• Report: #1062882
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  • Submitted: Fri, June 28, 2013
  • Updated: Fri, June 28, 2013

  • Reported By: Concerned Citizens for the New York Animals — New York New York
964 Dursley Rd Bloomfield Hills, Michigan Internet, Michigan USA

NO-KILL-COALITION AKA No Kill Coalition AKA Hilary Sontag Supporting a scammer who stole from me and other donors Bloomfield Hills Michigan

*UPDATE Employee: Kate is NOT a NKC Administrator

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"No Kill Coalition" is an amazing non profit organization with a shared purpose of working toward the goal of eliminating the mass killing of homeless animals. Unfortunately it has taken a wrong turn on a bumpy road by adding Kathryn F. Riviello, a scammer who is under serious investigation by the police of Port Jervis, Port Jervis ACC, and PETA for animal cruelty. Five dead cats were witnessed by a rescuer who stayed overnight at her home, a mother and her four kittens were stiff frozen stuffed in Ms. Riviello’s freezer for months.

Hilary Sontag head of the “No Kill Coalition” animal advocacy group has stated her strong and irrevocable support of the con-artist Kathryn F. [continued below]....

..... Riviello.  This is an extremely sad day in the animal rescue community when a person who is under investigation for animal cruelty is appointed administrator of such a wonderful group of people.

Some information about Kathryn F. Riviello:

Has several counts of fraud all recorded in the NYC Courts system:
She was also reported to the IRS recently, institution to which she currently owes money too and is on a payment plan for unpaid taxes. The IRS will now investigate what all the money she has recently received has been used for and if in fact she reported this income to them. KATE/KAY/KATHRYN F RIVIELLO is not an approved IRS 501c3 non-for profit rescue or organization. She collects funds through her personal pay pal account and does don’t give access to donors for audits which include producing invoices from vendors she hires, receipts of purchases, and other pertinent paperwork. This un-orthodox practice of taking money from donors and not giving them access to her books has raised big concerns among the animal rescue community in the State of New York and is quickly spreading nationwide.

Ms. Riviello calls herself an activist when in fact she is an unemployed middle aged woman without a profession or college education that lives off donations from kind donors she manages to reel in through social media pages such as Facebook and Twitter. Her latest creation in order to obtain funds from donors is to plan protests and charge people for their free time to be able attend her protests making false promises of shutting down the NYC ACC and build a no kill shelter. She also makes claims of working laws with councilmen which never materialize. Within the last year, she has posted two protests she charged people for but actually cancelled both events and never returned the money to the donors, some of them went public on social media requesting their money back but she blocked them from all contact.

KATE/KAY/KATHRYN F RIVIELLO is under an open “animal cruelty investigation” by the police of Port Jervis, New York who went to her house after neighbors constantly complained about a foul odor coming from her home. PETA also went to her house this past June 16th, 2013 after finding out she kept five dead cats in her freezer and consider this as “animal cruelty” because the cause of death of these animals is unknown and needs to be investigated. Also the fact that she has kept these animals in her freezer for such a long time raises big concerns about her mental health. Unfortunately Ms. Riviello didn’t allow access either to the police or PETA but a warrant to raid her property is in the works. The name of detective will remain anonymous until further notice.

Her latest scam creation is a protest she crafted that took place outside a mall in Queens on Saturday June 22nd, 2013 for which she is charged people $45 per ticket/person to attend a protest in a “free of charge public area”. She was trying to get 300 people to produce funds for this event, she is also charged $25 for t-shirts that must be worn at this event. That elevates the charge per person at $70 x $300 for a total of $21,000 going into Ms. Riviellos’ personal pay pal account.

This is preposterous and outrageous as none of this money will be used in fact to save death row animals or anything animal related nor will donors have access Ms. Riviello’s paperwork/accounting books.

We alerted the authorities of this sting that took place on Saturday June 22nd, 2013 and it will be dealt with swiftly and very aggressively in order to stop Ms. Riviello of crafting anymore fraudulent events.

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#1 UPDATE Employee

Kate is NOT a NKC Administrator


Kate Rivello is not an administrator of No Kill Coalition. For a short time she WAS a moderator with posting privileges on the facebook page, but she was just there to post for the protests, because we were trying to help the animals in NYC. She has never received No Kill Coalition funds, and she never fund-raised in our name. She is no longer allowed on the page, because the drama that follows her is counter-productive.

In New York City they have 2 factions fighting against each-other rather than saving animals. They need to stop fighting each-other and START saving the NYCC ACC animals. Dragging us into it only shows just how petty they are.

All proceeds from No Kill Coalition go to saving animals. We are all hands-on rescuers from all over the U.S.A., and we are volunteers. We don't receive salaries OR compensation.

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