Success: Nosey the Elephant Removed from Allegedly Abusive Owner

Target: Kimberly Carpenter, Lawrence County Animal Control Officer

Goal: Applaud animal control officer’s efforts to ensure that an allegedly abused elephant was rescued and transferred to an elephant sanctuary.

An animal control officer rescued an allegedly abused elephant from her filthy and cramped trailer after her owner’s vehicle had broken down on a roadside, prompting local residents and members of the ForceChange community to demand that officials do something about the elephant’s abhorrent living conditions. Nosey, an elderly African elephant, has been forced to give rides and perform at owner Hugo Liebel’s Great America Family Circus for over 20 years, resulting in her near lameness from arthritis. Nosey’s suffering may now finally be at its end, as a court has ordered for her transfer to an elephant sanctuary pending her owner’s trial for animal cruelty.

Nosey’s move to the sanctuary, even as a temporary measure, marks a major victory in this poor elephant’s history of decades of alleged abuse. Over 200 Animal Welfare Act (AWA) complaints have been made on Nosey’s behalf, including reports that she has been kept chained in cramped living conditions where she cannot turn and was forced to stand in her own feces. Liebel is also accused of not providing Nosey with adequate veterinary care.

Now that Nosey has been removed from Liebel’s care, it is hopeful that she will never suffer again from such cruelty or neglect. Sign this petition to thank the animal control officer responsible for her timely intervention and for her efforts that may ensure that Nosey will never have to suffer from such alleged cruelty ever again.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Carpenter,

Recently you called for the confiscation of Nosey the Elephant after her owner, Hugo Liebel, was stopped on a roadside in Lawrence County. Your swift response to comments made by concerned citizens regarding her care is to be commended. We wish to thank you for ensuring that Nosey was removed from Mr. Liebel’s care, given his long documented history of allegedly neglecting and abusing this innocent creature.

Mr. Liebel’s multiple Animal Welfare Act violations include the denial of proper veterinary care and inadequate shelter. No animal deserves such inhumane and thoughtless treatment. Thankfully, your intervention could mean all the difference for Nosey’s quality of life going forward.

We, the undersigned, wish to sincerely thank you on her behalf.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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23 Comments

  1. SOOOO glad to see that Nosey is now free! After years of being dragged around the country, forced to perform in circus rings and carry people on her back, suffering from the debilitating and ongoing effects of degenerative joint disease and arthritis, being confined in a dirty, unsafe vehicle not big enough for her to move around in, all have come to an end! Thank you Moulton County, Tennessee, for noticing and intervening to help this precious elephant!

  2. Let’s make sure her stay in the sanctuary is a permanent one; it’s way past time for her torture to end!!

  3. Nosey is an african elephant, the elephant in the picture is an asian elephant.

  4. THANK YOU THANK YOU TO EVERYONE INVOLVED IN HELPING SAVE POOR MAJESTIC NOSEY!! WE HAVE BEEN TRYING FOR YEARS TO GET HER THE MUCH NEEDED HELP SHE NEEDS AND FINALLY IT HAS COME TOGETHER. WE MUST DEMAND THAT SHE STAYS IN THE SANCTUARY WHERE SHE BELONGS. NO MORE TORTURE,ABUSE AND SICKNESS. SHE NEEDS LOTS OF HELP AND IF WE TAKE A STAND WE CAN ALL HELP HER THROUGH THIS SO HER REMAINING YEARS ARE ONLY THE BEST AS SHE DESERVES THIS AS SHE HAS LIVED IN HELL ALL HER LIFE SO FAR!!

    ATTENTION AUTHORITIES….THE WHOLE COUNTRY IS WATCHING…..LETS MAKE SURE THAT WE DO ONLY WHAT IS RIGHT AND GOOD FOR NOSEY BUT DO IT NOW!

  5. Kathy Khoshfahm says:

    God bless you Kim for doing something about this sad situation. It’s about God Damn time…

  6. Mongoose Jones says:

    BE AWARE: the courts in Alabama will decide on Nosey’s future and if she will go to back to Liebel’s circus, where she has been abused for the past 25 years.

    Liebel is waging a media war to get sympathy on his side and get her back. He has a “Go FUND Me” page which people are contributing to….He claims there was no abuse….(though there was documented use of bullhooks, chains, beatings, and very poor quality food ).

    Many veterinarians who examined her stated she has very painful arthritis and should be retired….

    NOW she is at the Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary, where she is free to roam and be with other elephants. SHE NEEDS TO REMAIN THERE!

  7. Nosey needs protection. Keep her in the sanctuary. Listen to the vets! No more torture

  8. Christine Utzinger says:

    Don’t send her back!She finally lives the life she deserves!SHe suffered much to long!

  9. Muriel Servaege says:

    I am sooo pleased! Will Nosey be the only elephant or will he have companions?

  10. At last!
    AT LAST!!
    After 200 complaints!!
    Anyway, αll’s (αλμοστ) well that ends well.

  11. Christina Viljoen says:

    The animal control officer is from Alabama not Tennessee! Nosey was rescued in Alabama and will live at a sanctuary in Tennessee.

  12. Force Hugo Leibel on all fours using a bull hook on his entire body while giving rides to humans. Give Leibel a taste of what Nosey was forced to endure her entire life. Then let Leibel send out a go-fund me page begging for his unknowing audience to pay for his medical bills. Those who currently operate “circuses” should be shut down. Animals are not on this planet for the benefit of human entertainment.

  13. Courts of Alabama MUST wake up and think of this INNOCENT VOICELESS, ANIMAL’S WELFARE And NOT of their Own Thuggery friend’s ego & profits. I hope this Hugo Leibel should be LOCKED UP before anything else, for Torturing, abusing, Ignoring of a poor defenseless animals welfare, simply because of his Greed for money and ego. This case has being brought forward Alabama courts BUT the people have not acted to release this helpless animal to live a free life without torture and abuse. WHY??? IF THIS ANIMAL NOT BE GIVEN THE FREEDOM TO LIVE IN A SANCTUARY, BY THE ALABAMA COURTS, PLEASE CHECK THE ALABAMA COURTS JUDGES AND THE LAWYERS CREDIBILITY AND THE UNDERGROUND MOMENTS WITH THIS “NOSEY’S OWNER. THERE SHOULD BE A VERY GOOD REASON WHY THE ALABAMA JUDGES DOES NOT ALLOW THIS POOR ANIMAL TO BE FREE FROM THIS EVIL SCUMBAG…..

  14. You are a hero Kimberly, This evil owner was like Teflon and it could not free Nosey. It was to late for tony the tiger in Louisiana, but I am hoping our planet is waking up and evolving that all living animals are sentient.

  15. Kathryn Irby says:

    God Bless that precious innocent animal, who has suffered so much for so many years, needlessly and senselessly.

  16. A thousand Thank You’s to you all!

    Activists must never rest!

  17. Jacqui Skill says:

    THANK YOU! NOW LIEBEL SHOULD GO TO JAIL FOREVER FOR ALL THE SUFFERING HE CAUSED TO NOSEY AND OTHER ANIMALS!

  18. sheila menache says:

    Thank you for rescuing Nosey – she must be so grateful to you

  19. FREEDOM FOR NOISY XXXXXXX
    FREEDOM FOR ALL ANIMALS NOW!!!!!XXXXX

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