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.