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Petitioning Judge Gary L. Sweet presiding over Palena Dorsey Case

PLEASE IMPOSE MAXIMUM SENTENCE AGAINST PALENA DORSEY, Sanctuary Animal Refuge

In April of 2011, authorities were called to Sanctuary Animal Refuge in Port St. Lucie, Florida. When they got there what they found was, according to them, the most outrageous case of neglect they had ever seen. Hundreds of dogs and cats were living in their own feces and urine, covered in sores and mange, crawling with fleas and maggots and not even getting the most basic of care. Dozens of animals were missing and unaccounted for. As if this was not enough of a tragedy, it was then discovered that Ms. Palena Dorsey, the executive director of the Sanctuary, diverted hundreds of thousands of dollars that were bequeathed for the care of these animals for her own personal use. She let these animals suffer in unimaginable conditions while she bought a new house, cars and RV for herself and lavished gifts on her family with funds given to the Sanctuary for the care of these poor animals.

Letter to
Judge Gary L. Sweet presiding over Palena Dorsey Case
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Judge Gary L. Sweet.

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Impose MAXIMUM sentence allowed by law

The undersigned respectfully request that you impose the maximum sentence allowed by law on Ms. Palena Dorsey and require she pay restitution to the charity she defrauded.
Ms. Dorsey, as Executive Director of Sanctuary Animal Refuge, took over $500,000 of money bequeathed to the care of the Sanctuary’s animals and spent the money on herself—a new home, a new RV, cars, a 3-D tv and more—while allowing over 200 “rescued” animals to suffer unimaginably in deplorable conditions. The animals were living in urine and feces filled enclosures with open sores, wounds, skin infections, mange and a host of other diseases. One disturbing example that no one can forget is a little dog allowed to languish with his spine exposed through the skin. And scores of animals entrusted to her care still remain unaccounted for. St. Lucie county officials characterized the scene, without qualification or hesitation, as the worst case of animal cruelty that they have ever seen.
This was not a case of a person with good intentions getting in over her head. This is a case of planned and calculated deception and intentional cruelty -- Ms. Dorsey lying to her board, her donors and the estate that bequeathed the money to the Sanctuary and intentionally taking those funds from the Sanctuary coffers and using them for her personal enjoyment while allowing hundreds of animals to go without the most basic of care.
In addition to all the innocent animal lives that suffered or perished under her care due to her misappropriation of significant funds for her personal use, and the fraud perpetrated on the estate, and on donors, generally, the cost to the community to “fix” the mess she left is significant—both monetarily and emotionally. She betrayed those she owed both legal and moral duties to and intentionally diverted hundreds of thousands of dollars of funds from the Sanctuary for her personal benefit. This behavior should not go unpunished or be rebuked by a mere slap on the wrist.






The undersigned respectfully request that you impose the maximum sentence allowed by law on Ms. Palena Dorsey and require she pay restitution to the charity she defrauded.
Ms. Dorsey, as Executive Director of Sanctuary Animal Refuge, took over $500,000 of money bequeathed to the care of the Sanctuary’s animals and spent the money on herself—a new home, a new RV, cars, a 3-D tv and more—while allowing over 200 “rescued” animals to suffer unimaginably in deplorable conditions. The animals were living in urine and feces filled enclosures with open sores, wounds, skin infections, mange and a host of other diseases. One disturbing example that no one can forget is a little dog allowed to languish with his spine exposed through the skin. And scores of animals entrusted to her care still remain unaccounted for. St. Lucie county officials characterized the scene, without qualification or hesitation, as the worst case of animal cruelty that they have ever seen.
This was not a case of a person with good intentions getting in over her head. This is a case of planned and calculated deception and intentional cruelty -- Ms. Dorsey lying to her board, her donors and the estate that bequeathed the money to the Sanctuary and intentionally taking those funds from the Sanctuary coffers and using them for her personal enjoyment while allowing hundreds of animals to go without the most basic of care.
In addition to all the innocent animal lives that suffered or perished under her care due to her misappropriation of significant funds for her personal use, and the fraud perpetrated on the estate, and on donors, generally, the cost to the community to “fix” the mess she left is significant—both monetarily and emotionally. She betrayed those she owed both legal and moral duties to and intentionally diverted hundreds of thousands of dollars of funds from the Sanctuary for her personal benefit. This behavior should not go unpunished or be rebuked by a mere slap on the wrist.