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Ardorgold Brings Civil Rights Lawsuit Against High Profile Golden Retriever Rescue

Unfortunately the agency we have held accountable on our site has refused to comply with state and federal civil rights law and has refused to return the first service dog we requested, surrendered when we were deeply compromised with PTSD.

In the state of Colorado this is synonymous with the theft of personal property  We have prepared a lawsuit against this organization for damages in the thousands.

We ask for letters of support for our right to recover our service animal under the Colorado Antidiscrimination Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act to the e-mail address at the end of this post.

We encourage you to investigate Rescue practices wherever you are.  This rescue was thrilled to obtain our puppies for pennies on the dollar and put them in the arms of their donors.  But most egregiously, they remain in possession of a dog they are not entitled to and trumped up an harassment charge in their county, failing to tell the responding deputy that we are disabled, trying to recover an unlawfully held service dog.

Why do we have this right?  Because civil rights law controls over any and all relinquishment agreements; as ADA and CADA “reasonable accommodation” made lawfully for the return of our two service bitches, the Rescue has a duty to enter into a DOJ-mandated “interactive process” with us.

Their lawyer needs to get his facts straight.  First we asked for return of our beautiful Paris, i.e. Service Dog 1.  They refused.  Then in desperation we signed a sham agreement for the return of Lola i.e. Service Dog 2.

In the return of Lola, the Rescue established the precedent of accommodating a disabled woman’s request.  We certainly can now request the accommodation of the return of Service Dog 1 if in the aftermath of Lola’s return we were incapacitated with grief and symptomatic with PTSD.

It is not harassment to leverage compliance with the law when you are “pro se,” representing yourself pursuant to the filing of litigation in a court of law.

It is not harassment to hold any public entity accountable in the public sphere and this website is in the public sphere and the Rescue in question is a public entity. Nobody at this entity we are going after in a different matter has acted like babies demanding that we take down our post.  

No one has the right to try to shut us up.  No one, including the “attorney” who sent us an abusive letter and claims to represent the Rescue in question.  We’ll see him in Court.

Please send letters of support for our position to jenanddoug@ardorgoldenglishgoldenretrievers.com . See also the DOJ Guidance on Service Dogs– you never know when you will need to support a friend in the fight for justice.

How pathetic that this organization would refuse to return someone’s service dog even when she has offered to pay its adoption fee and pay down its bills.

How pathetic that members of this organization would torment us by posting photos of our surrendered puppies on Facebook and telling us that our beautiful girl is lying on their bed with them.

How pathetic that when they drive someone crazy with grief, they would then sic a deputy on her, trumping up an harassment charge, not even telling the deputy the truth.

We reserve the right to hold this sham outfit to account on our website.  This is not a banana republic or a police state and it is not harassment to speak truth to power in the public sphere i.e. the internet.

No one, including law enforcement, has the right to violate our Constitutional and civil rights, to try to shut us up.  This is not China or Russia or Turkey; we have freedom of speech here and the powers that be would do well to keep this in mind.

 

 

 

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Ardorgold One, Ingrrrate Rescue, 0 – A Hell Hath No Fury Post: Read if You Dare

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Update on Dispute Between Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies and Ardorgold English Golden Retrievers.

Please see previous post for upcoming litter plans.

Several days ago the Rescue’s attorney waved a Constitutionally flawed agreement at us using our beautiful Ardorgold Peerless Parisienne at us as coercion. We were both exhausted, symptomatic with the PTSD with which we are disabled under the law, and very concerned about our service dogs’ welfare and return.

Because this scenario is possible for any breeder, we want to communicate why it is that we feel that we are not bound by the Agreement’s provisions, why it does not constitute a settlement or “resolution,” and why we will not settle for a partial resolution of the egregious violation of our civil rights by this organization.

Firstly, GRRR has refused to return one of our service dogs to us, ignoring our request for ADA-mandated requested “reasonable accommodation” of our disabilities. Thus, we have unfinished business.

Secondly and related to first point, GRRR has failed to enter into the required interactive process to effect a meeting of the minds required by the US Department of Justice in effecting just reasonable accommodations of the disabled under ADA Title III.

Our remedy, of course, is to bring suit under the ADA. But the agreement is especially flawed, despite its execution in the exigencies of the moment, as follows:

Thirdly, the Rescue in question is a public entity and nonprofit serving the public. As such it has exposure to criticism from any quarter and cannot allege or base any settlement on OUR RIGHT TO HOLD IT ACCOUNTABLE IN THE PUBLIC SPHERE ON THIS BLOG.

Fourthly and most significantly, perhaps,  no legitimate settlement can violate the US Constitution, upon which the laws of the land reside. In this case, the Rescue demanded that in return for one of our bitches, we never utter a critical word about it, its policies or personnel.

This was arbitrary, violating the required ADA interactive process referred to in Point 1.

But more significantly, this violates our right of free speech i.e. the First Amendment of the Constitution. It also fatally flaws and nullifies the Agreement. Ardorgold is not legally bound to refrain from criticism of this agency or from any further legal action.

Our Thoughts and Course of Action

Ardorgold requested the return of two bitches, and indicated that we want a cash settlement commensurate with our pain and suffering.

The Agreement failed to even acknowledge our terms or that we had couched our requests as reasonable accommodations under the ADA, the Americans with Disabilties Act designed to insure fair and equal treatment of the disabled in our country. Moreover as codified in the CFR, this organization was required to enter into the interactive process set forth by DOJ.

Regarding that the Agreement is unconstitutional and would not hold up in a court of law, the following is instructive.

In the early 2000’s one Ward Churchill, at the time an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado, referred to 911 victims working as stockbrokers in the Twin Towers as “little Eichmann’s,” i.e. aides de camp to Hitler.

This comment was considered by the University Regents to be such a political hot potato that Churchill was fired.

Subsequently, however, his attorneys made the argument that he had the right to say this outrageous thing about the dead, the victims of the 911 attacks.

Numerous professors took out an ad in the Rocky Mountain News and supported his right of free speech.

He won a half million dollars from CU and reinstatement on a tenure track.

This decision caused much outrage and is well-known in case law in the West around the First Amendment and is merely one of many landmark decisions putting Amendment I to the test.

Ardorgold reserves the right to hold Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies accountable for violating our civil rights and refusing to make requested reasonable accommodations under the ADA.

We have the right to sue the Rescue and to a fairer settlement than the one we have received to date for the egregious treatment and loss we have endured.

We stand by and reiterate the following:

IF THIS AGENCY HAD AN IOTA OF COMPASSION AND TRUE COMMITMENT TO THE WELFARE OF THESE DOGS OR ITS BEREFT OWNERS, OUR WELL-CARED FOR DOGS WHOSE ONLY ISSUE WAS THAT WE RAN OUT OF MONEY AND TURNED TO IT, (WHICH DOES NOT MEAN THAT WE CANNOT FEED, CARE FOR OR LOVE OUR DOGS) IT WOULD MOVE HEAVEN AND EARTH TO REUNITE OUR DOGS WITH US, TO HELP THOSE IN THE THROES OF DESPERATION IN THE WAKE OF A MISTAKEN SURRENDER.

THIS AGENCY LACKS COMPASSION AND INTEGRITY. IT PROJECTS ON US THAT WE ARE SOMEHOW EVIL BECAUSE WE WERE EXHAUSTED, OVERWHELMED, SYMPTOMATIC WITH OUR DISABILITIES, AND NEEDED ITS HELP WITH A BITCH ILL WITH A UTERINE INFECTION AND PUPPIES WE HAD RUN OUT OF RESOURCES TO TREAT. IT SCOOPED UP OUR BEAUTIFUL PUPPIES, IMMEDIATELY HANDED THEM OVER TO ITS DONORS, POSTING A PHOTO OF OUR MOST BELOVED PUPPY ON FACEBOOK IN SOMEONE ELSE’S ARMS.

ARDORGOLD WILL REMOVE THIS POST WHEN JUSTICE IS SERVED, AND ONLY THEN.