I was moseying around the internet and found this tidbit about a self-proclaimed "rescue" turned convicted animal abuser.
In the first week of October 2008, Sandra I. Cortes, 44, of Annandale was found guilty by Judge Peter W. Steketee in General District Court of 27 counts of animal cruelty. See the news report on the Washington Post site here. Brenda E. Dodson, 30, a caretaker with the foundation, pleaded guilty to 27 counts of animal cruelty and was sentenced to 18 months in jail and 20 years of supervised probation, during which time she is not to have contact with animals.
Turns out Cortes was running a "rescue" called Assisi Animal Rescue Foundation. They were originally charged in May 2008, but their latest court date was early October. If you would like to read the info on pet-abuse.com, here's the link.
Their original website was http://www.assisisrescue.org/ according to this Washington Post article. Of course, the site is no longer working.
Cortes, Dodson ... I have something to say ... Go directly to jail. Do not pass Go. Pay lots of legal fees. Hope you go broke. Stop posing as a rescue - you drag their names down to your muddy level when you do. *Asshats. Asshats. Asshats.*