Tuesday Sep 11 2012
Probation, no ownership order, in Loomis animal-welfare case
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
73 animals taken in July 2011 rescue at rural residence
AUBURN CA - More than a year after what local Humane Society officials were calling the biggest rescue operation of its type in recent memory, the Loomis animal owner charged with neglect in the case has entered a no-contest plea on lesser misdemeanor charges. Jenifer Gabor was placed on probation for four years and ordered to serve 180 days in jail after pleading no contest to keeping animals without proper care. She is not to own any animals during the four-year probationary period. Gabor’s rental property in rural Loomis had been the subject of a court-ordered search-and-rescue operation in July 2011. Humane Society officers seized 37 goats, 19 sheep, 14 dogs, a cockatiel and two pigs from the Gabor home and outbuildings, citing serious concerns about living conditions. The seizure was upheld in an administrative hearing and the subsequent court case resulted in no-contest pleas on three charges. Gabor will also be required to pay restitution that includes the cost of caring for all the animals seized in the case, Placer County Superior Court records show. Marilyn Jasper, president of the Sierra Foothills Humane Society chapter, said Tuesday that the Aug. 30 sentencing by Judge Angus Saint-Evens brought an end to what was a complicated case for Humane Society officers and prosecutors. “I applaud the District Attorney’s Office and the justice system,” Jasper said. “These are complicated cases but the DA’s prosecutors and Superior Court judges understood the gravity of the crimes.” The Humane Society reported that officers had found the animals living in “despicable conditions.” “Most were dehydrated, malnourished and in need of veterinary treatment,” said a statement issued by the non-profit group. The society is also expressing “heartfelt thanks” to people who helped with the rescue and others who provided assistance with sheltering, finding homes and caring for the animals that survived. Gabor, who couldn’t be reached for comment, was initially charged under the Penal Code with neglecting and abusing animals. The Humane Society reported after the July rescue that a Chihuahua was found dead in a trash bag, and a barn housing the dogs had no lights, no air circulation and no food.