Founder of Minneapolis animal rescue charged with torturing dogs

A Minneapolis woman claims she was trying to help dogs in need, but it turns out she was doing more harm than good. She’s now charged with mistreating and torturing animals.  

Flora, a 4-year-old white bulldog, is living proof of what can happen to an animal left in the wrong care.

“Flora came into the kill shelter that we work with and she offered to take them into her rescue,” Teri Thiele, Paws on Wheels, said.  “We had confidence she was doing everything right.

The photos of Flora before and after she was placed in Amanda Louis Pryznki’s care are shocking, and it spanned only two months.

“It was very drastic, you could see her ribs and her spine,” Thiele said.

Thiele trusted Pryznski to care for Flora. Pryznski is the founder of Panda’s Pets -- a rescue in question now that she faces several animal abuse charges, namely because of how Flora was found.

“She just wasn’t even being fed because even to this day she wants to eat her own feces and the only thing I can assume was that was all she had access to to eat,” Thiele said.

But Flora was just one of the dogs seized from Pryznski’s home.

“When I got her she had worms, she had a washcloth sized piece of sheet in her,” Thiele said.

According to the criminal complaint, a Great Dane, an English setter and Catahoula mix were also seized. All are now in Paws on Wheel’s care.

“I would hate for this one incident to reflect poorly on all rescues,” Tania Richter, Fur Ever Home Rescue founder, said.

Flora’s story serves as an important reminder: if you suspect or spots signs of animal cruelty, report it. Signs include filthy living conditions, if the home and yard look unkempt or if there are a lot of feces in the yard.

“You really need to make sure you’re supporting a rescue you believe in and has the same values you do,” Richter said.

Pryznski is expected to appear in court next month -- if found guilty, she could face 90 days behind bars and a $1,000 fine.

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