A woman who dedicates much of her own personal time to visit the San Bernardino, Calif., City Animal Shelter was recently treated like a criminal in the midst of her efforts.
According to Andrea Neyses, on the afternoon of Sept. 5, she was at the animal shelter taking photographs of the homeless dogs, as she has been doing for the last several years, when she was approached by two officers.
According to Neyses, Officers Walton and Fowler asked her why she was at the facility, "all of the time."
Neyses let the officers know that she takes photos of the dogs and sends them to rescue agencies in an effort to help the dogs find somewhere to go, before they are destroyed. The officers then questioned her to see if she had food that she was feeding to the dogs.
Neyses claims to have opened her bag to show the officers the contents - she states that there was no food found and the officers thanked her and left.
Following the strange encounter, Neyses prepared to the leave the facility.
She recounts what happened:
I was leaving an hour later and saw three officers rush by me as I went out door, made remark to girls at desk , like wow? Saw lights flashing on SUV and two other cars all around my car
in lot , I got in and was pulling out of parking spot and Anita (clerk) waving and screaming my name in rear view mirror so I stopped.
All three officers came over to me , Officer Harvey acted like I had just killed someone and scared me to death , asked me to get out of car , wanted my license, I asked why? He said "just get your license, did I say get your license?"
According to Neyses, the officers told her that she had been asked to leave the facility and did not.
The two officers who had questioned Neyses one hour before were present, so Neyses asked them, "you never asked me to leave and why would they?"
Neyses maintains that the two officers did not respond - they merely looked away.
Neyses stated that Officer Harvey made her speak into a video recorder and say “I will follow Debi Shuker’s rules."
According to Neyses, she felt intimidated and only stated what the officer told her to because she was issued an ultimatum that either she repeat that statement, or she would never be allowed inside of the facility again.
Neyses was issued a citation for "interfering with city business," and she has been ordered to appear in court in November.
Many individuals who have learned about this incredible situation question why so many resources were directed, in a negative way, towards a woman who volunteers her time to help.
Read more about this situation, and find a complete list of city official email addresses at this link.
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