Prosecute Lynn Lofthouse, Beth West and all Safe Haven board members responsible for the following:

    1. Petition by

      Delaware Animal Advocacy Guild

Although the above video should explain everything here is a synopsis of the horrific acts of Safe Haven.

Safe Haven NO KILL Animal Sanctuary of Sussex County board of directors and executive director Anne Gryczon have mismanaged the "no-kill sanctuary" since the hiring of Anne Gryczon as executive director.  This has caused numerous activities that are not in compliance with Federal and State Laws. 

 Lynn Lofthouse and Beth West were interviewed by WBOC-TV and had the opportunity to announce the dogs would either be evicted or killed the week of November 11, 2013 but led the public to believe the dogs would be available for adoption until November 30, 2013. 
Volunteers and potentional adopters were told to visit the facility on November 14, 2013 only to be denied access to the dogs and were confronted by the Delaware State Police. The ASPCA loaded up an number of dogs into a truck (and, it is believed, the remains of the 19 dead dogs), and drove away.  The doors are now locked, driveway blocked and Lynn Lofhouse and Beth West are not answering calls or emails. Please stop them before they are allowed to do this elsewhere.
The following indicates numerous violations of Federal and State Laws: 

1) Failure by the Board of Directors to follow Delaware Code, Title 3, Section 80, § 8003. Animal adoption, recovery, and rehabilitation.

(a) Animal shelters shall be open to the public after normal business hours, including evenings and weekends, to increase access for the purpose of adoption.

 2)By killing 19 dogs, the week of November 11, 2013 failure by the Board of Directors to follow Delaware Code, Title 3, Section 80

§ 8004. Euthanasia in animal shelters.   

(a) Any dog, cat or other animal held by or in the custody of an animal shelter and not adopted, transferred to another shelter or animal rescue group, or reclaimed by the owner within 5 days may be euthanized, provided that no reasonable alternatives are available and the requirements of subsections (b) and (c) of this section are met.

(b) Animal shelters shall ensure that the following conditions are met before an animal is euthanized:

(1) The holding period for the animal required by this chapter is expired;

(2) There are no empty cages, kennels, or other living environments in the shelter that are suitable for the animal;

(3) The animal cannot share a cage or kennel with appropriately-sized primary living space with another animal;

(4) A foster home is not available;

(5) Organizations on the registry developed pursuant to § 8003(d) of this title are not willing to accept the animal; and

(6) The animal care/control manager certifies that the above conditions are met and that such manager has no other reasonable alternative.

3) Failure by the Safe Haven Board of Directors to follow the Safe Haven Mission statement as submitted to the IRS to obtain their 501-C3 non-profit status.


Delaware Animal Advocacy Guild

PO Box 860

Millsboro, DE 19966-0860


Recent signatures


    1. We have added Vice President Biden to the recipient list.

      Vice President Biden was Delaware's Senator for 36 years and we are hoping the ideals he had when he began his long time career haven't escaped his mind. He demanded "greater accountability on the part of government". (Time July 15, 1974) We need that now in his state of Delaware more than ever. Our government offices are getting involved in such horrific acts as the one stated in this petition and stating they "believe" it's within the law? Our hope is he will see this and act! After all, it's his state too!

    2. Reached 3,000 signatures
    3. Delaware Office of Animal Welfare releases Statement

      We need to let everyone know that volunteers and members of the community were at Safe Haven to rescue most of the dogs the day they killed the dogs. There are documents stating most of the dogs killed were friendly AND ADOPTABLE. They had them listed on their website as ADOPTABLE. Entire statement from the DOAW can be seen at "Office of Animal Welfare believes that the requirements for the administration of euthanasia as outlined in the Companion Animal Protection Act (CAPA) (Title 3, Chapter 80, Section 8004) were met"
      You are our Animal Welfare Office. Animal Welfare as described by our FEDERAL GOVERNEMENT can be found here: Perhaps they needed to read that before they opened and office called "Office of Animal Welfare"

    4. Reached 2,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Joseph Rykiel LEWES, DE
      • 6 months ago

      Shame on Safe Haven!

      • 6 months ago

      We do not want to see animals killed PLEASE stop this. They have rights too BUT can not speak for themselves so we must.


    • Harry Wilds CRUMPTON, MD
      • 7 months ago

      Federal rules have been violated and animal rights have also.

    • Constance Wilds CRUMPTON, MD
      • 7 months ago

      I am against animal cruelty and definitely against misrepresentation to the public of the actions of this organization. These acts are despicable and clearly show that the members of this organization do not put the welfare of these animals as their foremost goal. None of them should ever be allowed to be associated with animals again.

    • Jason Lankford LENOIR, NC
      • 7 months ago

      I'm originally from this area and am an avid supporter of animal rights. Protocol was not followed in this situation and I, along with all others signing, do not want these actions to be repeated by the perpetrators.


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