Shut Down Allegedly Neglectful Exotic Animal Shelter and Relocate Animals


Target: Rita B. Garman, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Illinois

Goal: Shut down exotic animal shelter where countless creatures allegedly died in inhumane conditions and send surviving animals to suitable sanctuaries.

Employees and volunteers of a well-known animal shelter report that some of the animals are malnourished, kept in inhumane conditions and left to die. Settlers Pond, an animal shelter for exotic species in the Chicago area has come under fire for allegedly neglecting animals until they died. At least a dozen people, including employees, volunteers, visitors and animal control officers have raised concern over animal mistreatment at the shelter.

Animals were reportedly found underweight, with donkeys desperately needing their hooves trimmed. The shelter’s owner, Airocolina Janota, who refered to animals as “something” in a media report, was also found allegedly dressing up monkeys in baby clothing and taking pictures of them in highchairs and on leash.

These allegations raise strong concerns over the fate and treatment of animals who end up in this shelter. Sign this petition urging authorities to shut down this improper facility and relocate all animals to accredited sanctuaries.


Dear Justice Garman,

Please urgently investigate severe allegations of cruelty and neglect at the Settlers Pond exotic animal shelter. Employees, volunteers and animal control officers report animals being kept in inhumane conditions, neglected, malnourished and left to die.

Reports and investigations raise serious concerns for the surviving animals still being kept at Settlers Pond. Please ensure that this inhumane facility is shut down, that animals are sent to accredited sanctuaries for proper care, and that if found guilty, the shelter’s owner is banned from owning animals for life.


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  1. Jenny Rae says:

    How tragic and sad. Rehome these animals now so they may experience kindness, food and a warm bed and kind hands.

    • Faye Hall says:

      This world has turned into nothing but evil. This is a result of all the games these people have watched murdering and killing things. This is out of control and we as a nation need to stand up and start doing something besides just slapping them on the wrist not matter if it is a business or individual

  2. Gerald Bowman says:

    There needs to be a law against this kind of “zoo”. People should not be allowed to have these kind of animals.

  3. Marcio Alvarez says:

    Rejome these Creatures to a proper sanctuary and shit these profiteering scumbags.

  4. KatWrangler says:

    Shelter: to protect; take under one’s protection.

  5. Margaret Melnick says:

    Rehome these animals and throw this man in jail. He must be charged with animal abuse.

  6. Kae Blecha, OTR says:

    I moved to IL to get away from Jeff City’s mindset of doing nothing for animals. Please do everything in your power to see that these creatures get justice.

  7. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared. ?

  8. Jenny Rae says:

    As an Australian it defies belief people are allowed to have private zoos. Shut the dump down, rehouse the animals and shoot the owners PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Please rescue these animals and transfer them into caring situations where they can live happily, in good health and comfortably.

  10. Please rescue these animals and transfer them into caring situations where they can live happily, in good health and comfortably — ensure that A. Janota NEVER works with animals again no matter in what capacity.

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