Mary Cummins Animal Advocates Los Angeles California Wildlife Rehabilitation Real Estate

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Wildlife Waystation, Martine Colette, complaints, lawsuits, charges, loss of permits

UPDATE: 12/05/2016 I just spoke with LA County Planning. There is a CUP application for the Wildlife Waystation. The case number is RCUP 201500106. Please contact our Zoning Permits Section for more information, 213-974-6443 (Project number R2015-02578). Anthony Curvi is in charge of it.

This is just an application. There are no online documents. The last application was 2005 which was denied. I spoke with the planning person about that application. They said it was denied and they will never ever give the Wildlife Waystation a CUP. As a previous expert stated the Waystation would need $30,000,000 worth of improvements to comply with just the County violations, mandatory improvements to the property. That estimate was in 2003 so it would be more expensive today.

I believe that Martine filed the application just as a way to raise money. She knows she will never get the CUP after 40 years of complaints. Since the very beginning in 1976 Martine has not been in compliance. Martine has been viciously attacking, suing, threatening USDA, Fish & Wildlife, County... They will never ever give her a CUP. In fact the planning person said "we will never, ever give her a CUP."

After the application only is formally accepted, there will be public notice. All the files will then be available on the planning dept website. You will then be able to search and find the file here http://planning.lacounty.gov/case At that point all the neighbors and concerned entities will be able to voice their concerns. If one neighbor is against the CUP, the Waystation will never get the permit. Public comments will be allowed after the application is public. After the Planning Commission and public investigate and comment on the project, the Planning Commission and Commissioners will vote to approve or deny it. I would bet every penny I have that they will again deny the permit. There are already many people and organizations that will speak against the permit. Notice they have not had a CUP for many, many years. The County could shut them down any day. They won't because Martine said that if USDA, Fish & Game, County...shuts them down, she will kill all the animals. Other times she said she will dump all the animals on USDA, Fish & Game, County...

Just pulled up the last time the Wildlife Waystation sued Los Angeles County. Here's the case from 2003 when they were trying to get a CUP and were denied. The Waystation dismissed the case. Martine was trying to get a temporary injunction to stop the County from shutting down the Waystation. The commission will never give her a permit especially after this. This application as a ruse to raise funds will end up hurting the Waystation even more.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxE8KfVPjYF4NFRodUFnanhENUE/view?usp=sharing

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12/02/2016 Today someone emailed me and said that the Waystation didn't lose their permits... Here is what the Wildlife Waystation emailed to them which was sent to me. This is totally false.

"HI Valerie, thank you for checking in with us and asking. It is absolutely not true that we have lost licenses, or cannot take in animals. We are renewing our licenses with the county and Fish and Wildlife, just as we do every year, we have been operating under a county Conditional Use Permit while we do some facility upgrades but it's business as usual and if we have space and there is an animal in need, we'll give them a home. We have just taken in a brown bear, a bobcat and a possum that were in need of homes. I'm not sure where the incorrect information is coming from but it's not accurate."

They have never had a wildlife rehabilitation permit ever. They are not open to the public. They can't give tours. They can't take in new animals. They do not have a conditional use permit. Even Martine admits this. In fact she says she reapplied to get the permit and will have it soon. She did not reapply. There is no application with LA County Planning commission. They purged the last application out of the system. It was from 2004 and denied. The Planning Commission said they will not give the Waystation a CUP.

This is from Animal People 2007. Go to page 16.

http://newspaper.animalpeopleforum.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/September-2007-pdf.pdf

"Barrett said. "Unfortunately,  there were some real logistic and physical realities that Martine could not easily solve and would not deal with realistically.  The Waystation acreage is extremely hilly and rolling and the cost to bring a piece of land like this up to current codes on road improvement,  hillside stabilization, water supplies and storage for fire protection,  sewage disposal,  etc. is just way too prohibitive for a nonprofit animal facility.  While I was involved, the estimates for infrastructure improvement,  not including any cage or habitat improvements,  were in the $30 million range,  and would likely be higher now."

"In addition to everything else,  the County and the Waystation were at a major legal juncture,"  Barrett explained.  "The Waystation's long standing conditional use permit had expired. Technically, the county could have closed the place."
The Los Angeles County administration "was rightly horrified,"  Barrett conceded,  "by the aging,  junky,  illegal mess the Waystation had evolved into.  In addition, all the government agencies that had struggled with Martine over the years were now comparing notes and sharing information.  As each agency learned more about the problems other agencies were having,  that affected each agency's willingness to work collaboratively with,  or believe or trust,  Martine.
"Additionally there was a simultaneous campaign of complaints to each of these agencies,  especially the county,  by a collection of former volunteers and others,  even a former board member."

I decided to see if there was any new news about the Waystation today. Martine said she applied for a CUP and will get it soon. She has not applied. I just checked Los Angeles County Planning. Here is the case number for the last application which was denied in 2004. 200400005.

Go here and search by case number or names "Wildlife Waystation" or "Martine Colette." Nothing pulls up. Last time I spoke with planning they said they have not and will not give the Waystation a CUP. They are illegally operating without one.

http://planning.lacounty.gov/case

While I was researching the CUP I see new videos the Waystation made to beg for money. In one a tiger is walking outside of its enclosure in the mountains. The tiger must stay in its enclsoure.


I also saw a morbidly obese domestic skunk. They're illegal to have in California. That weight will kill that skunk if it's not dead already.


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An anonymous person too weak to leave their name just left a comment asking to see my USDA history. The person said EVERY animal person has a violation. Guess what? Not this one. I have had perfect inspections since 2003. They don't schedule appts. They just show up at your door unannounced. I don't have a problem complying with regulations. I don't take in more animals than I can properly handle.

What I've written about Martine and the Waystation is the truth backed up by lots of documents. In fact I'll start posting more of Martine Colettes legal documents and liens.

This information has been online for at least five years unchanged. If Martine wanted to sue me for defamation, she could have but she didn't as what I posted is the truth. There is also a one year statute of limitations on defamation in California. Everything I have posted came straight from Martine Colette herself, legal documents, USDA documents, Fish & Game, Arizona Sheriff records, her naturalization papers and public records.

To the person sticking up for Martine's cruel treatment of animals, shame on you.
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Found some old newspaper clips. Martine Colette was breeding the animals. Here she shows off three white tiger cubs. She states they are the only ones.

Martine Colette wildlife waystation white tiger cubs

Originally the Waystation wasn't supposed to allow any visitors. They also weren't allowed to have over 200 animals max. The planning commission and neighbor were concerned about security and waste issues. Everything the planning commission and neighbors feared might happen actually happened. If someone is moving to a larger location because they have too many animals for their present location that should be a sign that they will again have too many animals.

Martine Colette Wildlife Waystation
Here is the rest of the article above. Martine Colette was breeding the animals and selling them to zoos. She also used them in movies and tv programs. She was going to let a university use her animals in a breeding study. Keep in mind she never had a breeding permit.
Martine Colette Wildlife Waystation breed sell animals to zoos use in television and movies
Another article stated that Martine Colette fed entire cows and horses to the animals. Martine said she butchered them herself on site. She didn't have a butcher license.
Martine Colette butchers horses cows on site.

In the below article a politician has stepped up to get a $300,000 grant to get the Wildlife Waystation in compliance with regulations. Notice this is soon after they opened that they had problems. They've had problems since the beginning. Instead of making plans to become compliant with regulations, Martine Colette plans a huge 10,000 person arena, gift shop, a western town, cabins...to turn the Waystation into a tourist spot. The politician finds out and is not pleased. Martine has done this since the beginning. Beg for money for animals, spend it on something else.
Martine Colette Wildlife Waystation


An article came out on July 7, 2016.

http://www.thefoothillrecord.com/news/featured/the-wildlife-waystation-a-cult-of-personality/

July 23, 2016: Wildfires are near the Wildlife Waystation. Legally all USDA, Fish & Wildlife, Calif Fish & Wildlife permit holders must have written emergency plans. They must have all the money, crates, trucks, water, food, veterinary supplies, volunteers, employees arranged and ready at all times. Obviously the Wildlife Waystation is in violation of their permits again. They are again asking everyone else to help them evacuate. I'm sure Martine Colette will be using the wildfires mainly to beg for money just like the Gentle Barn did.

I am all for saving Wildlife Waystation animals, buildings. If they really do need help, people should help. My only point is we legally must have the necessary means to care for our animals in emergency before the emergency happens. During the last fires Martine Colette stated she did not have enough crates, cages, food, water, trucks, trailers to evacuate the animals. She said paraphrased "we'll just have to sit here and let the animals die because we have no money." Then people felt sorry and donated money to Martine. They didn't have to evacuate. They didn't evacuate. They kept the money donated to evacuate. I do truly hope the animals are not in any danger.

Here is their current plea.

"A CALL TO ACTION!! WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Please...if you have a trailer, please head up to the Waystation to assist us in our evacuation!! There has been a semi-official report that they're allowing us access to continue our evacuations!! We don't know how long they'll be allowing this, so if you can help us out, please do so!! Please understand that anything can happen when you arrive, so please know that we are eternally grateful for your offer for help!

Please note: only vehicles with trailers will be allowed.

BE CAREFUL, PLEASE!

UPDATE: If you are turned away at the road, please wait at the 7-Eleven. We have many people staged there in the wait. Thank you all so much for the support you're giving during this very difficult and scary time!"

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Found some more of the underlying documents. Here is the criminal case against Martine Colette in Arizona. Martine illegally brought a tiger cub into Arizona with no Arizona exotic animal exhibit permit, USDA permit or transport person. She plead innocent then changed it to guilty. This is when she tried to get a new Wildlife Waystation in Arizona on a residential property. She'd need to be on A2 zoned land and get a CUP conditional use permit which she would never get with her horrible history or not obeying the law. Notice she used her fake birth date on her ID.

Martine Colette, Wildlife Waystation

martine colette, wildlife waystation


06/16/2016 Here is a working timeline of the Waystation based on major lawsuits, loss of permits and media articles.  I will update it with more information and over write the file. Every word comes from the linked lawsuits or media articles. I didn't write any of this.

http://animaladvocates.us/wildlife%20waystation%20timeline.pdf

Martine Colette and the Wildlife Waystation's original permit was as a dealer then a researcher. They did not get an exhibit permit until 1985. A lot of people who are into exotic animals and want to own one as a pet will get an exhibit permit so they can legally have the animal. It's illegal to own an exotic or wild animal without proper permits in California. The purpose is to make sure the person knows how to properly care for the animal for the safety of the animal and public.

May 29, 2016: Big shakeout at the Wildlife Waystation again. I just saw it on the news. Volunteers have been fired. Here's the video.

http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2016/05/26/former-volunteers-at-wildlife-waystation-upset-over-being-fired/

One interesting thing is that the volunteers are "no longer" allowed to hold or walk the animals. This has to do with their permits and insurance. They were allowing "volunteers" handle the animals when they weren't permitted for such activity. They still don't have an off premise USDA exhibit permit as far as I can tell. I'll look it up again.

Julie Medrano, volunteer, Mike Rapp, animal trainer, Cassandra Tchen, volunteer talk about being fired from the Wildlife Waystation. I was fired as a volunteer at the animal shelter twice. I was asked back both times. I know how it feels. I also know the reason is generally political. The volunteer cares about the animal whereas Martine does not.

Martine Colette, Wildlife Waystation, volunteer fired


Every few years there's a big shakeup at the Wildlife Waystation. The entire board has resigned en masse twice that I know of. They generally fire lots of volunteers at once. This happens every time the Wildlife Waystation is in trouble. The BODs, volunteers want to help the animals but Martine Colette refuses to relinquish control. Martine Colette now controls the Wildlife Waystation as she put all the real estate in her name and charges then rent. She also collects a salary.

The Wildlife Waystation has been in trouble since they first started in 1976. I read a little about Martine when she did the costumes for Earth, Wind and Fire in 1975. They basically depicted her as a crazy animal hoarder with lots of large exotic animals in her house.

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It appears things are still just as bad at the Wildlife Waystation. Animals receive poor care. Martine still takes a lot of the money in the form of salary and rent. Martine treats the board members and volunteers very poorly.

Just discovered that Martine Colette lies about her age and name. In her California naturalization papers her birth date was April 30, 1939 and not 1942 which is on her other documents. She was born in mainland China. Her name was Martine-Diane Skarstedt and she didn't become a citizen until 1990. "Skarstedt" is her first husband's name. He worked on a dairy farm before becoming an actor. They were married in 1964 in Nevada and divorced 1968. She married Paul L Ridley in 1969 and divorced in 1975. She married Joseph J Dawson in 1981 and divorced in 1984. She changed her name each time. Martine Colette is not a widower. Her first husband died after they divorced. That doesn't make you a widower. Who is the fourth husband? When she married Dawson her name was "Martine D Brassinne." Is "Brassinne" her maiden name? It's related to people in the UK and Belgium. Why did she use the name of her first husband on her naturalization papers which were signed in 1990? So many stories hard to know what's real. There was a Charles Brassine born 1896 England died 1976. He was an upholsterer. Maybe that's where she learned to make costumes. Charles Louis Brassine became a US citizen then died in England. His father was a hair dresser's assistant, "hair cutter." Both the father and grandfather were British. They were not from Belgium.

Maybe Martine used her inheritance to start the Waystation which was started in 1976, 1977. Below is her naturalization document.

Martine Colette, Martine Diane Colette, Martine Skarstedt, fake name, birth date, birthday April 30, 1939, mainland China

Wildlife Waystation - Morbidly obese opossum - Mary Cummins, Animal Advocates

UPDATE: 09/23/2014: I just learned that the Wildlife Waystation's conditional use permit expired a long time ago. They never renewed it. They have an application to renew it but it most likely will never be approved. The case number is 200400005. They cannot have a wildlife sanctuary or run a business of any type on the property.

In summary the Wildlife Waystation has many LA County zoning, building, safety violations. They are in violation of LA County Animal Control. They are in violation of the water resources department. They have a USDA permit but they still have violations. They don't have a Fish & Game permit for the animals or the sanctuary. Their cages are not legal. They cannot have visitors or give tours of the sanctuary. They are of course still giving tours, having visitors, running a business on the property. They continue to get more animals even though Fish & Game told them they are not allowed to get new animals. They have never had a wildlife rehabilitation permit ever. The only reason this place is still in existence is because Martine Colette threatens to kill all the animals if Fish & Wildlife tries to shut them down. What a mess.

09/21/2014: The Wildlife Waystation located at 14831 Little Tujunga Canyon Road, Lake View Terrace, California 91342 has a morbidly obese opossum. When opossum eyes cross and their tail gets fat they are morbidly obese. It's illegal to exhibit an animal that is too fat or too thin as per USDA regulations. That opossum will die early. They need to feed it less and give it some exercise. This is why all our opossums and skunks are on exercise wheels if they are able. They enjoy the activity and it's good for them.






From today, September 21, 2014. The Waystation is closed to the public. How do they get around this? They have a "volunteer" day on the weekends. You pay to be a volunteer, pay for a class. Then legally you're not a member of the public. 99% of the volunteers are just members of the public. One woman just posted an article about her "tour" of the facility. I bet Waystation gets even more donations with this sob story. 
Here are recent USDA violations that I just pulled up for 2013 and 2014.


Martine Colette, Wildlife Waystation, USDA violations


Martine Colette, Wildlife Waystation, USDA animal inventory


Martine Colette, Wildlife Waystation, USDA violations
USDA violations, Martine Colette, Wildlife Waystation
IRS, Attorney General, 990, tax returns, Wildlife Waystation, Martine Colette

Martine Colette takes $86,000/yr salary and charges the Waystation $90,000/yr to rent ten acres from her. Originally those ten acres belonged to the Wildlife Waystation. Martine quit claimed the property to herself from the Waystation.

Charity Navigator gives them one out of four stars. If you plug in their real information, they'd get zero stars.

http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=5863#.VB94GPldVvk

Here they are on Guidestar

http://www.guidestar.org/organizations/95-3190812/wildlife-waystation.aspx

2009 990. Martine gets a huge salary plus rent even though Waystation paid for the property. Only 12% of donations go to animals, i.e. $333K, yet she says she needs $2.5M a year for the animals alone.
http://www.guidestar.org/FinDocuments/2010/953/190/2010-953190812-07aafe8c-9.pdf

2010 990.
http://www.guidestar.org/FinDocuments/2011/953/190/2011-953190812-09015da3-9.pdf

2011 990
http://www.guidestar.org/FinDocuments/2012/953/190/2012-953190812-099c6ebb-9.pdf

Here is their income for last seven years or so, 2007 to 2011.


Martine Colette, Wildlife Waystation, irs, fraud, nonprofit
I pulled up their California corporation documents. They were suspended by the California State Franchise Tax Board then started a new corporation in 1984. They were formed n 1977, not 1976 as previously stated.


Martine Colette, Wildlife Waystation, corporation, documents


Martine Colette, Wildlife Waystation, corporation, suspended by franchise tax board

ORIGINAL POST FROM 2012: The Wildlife Waystation has a long and sordid history. They were sued by the USDA for many violations of the Animal Welfare Act. Martine Colette admitted to many violations of the Animal Welfare Act. Martine Colette also exhibited animals without a permit. Here is the resolution of one of the many lawsuits. FTR Robert Lorsch is a good guy who wanted to help wildlife. He did not commit the violations. Martine did.

Below is just one of the consent decrees where Martine admits the many violations. She was also fined $25,000. There are more decrees which she signed and was fined for $2,000 and $5,000. There may be even more. She promises each time not to violate the Animal Welfare Act again, yet she continues to violate the Animal Welfare Act. She didn't have a vet, didn't give proper veterinary care, she let Sammy the chimp mutilate himself out of boredom, Martine didn't handle animals properly, Martine exhibited without proper permits, didn't control insects, allowed flies to get in Sammy's wounds, kept two coyotes tethered at an animal expo while they were stressed, walked a tiger on a leash through the Playboy mansion, allowed an adult tiger to attack a juvenile tiger, Martine acted in an uncivil manner to USDA agents....

http://www.oaljdecisions.dm.usda.gov/sites/default/files/080804_AWA_03-0034D.pdf 
http://www.dm.usda.gov/oaljdecisions/AWA_03-0034_091407.pdf

http://www.dm.usda.gov/oaljdecisions/080804_AWA_03-0034D.pdf

Martine Colette admits to the many violations of the Animal Welfare Act.

http://www.dm.usda.gov/oaljdecisions/021016_AWA-00-0013.pdf

More of the many violations

http://www.dm.usda.gov/oaljdecisions/AWA_03-0034_091407.pdf

http://nationalaglawcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/assets/decisions/colette.pdf

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/foia/enforcement_actions/2011/December/Animal%20Welfare%20Act/Decision%20and%20Orders/AWA%2007-0175%20Martine%20Colette.pdf

Attorney General found some financial misdealings with Martine and the Waystation.

http://bestfriends.org/News-And-Features/News/Animal-sanctuary-probe-ends-with-a-fine/


RTF file by Merritt Clifton of Animal People. It goes into depth about the many problems with Martine.

http://www.animalpeoplenews.org/07/9/text/Wildlife%20Waystation%20%231D7D25.rtf

The below article talks about the many USDA violations from the 1990's.

A list of violations in a USDA inspection report
http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_welfare/efoia/downloads/inspection/c/93-c-0295_01-25-2006.pdf

Waystation gets USDA permit back
http://www.thefreelibrary.com/WILDLIFE+WAYSTATION+GETS+LICENSE+BACK.-a0110973229

Waystation is still closed because of many County violations, building and safety, lack of proper roads, drainage... Martine likes to say she will have to close the Waystation and kill all her animals if people don't give her money. She's done this quite a few times. She calls a press conference then cries.

http://www.dailynews.com/20111201/wildlife-waystation-sanctuary-faces-extinction

More problems with the Waystation. Search LAtimes.com archive and you will see many articles. Attorney General investigated because Martine misspent $500K in donations. Her entire board of directors resigned. This has actually happened twice. Fish & Game told the Waystation they can't take in any more animals yet they are still doing that.

http://articles.latimes.com/2000/apr/26/local/me-23419

DA and Fish & Game after Wildlife Waystation. Criminal charges.

http://articles.latimes.com/2000/jul/26/local/me-59409

Martine agrees to step down but doesn't. Lorsch became President of the board. Martine admits to over 300 violations.
http://articles.latimes.com/2002/nov/10/local/me-waystation10

More investigations by nine different agencies
http://articles.latimes.com/2000/jun/09/local/me-39209

Waystation is a horrible mess. Feces in the water, abandoned cars, improper caging, no running water for volunteers, no bathroom...

http://articles.latimes.com/2000/apr/16/local/me-20190

Animal People wrote an article about their problems. Well known local animal activists Michael Bell and Catherine Doyle noted violations.

http://www.animalpeoplenews.org/00/6/wayStation6.00.html

1995 LA Times article. Board members resign because Martine took a lot of money for herself. Attorney General investigates. Martine says board members just have "sour grapes." Martine is not a nice person. She attacks everyone especially board members, Fish & Game, USDA, LA County...  It seems it all started when someone left $2.6M to the Waystation in their estate. Everyone said it changed Colette. 1988 to 1990 IRS made them redo the books because Martine had the Waystation paying her expenses. It's a two page article. The Waystation paid the down payment and mortgage payments on the property. The Waystation should own it. Read both pages. Michael Bell again states he has concerns.

http://articles.latimes.com/1995-02-14/local/me-31765_1_wildlife-waystation

Waystation, Colette investigated by IRS, Attorney General for fiscal improprieties. Colette takes a salary and charges the Waystation rent.

http://articles.latimes.com/2000/apr/26/local/me-23698

So many articles about all the problems at the Waystation.
http://articles.latimes.com/keyword/martine-colette

Martine tried to move to Palm Springs and Mojave but was denied because of her horrible history.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=932&dat=20011114&id=bcRPAAAAIBAJ&sjid=9FIDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4805,3963257

Waystation has hundreds of violations of state code

http://www.thefreelibrary.com/SHELTER+COUNSEL,+OFFICIALS+TO+MEET+WILDLIFE+WAYSTATION+WORKING+TO...-a083410999

Water violations. Waystation contaminating ground water with animal feces and urine.

http://www.swrcb.ca.gov/rwqcb4/board_info/eo_reports/past_eo_report/eo_00_0831.shtml

Fish & Game says Waystation cannot give tours.

http://www.bizwiz.com/bizwizwire/pressrelease/1564/8f88sff7xje7kjjke84.htm

Waystation in trouble with LA County Animal Control besides all other agencies. Martine says she will euthanize the animals if people don't give her money.

http://bigcatrescue.wordpress.com/2007/08/31/wildlife-waystation-brink-of-extinction-for-sanctuary/

Video of the press conference.

http://lang.dailynews.com/socal/dnvideos/waystation.mov
Fish & Game states the Wildlife Waystation poses serious health and safety issues.

"The state Department of Fish and Game issued a cease-and-desist order on Friday, saying conditions at the 160-acre sanctuary "pose serious public health and safety and animal welfare concerns." Until further notice, the facility on the border of the Angeles National Forest cannot give tours, accept new animals or exhibit its residents off the grounds."

http://www.pet-plan.org/1-dogs/e54e1b72fb06d862.htm#.VB8aCvldVvk

Waystation has a long history of problems.

http://lists.envirolink.org/pipermail/ar-news/Week-of-Mon-20031201/011988.html

Officials condemn Wildlife Waystation

http://amarillo.com/stories/2000/04/10/usn_wildlife.shtml

Waystation sues LA County for freedom of speech stating they barred reporters from filming their animals. Sheeesh. Martine also sued a volunteer for blabbing about all the problems at the Waystation.

http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-9023198.html

Robert Lorsch was added as a defendant in the USDA lawsuit because he was on the board. Robert Lorsch only did fund raising. He never had anything to do with the animals. He sued USDA to be dismissed from the litigation and was dismissed. I agree with this decision.

http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/wildlife-waystation-supporter-files-claim-against-us-department-agriculture-arising-1599990.htm

I don't agree with this. Lorsch offered money to people if they would give him the names of people who reported the Waystation to authorities. Reports to authorities are fair and privileged. They can never be defamation. You can't sue people for making reports to government agencies.

http://www.siliconinvestor.com/readmsgs.aspx?subjectid=28509&msgnum=11603&batchsize=10&batchtype=Next

There are many, many more articles. I saved a lot to disc. To this day Martine Colette and the Wildlife Waystation are in violation of many regulations.

I was told that Martine's history about being born to a Belgian diplomat in Paris, France and living in Africa, Asia is phony. Someone said she fakes a French accent and can't speak French. I have not met the person so I don't know.  What I do see is she was born April 30, 1942 as per her own admission and had at least three husbands, three divorces and many names including Martine Diane Colette, Martine Diane Brassinne, Martine Dawson, Martine Skarstedt, Martine Ridley. Skarstedt is dead. He was an actor and also wrote some TV series screenplays. He was born here in the US and started acting in 1955. Martine stated she married Van in Kenya then came to the US, not true. Van was not in Kenya. They were married in the US in 1964, divorced 1968. Martine states she had a Hollywood costume design business.

There is absolutely no history for a Martine Colette before 1964 when she wed Vance in Nevada at the age of 22. Vance did serve in WWII but he has no history of leaving the country ever. Martine has no history of traveling out of the country either. I doubt Martine was born outside of the US. There are no naturalization, immigration documents or travel documents that I can find. Either Martine Colette is not her real name or her story is fake. Why is there no mention of the name of her father? I see no Colette as a Belgian diplomat. If they traveled around the world back then, I would have all their travel documents. There are none. I have no idea who Martine Colette really is. All I know for sure is that she is a big story teller and a pathological liar.


Martine Colette, Martine Diane Colette, Vance Skarstedy, Paul Ridley, Joseph Dawson


From the Waystation website. They admit they did not handle skunks, raccoons with distemper properly. They infected their big cats who died. Very sloppy quarantine and lack of proper cleaning methods.

"Disaster Strikes

One of the major disasters to strike the Wildlife Waystation was the flood of 1978. We lost our water supply, power, sheds, lumber piles and supplies. Even large oak trees were pulled up by the roots. Our little creek became a raging torrent, four or five feet deep, and we had no bridge. To get food and supplies to the animals on the other side, we had to string a rope to keep from getting swept away and carry everything across.

With a 1/2-mile section of Little Tujunga Canyon Road wiped out, we were marooned for six weeks. We had no trash pickup and food was brought in by helicopter. One sick little coyote even had to be choppered out to a vet.

Without a doubt, the most devastating blow of my life was the disastrous distemper epidemic which first struck in June, 1992. An alarming number of raccoons and skunks had been coming to us that spring already infected with canine distemper. The first we knew we had something scary in our midst was when M’toto, an 18-month-old African lion, began to show signs of illness resembling distemper. Symptoms quickly appeared in other large exotic felines.

We sought expert advice from UC Davis and Cornell University veterinary schools. It was a mystery. Canine distemper had crossed over to infect the felines and we had the dubious distinction of being the first to experience the deadly effects. (NOTE: Some two years later, this same distemper crossover began to appear in the wild lion populations of Africa.)

The Wildlife Waystation was closed to the public for nearly a year. By the time the epidemic ended, 18 of our beautiful big cats succumbed, including Reesha, the Siberian tiger, who had been sent to us from a dentist in Pennsylvania some twelve years earlier. Reesha was only four months old when he arrived here and was raised in my yard. It’s still hard to talk about this dark period. M’Toto, the first to show the symptoms, survived and with special medication to control the lasting symptoms, is living a comfortable life."

Below Martine tried to get a restraining order on a woman and lost. She was sued for debt collection. I think she was sued when someone was injured or died in 2005. Not positive.



NameCase TypeFiling DateLocationAvailable Imaged Documents
COLETTE MARTINE D.Other PI/PD/WD (Unlimited)02/24/2005San Fernando Courthouse
COLETTE MARTINE DBA WILDLIFE WAYSTATIONSmall Claims11/08/2011Van Nuys Courthouse West
COLETTE MARTINECivil Harassment (Unlimited)09/12/2007Burbank Courthouse
COLETTE MARTINECivil Petition - Other (Unlimited)01/19/2006Stanley Mosk Courthouse1
COLETTE MARTINECivil01/24/1991Stanley Mosk Courthouse
COLETTE MARTINECivil01/09/1989
COLETTE MARTINECivil02/21/1990
COLETTE MARTINECivil12/16/1987
COLETTE MARTINECivil02/01/1991
COLETTE MARTINEOther Promissory Note/Collections (Unlimited)01/26/2007San Fernando Courthouse


Case Number: BC382355
ROBERT H LORSCH VS WILDLIFE WAYSTATION
Filing Date: 12/14/2007
Case Type: Breach Contrct/Warnty (Sellr Pltf) (General Jurisdiction)
Status: Other Judgment 10/16/2008
NameCase TypeFiling DateLocationAvailable Imaged Documents
COLETTE MARTINE DBA WILDLIFE WAYSTATIONSmall Claims11/08/2011Van Nuys Courthouse West
WILDLIFE WAYSTATION INCSmall Claims02/05/1993Van Nuys Courthouse West
WILDLIFE WAYSTATION THEProbate Will-Ltrs Test11/17/2004Stanley Mosk Courthouse
WILDLIFE WAYSTATIONBreach Contrct/Warnty (Sellr Pltf) (Unlimited)12/14/2007Stanley Mosk Courthouse39
WILDLIFE WAYSTATIONU.D. RESIDENTAIL - UNLAWFUL DETAINER (Limited)12/07/1993Van Nuys Courthouse West
WILDLIFE WAYSTATIONProbate Will-Ltrs Admin Will Annex08/20/1998Stanley Mosk Courthouse
WILDLIFE WAYSTATIONProbate Will-Ltrs Test10/07/1998Stanley Mosk Courthouse
WILDLIFE WAYSTATIONBREACH OF CONTRACT (Limited)12/24/2001Van Nuys Courthouse West
WILDLIFE WAYSTATIONSmall Claims06/03/2002San Fernando Courthouse
WILDLIFE WAYSTATIONBREACH OF CONTRACT (Limited)10/26/2007Chatsworth Courthouse
WILDLIFE WAYSTATIONPI Other -DO NOT USE (Unlimited)11/23/1994Burbank Courthouse
WILDLIFE WAYSTATIONProbate Will-Ltrs Test07/20/2000Stanley Mosk Courthouse
WILDLIFE WAYSTATIONOther Compl-not Tort or Complex (Unlimited)09/08/2003Van Nuys Courthouse East
WILDLIFE WAYSTATIONCivil Petition - Other (Unlimited)01/19/2006Stanley Mosk Courthouse1
WILDLIFE WAYSTATIONCivil03/25/1985
WILDLIFE WAYSTATIONCivil04/11/1983
WILDLIFE WAYSTATIONCivil02/21/1990
WILDLIFE WAYSTATIONCivil12/16/1987
WILDLIFE WAYSTATIONCivil02/01/1991
WILDLIFE WAYSTATIONU.D. RESIDENTIAL (Limited)11/19/2001Van Nuys Courthouse West
WILDLIFE WAYSTATIONBREACH OF CONTRACT/WARRANTY - CONTRACT (Limited)01/22/2008Chatsworth Courthouse
  
Martine Colette aka Martine Colete quit claimed the Waystation property purchased in 1976 to herself in 2002. There are four parcels. She tried to sell one parcel in 2007 for $2.5M. Below from the listing in 2007.


Martine Colette, Wildlife Waystation

Wildlife Waystation, Martine Colette
Some real estate and debts of Martine Colette.


Martine Colette, liens, debts, judgments

Martine Colette, real estate


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