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Petition to District Attorney Stephen Zappala, Steven S. Stoehr

Remove Robin Gaydos-Behanna as a HPO and close her Kennel due to animal cruelty

We, the citizens of Clairton, PA, Allegheny County, and Fayette County are writing in concern about Robyn Gaydos-Behanna as our Humane Society Police Officer. There have been many issues over the last several months that we feel have not been addressed or handled appropriately  regarding her job duties, her public relation skills, inability to keep her own kennel up to code, causing animals to be ill or die, and unethical practices as a Humane Officer.  Many of our stories/reasons vary, but we all have one common complaint as well, and that is her lack of people skills and over all nasty/rude character. According to Federated Humane Societies of Pennsylvania’s website, “the job of a Humane Officer requires people skills”, something which Robin does not have. She also will call people at their homes, threatening, belittling, and speaking ignorantly to them when they make a post she does not like in our community page on Facebook. If they refuse to take it down, she will harass them by phone, text, messages, and any other means she can find.  I do not believe these are qualities that you encourage or expect in a Humane Officer, or any type of policing officer period.             On September 3, 2017, two calls were placed to Robin about 2 kittens abandoned at a home where the owner was evicted. On September 4, 2017, three more calls were made, September 5th  three more calls, and on September 6th after two more calls being placed, the issue was posted on Facebook for help for the kittens. Each day the calls made were by different individuals, one being the actual landlord of the home. Robin never investigated, came by, or picked up the animals. Instead she made excuses for the owner of the kittens, saying she would never do that. The kittens’ owner also had a dog that would run at large weekly, and would be picked up by Robin or her workers, on her behalf. The dog running went on for over a year. The owner would brag how she never got ticketed for her dog running because she had her 3 children go down to the kennel to clean up after the animal. Now once the post on Facebook happened, Robin Gaydos-Behanna called the individual posting it and threatened her to remove the post. When she was asked by the individual what the law was and what could be done to help these kittens, she said “Can I come in your house and take your T.V.?  Can I come take your chair off your front porch?  I can’t come take the kittens off her property.”   She had been told several times they were outside, all over the neighborhood looking for food and shelter. They were in danger of being hit by a car, attacked by a dog running loose or even killed by a hawk (they were only four months old). Nothing was done by Robin and a rescue seen the post and saved the kittens.             Just before Thanksgiving, 2017, a resident had their German Shepherd get loose, out of a window it opened, and picked up by Robin. According to Robin, this dog was a repeat offender, so she knew who the dog belonged to, where it lived and that it was licensed. Robin bullied, belittled and so aggressively went after the owner that in severe duress, the owner said keep the dog, but then called Robin back in minutes and said she didn’t mean it. After that Robin refused to take her calls and kept raising the amount for what was needed to release the dog to the owner. Then on Thanksgiving, only four days after being picked up by Robin and a holiday where most places are closed, Robin sold the dog to another individual. Now Robin has changed her story several times. First it was sold, then adopted, to now it’s supposedly being fostered.  Now there is evidence that the person who has this German Shepherd only had it so that he can breed her and make money off of the puppies.  This is not the only instance of claims of Robin stealing or refusing to release an animal to the rightful owner, just the most documented and recently proven one.  This issue was also posted in the Clairton home page group on Facebook, and yet again Robin called, bullied and threatened a page administrator to remove the post. Now the admin was a volunteer for Robin and is also mentally challenged. Robin took advantage of this fact and the admin, out of fear, removed the post. The admin’s sister saw the threatening messages from Robin and confronted her. As a result of the confrontation, Robin barred both women from the kennel.              The third and most recent documented incident deals with Baby, a puppy that was adopted from Robin about a week before Christmas by a family with small children. Baby either came into the kennel with or was exposed to the parvovirus at Robin’s kennel from a litter of puppies that she brought in knowingly with the parvovirus.  On December 24, 2017, Baby died at Robin’s kennel from the parvovirus, only 9 days after she was adopted to this family. Robin refuses to refund the adopting fee and has bullied, belittled and tried to humiliate this family. Robin adopts out other puppies that she knew were infected with the parvovirus without notifying the new owners of the medical condition.              There have been numerous reports and complaints of animals being taken in to one of her clinics, or having been picked up and held at her kennel that end up becoming ill with in a couple days. There have also been complaints of Robin and/or her workers taking and/or coaxing animals off of their property and then fining the owners for the dog supposedly being loose. People have testified that their animals are brought to them wet and covered in what smells like sewage from the kennel basement. Many people have witnessed the filth the animals are forced to live in, and even an instance of animals that should have been fostered or needing vetted died while in her care. Robin’s excuse“I’m only doing what I am allowed to do by the law”.  Since June 2, 2015, there have been 11 kennel inspections to Gaydos-Behanna Kennels, which can be found at this website: www.padogs.state.pa.us/PublicKennels . Only three of these found no issues on their first visit. Four inspections found violations (most the same ones repeated over and over), which has resulted in four rechecks for compliance on correcting the issues. The last inspection and its resulting compliance check are very alarming. The initial inspection we believe was due to the death of the aforementioned Baby. Also, because the area the parvo dogs were supposedly “quarantined” at was in the main/entrance area of the kennel, and unable to be properly sanitized, many other animal and humans were exposed to the virus, possibly spreading it to areas outside the kennel and possibly even into their own homes and animals. Bane, a dog owned by one of the volunteers, contracted the parvovirus from his owner who, unknowingly, brought the virus home due to Robin’s lack of communication. He became gravely ill, though he did survive. The owner did not take their dog to Robin’s vet; instead, they chose to take him to another vet. Now according to PA statutes, we believe Robin Gaydos-Behanna has herself committed several counts of animal cruelty, just by the evidence presented in the kennel inspections and by her own admission on the news reports in December about Baby.   Cruelty to animals is defined as: A person commits an offense if he wantonly or cruelly ill-treats, overloads, beats, or other wise abuses any animal, or neglects any animal as to which they have a duty of caring for, whether belonging to themselves or others, or abandons any animal, or deprives any animal of necessary sustenance, drink, shelter or vet care, or access to clean and sanitary shelter which will protect the animal against inclement weather and preserve the animal’s body heat and keep it dry. It is also possible she could be breaking the follow laws also:  § 5511.3. Assault with a biological agent on animal, fowl or honey bees (a) Offense defined.--A person commits a felony of the second degree if the person intentionally, knowingly or maliciously exposes or causes to be exposed an animal, fowl or honey bees to any virus, bacteria, prion or other agent which causes infectious disease,   (b) Restitution.--The person convicted of violating this section shall, in addition to any other sentence imposed, be sentenced to pay the owner of the afflicted animal, fowl or honey bees restitution in an amount equal to the cost of the financial damages incurred as a result of the offense Section 5532 Neglect of an animal – failure to provide necessary food, water, shelter or veterinary care Section 5533 Animal cruelty – intentionally, knowingly or recklessly ill-treats, overloads, beats, abandons or abuses an animal and the treatment causes bodily harm to the animal. Section 5534 Aggravated cruelty – torturing an animal or violating either of the above sections and causing serious bodily injury or death of an animal. We as a community feel that as a Humane Police Officer, Robin Gaydos-Behanna should be held up to a higher standard than any run of the mill kennel, especially since animals she rescues and picks up running at large are to be held/housed at that location. We also feel that if it weren’t for the fact that she is a Humane Police Officer, she would/should have been already fined and closed down due to the multitude of issues found at her kennel alone. We are also asking that her status as a Humane Police Officer be revoked.

Tina Frankert
1,910 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to Theatre Historical Society of America, Kelly-Rielly-Nell-Barna Associates, Joe Masher, Richard Fosbrink

Hands Off The Hollywood Theater - Keep Our Local Theater Out of National Hands!

  Our Request: We, the undersigned, respectfully request that the Theatre Historical Society and Kelly-Rielly-Nell-Barna Associates mutually agree to cancel the pending sale of the Hollywood Theater, and leave it in the hands of the Friends of the Hollywood Theater while they work toward purchasing the building themselves. After news of the sale broke, the response from the community on social media and in person was clear: Keep the Hollywood Weird! With the stated goal of showing second-run films at the theater and programming being handled by someone out-of-state, the purchase would change the theater's integration into the fabric of the local community; without the one-of-a-kind films FOHT routinely screens, or the availability of the space for citizens to hold birthday parties, weddings, or fundraisers for other non-profits, Dormont (and Pittsburgh as a whole) would lose a cherished community space. Whether giving those inside Dormont a neighborhood gem of which to be proud, or giving people outside of Dormont a reason to enjoy all of what Potomac Avenue has to offer, the Hollywood Theater under the direction of FOHT has given the community a true cultural and economic anchor. With so few art house theaters remaining in Pittsburgh, and a poor track record for second-run theaters in the region, it is imperative that the Theater continue to operate as it has.  Richard Fosbrink, the executive director of THS, has said he wants to focus on what is 'successful'. But we believe that the true success of art and community are not dictated by profit, but rather the extent to which they engage the hearts and minds of those who experience them. FOHT has realized that success, which is why we want its stewardship of the theater to continue unabated. Why the Hollywood Theater Matters To Me: My story of the Hollywood Theater began over 50 years ago. In the 1950s and 60s, my paternal grandfather lived with his 8 siblings on Espy Avenue just a few yards from the theater. On Saturdays, they would attend the morning cartoons and feature show. In the 1970s, my dad lived on Kelton Avenue nearby and he would attend movies weekly with my paternal grandfather at the Hollywood and at the now demolished South Hills Theater. In 2008, I moved with my family back to my dad’s childhood home on Kelton. Just after I moved to Pittsburgh in 2009, the Friends of the Hollywood Theater reopened the theater. It was not long before I was going to see movies with my dad which included Jaws, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and Sorcerer. As I got older, I started to go to the Hollywood more often by myself. Over time, I went more and more and got to know the staff. The theater became almost like a second home. The Friends of the Hollywood Theater have been successfully running the theater and they were planning on buying the theater this year. This beloved theater of mine and of many is now in danger. The national non-profit organization Theatre Historical Society (THS) is planning to buy the building. The announcement was sprung on the Friends without warning. Richard Fosbrink, executive director of THS, was originally on the Friends of the Hollywood Theater board. He proposed that the theater play second-run films. As such, we have reason to believe that he continues to want this. This plan would kill the theater. Consider this: Do you know any second-run theaters in Pittsburgh? No? That is because every time a theater goes second-run, it fails. There is no need or want for such a theater. We have Netflix and MoviePass. The time between theatrical release and physical/digital release is shortening. People come to the Hollywood Theater not for a month-old Transformers movie but for the unique and eclectic programming that is only available at the Hollywood. Not only does the Hollywood provide a unique lineup of films but it is influenced and fueled by the people who visit. If the sale goes through, the programming at the Hollywood will be handled by THS board member Joe Masher, who does not even live in Pittsburgh. Currently, the programming is set by Joseph Morrison, who lives in Pittsburgh and is often working at the theater during screenings. Morrison understands what local movie fans want to see, and is loyal to the Pittsburgh community. The plan of showing second-run films is not their only problem. The members of THS have started a Change.org petition against the purchase of the theater and the overall transparency of the board. The board refuses to show anything about their financials to their members. This can mean one of two things: either they have little money and are going to ruin the group by buying and maintaining the expensive theater, or they have a lot of money which they refuse to talk about. Both possibilities are shady and bothersome to locals worried about the purchase. We must take action now to help save the beloved Hollywood Theater. Don’t let it fall into the wrong hands, and ruin the theater that so many of us have come to cherish. Please sign this petition, and let your voice be heard. Please join in solidarity with the Friends of Hollywood Theater and the current staff of the Hollywood Theater. If the current purchase of the Hollywood Theater by THS goes through, fans of the theater will not support it until it is returned to owners with the best interest of local movie fans at heart.   

Dean Robbins
7,104 supporters