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Friday, January 30, 2015
Police: Former Rescue Ink member stole checks
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Courtesy LBPD
John "Johnny O" Orlandini was arrested on Wednesday and charged with grand larceny after he allegedly stole over $15,000 from Rescue Ink.

Orlandini was arraigned in the Long Beach City Court and bail was set at $500 cash over a $1,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in County Court on May 31 in front of Judge Meryl Berkowitz.

Orlandini did not return requests for comment.

Larry Wolfe, Rescue Ink’s public liaison, said that Orlandini had worked with the organization for approximately four years but departed last November, shortly after Hurricane Sandy. Orlandini also served as the city’s humane commissioner, but was released from service for substandard performance in February, according to police.

Wolfe said that the donation checks Rescue Ink receives are used to fund the facility, and go toward feeding and housing the animals, veterinary visits, transportation and more.

“Knowing that that money was targeted for that purpose, it’s disgusting,” said Wolfe. “He didn’t take the money out of my mouth or [Panzarella’s] mouth. He took it out of Daisy’s mouth and Stone’s mouth. That’s who is suffering from this.”

Aside from the checks, Wolfe believes that Orlandini also took an interminable amount of cash donations.

During Hurricane Sandy, the shelter was completely destroyed. And while Wolfe says they are about 90 percent rebuilt, a lot of the stolen checks were donated to help the organization rebuild. Wolfe said that a lot of the money came out of the group’s own pockets.

“We run on such a shoestring budget,” said Panzarella. “We get $15,000 a year to run the facility. Just in the checks that he took in the last six months — never mind the cash — it’s equivalent to our yearly budget.”

Rescue Ink is a no-kill shelter, meaning that, if the animals do not get adopted, it supports these animals indefinitely.

“What he allegedly stole, that supports these animals for months and months,” said Wolfe. “We’re working at a deficit because of him.”

Panzarella said he is afraid that the incident will deter people from making donations to Rescue Ink in the future, losing what little donations he says they receive. But Wolfe remains optimistic.

“We’re as much of a victim as anybody in this,” said Wolfe. “The people who know what we do will support us.”

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andynapolitano

I am following up on a recent story The Herald did about Rescue Ink and the Long Beach Shelter. First I want to applaud the Long Beach students that spent the day helping the animal shelter in their community and collecting donations for Rescue Ink. As a parent I believe that kids should volunteer, participate and be involved......BUT

As devastating as Hurricane Sandy was to Long Beach,The Herald did an awesome job of keeping the island well informed within minutes of the storm. As the storm approached New York, News 12 informed the Island that Long Beach was a direct hit and it was understood that Long Beach was to be evacuated. However, some chose to stay and paid the ultimate price of damage and destruction including the Rescue Ink Facility and some of its animals.

As concerned people would, they emailed and Facebooked Rescue Ink from all over the world about the safety of the animals and their plan "B". Rescue Ink's response was, "The facility has been evacuated and all the animals are in temporary shelters."

Supporters were concerned because Rescue Ink had been posting on their FB page about having been in Canada a day and a half before the storm for a promotion event. While they did drive through the night to get back to Long Beach, they still chose not to evacuate although they were all present at the shelter the day before the storm.

It is my understanding that Rescue Ink did not prepare for the storm properly by evacuating or providing safe shelter from the storm. They instead chose to have volunteers "ride" out the storm along with animals that were left behind including a german shepherd named Buford and two kittens who drowned. The volunteers had to be retrieved in the middle of the night as five feet of water came flooding into the shelter. The volunteers grabbed all the dogs and put them up on shelving in the laundry room. The volunteers were found in shock, sitting in the complete darkness while water flooded in, holding on to all the dogs, on shelves in the laundry room. The cats? They were left to fend for themselves in the cat room.

Can you imagine how frightening that must have been for those animals? What about the volunteers? Where was the founder Joe Panz? He chose not to ride out the storm with the volunteers and the animals. He went home.

Did you know that Rescue Ink is NOT just a non-profit but also registered as a for-profit business and they operate primarily as such? Did you also know that Rescue Ink ONLY spends 6% of their donations and funds on animal programs as shown by their tax return, which is public information.

I suggest you check out these pages on Facebook to see all the facts.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rescue-Ink-The-Facts

and

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Good-the-Bad-the-Unforgivable-of-Animal-Rescue

Upon investigations not only into this rescue but others as well, we need to enforce stricter laws, rules and regulations about rescue groups. New York State has made it very easy for ANYONE to call themselves a rescue. Certificates, training and proper inspections should be mandated as well.

NOW due to the recent story posted about John Orlandini, I believe this will be the finale for Rescue Ink. This reeks of a rotten set up and Johnny O will certainly not go down easy. It will be interesting to see the real facts that come out in the next few months.

As I send you this email with all of my concerns I hope that you consider my facts and hopefully someone would warrant a full scale audit of this organization.

Once a supporter and volunteer, I have seen and heard many things right from their own mouths. I encourage you to spread the word, contact all former members and volunteers for a full blown investigation as I believe there is a lot more going on here. We knew a long time ago this organization was trash, thank goodness we stepped away when we did, unfortunately the people who donated their hard earned money didn't.

All we ask is that an audit be conducted by the IRS, the AG's office & the overseers of non-profits to see where all the donations actually went. If you do go to the Rescue Ink=The facts site on Facebook you will see a copy of RI's 2011 income tax return where they declare $30.000.00 income of which only about $1800.00 was spent on the animals. Since the city of Long Beach pays for all the utilities, maintenance, & vet bills for the Long Beach Shelter & the people who work there are unpaid volunteers, we want to know where all the money is going.They get donations, sell merchandise, have fundraisers. Where is YOUR money going?? Thank you in advance. Andy N.

Rescue Ink = The Facts

Bringing to light the truth.

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NoMoreTheives

SEARCH FOR "RESCUE INK FORMER MEMBERS, VOLUNTEERS AND SUPPORTERS" ON FACEBOOK TO LEARN THE TRUTH ABOUT ALL OF THOSE WHO STEAL FROM ANIMALS.

We can't wait to see Joe's story on the LIHerald for all the stealing he does. We're watching Joe and it's coming!

Sunday, August 25, 2013 | Report this
NoMoreTheives

JUST WANT TO SEND A BIG SHOUT OUT TO JOE PANZY AND BIG ANTSY PANTS FOR POSTING THIS ARTICLE OVER AND OVER. YOU ARE DRAWING MORE FANS TO THE "RESCUE INK FORMER MEMBERS, VOLUNTEERS, AND SUPPORTERS" FACEBOOK PAGE THAN YOU COULD IMAGINE.

EVERYONE IS FLOCKING THERE TO LEARN THE TRUTH ABOUT ALL OF YOU. NOT JUST ONE, BUT ALL THREE OF YOU. OVER A HUNDRED IN THE PAST FEW DAYS! THANKS FOR THE ADVERTISING!

EVERYONE CHECK OUT "RESCUE INK FORMER MEMBERS, VOLUNTEERS AND SUPPORTERS" ON FACEBOOK TO SEE WHERE THE REST OF THE MONEY WENT.

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