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RESCUE INK IS OUT OF THE LB ANIMAL SHELTER! Eviction or Voluntary?

RI is Leaving? Already Looks Like No One is Home! Have Some Pride...
RI is Leaving? Already Looks Like No One is Home! Have Some Pride...
Monday, July 29th, Joe Panz, President of Rescue Ink posts this statement on the organization's official website: 

"Another Rescue Ink Mission Successfully Accomplished for Long Beach, NY In 2011, Rescue Ink agreed to help serve the citizens of Long Beach, N.Y. by opening and creating an infrastructure for a municipal animal shelter. We are proud to announce—despite the innumerable challenges brought upon the shelter by Hurricane Sandy 2012—that we are ready to transfer the municipal shelter back to the city.

Rescue Ink remains positive that the city of Long Beach will embrace the shelter with the same care and compassion that we have demonstrated. We will continue to help the Long Beach animals in need, and Rescue Ink will always make its members available to help stop abuse and neglect, and educate the public when needed.

We thank the city of Long Beach for the opportunity to create a safe haven for its forgotten animals. Rescue Ink's core mission remains strong: to rescue abused and neglected animals worldwide, as we have done successfully for over a decade. Sincerly, Joe Panz President, Rescue Ink"

Now, with the exception of the misspelling of "Sincerely," we know Joe didn't write this statement because he doesn't know big words like innumerable and educate. Clearly, this is a PR spun statement from a sort-of-professional. Perhaps RI is being permitted the dignity of promoting it as a voluntary departure. 

Is it possible that the many investigations into Rescue Ink by multiple agencies are finally starting to pay off? Was RI evicted from the shelter? If so, on what grounds?

Anyone with information is welcome to discuss here, all theories and guesses too. 
Diana Prince July 30, 2013 at 02:49 PM
Andy, that statement that Joe "wrote" is clearly a PR spin...
andy napolitano July 30, 2013 at 03:13 PM
Well I believe it's a PR spin but I don't believe Joe wrote it. He can't put two sentences together without misspelling a few words. Also I wonder why hamburger man isn't on this site? He's funny. He thinks he's the president of something. Totally delusional.
Angie Loiodice Gambuzza July 30, 2013 at 03:14 PM
Didn't they just have a fundraiser on the 1st of July to raise money for the shelter?? Where are those funds?
BSM July 30, 2013 at 03:41 PM
I would feel much better about this if the city had already established a plan to turn the shelter over to another entity. Right now it appears to be in limbo with no responsible manager. God bless the volunteers for their dedication and caring, but the shelter needs experienced management.
Diana Prince July 30, 2013 at 04:49 PM
BSM, the shelter didn't have management before. Joe and Ant never were there and did not do any work. It was run by volunteers and hopefully they will stick around, besides the maggot filled food, they were doing an ok job. Let's hope a real shelter manager finally takes it over and makes it a decent place.
Jazzy44 July 30, 2013 at 08:17 PM
Volunteers are still there and some if the RI guys are running it until the right people come in. Believe me no one has abanded the animals.
Diana Prince July 30, 2013 at 08:21 PM
Jazzy, would you please tell us which RI guys are running it? The only two official members are Joe and Ant. Is it either of them?
Diana Prince July 30, 2013 at 08:34 PM
You're "with Rescue Ink" Hamburgler. Therefore, the money would be in your pocket for you to spend on Burger King and cigarettes.
teresa July 30, 2013 at 09:05 PM
RI was just at the street fair in LB a week ago and when i went by they were sitting there asking for money -they said they would take a dollar told them i didnt have a dollar so they asked for a quarter-they seemed so desperate it was pathetic and knowing about how they abandoned animals at the shelter before sandy i wouldnt give them a dime!
Leonard Bauman July 30, 2013 at 09:52 PM
Cheeseburger, Hamburger, what is your real name please? Welcome to What's My Line? I'm you host Leonard Bauman, meet our panel: Arlene Francis, Melba Tolliver, Kitty Carlisle, and of course, Soupy Sales.
Diana Prince July 30, 2013 at 09:59 PM
Better stuff it under the mattress, cause all of you are headed down the same road paved with stolen money.
SPF -30 July 30, 2013 at 11:21 PM
passive aggressive whacko's
Diana Prince July 31, 2013 at 12:56 AM
Protecting animals is not passive-aggressive behavior. You try harming an animal and you will also find out. There is nothing less than straightforward about that.
Diana Prince July 31, 2013 at 08:06 AM
So...you're "with Rescue Ink," but you find me calling you "Hamburgler" abusive? Yep. You fit the profile to be member. Want to talk passive-aggressive? How about someone who claims to be with Rescue Ink, The Long Beach Dog & Cat Murderers, yet is too afraid to reveal his name? I assure you, if it is discovered who you are, and that you had anything to do with the deaths of those animals, you will also pay the price that Joe and Ant are paying/going to pay. If you think that is a threat, you would be correct. It is not illegal to flat out tell you that you will be reported to all the agencies who currently are investigating those two pieces of scum. They will pay the legal price for what they have done. And so will you. That's why you hide, and why it is you that is passive-aggressive.
Diana Prince July 31, 2013 at 09:03 AM
Are you trying to say those things happened to you? And what money are you referring to? If you would stop being obstinate there are many, hundreds probably, people who are interested in making sure RI is finished. You can't even make it clear whether you support them or not. I am asking you sincerely. Will you please start over and explain what you are looking for?
Nina July 31, 2013 at 10:56 AM
Thank you to the LB residents who helped get the city council to realize that Rescue Ink was not fulfilling the requirements of their contract for running the animal shelter, and getting them removed! As for the animals at the shelter, the city of LB has 2 full-time animal control officers who should ensure the animals at the shelter are properly looked after and cared for. There is also a group of dedicated volunteers who are willing to help. As far as Rescue Ink goes…apparently Joe and Ant were hardly ever at the shelter and expected unpaid volunteers to do the work of caring for the animals even though the city pays Rescue Ink $15,000 a year to run the shelter. The facility was not properly cared for and volunteers had to ask people for donations of food and cat litter. What a shame! These are the same guys who go around claiming to teach others how to properly care for animals, and they can’t even properly take care of the animals at the shelter they are supposed to run for the city. This is the second time Rescue Ink members have abandoned animals! It should be 100% clear by now that Rescue Ink cares more about getting booked for “appearances” than taking care of and finding homes for animals in shelters. Don’t believe me? Go look at their website where they removed their “adoption” link and replaced it with a “Book Rescue Ink for an event” link.
Leonard Bauman July 31, 2013 at 09:23 PM
Cats and Dogs come first, Volunteers come second, Rescue Inc. should come last, never before the cats and dogs requiring temporary shelter until they are adopted. We adopt Rescue Inc. into the Long Beach Hall of Shame! Shame! Shame! Shame! Shame on You Rescue Inc.!
Eddie August 01, 2013 at 07:51 AM
It is becoming apparent that the present City administration can't even run a dog shelter. This is a disgrace.
Diana Prince August 01, 2013 at 10:39 AM
Eddie, is there something more going on now that RI is out?
andy napolitano August 01, 2013 at 02:31 PM
@Eddie the City was never responsible for running the shelter. That was why they hired Rescue Ink & paid them $15,000.00 to do it. All the City is responsible for is maintaining the building, paying the utilities including the vetenary bills & making sure the building is livable. Rescue Ink was responsible for taking care of the animals, making sure they are fed, healthy, & trying to get them adopted out. The City does have 2 animal control officers that should have been checking in on the shelter & letting the City Council know that things have been going downhill.
Diana Prince August 01, 2013 at 03:00 PM
Andy, the reason I've asked Eddie the question is because the City is currently in charge and I would like to know if he's speaking about the past or present. If the City is also doing a poor job currently, then that's a problem.
Rich Croten August 01, 2013 at 04:56 PM
The city is ultimately in charge. This is just another department that is being terribly mismanaged under the cities care. Look at the Recreation Dept,Police Dept, and City Hall. Total incompetence across the board! Did they ever find the forty thousand dollars that the recreation commissioner LOST ??????
Hamburger August 01, 2013 at 07:32 PM
Speak my name
Penquin August 02, 2013 at 10:09 AM
Animals are such innocent victims.
Diana Prince August 02, 2013 at 11:38 AM
Is Joe now saying they AREN'T leaving? The statement on the front page of the Rescue Ink website has been rewritten.
andy napolitano August 02, 2013 at 07:18 PM
I'm sure the City is holding them to their contract which doesn't expire until October. Joe is probably mad as hell but if he breaks the contract he would probably have to pay back the $15,000.00 they gave him & we all know he's so broke. I guess he'll start begging for donations again.
Diana Prince August 02, 2013 at 07:52 PM
A new FB page, looks interesting - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rescue-Ink-Former-Members-Volunteers-and-Supporters/631198343558751
BSM August 02, 2013 at 10:08 PM
I have two cats and I know how much I spend on their care. I can't quite get my head around anybody being able to properly care for the animals, feed, vets, litter, and maintain the building on $15000 per year. Unless there are far fewer animals than I imagine.
Diana Prince August 02, 2013 at 11:34 PM
Most food and litter is donated, the vet care is donated or done at a huge discount, and the city is responsible to maintain the building.
Diana Prince April 10, 2014 at 03:35 PM
Be sure to go to RESCUE INK FORMER MEMBERS, VOLUNTEERS, AND SUPPORTERS on FB to see the new fraud alert and documentation that prove that Rescue Ink has been collecting donations illegally.

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