Group Stands Against Animal Abuse in Hoarding Case

Evansville City Council President and animal rights activist Missy Mosby and animal said she was hoping for a turnout of 68 people at Martha Crosley’s hearing Wednesday- one for every dog seized in the “Hilltop Hoarding” case.

To her surprise, even more came out today in solidarity against animal abuse.

As everyone waited for Crosley’s court appearance the action took place outside the Vanderburgh County Courthouse.

"We feel that she should not own anymore dogs, not get her dogs back that are at animal control,” Tangila Wells said. Wells is the Director of Animal Services at the It Takes a Village shelter.

Crosley faces multiple counts of animal cruelty. In late February authorities seized 68 dogs from a former church Crosley called an animal sanctuary.

"It was far, far from that,” Mosby said. "I think she started out with every good intention in mind, and it just got overwhelmed, but you know it went way too far."

Many of the dogs went to shelters like It Takes a Village. A lot of them have been adopted, but some are still waiting to find their homes.

"He was very skinny when we got him. He's at a healthy weight, been vet-checked, he's ready for adoption, he's great,” Wells said about the two-year-old Ricky, one of the dogs seized from the animal sanctuary.

Crosley petitioned the court to re-gain ownership of the dogs that haven't been adopted. That's what a bunch of people wearing purple were protesting.

"You know, I’m not looking for jail time. I'm just looking for justice. I'm looking for peace of mind to know, that you know, in six months we're not here again,” Mosby said.

He wasn't wearing purple, but Indiana State Representative Ryan Hatfield also came out in support.

"It’s important that we have these folks behind me not only today, but going forward, to make sure that we show that the state of Indiana, the people of Indiana, and many of the legislators are ready to increase these penalties,” Hatfield said. “I intend to introduce that legislation going forward."

Crosley's actual appearance was very brief. A trial was set for July 24th, and her petition was denied.

“The fact that they didn't release the dogs to her today is a victory,” Mosby said.


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