Punish Rescue Owner Accused of Cruelty

Target: Kristen Zalenski, Commonwealth’s Attorney Shenandoah County, Virginia

Goal: Seek justice for over 60 cats and dogs neglected to the point that many died.

The owner of an animal rescue is facing several animal cruelty charges after she allegedly kept over 60 animals in deplorable conditions. Police say that upon entering the Shenandoah County home of Nancy Ellen Jinkins, the operator of nonprofit Ardellen Animal Abode, they found the animals confined to small, feces and urine-covered crates. The ammonia levels in the home were so unbearable that the house was condemned by the fire marshal.

In total, 31 dogs and 32 cats found inside the home. Due to their extremely poor health, 12 dogs and one cat had to be euthanized immediately on-scene. The remaining animals have been taken in by the Humane Society of Shenandoah County and the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter, where they will receive veterinary care and rehabilitation before being adopted. The Humane Society is asking for donations to help cover these costs.

Jinkins has been released while she awaits trial. The conditions of her release include that she is unable to own or care for animals. She will also be forbidden from operating her nonprofit in any way, except to dissolve it if she so chooses.

Operators of animal rescue operations must have the knowledge and common sense to recognize and react when animals are in poor condition. From the conditions of this rescue, it seems that Jenkins does not possess these qualities, and may even have engaged in willful neglect. Sign the petition below to demand that this woman receive the maximum possible penalty for her neglect, if she is found guilty.


Dear Mrs. Zalenski,

The owner of an animal rescue is facing accusations of extreme animal neglect. Rescuers say that they found 60 animals forced to live in tiny, feces-filled crates. The levels of ammonia were so high in the home that it was condemned by the fire marshal — neither pets nor humans should have been living in such hazardous conditions. During the rescue, 12 dogs and a cat had to be euthanized due to their extreme poor health.

An animal rescue must keep track of the health of its animals and provide for all their needs. This egregious failure to do so suggests that this rescue has engaged in willful neglect. We, the undersigned, ask you to seek the maximum possible penalty for the person responsible for this shocking cruelty.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Maximum penalty for this cruel animal abuser who masqueraded as an animal rescuer.

  2. This s not an animal rescuae. It has cause with severe abuse and cruelity, and should be shut down now. Plus, they should be charged with felonies,and never be allow to run a rescue again. No pets for them forever again too! Prison too!

  3. Alice Knight says:

    Thank you for rescuing all these cats and dogs from being neglected any further. the Humane Society undertook a grand task at opening their doors with a caring and tender attitude. The steps taken to punish this woman as she awaits trial are deserving. Miss Jinkins should be receiving the maximum penalty for the abuse and neglect of all sixty animals which were in her care.

  4. An abuser is an abuser of every THING, living or dead. Their only thought is, what’s in it for me. There is no concern for or about any thing. They are emotionally untouchable.

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