ARK Animal Rescue Saves Abandoned Dogs & Cats
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Chapter 7 - The Public Hearing


The Cast: DeLand City Staff, Commissioners, and Their Witnesses

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and woman merely players.

T hey have their exits and their entrances;

And one man in his time plays many parts….

A soldier full of strange oaths….

Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,

Seeking the bubble reputation even in the cannon’s mouth….

Last scene of all, that ends this strange eventful history,

Is second childishness, and mere oblivion….”As You Like It, Shakespeare


“True is the saying that ‘every Cock is proud on his own dunghill.’” -- Remains, Camden 1674


DeLand’s Public Employees and Commissioners: Manager Michael Pleus; Police Chief Bill Ridgeway; Deputy Chief Gary Batten; Deputy Chief Randel Henderson; Assistant Manager Dale Arrington; Chief Building Official Matt Adair; Code Enforcement Officer Mark Ellison; Code Enforcement/Animal Control Officer Michelle Realander; Detective Yohana Sanchez; Attorney Darren Elkind; Animal Control Officer Gary Thomas; Police Officers T.J. Petrella, Juan Millan, Greg McWhorter; Several Firemen; Commissioners Mayor Bob Apgar, Charles Paiva, Leigh Matusick, Vonzelle Johnson, Phil Martin.


DeLand’s Witnesses at the Hearing: Val-U-Vet Erin Gray; DeLand Animal Hospital owners Deborah Ulbrich and Thomas MacPhail; Code Enforcement Officer Michelle Realander; Detective Yohana Sanchez; Officer Juan Millan.

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“If you have integrity, nothing else matters.” -- Alan Simpson

ARK’s Witnesses at the Hearing: Attorney and animal rescue activist Julie Osborne; Attorney Anissa Bolton; Police Detective/ARK Board Kim Eastin; Licensed Dog Behaviorist Ali Curtiss and an ARK rescue she trained as a service dog; Altamonte Animal Hospital Manager Melissa Coleman representing Dr. Glen Larkin, DVM; FloridaWild Veterinary Hospital Owner/Veterinarian Dr. Erin Holder; Center Tenant Jennifer Johnson; Center Night Watchman Daniel Johnson; Animal Caregiver Jim Brown; Center Receptionist Tera Updike; ARK President Maggi Hall. More than two dozen additional witnesses asked to testify.[1]


The Production - The Comedy Unfolds [2]


Dedicated to City Attorney Darren Elkind:

“Not surprisingly, lawyers proliferate like flies…rustling in their silks...and chains of gold,

they build gorgeous houses, sumptuous edifices.... At the expense of others…. In

presence of their clients, they will be so earnest one with another…but immediately

after their clients being gone, they laugh in their sleeves, to see how prettily they fetch

in such sums of money…. Little wonder that bringing suit is often more headache than

it’s worth. The more ye stir a turd, the worse it will stink.” – Remains, Camden, 1674


November 19By the day of the hearing ARK had received hundreds of dollars in donations to cover legal fees. Letters of support were mailed, emailed, and hand delivered to Manager Pleus, Assistant Manager Arrington, and Mayor Apgar. Those letters didn’t appear in Court and neither did Pleus, Arrington, or Apgar.

        The hearing was held at the Volusia County Courthouse to decide the dispersal of the confiscated animals; not to address allegations of animal cruelty though that was exactly what Elkind planned to do. Darren Elkind squirmed with excitement in anticipation of publicly unveiling on wide screen the city’s “surprise” evidence; evidence he illegally withheld from ARK’s attorney during discovery. Support for ARK was remarkable.         The assigned Courtroom was small so only a few dozen were allowed entry. In fact, officials at the front door of the courthouse asked visitors which case they were coming to hear. When they answered ARK they were turned away. The hall outside the Courtroom was packed, standing room only. ARK’s dozen witnesses and another two dozen begging to testify were allowed in the Courtroom as well as those supporting the city.

        The media was present inside and out, cameras and notepads geared for action. Also present were Gloria Thomas and sidekick Karen Clark, who “happened” to need a rolling walker to wander through the corridors though during the raid she was a bubbling spring of energy rushing from one media source to another. Clark’s roller was piled high with documents which made ARK supporters surmise she fed fuel to the city’s fire against ARK and Hall.

        ARK witnesses included two attorneys who recently visited the Center, a veterinarian, a veterinarian’s hospital manager, adopters, volunteers, a child who penned a supportive poem, and a licensed dog behaviorist who adopted a dog ARK took from DeLand’s Second Chance. She trained him as a service dog. He was at her side to testify for ARK.

        Tanner Andrews, ARK’s attorney as well as Daniel Johnson’s, pulled a wagon brimming with hundreds of documents into Court.

        Judge Green entered, the Courtroom fell silent, and the saga unfolded.


“I fear the malice of some discontented persons…wherewith the

Court is overmuch sprinkled.” -- Queen Elizabeth I, 1574, Roanoke, 2002


        Attorney Darren Elkind took center stage, itching to perform; his dramatic remarks spewing forth: “Your Honor, ARK was not a ‘No Kill Facility;’ it was a ‘Slow Kill Facility,’ and we can prove it.” Animals hadn't died at the Center and Elkind had no proof; his statement was disgusting and false. But ARK soon would learn Elkind often made deceitful remarks.

        Then Elkind exploded in feigned outrage, “And there was something funny going on with the mortgage payments. ARK’s adoption money paid the mortgage!” His second false claim to the Court insinuated fraud. ARK owned the building; it should pay the mortgage. But only twice was ARK able to pay the $1,900 monthly payment. The lender, United Southern Bank, required Hall and her husband remain on the note to protect the property from foreclosure. Only ARK’s Board knew who paid the mortgage: Dr. and Mrs. Ronald L. Hall. Elkind wanted people to believe Hall was profiting personally from selling animals and at the same time abusing them. Had he no shame?


“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with

important matters.” -- Einstein 


        After Elkind’s flood of falsehoods he called Michelle Realander to the stand. Under oath Realander (L) detailed the “horrible” conditions of the animals, her testimony conflicting with her prior report to her superiors that the animals didn’t need to be removed. Elkind asked Realander to interpret her video taken as her army stormed ARK interrupting volunteers’ early morning animal care routine.

        It was no coincidence Realander arrived at 8:30am. She knew ARK didn’t open to the public until 10am after care giving duties were complete - like all shelters. Arriving before volunteers finished their chores would give city staff great photographs of litter boxes filled during the night. What could be more perfect than to raid a facility BEFORE morning cleaning and feeding had been completed?

        In the first scene as they approached the building in their surprise attack, Realander and her filmmaker, Officer Juan Millan, “captured” Daniel Johnson, the “registered sex offender,” cleaning a dog kennel – which was what he was supposed to do. The officials wandered inside “catching” another volunteer coming out of the cat isolation room with water bucket in hand - doing what she was supposed to do. In fact the city’s proof of animal cruelty showed the opposite; volunteers were caring for the animals.

        The film crew then wandered outside to the back of the property to photograph a dog scratching the ground, nose pushing around in the dirt, his wading pool muddy because he loved rolling in dirt then splashing in water; the dog delivered to ARK two days prior to the raid as requested by Deputy Chief Randel Henderson because it had bitten an officer and everyone was afraid of him.

        During her “interpretation” of the film Realander ignored the care volunteers were giving animals, only highlighting the dog eating dirt as if he were “starving” and the “filthy pool” as evidence of abuse. Realander failed to mention that shelters and hospitals don’t leave food in a kennel overnight just as humans don’t sit all day in front of a plate of meat and potatoes.

        The video failed to reveal the shelf in the basement packed with dog and cat food – but then that would prove ARK had food – good food – disproving the city’s claim ARK hadn’t decent food for the animals.

In cross-examination ARK’s attorney asked Realander about an email she wrote Sergeant McWhorter stating “Animals do not need to be removed....” Realander replied, “That’s what I thought, but I was told to confiscate them.”

        “Who told you to confiscate them?” Andrews asked to which Realander replied “my boss” though she failed to mention his name and Andrews didn’t request it. Sitting beside Elkind was Matt Adair, Chief Building Officer, and Realander’s supervisor and “close friend.” Adair chose not to attend the confiscation he ordered but was there to see the outcome. Matt Adair, who helped plan the raid, though told by his underling that the animals didn’t need to be taken, pompously ordered the raid anyway. Matt Adair, ex-Marine, finally garnered courage to appear in public though with a police officer securely by his side.

        Elkind next called Erin Gray a Val-U-Vet employee and former FloridaWild Veterinary Hospital client. After graduating from veterinary school Gray sent her resume to FloridaWild. She wasn’t even invited for an interview. No one in the Courtroom except ARK’s attorney and Hall’s family knew Gray would be unreliable if not blatantly biased.

        Val-U-Vet was the city’s vet clinic, Manager Pleus’ clinic, and the clinic that settled a sizable lawsuit brought against it by FloridaWild. A fired FloridaWild staffer stole the hospital’s client database, got a job at Val-U-Vet, then uploaded the information so the clinic could announce in a mass mailing its new hire and grooming business, K9 Korner. However, not only did the hospital commit a felony it also made a false statement: Val-U-Vet didn’t own the name K9 Korner; FloridaWild did.[3] As a reminder, FloridaWild’s owner, Dr. Erin Holder, was Maggi Hall’s daughter. It was no coincidence Erin Gray was selected to testify against ARK, Hall, and FloridaWild. And she thoroughly enjoyed her chance to do so.

        Comfortably seated in the witness stand and under oath, Erin Gray began narration of the most shocking piece of fabricated so-called evidence she and Realander created; evidence illegally and intentionally withheld from ARK’s attorney during discovery in preparation for the hearing.

        Gray’s “hard and visual proof of cruelty” was shocking because the video was not taken while the animals were on site; the video was taken more than 48 hours after the last time volunteers were allowed to complete their duties; 48 hours during which food, water, cleaning, medicating, litter box changing, and poop scooping were disallowed by DeLand officials. (UNKNOWN TO ARK: Gray wrote a ten page diatribe of lies for Darren Elkind even claiming she feed and watered the animals and poop scooped litter trays.)[4] [ARK’s photos taken after the raid proved her “statement” false.]

        ARK’s witnesses weren’t disturbed by the appalling video intended to substantiate cruelty; ARK had photographs of what city soldiers did to the Center after the raid. ARK’s witness, former detective Kim Eastin, allowed in as the raid unfolded would testify that the conditions she observed during the raid were not the images displayed on Gray’s video – further proof of a conspiracy.

        In an attempt to establish Gray’s lack of credibility and obvious prejudice, ARK’s attorney asked Gray if she examined all animals. She responded yes and that they were in appalling shape. When Andrews asked if she had medical records to substantiate her findings she responded “No.” The woman claimed to have “examined” over 100 animals, found them in dire shape, demanded they be confiscated, yet had no medical records to back up her claim? [It was noted by numerous by-standers that Gray was in the building less than an hour to examine over 100 animals.[5] There was no way any vet could examine even a dozen animals in an hour.]

        Witnesses waiting to testify later said Gray’s video was outrageous. “How can the city get away with something so deliberately false? And how can Gray live with herself?” they asked.[6]

        Elkind then called Detective Sanchez to the stand. The first statement Sanchez uttered, “A sex offender is living at ARK.”

        Judge Green looked at Elkind with disdain, “What does that have to do with anything?” and ordered Sanchez’s statement struck from the record.

        Elkind didn’t like Judge Green’s decision, arguing, “That sex offender kept good volunteers from going there. People were afraid of him.” Elkind’s inflammatory remarks were false. ARK’s attorney had a stack of volunteer forms to prove otherwise. But Elkind wasn’t interested in the truth.

        Next Elkind called Jim Brown, a homeless volunteer who was spending a few weeks at the Center with his wife. Elkind’s first question to expose another “scruffy” volunteer who cleaned dog poop was, “Have you ever been convicted of a crime?” Brown answered yes. Apparently Elkind hoped to elicit further proof that ARK’s practice of recruiting “unsavory” volunteers in downtown DeLand frightened away reputable ones which then caused ARK’s animals to suffer.

        Elkind next called Officer Juan Millan to describe the wretched scene and odor at the Center. Millan enjoyed his time on stage, dramatically “gagging” as he “claimed” he did when he walked into the Center. “You could smell it before you walked in the front door.”

        Then Elkind unsheathed his dagger by calling to the stand Jennifer Johnson, the Center’s tenant. Johnson was required to read excerpts from her private diary. Elkind selected a segment where she expressed frustration because volunteers had not shown that day. Elkind apparently chose this isolated incident in an attempt to prove ARK didn’t care for animals. All Johnson had to do was pick up the phone and call for help and it arrived. ARK animals never wanted for anything. Johnson, her husband, and ARK volunteers from Stetson students to retirees to community service people took excellent care of the animals.

        Did Elkind want to show Judge Green that Johnson’s grammar was in need of correction to insinuate she couldn’t properly care for animals? (Johnson later said she believed Elkind was trying to embarrass her, to prove she couldn’t care for animals. Johnson told the West Volusia Beacon she thought it “wasn’t fair that her words were used to make the place she calls home look bad. ‘They used my personal diary against me.’”)[7]

        Marching next to the witness stand were vets from DeLand Animal Hospital, husband and wife, Deborah Ulbrich and Thomas MacPhail, who received their veterinary training at an unaccredited off-shore school. ARK used their clinic in desperation when eight puppies were abandoned in the wee hours of the morning and FloridaWild wasn’t open. ARK volunteers feared Parvo, a contagious virus, warning Ulbrich ARK had no money.

Ulbrich replied “No problem” but weeks later after the eight puppies died the hospital sent ARK a bill for over $3,800. For months the hospital’s attorney threatened ARK with a lawsuit so w hen the doctors strutted to the stand ARK’s attorney knew they’d be biased if not totally untruthful.

        On cross examination ARK’s attorney asked MacPhail, “Can you describe the cats you received?” MacPhail was confused with the question and requested it be repeated. Andrews did to which MacPhail replied “Well, they have four legs; some are brown, some white.”

        Evidently MacPhail and wife Ulbrich weren’t interested in the medical background of the cats because they didn’t request records from the city or ARK and the city didn’t care if the records were ever matched with ARK’s animals, further evidence the city and their vet witnesses cared little for the animals’ welfare.

        MacPhail’s wife, Ulbrich, fared no better under cross-examination. Ulbrich stated cats required at least 4x4 cubic feet of space per cat, sick or healthy, insinuating ARK didn’t have appropriate housing yet she’d never been in ARK’s Center and had no idea the type of housing used.

        Florida veterinarians are immune from prosecution for testifying in animal abuse cases. They cannot be held accountable for statements against an “alleged abuser.” Anything goes and nothing can be done; no retribution for false statements, unprofessional conduct, misrepresentation, lying under oath, or retaliation. Erin Gray, Deborah Ulbrich, and Thomas McPhail knew there was nothing ARK could do about their despicable testimonies. They also knew city officials were their cloak of armor.[8]

        Elkind finished. It was time to hear ARK’s story. Witnesses waiting to testify had far more impressive credentials that Elkind’s biased few. Julie Osborne, Daytona Beach attorney and long-time animal advocate visited the Center two days prior to the raid, calling Hall to exclaim, “The place and animals look wonderful!” [9]

        Also waiting to testify was Dr. Holder, the veterinarian who examined the cats in the isolation room two days earlier. Holder was an honor graduate of the University Of Florida College Of Veterinary Medicine and an adjunct professor at the facility, on the list of veterinarians for the Central Florida Zoo, a published author, and winner of numerous awards including the National Senior Research Project for all veterinary colleges in the United States. Forget Holder was Maggi Hall’s daughter; her impeccable credentials spoke volumes.

         Altamonte Veterinary Hospital’s office manager was to testify on Dr. Larken’s behalf. Additional credible witnesses were anxious to be heard.

        Tanner Andrews called his first witness, Maggi Hall. For the first time since the hearing began Judge Green turned to face a witness. It appeared Green was genuinely interested in hearing ARK’s story. When the city’s witnesses spoke Green looked directly at Elkind, not his witnesses. Green kept her eyes focused on Hall as Hall answered. Hall looked directly at the Judge when answering.

        Andrews asked Hall to describe forms which included ARK’s animal care protocol sheets, volunteer forms, and copies of medical treatments for 2012, refuting the claim ARK didn’t keep records or properly care for the animals. Adoption and surrender forms were stolen by the city.[10] But the city already had a copy of all of ARK’s records: medical, intake, adoption, volunteer; yet none were brought to court by the city.

        Then Andrews pulled from his wagon a stack of photographs depicting the wanton destruction allowed by Realander and the city’s soldiers, asking Hall to describe the scenes.

        Elkind jumped from his seat, protesting stridently, “No, we’re not going to allow that. There’s writing on those.”

        But it wasn’t the writing on the photographs that frightened Elkind; it was the photos themselves – visual destruction by city employees. Elkind received copies of the incriminating photographs during discovery yet Elkind didn’t reveal to ARK’s attorney the videos taken the day of the raid or the following day by Erin Gray. There was no way Darren Elkind, DeLand City Hall, and the police wanted those photos made public.

        “Yep, sure is.” quipped Andrews, “Descriptions of the scenes photographed after the raid.”

        “No, can’t allow,” protested Elkind, obviously agitated.

        “Okay,” cooperated Andrews, “then I guess I’ll just have to tear the comments off” and he proceeded to do so while Judge Green called a recess.

        As Darren Elkind turned to leave the Courtroom he came face to face with an ARK witness and Elkind’s colleague, attorney Julie Osborne. Evidently shocked he worriedly exclaimed, “What are you doing here?” Osborne responded, “I’m here to testify on behalf of ARK’s animals.”[11]

        When the Court reconvened Andrews was finishing up with his separation of photos from comments and Hall was still on the witness stand having been warned not to talk to anyone. Elkind approached Andrews and whispered something. Darren Elkind and two others sitting beside him, Matt Adair, Chief Building Official, and Randel Henderson, Deputy Police Chief, evidently concluded during recess they didn’t want Hall to continue testifying; testimony which would prove the city had no legitimate reason for the RAID; testimony that would vindicate ARK and embarrass the city.

        Andrews nodded agreement as Elkind informed Judge Green, “The city wants to settle.”

        The Judge agreed so the attorneys, Henderson, and Hall went into a back room. Then, according to Hall, Elkind shut the door, saying to Hall, “Look, whether I agree or not, DeLand can’t stay No Kill without you; Second Chance can’t continue operating without ARK. We need to stop wasting taxpayer’s money and end this hearing.”

        “Then why did you start this mess in the first place?” Hall demanded.

        “Because we had complaints,” Elkind and Henderson simultaneously whined to which Hall retorted, “Oh come on, you’ve known me for years. You think that stuff’s true? That I’d let anyone abuse an animal? You even left a biting dog with us two days before the raid, knowing you were planning a raid!”

        “But when we have complaints we have to investigate,” they blathered in unison.

        “Anonymous ones? If you had real people with legitimate complaints why didn’t you bring them to Court?” Hall questioned. “And if you really cared why didn’t you talk to me? You knew I’d been working with the city for months to find a place for both of us!!”

        Elkind continued, “The city wants to work with ARK” to which Hall replied, “I know, that’s why I’ve been meeting with them and you knew it! Chief Ridgeway knew it! Randy, you were at one of the meetings.”

Hall persisted, “You had no right taking our animals. We want them back. They’re healthy, vetted, and ready for adoption. We spent thousands on them.”

        “Can’t have ‘um,” declared Elkind.

“Why not? They’re ours!!”

        “Not gonna happen,” Elkind viciously stood his ground. “You can say anything you want to the press to save face, but you’re not gettin’ the animals back.”

        “Save face? I don’t need to save face. I’ve done nothing wrong,” Hall retorted.

        “You’re still not gettin’ the animals back.”

        Elkind illegally denied ARK its property slapping down the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution. At the raid Hall was coerced into signing away twelve dogs, never signing away ownership of the cats or the remaining 15 dogs.

         But Hall realized no matter what she said or did the city wasn’t about to give ARK’s animals back. To do so would admit guilt; would prove the city was vindictive, had wasted taxpayers’ money; and had, in fact, acted illegally.

       ARK was beaten. Elkind, Pleus, Arrington, Adair, Realander, Ridgeway, Henderson, and all the others won. They couldn’t prove Daniel Johnson, the registered sex offender, was living at ARK’s Center but they could hurt ARK and Hall through its animals. City Hall won. Animals lost.

        “Promise me they’ll be safe and we’ll work with the city, but put it in writing.”

         Elkind agreed and the four returned to the Courtroom. As Henderson passed Hall he whispered, “Maggi, you’ve got to understand, I was following orders....” Hall retorted, “Really? So was Eichmann. He just arranged transportation!”[12]

         Hall returned to the counsel table and waited while the two attorneys spoke with Judge Green. Elkind broke away from the legal gathering, sauntered over to Hall, leaned on the table with one arm, and inquired, a broad grin on his face, “Do I really need to put it in writing? It’ll take too long and it’s getting late.”

       Maggi Hall was about to make the biggest mistake of her life. Just as she had done for a decade working with the city, Hall foolishly trusted another city official, one who seemed to enjoy smearing her name in Court and the newspapers - Darren Elkind. How could she be so naive?

         Elkind and Adair set her up and she didn’t see it coming. When several supporters seated behind her heard what she and Elkind discussed and her response to his question, they admitted they cringed in horror.[13] With a dozen witnesses waiting hours to testify for ARK, with hundreds of documents proving ARK’s record of success, Hall foolishly believed Darren Elkind.

        “Don’t bother Darren. I trust you,” Hall responded. In her defense Hall admitted she was thinking about the good ARK and the city would do and the money wasted on the RAID. It was time to save lives and stop the retaliation. Hall was ready to forgive the city even though Elkind refused to return ARK’s animals.

        Elkind explained to Judge Green what the settlement would entail. From the Court proceedings:

        

               MR. ELKIND: We’ve reached an agreement whereby they will forfeit the cats to the City....

               They want me to read a statement. It’s not going to be part of the court file or any of that,

               but I’m just writing out a statement that I’m going to state to the press about how it is. And,

               essentially, it’s going to be that the animals are turned over to the City of DeLand who,

               them to—or the City has tried to adhere to its no-kill philosophy--....

               And lastly, that the City and ARK will work together on a go forward—we have not

               sought in this petition nor in court today to stop the work of ARK, but that we will meet with

               the ARK representatives to come up with a game plan on a go-forward basis.... I don’t think

               I need to [read the statement] in open court. She wants it to the press so...

              THE COURT: People in court might want to know, too.

              MR. ELKIND: Okay. I’ll do it. Okay. Is that statement about right?

              MR. ANDREWS: I think that’s pretty well what we said.

              MR. ELKIND: Okay. And I’m just going to need—once I’m going to announce, if it pleases the

              Court?

              THE COURT: That’s fine.

              MR. ELKIND: I’m going to announce that and I’ll just make that statement on the record.

              THE COURT: Okay.

              MR. ELKIND: And then I’ll just ask the Court to ask Ms. Hall, on behalf of ARK, that she agrees

              that was the settlement.

              THE COURT: Okay. All right.

              MR. ELKIND: I’m just going to do it from memory. [Elkind wanted nothing in writing.]

(End of bench conference.)

              THE COURT: Okay. The parties have reached an agreement. The attorney for the City of

              DeLand is going to lay out the terms of the agreement.

              MR. ELKIND: Thank you, Your Honor.

              THE COURT: You’re welcome.

              MR. ELKIND. And thank you for the opportunity to talk. The agreement is that the 135

              animals that were seized on November 8th by the City of DeLand will be relinquished to

              the City of DeLand. The City of DeLand has, as it has for years now, tried to adhere to a

              no-kill philosophy to the best it can. And in accordance with our attempts to adhere to that

              philosophy has sent these animals to shelters that we think are appropriate.

                      The City will be relinquishing the custody of the animals to the facilities that currently

              have them and we hope that the community and others will step up and, of course, adopt

              them out. We have not in this petition, as the Court knows, attempted to obtain an injunction

              or otherwise prevent ARK from continuing its rescue mission and we have not, we have not,

              sought in court to do that either.

                     The plan, is, is that ARK representatives as well as representatives from the City of

              DeLand will get together to come up with a game plan on a go-forward basis. That’s not

              something we need court intervention for.

                     And that’s the agreement. And I’ve got Deputy Chief Randel Henderson on behalf of

              the City who has the authority to confirm—actually, I, as City Attorney, have the authority

              to confirm the settlement on behalf of the City and then--

              THE COURT: Okay. Well, Mr. Andrews, is that the understanding of you and your client?

              MR ANDREWS: That is the understanding.

              THE COURT: Okay. So you all agree to the statement just made by the City Attorney?

               MR. ANDREWS: That’s correct.

              THE COURT: All right. Then if there’s nothing further, court is adjourned.


        Hall, trusting Darren Elkind, gave the city what it wanted: Getting her off the witness stand. (And unknown to Hall and ARK volunteers at the time, Elkind and the city were not about to keep Elkind's promises before Judge Green - all lies he spewed out.) When television reporters interviewed Hall after the hearing she stated ARK and the animals won because the city would be working with ARK to save lives. Hall wasn’t about to talk negatively in the papers about the city because now the city and ARK would truly be partners! After all Darren Elkind promised that in Court before Judge Green.

        Little did Hall realize Darren Elkind, Michael Pleus, Dale Arrington, Bill Ridgeway, Randy Henderson, Matt Adair, and their team of conspirators had “different” plans for ARK, her, Dr. Holder, and FloridaWild Veterinary Hospital.

        Several people present in the Courtroom heard DeLand Animal Hospital owner Deborah Ulbrich wail to Darren Elkind after the Court adjourned, “What are we going to do with all those cats?”[14]

        Not only was the City of DeLand Florida guilty of harassment, conspiracy, lying, and abuse of power, city staff illegally denied ARK and Maggi Hall their constitutional rights under the First, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution.

[1] List of ARK witnesses, Tanner Andrews, 11.19.12

[2] Case No 2012 23623 CONS in the County Court, Seventh Judicial Circuit, in and for Volusia County FL, 11.19.12

[3] FloridaWild Veterinary Hospital LLC vs. Amy Susan Neiman and Val-U-Vet, Case # 2008-30084-CICI, 10.19.09

[4] Written statement from Erin Gray, 11.9.12

[5] Interview with Brittney Hoag, 11.10.12

[6] Statements from half a dozen in attendance at the hearing to Dr. Ronald Hall, 11.19.12

[7] “For one woman, ARK is a welcome home,” West Volusia Beacon, 11.26.12

[8] Florida Veterinary Immunity Statute, F.S.A. § 828.12

[9] In a phone conversation between Osborne and Hall, 11.6.12

[10] Photograph of records presented as evidence, 11.17.12

[11] In conversation with Osborne to Dr. Ronald Hall, 11.19.12

[12] Interview with M. Hall, 11.19.12

[13] In conversation with Osborne, Claussen, Amy Dendinger, and Dr. Ronald Hall, 11.19.12

[14] Interview with Dendinger, Billie Jo Harder, 11.19.12

PLAYERS IN THE COURTROOM  DRAMAL-R: Lawyer Darren Elkind, Matt Adair, Deputy Chief Randel Henderson, Michelle Realander, medical records proving ARK did care for animals, food proving ARK had more than adequate and good food; Not Pictured: Yohana Sanchez, Erin Grey, Deborah Ulbrich, Thomas MacPhail