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Back in the fall of 2011, Maryann Tobin sent this e-mail to HCAC on November 15, 2011, just 4 days before we were to appear at a fall festival for CCWC.  We are corporate members of CCWC and attended this church for 5 years prior to moving up to Weeki Wachee and opening the Domino Effect Rescue Ranch.  After establishing the ranch in December 2009, we were honored to be invited to be a part of their CCWC Fall Festival on November 19, 2011, to present horse rides for the children and a mini-petting zoo.

Maryann Tobin, without having knowledge of our personal records, sent this e-mail to HCAC insinuating that we were planning on committing an illegal act by transporting our horses without coggins to the CCWC Fall Festival.

E-mail to HCAC by Maryann Tobin

Again Maryann Tobin posted yet another article on December 29, 2011, with complaints against HCAC and the other government agencies in which she had arranged to investigate against us.


Within her article Maryann Tobin states:

“Dr. Short was also informed on November 18, 2011, that Domino Effect horses were scheduled to be transported to a public event, potentially without health certificates or equine infectious anemia (coggins) reports.  A delay allowed the horses to attended the event without a document inspection.”

We presented to the CCWC Fall Festival on November 19, 2011, as planned accompanied by “My” Josie and Faith, our Tennessee Walkers, Noah the goat, and Charlotte the pig.  Kimberly, Jonalon, and David joined us to be our helping hands.  Together as a team we put on a great presentation for the kids with almost 100 kids taking turns with horsey rides in the round pen.  We had an ABSOLUTELY great day!!!













And by the way, We were TOTALLY LEGAL when transporting these horses to the CCWC Fall Festival and like I mentioned above, God blessed us with a BEAUTIFUL day!!!

Below are up-to-date coggins belonging to both Josie & Faith who accompanied us to the CCWC Fall Festival on November 19, 2011.


Was Maryann Tobin trying to get us in trouble with the law by ASS-U-ming we were illegally transporting horses?  This is getting to be quite a pattern for her….  Maryann Tobin do your homework before you post such lies, otherwise, stay out of other people’s business.

Author:  Dinelle Ashcraft

Domino Effect Rescue Ranch.
“People Helping Animals Helping People”

Robert & Dinelle Ashcraft.
10370 Snowbird Avenue
Weeki Wachee, Florida 34614
(352) 596-3104


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ADDENDUM:  New evidence has been brought to the table given to us personally from HCAC (Hernando County Animal Control) regarding the last article I wrote “Domino Effect Examiner ~ Craigslist Caption “Domino Effect Are Horse Thieves & Scammers”

Maryann Tobin sent this e-mail below to a government agency, Hernando County Animal Control, on February 24, 2012, stating that the Domino Effect Rescue Ranch had stolen 4 horses out of 6 and refused to give them back to the owner.  She also stated that the owners were in the process of filing a police report.

Also on February 24, 2012, Maryann Tobin wrote this article: “Domino Effect Ranch refusing to return horses taken at Plant City farm”


On the very same day that she wrote HCAC stating that we stole 4 out of 6 horses from a Plant City farm, she writes in her report above:

“BROOKSVILLE- Six new horses arrived at Domino Effect ranch this week, two of which were taken without the knowledge of the woman who has loved them for more than 6 years.”

In her e-mail to HCAC she stated that we stole 4 horses that did not belong to us and on the very same day she wrote an article in the Examiner stating that we took 2 horses that did not belong to us. 

She then sent a second e-mail to HCAC on February 24, 2012, the very same day that she sent the first e-mail and wrote the article  “Domino Effect Ranch refusing to return horses taken at Plant City farm.”

Above is the copy of the “official” e-mail sent to Liana Teague at HCAC with her letterhead. 

Within this e-mail this is what Maryann states:

The horses were being boarded in Plant City. Mr. Ashcraft was called to the farm to pick up 2 out of the 6 horses there. When he arrived, he saw the other 4 horses that are considered valuable/registered, and according to my source, he refused to take the 2 unless he could take all of them. The 4 horses in question did not belong to the woman who allowed Mr. Ashcraft to take the 4 horses. When the owner found out that Ashcraft took their horses, they called and told him to give them back. Ashcraft refused-repeatedly. Pam Vandenburg of R.U.F.F. rescue is the sister of the woman who owns the stolen horses that Ashcraft refuses to give back. She can be reached at 727-398-2799.

Ashcraft may be in the process of trying to sell or otherwise dispose of the horses as we speak.

I will keep you posted by email. If you can give me a phone number I can reach you at that would be advantageous.

FYI- I have been in contact with TV news and there will be a camera crew out on Monday to do a story on what has been going on at Domino Effect with a focus on HCAS role in all of this. Just thought I’d ggive you a heads up.


Maryann states:  Mr. Ashcraft was called to the farm to pick up 2 out of the 6 horses there.

Dinelle States:  Bob had spoken with Vesta Gatta before his visit on February 10, 2012, and they had come to an agreement that Bob would be picking up ALL 6 horses because the 2 in question were deteriorating in a short period of time due to lack of proper feeding and she feared the others too would also suffer from poor nutrition soon after because of the lack of ability to be able to care for the horses herself, as she was wheelchair bound and her husband had recently suffered a stroke. 

Maryann Tobin States:  When he arrived, he saw the other 4 horses that are considered valuable/registered, and according to my source, he refused to take the 2 unless he could take all of them.

Dinelle States:  When Bob arrived there on February 10, 2012, his intentions were to pick up the 2 mares and the 2 yearlings (4 horses) that he prearranged with Vesta Gatta and later to come back and pick up the gelding and the stallion, as his trailer only holds 4 horses at one time. 

NOTE:  NONE of the 6 horses were registered, 1 mare emaciated, 1 mare underweight, 1 filly yearling born from 1 mare, 1 colt yearling born from the other mare, 1 gelding (good condition), and 1 paint stallion (good condition, in need to be gelded).

NOTE:  Maryann’s sources were not at the scene and did not even know of the events that took place until almost 2 weeks later when seeing the 2 mares pictures posted on my Facebook page.  Then Amy Barnett contacted my husband, Bob Ashcraft, and at that point Bob explained to her what had happened.  Amy Barnett and Pam Vandenburgh had no contact with Vesta Gatta whatsoever and only did Amy Barnett and Cissy Barnett speak with Bob Ashcraft regarding the matter, neither of which knew any information before being informed by the owner of the Domino Effect Rescue Ranch, Robert Ashcraft.  Maryann’s sources have provided her heresay, as the truth to the events could ONLY have been provided by 2 individuals that were there when the incident took place, Vesta Gatta and Robert Ashcraft.

Maryann States:  The 4 horses in question did not belong to the woman who allowed Mr. Ashcraft to take the 4 horses.

Dinelle States:  ALL 6 horses in question belonged to Vesta Gatta and her son, Paul Gatta.  Paul Gatta was incarcerated and Vesta Gatta had since been taking care of the 6 horses.  ALL medical records and coggins were up to date and the 2010 records were in Paul Gatta’s name and the 2011 records were in Vesta Gatta’s name.  Paul Gatta also had a diary where he kept personal records regarding each horse. 



Maryann States:  When the owner found out that Ashcraft took their horses, they called and told him to give them back. Ashcraft refused-repeatedly.

Dinelle States:  My husband, Robert Ashcraft, refused because the horses did not belong to the so-called “owner” that Maryann Tobin is referring to. 

Amy Barnett States in an e-mail to Domino Effect: 

Amy Barnett  “I told her (Maryann) numerous times that my beef was not with you. I told her that I had no entitlement to the gelding, the stud or the two foals but that Vesta should have contacted me before releasing the horses (the two mares) to you. The horses were not boarded there, or “dumped off” there, they were her son’s horses. “As far as this crap of you telling Pam that I abandoned the horses That needs to stop now! I gave those horses to Paul. Not Vesta. Paul lived with his mother on their property. When you take on the responsibility of owning a horse, you are responsible for their feed, you are responsible for their vet bills. Not the person that gave you the horse.”  Vesta is a liar. She is leaving her son completely out of the picture. Bob even said that two months ago Leah was a completely different horse. All of her weight loss has happened since December. This neglect did not come from me. this happened after Paul went to jail. Paul and I had the agreement that if he could no longer provide for the horses that they would come back to me. When he was sent to jail, my sister told them that we would take the horses back and/or try to find homes for them. They said that wasn’t necessary. I had been out there several times while Paul had them. I even went out there when the foals were born. To sit there and say I dumped them off and obviously didn’t care for them couldn’t be farther from the truth.”

Dinelle States:

Domino Effect

The part of “abandonment” was addressed to Pam because she kept stating that they were “your” horses. If you “gave” these horses to Paul, then this changes the situation, which we did realize after speaking with Cissy, but when Pam kept messaging me insisting that they were “your” horses, then clearly it was evident that they were abandoned on this property because Vesta has proof in her paperwork that she has been taking care of them, as “everything” she has done for them in the last 2 years has been in her name and Paul’s name which tells me that they stepped up to the plate and took responsibility for the horses financially, as they were clearly on her property for over 2 years, which indeed gives her the right to decide what to do with them. I told Pam numerous times that I had no doubt the horses had belonged to you, but couldn’t understand why you had not participated in taking care of them for the last 2 years if they were indeed still your horses, but now it makes sense because now you are stating that you gave the horses to Paul and why should you be responsible for horses that were not yours if you gave them to Paul. You are absolutely right. You would not be responsible to those horses if you “gave” them to Paul and Paul’s mother had to make a decision regarding Paul’s horses because Paul was no longer around to make that decision, so she chose to call us after her husband’s medical provicer referred her to us. I don’t know why she didn’t call you to come and get them, but she didn’t and we are not to blame for her choosing to call us to pick up Paul’s horses.

Maryann States:  Pam Vandenburg of R.U.F.F. rescue is the sister of the woman who owns the stolen horses that Ashcraft refuses to give back.

Dinelle States:  Pam wrote this to me in an e-mail: 

Pam Patterson-Vandenburgh

February 24

Pam Patterson-Vandenburgh  “The reason I got involved is that Amy is my best Friend, not some person who I barely know”

And last, but not least
FYI- I have been in contact with TV news and there will be a camera crew out on Monday to do a story on what has been going on at Domino Effect with a focus on HCAS role in all of this. Just thought I’d ggive you a heads up.
Dinelle States:  The above statement is the only TRUTH that Maryann Tobin made in the whole e-mail that she sent to HCAC.  She did indeed threaten HCAC with their role in this and she did indeed call out Mike Deason from Channel 10 News and she stated in an e-mail to HCAC :
Maryann States:  “I have agreed to be interviewed on camera with this story.  Perhaps when millions in the Tampa area have an opportunity to learn about what’s going on at DE, the fraud, abuse, IRS issues, and starvation of horses at Domino will finally end.”
Dinelle States:  Is this a true vendetta or is this a career move?  Is Maryann Tobin angry because we went against her grain when her and her daughter came to visit?
Is Maryann Tobin lying to get publicity and in return hurting anyone who gets in her way???
The truth to her story is here at your fingertips
I, Dinelle Ashcraft, intend to cover each and every article in which she has posted against the ranch and each and every e-mail that she has sent to HCAC.  I will prove that Maryann Tobin is a liar and she is taking advantage of her professional position with the Examiner to destroy the Domino Effect Rescue Ranch and boost her ratings with her negative publicity.
AUTHOR:  Dinelle Ashcraft

Domino Effect Rescue Ranch.
“People Helping Animals Helping People”

Robert & Dinelle Ashcraft.
10370 Snowbird Avenue
Weeki Wachee, Florida 34614
(352) 596-3104

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“People Helping Animals Helping People”

As dominos are lined up, one must touch and make contact with the other domino in order to cause that chain reaction that we call the “Domino Effect.”

Our mission is to be a voice for these animals. The Domino Effect Rescue Ranch serves as a central station branching out nationwide to draw in support to help rehabilitate and rehome these rescued animals with good, loving families where they are given a second chance, thus causing the “Domino Effect.”

As Christians, we must reach out and touch others by sharing the Lord and our testimonies through Him to cause the “Domino Effect”

History of the Domino Effect Rescue Ranch


“THE BEST OF 2011” (YouTube Video ~ A MUST SEE)


Cause & Effect, by Kim Dame


Celebrating TWO GREAT YEARS here at the Domino Effect Rescue Ranch

The Domino Effect Rescue Ranch is a Christ-Centered facility with a mission to first rescue, rehabilitate, and find “forever homes” for the animals that are taken in to our care. Secondly, our mission is to give back to the community by educating and entertaining through interacting the animals with the community as a public service. This not only serves as a therapeutic tool to the public, but also helps to rehabilitate, humanize, exercise, train, and evaluate the animals, so that we can better place them in more suitable homes that will best fit their needs.

After opening the Domino Effect Rescue Ranch in December 2009, we filled up quickly with donkeys, goats, sheep, llama, ducks, chickens, and pigs., as our facility is open to all types of domestic farm animals and some wildlife.

Domino Effect Spring Fest 2011

In April 2010, we held the first Domino Effect Easter Fest

That was open to the public serving 130+ people with a Easter egg hunt


Petting Zoo

Horsey rides for the children

And Just horsing around.

Birthday Party, Clearwater Florida, May 2010

We celebrated our first Domino Effect Road Trip Birthday Party in Clearwater, Florida where we brought the petting zoo:

 Jesse the Rooster

Daffy & Daisy

Noah the Goat

The Minis

And the miniature horses out to entertain for a little girl’s birthday party.

Memorial Day Weekend, 2010

On Memorial Day weekend 2010, we invited families to come up and campout with the rescued animals while enjoying the moonlight and country setting.

The next morning we were off to Rainbow River in Dunnellon, Florida to enjoy the springs.

The rest of 2010, we spent building, fencing, and getting established here in the community through local networking.

Bob built a table to seat 20.

And a 2-horse stable.

Volunteer Meeting

In January 2011, we held our first Domino Effect Volunteer Meeting and luncheon, many of which joined us for our in-house and outdoor events for the year 2011.

Chasco Fiesta, March 2011

In March 2011, we attended the Chasco Fiesta Arts & Crafts show where we set up a table with hand-made oakwood specialty items designed here at the Domino Effect Rescue Ranch to help raise funds for the support of the rescued animals.

Two, bottle fed, baby goats joined us and we quickly became the center attraction, as the babies warmed the hearts of many.

In-House Birthday Party, May 2011

In May 2011, we held our first In-Home Domino Effect Birthday Party with a cookout at the hand-built, indoor, oak wood, 16-foot picnic table.


Petting zoo

And horsey rides for the kids with the rescued animals to join in as the theme and main attraction of the birthday party.

Domino Effect Adoption/Open House Days

Towards the end of the summer of 2011, we were busting out at the seams with many animals looking for new homes.  In August 2011, we started a series of a dozen Domino Effect Adoption/Open House days every Saturday for 12 weeks.

We invited the public out to meet us

Meet the animals

And see what we were about.

Every Saturday was a day to meet new friends and families and many were welcomed to join us as we exercised the horses throughout the event

While others came out inquiring on possible future adoptions.

This 12-week event proved to be very fruitful to the ranch, the animals, and to the public.  We adopted out well over 100+ animals in this 12-week period.

Our Domino Effect Open House days have changed the hearts of many

As people were able to interact with each one of these animals

Bonding with them

And sharing special moments with them that they will cherish the memories for a lifetime.

Sound Rider ~ Happy Horse Event Hosted by The Giddy Up Gals.

In October 2011, the Giddy Up Saddle Shop came out for an educational event to teach us, our volunteers, new horse owners, and the public the proper techniques on saddle and bridle fitting, proper diet and nutrition, wound care, and proper riding techniques.

Fall Festival at CCWC in November 2011

In November 2011, we attended our first fall festival at CCWC, a local church we used to attend.

We gave close to 100 children horse rides.

Charlotte, the pig

And Noah, the goat, joined us as well and walked around on a leash meeting and greeting the families around us.

Summitt Assisted Living Facility, November, 2011

November 30, 2011, the Summitt Assisted Living Facility

Brought 10 of their residents on a field trip up to the ranch for a morning visit.

All, of which, interacted with the horses and had their pictures taken with them.

Christmas Party, December, 2011

In December 2011, we held our first Domino Effect Christmas Party.

Everyone joined us for an indoor potluck dinner

Then outside to ride the horses around the Christmas tree at nighttime with Christmas gifts for all of the children.

We started the year out with taking groups out trail riding local and later will schedule field trips to take groups to campgrounds with trail riding abroad.

We also have a “Domino Effect Beginner’s Day” where the public can come here to the ranch and be educated on the proper riding techniques

And then join us out in the small paddock out front to learn to ride on our “beginner-safe horses.”

Shortly we will begin scheduling the upcoming events for 2012, to include many outdoor activities for the kids and to raise funds to help support the animals. These events will include seasonal Easter and fall festivals with local churches, events with local businesses to raise funds for the ranch, and In-home birthday parties, weekend riding events, educational classes, and trail riding. We will hold quarterly volunteer meetings to join the community in on upcoming events and give them opportunities to join in and be a part of the “Domino Effect.”

 We frequently hold contests for free giveaways and offer online picture-personal customized products to cherish their special moments with a special picture-personalized novelty item purchased to donate funds towards the support of the rescued animals here at the Domino Effect Rescue Ranch.

In the future we hope to be signed up and on the list for the Hernando County Probation Office to offer the public a place to work off their community hours here at the Domino Effect Rescue Ranch. We want to offer them the opportunity to comply with the terms of their probation, as well as educate them about the care of these animals in hopes to give them a more valuable perspective towards nature and God’s beautiful creatures.

As people from all walks of life meet us and interact with the rescued animals, they are learning a great respect for the work we do, bonding with these animals, and being a part of the “Domino Effect.”

Their connection makes a difference in these animals’ lives and ultimately in their own. As people join in on our daily activities and events, they are better able to see the needs here at the ranch.

The events and activities may vary from year to year, but the ultimate goal is to provide for the rescued animals and give them the best quality of life while they are in our care and place them in the best home suitable for their needs. While interacting these animals with the public, we are giving them a good quality of life, as well as therapeutic to everyone who joins us in our mission to be a part of the “Domino Effect.”

Domino Effect Rescue Ranch–Be A Part Of The Domino Effect/Nonprofit Org.

Almost 10,000 pictures since December 2009.

Domino Effect Rescue Ranch.
“People Helping Animals Helping People”

Robert & Dinelle Ashcraft.
10370 Snowbird Avenue
Weeki Wachee, Florida 34614
(352) 596-3104

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Introductory Report #1

“I will not speak it, unless it has been spoken”

Owners of the Domino Effect Rescue Ranch

Domino Effect Examiner Address’ Maryann Tobin’s False Allegations

I, Dinelle Ashcraft, have been challenged this past week to stand up as a representative of the Domino Effect Rescue Ranch on defense towards the false allegations and misrepresentations that have been presented by Maryann Tobin through her 18 articles she has posted against the ranch.

In one of her latest articles she states:

“Since I began publishing my investigative reports on the Domino Effect in November 2011, each has been followed by threats from Domino Effect against me and others. The reports have been called lies, even though everything in them can be easily proven by anyone with a computer and Internet access. What possible reason could there be to go on the defensive with threats and derogatory comments if you are innocent?

If Domino Effect has done nothing wrong and has nothing to hide, why do they feel it necessary to cry “liar”, as if they were trying to run from a burning building?”


In regards to the statement that I called Maryann Tobin a liar, this is absolutely correct. Over the next few weeks we will review each and every one of her 18 reports. I will prove to the public that Maryann Tobin has not investigated both sides of the story. She is misleading in her statements. Her statements have been unfactual and opinionated. She posts random pictures, as if they apply to us directly. She has mocked our religion on quite a few occasions. She has accused us of neglect, abuse, and underfeeding towards our animals here at the ranch. She has accused us of being responsible for a horse that was injured. She has made statements that we took horses that did not belong to us and on CL her link was posted regarding this with a statement that we were “horse thieves and scammers. She is repeatedly trying to influence people’s beliefs about our character by reminding them in each and every report about Bob’s criminal history over 20 years ago, as if it has something to do with his work here at the Domino Effect Rescue Ranch.

She has been responsible for sending out Animal Control, Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Officer, Code Enforcement, and the news media to our gates. All government agencies have declined to see any factual evidence to her false allegations towards the ranch, but yet she posts them publicly as if we are under investigation and as if we have been “allegedly” charged with.

Maryann Tobin is abusing her right as a journalist using the Examiner to exploit the Domino Effect Rescue Ranch as a personal outlet to retaliate against us because of relationship that went bad.

Each statement I have posted here, I attend to address, and will address each story one at a time that she has posted against us and the Domino Effect Rescue Ranch. I will show you Maryann’s personal vendetta she has towards us and her motives to misrepresent us. I will prove her misrepresentation of the facts, false statements, and her opinionated remarks to misguide the public. Maryann Tobin has been overheard talking about a strategy with another rescue on their plans to shut or doors.

On February 26, 2012, Maryann Tobin stated  “Does Domino Effect Rescue Ranch have reason to be afraid of being shut down”

Dinelle Ashcraft states in response to Maryann Tobin’s question:  ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!

I intend to prove that Maryann Tobin is NOT a creditable journalist and her articles are intended to hurt, not inform.

Author: Dinelle Ashcraft, representing the:

Domino Effect Rescue Ranch.
“People Helping Animals Helping People”

Robert & Dinelle Ashcraft.
10370 Snowbird Avenue
Weeki Wachee, Florida 34614
(352) 596-3104



1. Hernando County Animal Control. (Linda Christian, Terry Blake, and management)
2. Department of Agriculture.  (Mr. Short)
3. Code Enforcement.
4.  Agriculture Officer.
5.  PETA.

*NOTE* This is an introductory report only with many to follow.                                                                                                                 (1)

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