100 Collie dogs removed from bankrupt owner per Houston bankruptcy court order

J Thomas Black
Board Certified, Consumer Bankruptcy Law- Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Posted on Sep 02, 2014

On August 29, 2014, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge David R. Jones sitting in Houston ordered the removal of dozens of collie dogs that had been in the possession of Dr. Elaine Kmiec, an optometrist that was in a bankruptcy case. The judge then asked a charity, Houston Collie Rescue to handle the removal.

The debtor had claimed she had only 35 dogs. After the rescue, around 100 Collie dogs were found, many in deplorable condition, according to the collie rescue group's president, Vickey Willard. The judge also converted the debtor's chapter 13 case to chapter 7 liquidation, and struck her Schedule C as "the product of fraud."

The Court went on to say "(m)ost egregious is the fact that her (the debtor's) actions (en)danger the lives of 35 animals who cannot speak or protect themselves. The Court cannot condone the use of the bankruptcy process to inflict harm on deserving creatures."

Willard said that the dogs are being cared for in an appropriate facility under the care of experienced volunteers. If you would like to donate, go to the group's website or by mail at Houston Collie Rescue, POB 526, Stafford TX 77497-0526.

 

 

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