which is commonplace in our rehab and exotic animal facilities to this day. Rehabber takes in animals for rehabilitation and thinks she can save the world, but soon gets overwhelmed when her resources start to spread too thin. In my particular case, I had another burden which had been weighing heavily on my shoulders. I had a pack of beautiful coyote pups which needed transfer to other facilities. Unfortunately, despite the scores of calls, emails, letters, etc. to qualified facilities and individuals, no one could or would help and take on the pups so they could grow up as wild as possible in a larger space than what they had. Even with her calling many people and facilities around the nation, the rehabber tried her best to keep these yotes in the meantime as wild as possible until they were deemed unreleasable, if that was the result of her efforts. Despite what Powell, Therrien or anyone from the Special Licenses Unit or Division of Law Enforcement say, the rehabber tried her very best to work with what she had and had looked forward to the day she could open the door of the carrier and watch each canine shoot out of it like a bolt of lightening (finally) running to their heart's content because they were finally back home. The rehabber didn't give up on the pups nor her ability to find another facility. She blacked out their kennel, started expanding the area of thier living space, and made many calls as much as she could while balancing the other happenings occurring around her facility. Then, it happened. She got seriously injured.
Two region 8 officers came by to look at coyotes about a month prior to her injury and said everything was good. Rehabber called Lt. Powell and he also said everything was ok and there were no concerns. It was just a visit to verify licensing as they weren't aware of the rehabber's facility. Unfortunately the rehabber and Powell left the phone conversation in an argument, which started over Powell's refusal to ask his officers to leave a business card next they visit as my parents forgot who the visitors were that day and couldn't relay much information to me when I returned from out of town.
In May, two staff members came back for another visit and then took the coyotes and it was then when Lt. Powell and his boys started targetting the rehabber, circulating rumors which weren't true such as, but not limited to, rehabber bred the coyotes, was breeding foxes for pets, habituated the coyotes purposely, etc. Of course, many people, as gullible as they are nowadays, went for the lies hook, line and sinker, especially the "helpers". During my research I have found out that witnesses were manipulated by Powell and other law enforcement officers in writing statements of a certain "flavor". Anything positive in her file was negated by Powell instead of being considered as a piece of "all relevant circumstances" (as it states in 6 NYCRR 175.5(a)) of an actual investigation. This was done by either removing the documentation from the file altogether, or having the author of any positive review or notice, rewrite their statement(s) after hearing the many lies Powell recited to them directly and then ending with the question "Do you still want to keep your favorable statement about her?".
Helpers are licensees through the SLU who do special favors for the officers (eh hem!) which, in turn, they get free animals which officers confiscate or seize from other individuals. Meanwhile, the rehabber continued to work in spite of her injury which she had sustained in December 2015. Of course, by then, she fell behind on tasks, etc. as the pain from the accident which caused the injury interfered with her productivity. However, she continued to work in spite of the injury for about 18 months until things were in an acceptable state and the animals were comfortable and then she went in for surgery.
However, the DEC (Lieutenant Powell, Joe Therrien and Paul Stringer) encouraged another licensee to implement an agreement with the rehabber under false pretenses, to board a few animals for her while she was in the hospital and leave the state with her animals without the rehabber's approval. This started an investigation on behalf of the rehabber after she recovered from her surgery and what she has been finding out has been worse than expected!
This agency in charge of managing our natural resources is steadfastly dedicated to its own extraneous interests. It often breaks the law and literally act with absolutely no accountability or ethical conduct whatsoever. The staff appears incompetent at times and it is poorly run with a sharp decline on education and services to the public in recent years. The exclusion of its volunteers who want to be heard about things that matter has also been evidenced by at least three lawsuits filed against the agency by rehabilitators and the New York State Wildlife Rehabilitators Council over the past several years.
Furthermore, precadence is being set! More and more people are coming forward and turning to the courts for relief which resulted from the unethical and unlawful actions of DEC staff members. One such case is the Matter of James P. McCulley; a case which took fifteen years of litigation over a charge levied upon him resulting in a $50 fine! The cost of the case was estimated at around $250,000 - $300,000! For a $50 ticket???? Another attribute of the DEC staff is there uncanny ability to waste resources and cost the tax payers more money and higher taxes in the future. We, as tax payers, are expected to fund this group of psychopaths who obsess over every incident that may come up in which they do not get their own way! The state's precious resources are meing misapproriated and used SOLEY to soothe the egos of some members of the staff who launch efforts to destroy or hurt the very people whom they are charged to serve and protect.
The agency has become more of a law firm than anything else where licensees are unfairly constrained by a licensing system with ambiguous expectations and shaped for the benefit of just a few - the helpers or specific interest groups with radical leanings. The rest of us are reminded of how we involuntarily fund the very agency which has been, and still is, working hard at destroying our rights and liberties. Any semblance of a job well done has been downgraded by an agency which should not regulate what it can't understand in the first place. Here's just a little bit of what I've found out ....
This unmistakable and inexcusable discrepancy between the treatment of two licensees - one who had licenses taken away and another who committed (and continues to do so as of January 2019) was still given a renewal with no enclosures outdoors and acceptable accommodations for the animals. No wonder she still keeps the wilds indoors in her house and pretty much does as she pleases .... it's because she can! A Citizen Action Suit will be filed so we can continue to do the DEC's job for them and implement equal protection under the law (aka no favoritism). Meanwhile, we hope to hear that the Inspector General will start an investigation, especially regarding the possibility of sexual misconduct between licensees like Cassidy and the officers in the field. There must be a reason why the vast majority of favorites, or helpers, are women and gay men.
Check out more about this person on another one of our independent web pages "Revealing the Rot" available by March 1, 2019.