Tuesday, January 8, 2013

How Was Rita Mueller, Alleged Killer Of Henry The Sharpei, Able To Evade Authorities For Six Months?

Rita Mueller
The answer to this question lies in the fundamental fact that animal welfare within the province of Ontario is in shambles. Last August Rita Mueller allegedly strangled a dog to death at Toronto Animal Services. If you are of the opinion that our animal welfare system is in no need of reform, ask yourself these questions :

- Why was Rita Mueller not arrested ON THE SPOT the day the alleged incident took place?

- Why did it take SIX MONTHS for the OSPCA and police to work together on the investigation?

- After being found guilty on multiple accounts of animal cruelty in October, why has Rita Mueller been able to spend the last two plus months continuing to house and broker animals? Just yesterday Ms. Mueller had at least 11 Pit Bull puppies in her possession, no doubt hoping to turn a quick profit. Some of these puppies were seized by authorities while some found their way into foster care through concerned citizens. It is unknown what will become of the seized pups, but since this is Ontario I think it's fair to say they will be destroyed.

What was Rita's defense with regard to Henry? She stated he had a ruptured aneurysm while in the room with her at Toronto Animal Services and publicly offered this statement :

"Henry did go very fast. He looked at peace and happy, the stress in his face was gone. I know Henry is happy where he is, pain free."

A disgusting statement issued by a psychopath. Can anyone imagine anything but pure fear in that dog's eyes as he gasped his last breaths? Did Rita Mueller watch him die or simply look away?

If the OSPCA, police, courts and provincial government wish to demonstrate that they take issues of animal abuse as seriously as they profess, there is but one further step to take. SENTENCE RITA MUELLER TO THE MAXIMUM as permitted by law. Anything else is unacceptable. I'm sure I'm not alone in that sentiment.

I will update this situation as more information becomes available.

Update January 8

Ms. Mueller appeared in court today after spending the past days in custody. After firing her counsel her hearing was adjourned until tomorrow. I will update tomorrow afternoon when more details become available, and when bail is determined.

Update January 9

Today Ms. Mueller was ordered held from anywhere between 12 to 36 months until the completion of the trial of Henry's death, of which she has been formally charged. Believe it or not her being held had nothing to do with the Henry case or past animal cruelty charges, rather the judge cited her for repeatedly failing to comply with court orders over the last seven years. The exact court orders were not revealed. So here is where things stand as of today :

- Rita Mueller will be incarcerated for some time. She is currently under protective custody.
- In February she will be sentenced on past charges of animal abuse, charged laid before Henry's death.
- While incarcerated she will have to go to trial to answer the charges in Henry's death.

We can only hope that the multiple sentences she receives added to the wait time for the trial of Henry's death will continue to keep this sick woman where she belongs.

Update Febuary12, 2012

Today Rita Mueller was sentenced to one year in jail for permitting and causing distress to 29 mixed breed dogs. She has also received a lifetime ban from owning or caring for any animals, and must pay $16537.03 in restitution to the OSPCA. Her son Michael received a fine of $2500.

***This sentencing does not take into account the charges with regard to Henry the Sharpei, which will be determined at a later date.

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  1. taking a life  wheither its a child or a dog  its still a life    she should get life herself   very very very cruel person    

  2. taking a life wheither it a child or a dog its still a life   she is very very very cruel   SHE SHOULD GET LIFE FOR TAKING A LIFE   

  3. I dealt with this dirt bag and listened to her side of the story from the FIRST incident when her daughters were taken from her. Her house was deemed UNFIT and then condemed due to the damage, and animal waste in the house. She was told she could only have one dog and as soon as child welfare approved of her new place she could get her girls back.. 6 months after she got the new place to live. I asked her if she got her girls back out of foster care.. She replied "no they are fine where they are" That floored me and told me all I needed to know and then called the OSPCA and was giving the investigator everything I could and tried to let them know what she was up to, I got emails from her asking for help getting dogs, mainly pit bulls to her. After several month of no to little response from the OSPCA, I realized like the SPCA here NOTHING was being done and I stopped helping.. I just dropped all contact with her. She borrowed large sums of money off people, and always was begging for money to help with dogs when we all know how she kept her dogs, not to mention how she lived period. THANK GOD that judge gave those dogs Justice. now hopefully he will give justice for Henry too and who ever let her be alone with that dog should be FIRED...

  4. I posted this on the original article on this website about what happened to Henry -

    I actually adopted a dog from this woman in August 2011 by finding
    her post on Kijiji. She claimed he was rescued hours away from being
    gassed in North Carolina and she coordinated a team to bring dogs from
    kill shelters in the states to Canada. From what I can gather this is
    still true.

    Unfortunately, even though she seemed to be
    extremely passionate about rescuing dogs (she worked with volunteers
    that fostered some dogs for her, got them out of shelters before they
    were killed and was networking to try and get them adopted at such
    places like Pawlooza) and I gave her $100.00 extra for the dog (I did
    feel at the time she was doing great work - she brought several dogs to
    meet me at a dog park and knew all of their stories and traits), she
    never returned my calls or emails after I adopted the dog to get his
    papers (she didn't want to release them immediately in case the person
    who adopts does not decide to keep the dog after a week or whatever).

    dog (who happened to be half sharpei and half boxer) has turned out to
    be lovely but he was skin and bones when I got him even though he had
    supposedly been in custody for a couple of months. I don't regret
    adopting the dog and I don't feel that she meant to hurt Henry but like
    many animal lovers she got in over her head.

    It's terribly
    heartbreaking that this happened to Henry and I believe in my heart that
    Rita didn't mean to hurt the dog and thought she was saving him from
    being killed and it turned out horribly wrong. I have seen dogs with my
    own eyes choke themselves until they pass out wearing normal collars and
    leashes on walks - I am thinking that Henry had fear aggression and
    panicked when she leashed him but Rita did not release the leash around
    his neck when she should have.

    I believe she feels
    very anguished about what she did and would not attempt anything like
    that ever again. The truth is that she has saved perhaps hundreds, maybe
    thousands of dogs lives from old dogs to puppies with parvo virus that
    needed thousands of dollars in vet care.

    I'm not meaning to
    defend what she did but I believe it was a terrible accident and not on
    purpose. If she really hated dogs and meant to hurt them, she would stay
    home with her 29 rescued dogs and torture them (which as far as I know
    she did not). Her behavior afterwards does seem likely to be a state of
    shock and she wanted to get out of there as soon as possible.

    ***Update - after reading this updated article describing the horrible state of Rita's home to the point of her children being taken away, it does seem psychologically similar to that of an animal hoarder who actually does adopt out dogs. Animal hoarders often believe in their head and their heart that they are doing what is best for the animal even if they can't properly feed them or clean up after them. Often, animal hoarders also "choose the mess, chaos and financial strain" of hoarding animals rather than the wishes of their spouses or children. I think that Rita has some mental issues that definitely contributed to her animal abuse as she couldn't see it as abuse but rather helping the animals. Again, if Rita truly wanted to torture and kill dogs, she wouldn't choose living in filth and having her daughters taken away but would rather do it in secret.

    I'm not defending the bad things she has done but merely trying to shed some light on what I believe must be her demented thought process.