CDA: The Dreampower Foundation Inc., d/b/a P.A.A.L.S., in Contempt of Court…
BROOMFIELD, Colo. – On December 6, 2017, the Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture and Diane Benedict, the owner and operator of The Dreampower Foundation (“PAALS”), entered into a Stipulation in Support of Contempt, which was accepted by the Elbert County District Court. Ms. Benedict and PAALS, a Colorado corporation located in Douglas County, violated a 2012 Permanent Injunction that prohibited Ms. Benedict and PAALS from possessing more than 15 pet animals on its property without the requisite Pet Animal Care and Facility Act (PACFA) license; advertising, soliciting or offering to perform any of the acts for which a PACFA license is required; and for violating a 2011 Cease and Desist Order issued by the Commissioner of Agriculture.
The Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture issued the 2011 Cease and Desist Order and obtained the 2012 Permanent Injunction because Ms. Benedict and PAALS continued to possess more than 15 pet animals at their facility without a proper PACFA license. On August 3, 2017, after receipt of a consumer complaint, PACFA contacted Ms. Benedict and found her in possession of 92 pet animals. Additionally, Ms. Benedict and PAALS advertised, solicited and offered to perform the acts of a pet animal rescue and sanctuary without the requisite PACFA license, and transferred approximately 47 pet animals in the last year.
After finding Ms. Benedict and PAALS in remedial contempt of court, the Elbert County District Court ordered Benedict and PAALS to undergo monthly inspections until January 2019 to ensure future compliance. Additionally, Ms. Benedict stipulated to a $5,000 fine and a 45 day jail sentence upon any subsequent violation of the 2012 Permanent Injunction.
PACFA, a program within the Colorado Department of Agriculture, is a licensing and inspection program dedicated to protecting the health and well-being of those animals in pet care facilities throughout Colorado. Proper licensure of pet animal care facilities helps ensure PACFA can protect those pet animals in need.