Below is the post that Maryann Tobin with the Examiner wrote on May 21, 2013. I will NO longer post her articles on my page for people to see her disgust, but rather will copy and paste them here on my blog. For every time that someone visits her posts, she makes money off her lies and hatred towards us.
*NOTE* Maryann Tobin and her daughter, Nikki Tobin have been to our rescue 2 consecutive weekends in a row back in the fall of 2011. This hatred spiraled out of control shortly after we refused to adopt a horse to Nikki Tobin and she then threatened that her mother would have us shut down. Again, all of this is documented here on this blog under the heading “The Tobins ~ Call A Spade A Spade”
Hernando County Animal Services responded to Domino Effect ranch in Weeki Wachee on Monday, after complaints of visibly malnourished horses came from the Humane Society of the United States and dozens of concerned citizens.
An inspection of the horses in the care of ranch owners Robert and Denel Ashcraft was performed by Deputy Adkins, which did note a malnourished horse, according to a county official familiar with the preliminary report.
However, Domino Effect ranch still passed the inspection with no actionable violations under current Florida law.
A score based on the Henneke body condition index is used by Hernando County Animal Services (HCAS) officers to assess the health of horses during an inspection. A score of 1 indicates a horse so malnourished it is near death. The highest score is 9, which is given to an obese horse.
Preliminary inspection findings revealed that a Domino Effect ranch horse was given a Henneke body condition score of 2 on Monday, indicating severe emaciation. But that is not considered an animal abuse violation in Hernando County.
Unlike California, Ohio, Texas, and other states, Florida does not have a legal minimum standard for the mandatory seizure of emaciated horses based on a Henneke body score, even if the horse is so malnourished it actually dies from starvation or related complications.
Domino Effect ranch, or any other Hernando County, Florida, horse owner subjected to an inspection, is only required by law to show Animal Services inspectors that they have water, cover, and feed “available” for their horses. There are no fixed or specific legal requirements regarding how, or if, the animals are actually fed.
Legal terms in Florida animal abuse laws such as, “adequate” and “reasonable” are ambiguous and open to subjective interpretation by Animal Services officers. Therefore, Floridians may keep emaciated and/or grossly malnourished horses in their care, and not necessarily face criminal animal abuse charges.
Animal rights advocates who have filed numerous complaints, claim that the Ashcraft’s have been “starving” the horses at Domino Effect ranch – and those assertions may be completely true. But it is not a legally actionable offense in Hernando County to “starve” horses, as long as food, water and shelter are visible at the time of the inspection.
Every horse at Domino Effect ranch could have a Henneke score of 1, and still conceivably pass an Animal Services inspection.
Deputy Atkins and Lt. Cameron of the Hernando County Sheriff’s office were contacted for official comments regarding the Domino Effect ranch on Tuesday afternoon. At this time, no reply has been received.
First of all, I want my readers to know that Maryann Tobin is responsible for 99% of the negative posts about us across the Internet. She has been working hand and hand with Ohana for almost 2 years now trying to shut us down. Please refer to the category in our blog called “The Tobins ~ Call a Spade a Spade”, also other categories that refer to the witch hunt are “I Don’t Have to Prove that I am Telling the Truth ~ You Have to Prove that I am Lying” “Birds of a Feather Flock Together” “Ted Koran’s Tall Tails” and the latest “Don’t be Fooled by the Inexperienced”.
I REALLY wish that all of our supporters could just jump in their cars and come see us and see the truth for themselves, but unfortunately most people who see this slander live much too far away to come see us, thus, they either believe what they hear or they do their research and look for the truth.
Of course, I would hope that those who are skeptical would research and find the truth. If you found this post, you may just be one of those people doing your research and I thank you for taking the time to read the truth.
Below are pictures of ALL the outdoor animals here at the Domino Effect Rescue Ranch that I took on May 21, 2013, 1 day after the Hernando County Ag Officer arrived at our gates to do an inspection due to the high-volume calls they were receiving from this hate group.
Horse (mini) #1 Meet Rerun: Rerun came in named Sandy. He is a miniature replica of his daddy Rocket, so Bob renamed him Rerun. Rerun came in with his family last July. He was just recently gelded. He is a 3-year-old, paint miniature horse gelding. He is great around kids and very layed back. He is the smallest of our mini family and as cute as a button. His would be a great therapy mini for either the elderly, handicapped, etc. He is great around the other horses and would make a great companion horse for herd of horses or the people herd
His adoption fee is $500. Please contact us for more information. 352-596-3104.
Horse (mini) #2 Meet Rocket: Rocket is a 10-year-old, sorrel, paint miniature horse gelding. He too came in with Goldie and his 2 kids, Rerun and Ginger last summer. Rocket has been trained to pull a cart, but is green and needs someone to put time in working with him further. He does very well with the other minis and horses. Rocket will make a great companion horse for his new four-legged and 2-legged family. He is a very beautiful boy with very distinct personality. Please REPOST AND SHARE and help us find this beautiful boy a new family to call his own. His adoption fee is $500.
Horse (mini) #3 Meet Diamond: Diamond is a 10-year-old miniature horse stallion. Diamond came in at the end of last year, December, 2012. Diamond came in with Gypsy. Diamond had not been handled too much, but will now let you approach him and love all over him. Diamond was scheduled a few months back to be gelded when Dr. Sarah Quatman discovered that Diamond is a cryptorchid. A cryptorchid means that only one of his testicles have dropped and he must have surgery done at an equine medical facility to remove the other testicle that has not dropped. We started a fundraiser for this expensive procedure, but have only raised $200 so far. If anyone is interested in helping us fundraise to raise the remaining amount of funds, please contact us for more information at 352-596-3104.
Horse #4 Meet Southern Seventh Heaven (Seven) Seven came to us about 5 weeks ago. Initially, he was rescued by Cheyenne Mcbryan from a farm in Dade City. There were a few stallions on the property that were continually breeding with the mares and all of the horses were running feral on 75 acres. Cheyenne rescued Seven’s mother when Seven was just 1 week old. She brought this pair of horses to Elizabeth Maddox in Shady Hills, Florida and was refused to ever have this colt returned to her. Just a few weeks back we rescued Seven and 4 other horses from this farm in Shady Hills. Seven will reside here while he grows up, gets gelded, and then later trained to ride. Seven is a big boy already standing at 15hh at just 15 months of age. He is a Standardbred/Thoroughbred cross.
Horse #5 Meet Wildfire: Wildfire is an 11-month-old Mustang/QH cross. He came to us just a few weeks ago after our friends, Janice, referred us to someone who would come rescue this beautiful boy. He was never touched before coming here and Bob was able to get him loaded within 5 minutes after arrival. Wildfire had his first halter put on him just moments after Bob got him loaded in the trailer. Wildfire instantly bonded with Seven and the two of them are glued together at the hips, where one goes, the other is sure to follow. They are the cutest pair. Wildfire will let us pet him now and hopefully by next month he will let us groom him, but for now we will take baby steps with him.
Southern Seven & Wildfire
Horse #6 Meet Ginger. Ginger is the daughter of Rocket & Goldie. She is a 5-year-old sorrel miniature horse mare with flaxen mane and tail. Ginger is sporting her beautiful fly mask to keep her face protected from the buggers. She has lots of spunk and loves to get all of the horses running and playing. She is so much fun to watch. She gets along great with the big horses, mares or geldings. She is great with the kids and will stand very nicely for them while she is being bathed and groomed. She will be a great addition to her new family, as she can fit into any sequence, GREAT with the horses, kids, and the elderly. Ginger is in search for her new family now for almost a year. Her adoption fee is $300. If you are interested in Ginger, please contact us for more information at 352-596-3104. PLEASE REPOST & SHARE!!!
Horse #7 Meet Gracie. Grace came in with her brother Abel in December 2012, at a level 2 emaciation on the Henneke scale. Grace & Abel came to us from a farm in Dade City where there were many other horses in need, but the owner would only relinquish Grace & Abel, as they were both in the worst condition. Both horses had never been touched, haltered, or had their feet done before arriving to the DERR. After their arrival, they stayed in the front area where we started their reefed, handling them, and grooming them daily. Very quickly Grace and Abel grew to love the attention. Gracie has grown into a very adorable “pocket pet” who will join up with you immediately when you enter the paddock to seek affection. She will even back up her beautiful apple butt right in front of you, so that you will rub her hind end for her. She has quite the personality and is just the sweetest horse you could ever meet. She is waiting in line to be trained by Dyan Rehg. After she is trained, she will be ready for her new family.
Horse #8 Meet Beauty. Beauty is an 11-year-old Thoroughbred mare. Beauty came to us about 2 months ago from Shady Hills, Florida. Beauty came in with a thick, winter coat that has finally shed itself off. After worming Beauty, she has now put on a significant amount of weight since her arrival and should be ready to be evaluated next month. She has split poor Paulie & Gracie apart because she too loves Gracie and wanted her all to herself.
Horse #9 Meet Velvet. Velvet is a 21-year-old Tennessee Walker. Velvet has been here since the fall of 2011. She has been Bob’s personal horse for quite some time and most recently has been out to the trails with many others who have come to visit. She has been adopted out to a very good home and will be going to her new family soon. We will always remember and miss her very much after she leaves, but happy that she will have her own family instead of living here at the rescue.
Horse #10 Meet Goldie: Goldie is an absolutely, beautiful, 13-year-old, sorrel miniature horse with a gorgeous flaxen mane and tail. Goldie has been here at the rescue since July 2012. She came in with her family, Rocket and her daughter Ginger and son Rerun. Goldie was trained to pull a cart at age 2. Goldie has joined us at all of our outside events since she arrived and pulls a cart for the kids. Goldie is very well mannered and gets along very well with the kids. She stands still while the kids bathe and groom her. She is a perfect little angel and an absolute joy to have here with us.
Horse #11 Meet Paulie: Paulie is a 27-month-old, paint Quarter Horse gelding. Paulie came in to the rescue in February 2012. He was part of the herd of 6 horses that we brought in from Plant City. He came in nursing on his mom, Sadie, and his daddy, Spirit. Paulie and his sister, Pinkie, had never been touched before their arrival to the rescue. Bob and his brother-in-law spent 3 hours to load both Pinkie and Paulie to bring them back here to the rescue. At that point (1-year of age) they had never been touched, halter broke, hooves trimmed, etc. After handling them both consistently, they very quickly were tamed to human touch. He was adopted out for a very short time consisting of just 2-3 months. After a breakup with his family, we were called to go get him. He arrived back here with a huge bite mark on his side from the Arabian mare that he was with. Since Paulie arrived back here at the rescue at the end of the summer 2012, he has been gelded and trained to be green broke by Dyan Rehg. Paulie is one of the best, well-mannered horses that we have here at the rescue. After Dyan trained him from the ground up, Bob and I were the first ones to be in the saddle with Paulie and he carried us around like he had been doing this for a lifetime, displaying NO buck, kick, bite, or rear. With Dyan’s assistance, we are working with Paulie and he is making GREAT progress.
Horse #12 Meet Robyn: Robyn first came here at the end of spring in 2012. By Labor Day 2012, Robyn was up to her full weight and looking absolutely beautiful. We got a phone call and email from Stephanie Lynn who owner Eternal Freedom in the Panhandle of Florida. She explained to us that she was sending a transport down to Tampa Bay Downs to pick up a horse and that the transport was going to cost her $500 if she picked up 1 horse or 4 horses. She asked us if she could help relieve some overcrowding and take a few Thoroughbreds off our hands to help rehome them. We agreed and sent Stephanie Lynn 3 horses, Jack, Jill, and Robyn. By the beginning of January 2013, we found out that Stephanie Lynn was starving these horses and we set out to rescue them. On arrival at Eternal Freedom in February 2013, Robyn was found to be a level 1-2 emaciated state documented by our vet with severe rain rot jacketed over the complete covering of her body, including her ears with bright red and pink, fleshy sores across her body. This is Robyn today, just 3 months later with a significant amount of weight gain and new hair growth where sores previously blanketed her body. Stephanie Lynn has since been charged with 3 counts of animal abuse/neglect charges for Jack, Jill, and Robyn.
Horse #13 Meet Nugget: Nugget came here on January 20, 2013, with Bingo. The first time Dr. Dillard looked at him, he stated that he appeared to be 28-32. This was questioned, so I asked Dr. Dillard to check him again and he said that maybe he was 25+. Nugget came in with a very thick, winter coat and I and many other volunteers have taken it upon themselves to help groom Nugget when they have come to visit. He appeared to possibly have a bit more weight with the winter coat, but nothing hid the grooves of his ribs or the pelvic bones protruding. We have been trying for 4 months to put a visible amount of weight on Nugget and have just seen a noticeable difference here in the past 3 weeks. Nugget has finally shed out his winter coat into a beautiful, shiny coat. His ribs are just barely visible and he is showing veins and muscle tone in his chest, belly, and legs, which resembles positive weight gain. We have had a difficult time with Nugget’s weight gain, probably due to his breed and older age. We were told by a previous owner that they tried for a very long period of time to put weight on Nugget, but were unsuccessful. We are so thankful to see this major breakthrough with his weight gain. Nugget is a great big sweetheart and loved by everyone who comes to see him.
Horse #14 Meet Lady: She Is Are Lady is a 5-year-old OTTB. Lady came in to our rescue in January 2013. She was transported to us from Calder Race Track in Miami, Florida. Lady was scheduled to be euthanized because of a bone chip from a race track injury. Her owner did not want to give her the 90-day stall rest that she needed to recover. The owner’s vet contacted us just in time to save Lady from being euthanized. Lady has recovered from her injury and we are now toping off her weight. In a few more weeks Lady will be evaluated and started slowly on some short trail rides.
Horse #15 Meet Chatterbox: Chatterbox came to us from a farm up in Ocklawaha 2 months ago. We were heading that direction to pick up Chatterbox another mare and foal when the truck broke down less than 2 blocks away. The horses were in a large 5 acre paddock running free, as the owner had not contained them for pickup. After the truck broke down, we were offered a ride home with the horse trailer. We loaded Chatterbox, but left the mare and foal behind because the baby was running free and too scared to come close enough to load.
Chatterbox is approximately 10 years old. She came in emaciated and is now nearing a full recovery after just a few months. She still has some weight to fill in on her top line and rounding out to do on her buttocks, but she is filling in quite nicely. This mare came in without a name, but every time we would walk outside, she would whinny for us, so Bob named her Chatterbox. She too is like a pocket pet and will follow you to the ends of the earth if you’d let her. She is as sweet as can be.
Horse #16 Meet Starlyte: Bob got a call to pick up Starlyte. She was dropped off in someone’s pasture in the middle of the night, therefore, had no name or background history. Bob named her Starlyte since she was dropped off at twilight. Starlyte is estimated to be around 10-years old. She came in with an extremely thick, winter coat. She is still shedding, but her coat is thinning down and shinning up. She has been evaluated and even though she took the saddle well, she is not broke to ride. She too is waiting in line to see Dyan Rehg to be trained. Logan has picked her to be his special girl and the 2 of them spend every waking moment together.
Horse #17 Meet Logan: Logan is a 13-year-old OTTB gelding. Logan is In Search Of his new home. Logan is very well trained with no buck, bite, kick, or rear. He stands nice for the farrier, clips, bathes, and ties. He is very gentle and a ladie’s man around the other horses. He is very nice under saddle and would be great for an intermediate rider. We have taken him out to the trails and we have walked him carrying children. He is as sweet as the day is long. He will make someone a GREAT horse!!! Please contact us for more information at 352-596-3104.
Horse #18 Meet Miss Annie: Miss Annie is a BLM Mustang mare. Miss Annie was our first horse rescue back in February 2010. She had been abused, neglected, and starved by her previous owner. Annie was fearful of a lot of things upon arrival and her first year with us. She came in wit a deep gash across the bridge of her nose and was terrified of the water hose. Now we can bathe her, groom her, load her in a trailer, etc. She has absolutely perfect ground manners, except with the farrier, LOL, we are still working on that. She is an absolutely beautiful girl and would make a great companion horse to the right person.
Horse #19 (Last, but NOT Least) My Josie: My Josie is a 13-year-old Tennessee Walker mare. She came to the rescue back in October 2011. She has been a GREAT confidence builder for me and a great horse to walk children with and put beginners on to teach. Just recently we loaned her out for the week to go on the Cracker Ride and learned a very valuable lesson. My Josie suffered at the hands of her rider, literally, as she pulled heavy at the reins and cutting a groove in her tongue. Josie was shaking her head from discomfort and disciplined by her rider smacking her on top of the head. My Josie came home with a significant amount of weight loss after that ride showing her ribs, back bone, and pelvic bones. She also had a huge, open saddle sore on her left side that was bare with no hair and more sores on her buttocks and other side from where the saddle was rubbed into her skin. The first few times I rode her, she spooked on me continuously and bolted several times. When I questioned Sharyl Ranchhand about what had happened to my horse, she told me that she probably just needed to be desensitized. This floored me, as I have been taking My Josie on group rides and trail rides consisting of riding her along busy highways, trails through the woods, up and down inclines, past dogs, blazing trails, around deer, alligator, snakes, and bear, and My Josie NEVER spooked with me riding her. I just couldn’t figure out why suddenly I would now have to “desensitize her”
Anyway, My Josie has been on a long road of recovery and she is now more beautiful than ever. My Josie is absolutely amazing and gave my daughter her very first horse ride the other day. I am so proud of her, she is the best!!!
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Thank you all for your support,
Domino Effect Rescue Ranch
“People Helping Animals Helping People”
Robert & Dinelle Ashcraft
10370 Snowbird Avenue
Weeki Wachee, Florida 34614