A New York woman who says she was forced to sell her cats and move into a shelter after being falsely accused of neglecting them has filed a $6 million lawsuit against the city, the owner of the shelter and several landlords.
Attorney Elizabeth F. Kneebel filed the lawsuit Tuesday against the four landlords and several city officials.
The lawsuit accuses the landlords of failing to properly care for the animals, failing to provide adequate space for them, failing the city with adequate permits, failing a criminal background check, and failing to maintain proper veterinary services.
Kneeble, 46, of Manhattan, says she had no choice but to leave the Cats Sanctuary in Brooklyn after her landlord threatened to evict her if she didn’t comply with her lease.
The cats were eventually adopted by the Humane Society of Greater New York, which Kneewele says had no responsibility for them.
In March 2016, she sued the city and its animal control officers, alleging they failed to respond to her complaints of neglect and neglect-of-process complaints and did not respond to complaints about the cats’ behavior.
She claims that her cats had suffered from various conditions and that they needed more time to recover from their injuries.
The city says it has a program in place to help animals return to their natural environment.
In response, the city says Kneeybels lawsuit is frivolous.
The Cats Sanctuary has not responded to a request for comment.
Kleebel says she and her two cats, Kitten and Rivets, were kept in a small room with only two other cats in a tiny enclosure.
Kneebe said the cats would go outside if she let them out, but the shelter says the cats weren’t allowed to go outside in any of their natural habitat.
Kneebe says she moved into the shelter in March 2016 after her cats started exhibiting abnormal behavior and needed medical attention.
She says her cats were diagnosed with rabies and taken to the Bronx Animal Services Center, where they were treated and released.
Koolebels attorney, John D’Orazio, says his client was never threatened by Kneebels husband.
They were married for four years before the cats were taken to New York.
The cats have been with Kneebes husband for the last 10 years.KNEEGEL’S LAWSUITCLAIMS:1.
The city’s animal control officer failed to perform a criminal-background check on KneeBels husband in order to determine that he was qualified to care for his cats.2.
The department failed to properly inspect and maintain the cats and to properly vet KneeBeins cats prior to moving into the Cats Shelter.3.
The Department failed to provide sufficient space for Kneebs cats in the Cats shelter, failing that to a degree that it violated Kneebels rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act.4.
The City failed to require a criminal or civil background check on the officers who were investigating Kneebells allegations, violating her constitutional rights.5.
The shelter’s landlord failed to adequately care for Knebels cats in violation of the Tenant’s Rights Act.KEEBLEL’s ATTORNEY GENERALS SUEBACK:1, A New Jersey law that allows the state to seek damages for mistreatment of animals that have been deemed unfit to be adopted, adopted or cared for, requires the attorney general to file a lawsuit in New Jersey, but it is not mandatory.
The law, which was enacted in 2003, was designed to allow the attorney General to recover money if an animal has suffered “physical, mental, or emotional damage” and if the animal was deemed unfit for adoption.2, The New Jersey bill, HB 526, prohibits the use of dogs, cats or ferrets as a means of “adoption” in New York unless the owner has adopted the animal as a pet.
The bill was signed into law by Gov.
Andrew Cuomo in April 2016.3, The bill requires that any pet adopted by an animal shelter must have been registered with the city.
The NYS Board of Health has been authorized to issue a license to any shelter that has registered their animals as pets.4, The law requires that an animal that is considered “fit for adoption” must be “free from all significant health, behavioral, or physical abnormalities, or other significant and documented adverse health or behavior problems.”5, The new law requires all animals to be sterilized at least annually and for life.