SALINAS, Calif. - A fake animal rescue group has settled a lawsuit with prosecutors in Monterey, Fresno, Contra Costa and Tulare counties.
Under the terms of the agreement, Crystal Kisicki and St. Francis All Creature Rescue and Sanctuary are barred from possessing or "rescuing" any animal, selling or adopting out animals, working or interacting with animals, or adopting, buying or otherwise procuring any animals from any source.
A permanent injunction also prohibits St. Francis All Creature Rescue and Sanctuary and Kisicki from starting up or working with another animal rescue group and soliciting potential adopters or monetary donors. Any web pages or social media profiles used to solicit donations or display animals must be taken down.
In June 2013, the SPCA for Monterey County responded to consumer complaints and found St. Francis All Creature and Rescue Sanctuary and Kisicki were offering 17 unhealthy, malnourished animals for adoption at local pet stores.
The animals were seized, and soon after, the Central California SPCA seized 61 animals from Kisicki's rural Fresno County property. The animals were in poor condition, without adequate food, water, shelter or veterinary care.
Kisicki and the organization also were conducting fraudulent adoption events in Contra Costa and Tulare counties. It was also determined that Kisicki had a history of animal hoarding dating back to the 1990s.
In January 2014, Kisicki pled guilty to two counts of animal cruelty in Monterey County. She was sentenced to three years of informal probation and 10 days in jail, and ordered to pay restitution to the SPCA for Monterey County.
The civil case was filed in February 2014 in order to seek permanent restrictions on Kisicki's contact with animals and to make sure that St. Francis All Creature Rescue and Sanctuary would stop defrauding consumers.