Loonie Farms was a 501(c) non-profit rescue where they would receive strays, get dogs and cats from the shelters and then adopt them out. They had good intentions and was doing well until that horrible day May 16th when rescuers went to the rescue at the request of Christiane Judd to take what’s left and the animals too. Then everyone realized this “Hometown Hero” was no hero at all but more of a murderer instead. No animal deserves the treatment that these animals got. None deserve to be put into a crate to die, or die of starvation.
Christiane and Jimmy Judd, owner and founders of Loonie Farms, posted on Craigslist almost daily posting about new dogs or animals they had for adoption. At times they posted “Puppies are here, Puppies are here” almost as a puppy mill would. Were they? Some posts were for livestock and others were for rabbits. They even started a site February 2011 called “Loonie Rabbits” and had a page on Facebook for it. Here they were getting in rabbits to sell or adopt out. Towards the end after Jimmy Judd was arrested for possession of a firearm of a convicted felon and violating his parole, Christiane started posting on Craigslist the last of her dogs. On April 14th, she posted her “Loonie Farms says Good Bye” post. Here she stated “Beside the private and very personal changes I was also confronted with an investigation regarding Loonie Farms. I do hope that with the help of all my Loonies out there we are able to adopt out the last 12 remaining Loonie adoptables to loving forever homes. Most of all I would like to thank all the Loonies for their love and support, all the families who adopted a shelter dog and saved a life, the Long County Community and our County Commissioner Bobby Walker his wife Christy and their son Cory for their trust in Loonie Farms. My mentor and friend Sandra and my girls Cari and Jessie from the Liberty County Humane Shelter who are just simply the best!”
On April 15th she only had nine left to adopt out. Then on April 16th she posted she only had six more dogs to go. She also was requesting to anyone with a couple of acres and a house or mobile home to rent or lease to let her know. She was to keep her personal animals and needed the space. On April 17th, she was down to just five more dogs. She was working pretty quick to get the dogs gone, but we all saw that on May 16th there were four still left there. Now she thanked the County Commissioner Bobby Walker and his wife and their son for trust. But when Commissioner Walker was dropping off stray dogs to her rescue did he not walk the facility to even know what type of facility he was dealing with? Or was it just easier to drop them off knowing their fate or not caring? Christiane also thanked Liberty County Humane Shelter for their support. They would allow Christiane to come up and pull whatever dogs she wanted and take them back to her rescue. Again, why did they not walk the facility to see what kind of rescue they were dealing with? The massive devastation there on May 16th was not from one day nor was it from weeks. This took months to get like this. Everyone knows the expense with getting a veterinarian to a shelter to humanely euthanize animals, was it the lack of knowledge that these animals were being sent to Loonie Farms or was it a cost factor?
On the Loonie Farms Animal Rescue site on Face book (which has been taken down) it was posted back in July 2010 that Christiane wanted to thank everyone for supporting the Loonie Farms rescue and that she had been the founder and president of an international rescue in Germany and has been in animal rescue for 15 years. In one of her German articles she posted she wrote, “Tierschutz geschieht in sozialem Kontext. Tierschutz beinhaltet auch die Verantwortung für Menschen und für die Folgen eigenen tierschützerischen Handelns.” Translated to English: Animal welfare is done in social context. Animal welfare includes responsibility for people and for the consequences of own thereof actions. So she knew what she was doing was wrong and there are consequences for it. Is that why she ran? Is that why she is wanted for questioning but has taken off with her three children? It appears she just left the home and did not take anything but maybe clothes.
There has been an incident report taken out at the Long County Sheriff‘s Office on May 18th about the events that happened. Incident report # 201105101 states the complainant was advised from the offender to take the kennels and animals from the property. The complainant also stated they were cleaning up large amounts of bones from different animals. It also states that there were four dogs on the property that belonged to the Long County Animal Control that is ran by the Long County Commissioners Office. It was also noted that the Liberty County Animal Control and the Liberty County Humane Society also used that facility. Now the Long County Commissioner Bobby Walker stated in a press release to The Coastal Source stating, “the county used Loonie Farms to drop off stray dogs at one point because they were recognized by the Department of Agriculture as a registered shelter, but they stopped taking animals there when questions about the place arose.” If they stopped then why was it noted that these four dogs that were left at Loonie Farms belonged to Long County Animal Control? Something is not adding up, right?
Another incident report filed on May 18th #201103017 stated that offenders were neglecting dogs. The complainant provided photographs of the neglect and stated the motive of the animal rescue was to “extort money from good hearted persons who genuinely care about the welfare of animals”. After witnesses were contacted, Ryan McNeal from the Secretary of State’s office and Dianna Deloach from the Dept. of Agriculture made arrangements to meet with the Long County Sheriff’s Department. It was noted in the report that both Agent McNeal and Inspector Deloach saw the bones of several animals onsite during an unannounced inspection (which took place April 7th ). They observed several remains in different stages of decomposition. They asked Mrs. Judd about her response and she just said sometimes she receives animals in “a bad state….and subsequently died”. They called County Commissioner Walker to find out about proper disposal of the bones and he stated they were to “be buried, incinerated, or taken to a landfill to be buried”. The agent and inspector then advised Christiane Judd of her responsibility and if inspected again she would face consequences if not properly taken care of. She was served eight violations that day for sanitation, pest control, five counts of waste disposal and record keeping.
Did anyone not think something was wrong with this? If everyone would have taken the steps necessary at the time of the incidents then maybe she would be facing animal cruelty charges and maybe more animals would not have had to die. Now everyone involved is trying to put blame on Christiane Judd, which is no where to be found. Or is she? Look at this post on Facebook that was found last night:
“Christiane call me at 1:30 Saturday morning and asked me if her and her children could stay there she said someone had pulled a gun on her and her children and she was terrified of staying on the property I am an outreach ministry I call the police to verify her story the police department said it was true and they were taking care of it so I allowed her and her children to come here after the program came on the news her children began crying and screaming saying it was not true I asked her to call the newspaper and television to make this right she said who is going to believe me my heart is breaking for the children and animals. by Gloria Christ on Thursday, 19 May 2011” Another rescue left a post stating that she needed to call the police and turn her in. To make sure justice is done. Gloria’s response was “Gloria Christ, I have call the TV station and the police knew she was here from that Saturday I call them to tell them so the authority no where I am” Therefore the sheriff’s department knew exactly where Christiane was ever since Saturday, but they claimed on the news that they are trying to locate her. Now the Sheriff’s Department is claiming animal cruelty charges against Christiane Judd for the discoveries found at her residence.What is the truth? Just how far up the chain does this go? What other skeletons will come out over this?
Demand the truth. Call or email and hear it for yourself and demand the truth to what is going on. Demand justice for all the animals that suffered at the hands of Loonie Farms. This just did not happen over night.
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