Mary Cummins has made numerous false reports to USDA about Amanda Lollar and Bat World Sanctuary. After making her false allegations, Mary Cummins then sent Freedom of Information Act requests (FOIAs) to USDA to obtain her complaints against us. She then manipulated the FOIA’d documents she received to make it appear that we had violated our USDA permit, and our permit was therefore cancelled/revoked. (In reality, we cancelled our USDA permit as we no longer needed it.)
Cummins then uploaded her manipulated documents to the internet to spread her venom far and wide through numerous blogs and Facebook posts. Cummins tries to represent herself as “an advocate for animals” and “a whistleblower” by continually posting this false and misleading information even after she was sued for defamation and ordered to pay Bat World Sanctuarty and Amanda Lollar in excess of SIX MILLION DOLLARS.
In a document received via a Freedom of Information Act request (FOIA) we have uncovered yet another example of the maniacal intent of Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates (a decade-long suspended non-profit in the state of California), towards Bat World Sanctuary. In one tactic, Mary Cummins repeatedly posts an email from a USDA veterinarian (Dr. Laurie Gage) charging Amanda Lollar with “violations” among other things. The letter that Gage wrote was in response to a manipulated video that Cummins sent to the USDA in retaliation against Bat World Sanctuary after we sued Cummins. Dr. Gage made her comments about the video based on the manipulated portions she viewed. However, it has come to light that Dr. Laurie Gage is LINKED to Cyber-stalker Mary Cummins through a mutual friend, Dr. Jennifer Conrad. Mary Cummins has identified Dr. Conrad as her ‘best friend’ who likes to take Cummins on trips to Spain and various other outings. Jennifer Conrad was a classmate of Laurie Gage and they both work on big cat related projects together. Did Dr. Laurie Gage, the USDA Big Cat and Marine Mammal Specialist, collude with Mary Cummins and sidekick Dr. Jennifer Conrad to help Cummins out of a lawsuit? It is highly suspicious that Mary Cummins knew to ask for a specific email that was not even in Bat World Sanctuary’s file, and she asked for it repeatedly until she received it.
To this day Mary Cummins likes to post that the “head USDA vet, Dr. Laurie Gage, stated Amanda Lollar was in violation of the AWA.” Not according to the real head of the USDA (who is Dr. Laurie Gage’s boss), Dr. Robert Gibbens:
It’s important to also note that after the numerous false complaints made by Cummins, Amanda Lollar willingly submitted to numerous government investigations, including a 5 hour legal fact-finding by the USDA. Every complaint Cummins made was found to be baseless.
Learned professionals from every bat inhabited continent in the world have sought out and been trained by our Founder. Literally millions of bats lives have been saved due to Amanda Lollar’s intervention, which made Mary Cummins relentless defamation of our sanctuary even more damaging. After Mary Cummins was sued, two veterinarians testified in court for Amanda Lollar (Search the trial transcript for “Dr. Jarrett” and “Dr. Messner” to read their compelling testimony).
It is unfortunate that the USDA had a “Big Cat and Marine Mammal Specialist” review anything whatsoever concerning a bat sanctuary. Any bat trained veterinarian or even a veterinarian specializing in wildlife and exotics would not have been fooled by the altered video. Since Bat World Sanctuary and Amanda Lollar’s name was cleared by every single government agency and animal rights organizations, Bat World is listed as the NUMBER ONE sanctuary to which people should donate.
This is a prime example of why people should fight back when they encounter a cyber-monster and they are being cyber-stalked, cyber-harassed and defamed.
In hopes of helping others who have been or are being cyber-stalked/cyber-harassed, we have created a Facebook page, Stand up to Cyber-Stalkers, to help others regain control of their lives including tactics to fight back. Many people have credited the page with changing their lives for the better.
Mary Cummins, of “Animal Advocates,” is mentally troubled, obsessive, vindictive and relentless. The above information shows the lengths Cummins will go to in order to cause damage to an all-volunteer organization that relies solely on donations to save animals.
For additional information about Mary Cummins see this link.
The true story of a disgruntled intern who unleashed a three-year reign of terror on Bat World Sanctuary and its Founder and President, Amanda Lollar. A story of madness unraveling, and a story of good triumphing over evil. Click here to read the complete four-day trial transcript that resulted in a 6.1 Million Dollar win for Bat World Sanctuary and Amanda Lollar.
Sneak preview of chapters. Please check this page for updates.
~ Prelude to a Nightmare ~
They say when you tell a story you should always start at the beginning, but there were so many beginnings, and for the first year I did not see any of them coming. The most damaging of all, both personally and professionally, was the first time I saw…
~ Interns, Tapeworms and COPD ~
Mary Katherine Cummins-Cobb, President of something she called Animal Advocates, was one of 2 interns selected that summer to receive an in-house internship. The remaining 12 internships were…
~ Numerous Unvaccinated People Being Bitten by Rabid Bats ~
Before Mary and Roseanne had left, I called Dottie to quickly tell her the unbelievable turn of events, Mary’s threat and the fact that I needed her until the new interns arrived. Tammy and Dottie both arrived to help care for the orphans…
~ There’s Definitely Something About Mary ~
In the weeks that followed more and more orphaned pups rolled in. Because we were highly organized it was easy to take care of up to 200 orphaned pups every summer, however, we were approaching 300 babies and baby season would not be over…
~ The Birth of an Internet Smear Campaign ~
When Randy filed the lawsuit, Mary’s very first response was to file a motion to dismiss the case based on ‘lack of jurisdiction.’ We were both surprised when she created the document herself rather than hiring an attorney for help…
~ Digging up “dirt” ~
“She will work very hard to dig up all the dirt she can possibly find on you, and what she does not find, she will make up.” I don’t remember which of her past victims said that to me, however, before I can describe…
~ *They lie so much that some of them are convinced
of their own lies, which is where evil is born. ~
Exhilarated—that’s the best way to describe the way I felt after hearing Judge Brigham’s ruling. I had a signed court order against Mary Cummins in hand, so my next step was…
While we prevailed in this fight, our cyber-tyrant continues to post defamatory and outlandish statements about Bat World Sanctuary, Amanda Lollar, Eric Shupps and Randy Turner.
2/11/13 update: Mary Cummins loses in her second attempt in federal court
Fort Worth, TX, June 14, 2012 –
As you may be aware, the courts found that Bat World Sanctuary has been the target of a malicious and deliberate defamation campaign launched by Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates and Cummins Real Estate Services. This smear campaign lasted almost two years. We are happy to report that our battle is finally over, and we arose victorious.
Bat World Sanctuary and Amanda Lollar were represented pro-bono by Randy Turner, one of the best animal rights attorneys in the country. Turner was voted “Texas Super Lawyer” 2009, 2010, 2011, & 2012, and has never once lost an animal rights case. Mr. Turner and his paralegal, Kelly Bozeman, worked tirelessly for Bat World Sanctuary throughout this ordeal.
Mary Cummins was accepted for an internship at Bat World in 2010, and left disgruntled only a few days after arriving. Shortly thereafter, she began posting horrific allegations of animal cruelty and neglect against our Founder and President, Amanda Lollar, and made repeated complaints to animal welfare groups and government agencies, including the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the USDA, the Texas Department of Health, the Texas Attorney General, the Department of Justice, the IRS, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Texas Veterinary Board, and the Mineral Wells Chief of Police, City Manager, Fire Marshal, Code Enforcement, Health Inspector, and District Attorney. Lollar welcomed investigations, and every agency that investigated found Cummins complaints to be completely without merit.
As she has done in previous lawsuits, Cummins represented herself throughout most of the case and during trial. Cummins’ former attorney, Neal Callaway, withdrew from representing her after she accused him of sleeping during her court-ordered deposition. Cummins went on to accuse Randy Turner of touching her hand inappropriately during this same deposition, despite the fact that seven people and two video cameras were present in the room (and no such behavior was either witnessed or recorded). Ms. Cummins was also found in Contempt of Court.
Cummins has been involved in over 20 lawsuits and has been sued four times for defamation.
The trial, which lasted four days, also included the testimony of two veterinarians who have worked with Amanda Lollar, as well as former Bat World interns. Both veterinarians testified that they would rather take an injured bat to Amanda Lollar than attempt to rehabilitate it themselves. One vet even testified that she would drive a bat from South Dakota to Texas so it could receive Amanda Lollar’s care. Lollar testified to Cummins history of victimizing others using the internet. Bat World Sanctuary and Amanda Lollar sought 4-million dollars in damages due to Cummins’ outrageous acts.
At the trial’s conclusion, Judge William Brigham compared Lollar’s reputation in caring for bats to that of Jane Goodall’s care for primates. The Judge stated that Cummins defamation of Lollar was egregious, intentional and malicious. He awarded a judgment of 6.1 million in damages. His verdict was read immediately after closing statements. Turner stated that it is rare for a Judge to deliver an immediate verdict at the end of trial.
While we prevailed in this fight, our cyber-harasser continues to post defamatory and false information on the Internet about Bat World Sanctuary, Amanda Lollar and Randy Turner. We doubt that we will ever see any portion of the 6.1 million dollar judgment awarded to us, however, our plans to raise the funds for a larger sanctuary, complete with indoor-outdoor flight cages and a teaching hospital, will continue. And, of course, we will share videos and photos of our progress.
Lollar, who has authored both scientific and popular literature, plans to write a book about her personal nightmare regarding this case. She hopes to bring about changes in the legal system regarding internet harassment and stalking as there are few legal remedies available to victims. This type of vicious behavior is on the rise and lifelong careers can be ruined with a few simple clicks of the mouse. Proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit Bat World Sanctuary.
Thank you, our treasured Bat World members, for supporting us throughout this ordeal.
Distasteful as we find this, we felt it necessary to create this page to counteract the defamation and harm Mary Cummins, of Animal Advocates, is causing to our organization. Ms. Cummins has been using the internet to harass and defame Amanda Lollar and Bat World Sanctuary for the past year. She also made false complaints to numerous animal rescue and wildlife groups, her Facebook pages, Youtube, Myspace, Twitter, Flickr, etc., as well as Texas Parks and Wildlife, the USDA, the Texas Veterinary Medical Board, the Texas Department of Health, USFWS, the Mineral Wells Department of Health, the City Manager, the Fire Marshal, Code Enforcement, the Chief of Police and the IRS. Every official who has investigated her complaints have found them to be without merit:
From USDA: “ I have visited Bat World Sanctuary multiple times over the past three years. The facility has always been clean and well organized. I have never encountered a strong ammonia smell which is very common in many bat enclosures. The resident bats have always appeared healthy. The rehab bats and babies are housed in a separate quarantine area and this area has always been clean and the bats appeared to be receiving more than adequate care. I spoke with the local Texas Parks and Wildlife Law Enforcement Agent in the area. He concurred with my assessment. The place is clean and well organized and the bats look happy and healthy. There is absolutely no evidence confirming any of the accusations made by the complainant. On the contrary, Ms. Lollar appears to be providing exceptional care as required under the Animal Welfare Act.“
Click here to review complete results of the investigations.
WE HAVE SUED MARY CUMMINS for the false and defamatory statements she has posted about Amanda Lollar, our Founder and President, on the Internet, and we won an injunction against her. We are extremely fortunate to be represented pro-bono by one of the best animal rights attorney in the country, Randy Turner.