I want to make the public aware of the animal abuse, neglect, and donation fraud perpetrated by the president of Little Miracles Rabbit Rescue, Christine "Kristie, Kris" Corson. I was a former volunteer in one of the higher positions at LMRR when it was located in Northport Fl. I saw first hand many things the public needs to know.
The Animal Abuse:
-The "rescue" building was a detached 2 car garage in poor condition.
-The ONLY running water was a hose outdoors. There was no hot water and all bottle were filled there.
-The air conditioner was often broken or not properly working. In the SW Florida summer heat, with no AC the temp would rise to around 100 degrees F. A cheap fan shifted air but that was it.
-It was ALWAYS dark unless a volunteer was there. Corson did not allow lights on, even during the day and had the small windows covered so that the public could not look in and see the horrible conditions on the inside. [continued below]....
-Dead animals were thrown into the freezer and later buried in the back yard.
-Food was often not available, and Corson would become cross and berate all volunteers who repeatedly questioned her until the volunteers bought food themselves.
-The animals were NEVER given fresh produce at the Fl location unless a volunteer brought it, or there were cameras and Corson getting attention.
-Rescued animals frequently escaped and bred one another, some who were there for months. Nearly all babies DIED who were born at LMRR.
-Corson BOUGHT her Flemish giant "mascot" rabbits from a breeder but lied and said she rescued them and took public donations for them. One of whom, Maya, was impregnated by a rescue rabbit months later and gave birth, yes your donations paid for the needs of all of those baby rabbits.
-Corson PURCHASED many pure bred animals who the volunteers were charged with caring for. Some actually lived in the rescue garage. They included a goat, chinchillas, lops, 3 small rabbits, 2 rats, 2 Akitas, a cat, and a Flemish Giant, Hailey, who lived in a dark filthy back room alone.
-No matter how many animals were in the rescue garage, sometimes in cages stacked 3 high, Corson kept bringing animals in. Among ourselves we often said these animals needed rescuing from the rescue.
-At one time all of the rabbits had horrible flea issues, bald spots and all from the irritation. There were also many animals with worms. When asked to treat them she yelled about money and belittled us for not buying the medication.
-The total number of rabbits in the garage was between 80-100.
-Later Corson took in a bunch of guinea pig, hamsters and need supplies to sell. She refereed to them as "pure profit"
-When I first started many animals, including Corson's own pets had severe urine scalding, nails so long the animals couldn't walk, mats, fleas, wounds, eye and ear infections, and were scared and unsociable.
-Corson would purposefully deny special care or help or good ideas for the rescue if it was the good idea of another.
-Corson threatened to kill all of the rabbits when she was upset with personal issues.
-There is FAR more, but these are important notes.
-Many times I witnessed Corson use funds from the "rescue card" to pay for her own things. Food, party supplies, supplies for her own pets, and personal bills. She was shameless and always had a crafty way of explaining it.
-Corson would raise tons of money for a project that never came to be. She just kept the money, never refunding or giving the people what they wanted. People calling about their memorial brick, tee shirt, sponsored bunny or other undone contribution would be berated and blocked from calling her or emailing.
-When given cash, Corson put it in her pocket or purse, did not record it and never put it to the rescue. Often in the same day, you would see her purchase something totally unnecessary with the same cash.
-Corson often told people and advertised being a 501c3 non profit, she NEVER has been, but collected funds as such.
-Corson took donations at least 2 times that I know of for the 501c3 filing cost but they were never filed.
-Corson instructed us to "lie" and "make up" info asked for in the 501c3 application.
-Corson had many people donate items for yard sale benefit sales and kept what she wanted for herself.
-Corson raised money to pay her mortgage saying the rabbits needed it because she had spent too much money on a large tattoo.
-Corson has many different fundraisers going at once, in an effort to defraud the public
-NO ONE has access to the books and money in the account except for Corson and every now and then a few close friends are given the card to buy stuff.
-Corson has a small store at the rescue where she sells items, she claims none of them and gives out no receipts.
-Corson lies on her taxes, and NOTHING you give can be written off.
IN SHORT, I want to ask that you PLEASE donate to a reputable rescue and report to the IRS any suspicious dealings that you have had with Christine "Kristie" Corson, her parents, or the boyfriend that helps enable all of this, Justin Evans.