Angel's Gate Closed Following PETA Investigation, AG's Lawsuit

By WBNG News

Angel's Gate Closed Following PETA Investigation, AG's Lawsuit

January 28, 2013 Updated Jan 28, 2013 at 11:11 AM EST

DELHI, N.Y. (WBNG Binghamton) -- As part of the settlement of a lawsuit by the New York State Office of the Attorney General, Angel's Gate, Inc., a self-proclaimed animal "hospice and rehabilitation center" in Delhi, run by its founder Susan Marino, has been closed.

According to a news release:

The attorney general's action followed a review of evidence from PETA's undercover investigation of Angel's Gate that revealed rampant, severe, and often fatal neglect of sick, injured, and dying animals.

Angel's Gate and Marino acknowledged that they had knowingly failed to account for donations since June 2007 in violation of New York law. The settlement prohibits Marino from caring for or harboring any animals other than her own "pets" and from being an officer or a director of an organization that holds charitable funds for 10 years. Additionally, Marino was banned from owning any animals for six months by order of Kortright Town Justice Yvonne Pagillo on November 7, 2012. That ruling came as a result of cruelty-to-animals charges against Marino—also prompted by PETA's findings.

"This ruling means that people will no longer unwittingly relinquish their animals or their money to that hell on Earth formerly known as Angel's Gate," says PETA Senior Vice President of Cruelty Investigations Daphna Nachminovitch. "It's also a wakeup call to keep your eyes wide open if you are considering passing your animal on to an outfit that sounds good but is anything but."