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Woman indicted on forgery charges

Alex Green • Jun 25, 2014 at 4:00 PM


Those familiar with it know the Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary exists to help animals.

Members of the sanctuary perhaps did not realize what exactly they were saving three animals from when they rescued three dogs from Ohio Pet Placement, a Sheffield Township animal shelter.

A Lorain woman who used to operate the shelter was recently indicted on forgery charges by a Lorain County Grand Jury.

Crystal Luli, 39, was indicted last week for using the personal information of an area veterinarian to purchase medical supplies for animals at her facility.

The facility was closed in the spring of 2013 after more than 50 animals were removed due to complaints the facility lacked running water or electricity.

That facility's closing provided another chapter in the Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary's interesting book.

The nonprofit recently raised thousands during an auction, largely because of the nonprofit's positive perception among the public.

"The sanctuary has always been there for us," said Jan Bucholz, chief executive officer of Stein Hospice.

Bucholz said the sanctuary always opens its doors for pets whose owners cannot physically care for them, and that's why she purchased a $5,000 onyx table at the auction.

But as much help as the sanctuary provides to animals and owners alike, it too needs help in a variety of ways.

It is currently seeking donations to help Dudley, the sanctuary's partially-blind male beagle.

Dudley needs a heartworm procedure. He is around 7 years old, and was saved from a kill pound.

But the sanctuary needs more than rescuers for its many animals. In particular, it needs food and an employee.

Sanctuary CEO Nancy Benevento said some of the animals need canned and dry Hills dog food, since they are allergic to regular food.

More than anything, Benevento said, the sanctuary's small staff is desperately looking for more help.

Benevento is looking to hire an animal lover. The potential employee could work days or nights, she said.

Qualified applicants need a valid driver's license, experience with animals, and a high school diploma or GED.

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