7960566886?profile=originalDelray Beach lawyer Mindy Farber, with rescue dogs Cara, Nicky and Abbey,

advocates for nonprofits, veterans, women, minorities and homeless pets.

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By Arden Moore

    There are people who champion the cause for pets by fostering rescues, volunteering in animal shelters, organizing pet events and bringing their well-mannered therapy pets into nursing homes and schools.
    I applaud the contributions made by all of these people. And, I admire a special breed of pet advocate: the legal beagles. These people are committed to working with local, state and national lawmakers to make this a better planet for cats, dogs and other companion animals.
    In Delray Beach, there is a very active legal beagle: attorney Mindy Farber. In practice for more than three decades, she specializes in civil rights law for nonprofits, veterans, women, minorities and homeless pets.
    She splits her time between residences in Delray Beach and Maryland with her husband and their three well-traveled rescue dogs: Cara, Nicky and Abbey. She serves on the board for the nonprofit Pet Connect Rescue (petconnectrescue.org) in Potomac, Md.
    Farber worked with state legislators in Maryland to pass a bill recently that prohibits the sale of animals in pet stores. She is currently working with the state’s House Judiciary committee to get a bill passed that would require people found guilty of animal cruelty to not only serve time in prison but also pay restitution toward the financing of any bills related to injuring or killing animals.
    Locally, she is hard at work on finding a solution to address homeless, abandoned animals found on the streets of Delray Beach. Two days after Christmas, she was shopping in downtown Delray Beach when she came across a very weak, mange-filled, little red dog.
    “When I found this dog, I called the city immediately and said, ‘Help! There is a dog who is struggling here, just lying on the street,’” recalls Farber. “This dog was dying and I was frantic to find a way to get her medical attention, but was told that the city of Delray Beach does not have an animal control officer and was told to call the county. Well, I tried, but the phone kept ringing busy.”
    During this time, Farber called out to passersby for help but to no avail.
    “This dog had ooze pouring out of her ears and eyes,” she says. “While my husband took our three dogs home, I called out to everyone for assistance — bikers, drivers, joggers, walkers and people with baby carriages. But all averted their eyes.”
    Fortunately, members of Dezzy’s Second Chance Rescue were nearby setting up their booth for rescued dogs to be adopted. One member assisted Farber by placing the sick dog in a van and taking it to a veterinary clinic where the dog received life-saving treatment. The dog has not yet been adopted. The plight of this dog has motivated Farber to lobby with the Delray Beach City Commission. She wants to find a way to allow a nonprofit animal organization to have use of the vacant animal shelter building for a yearly rent of $1.
    Farber, who has lived in Delray Beach for a decade, is quick to say she is not critical of the city. “I’m looking for a way that a nonprofit animal group can do a much-needed government service that the government currently cannot provide,” she says.
    I reached out to city officials regarding Farber’s proposal. Commissioner Mitch Katz explained that the city is doing a complete inventory of all city-owned buildings, including those that are vacant.
    “We will not be making a decision on any building until the analysis is done, which should be within a month or so,” says Katz, adding that he wants more information on how such an arrangement between the city and a nonprofit group would be set up.
    In an email reply, Vice Mayor Shelly Petrolia wrote, “I would be in support of the city offering a building to temporarily shelter animals by a nonprofit … as long as it received a majority commission vote. I would only agree to consider something like this following an inventory and evaluation of all properties owned by the city, which is currently in the process.”
    In the meantime, Farber is maintaining her advocacy efforts for companion animals in need, both here and in Maryland.
    “As a lawyer, I’ve worked hard for many years and never took very many vacations,” she says. “I am blessed in many ways and now I want to give back and to use my legal skills to advance issues, like helping homeless animals.”
    She is definitely my kind of legal beagle.

Arden Moore, founder of FourLeggedLife.com, is an animal behavior consultant, editor, author, professional speaker and master     certified pet first aid instructor. Each week, she hosts the popular Oh Behave! show on PetLifeRadio.com. Learn more by visiting fourleggedlife.com.

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  • Isn't it amazing how bullies never stop?

  • So, let's really get down to brass tacks.

    1. There's a lawsuit, and regardless if that person is posting as herself, or with a cadre of fake accounts, at the end of the day, there is a lawsuit, and Darcy Butkus, you are off to Court, and unlike the first time, you're not going to find someone so willing to go quietly into the good night.

    1a. Really, in the end, it's about a defamation lawsuit... everyone else, including myself, is tertiary.

    2.What's keenly interesting is how several folks, supposedly huge proponents for animal rescue, are attempting to take down an animal rescue.

    2a. I wonder, is this really been the game plan all along?

    3. For those who have been posting comments, I hope you've used TOR, as Daniel Rose will most certainly being subpoenaing the Coastal Star.  He's got an open lawsuit, it's trivial to get a subpoena, and folks weren't pleasant to him.  Stupid rookie mistake by a few noobs.

    4. Now, really, who knew about the Coastal Star before this article?  Certainly not me ... The point here, when Rose gets a few panties in a bunch, I'll then show everyone what it's like to be on a famous blog. The best point? There's no comments allowed! I did my job here. I kept the conversation flowing, allowing for the logging of IPs.

    Get ready for Attorney Daniel Rose and his subpoenas.

    BOHICA.

  • Well, on a positive note, this is a bunch of traction for the Coastal Star.  Sadly, it's the same three people.

  • Regina has seemed to have left the building, after her crazy accusations and babbling.  Where did you go Regina Lewis? Several people asked you questions, and you said you would stand up for your girlfriend, but your evading proved otherwise, you spoke volumes luv. I truly missed where you defended your friend, and held Darcy accountable.    Here's Regina from Sandra's page, I guess she changed her mind as she deleted every last one of her comments on the coastal star.   bye bye Regina.
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    Chaz's comments keep disappearing today, I guess he is being edited ?  Not sure but have seen two with cursing and they are gone. Still not answering any direct questions or giving opinions one way or another about what is presented.

    Sandra and her legal eagle (the ethical dwarf )  http://www.noethics.net/News/index.php?option=com_content&view=...

    Sandra and Regina you seem to have nothing to say for yourselves.  Sandra are you concerned that several other rescue and concerned peeps have you on their radar now and are thinking things just don't sound right?   Maybe you can send all of them cease and desist letters too, and then sue them for having an opinion.

    ► Attorney Daniel Rose of Delray Beach, FL; ethical dwarf
    Article about attorney Daniel J. Rose and attorney misconduct
  • Do Delray attorney's have Spell Check?  I would think if you were a hot shot attorney in Delray, you would have Spell Check for your legal documents. Perhaps too many lunches at the Sports Bar makes one forget about Spell Check.  So much for attention to detail.

  • Hello to you. April Jones.  Here is what I think took place with little Miss Regina.  If she is married, the husband  told her not to get involved.  I am sure that Mr. Lewis  did  some research of his own and discovered  that the so called rescue is not what it is all cracked up to be.  The rescue, is not a rescue, but a retail store front  selling dogs and cats.  Shame on you, Founder of this rescue.  Dept. of Agriculture who monitors  501c3's along with the IRS needs to be made aware of this bogus operation. 

  • Jeannette  it is VERY strange  earlier just most comments were missing but 3 older ones were on here.  NOW it appears she no longer is a member of The Coastal Star.  hmmm... Now that more people are standing up and pointing out the shades of deception, it's getting very quiet in here, no one defending or averting detention from points being made that are RED FLAGS.  Guess they no longer are singing the praises . 

  • So, what happened to Regina's comments?  Couldn't take the heat? Especially  when those convinced you to bail out when you could, meaning stay clear of the store front operation.  Very shady, indeed! You didn't listen, did you?  Get prepared.  Get all your ducks in a row, Regina.  Truth will always prevail.   See  you around! 

  • Now my opinion on the other things I see in the comments area.  Dezzie's Second Chance Animal Rescue has thrown up huge red flags for me.  I have started to research things, and I also wanted my fellow rescuers, animal advocates and animal lovers on my facebook accountarrow-10x10.png to give me their opinion.    Here they are with names/faces marked out (except initials) so you who are slamming those who are speaking up can see what other people see of the situation with Dezzy's.

                                                                                 RED FLAGS 

    not one person said things sounded right :/  


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  • Nice article.  Thank you for bringing the spotlight onto a woman (Mindy Farber) who is trying to make a difference in Delray.  After reading the comments and the bashing of her,  my only question to those so opposed to her speaking up for the animals and rescues in need, what are you doing to give back and advocate for the animals ?  Would be great to get that property rented to a reputable rescue so more lives can be saved, and more companion animals get into homes through adoptions.

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