Spindletop Lawyer Issues Statement That Would Make Oscar Mayer Proud
Zandra Anderson, attorney for the woman whose dog refuge was raided and shut down after nearly 300 dogs were found to be neglected, has issued a statement defending her client (and friend) and accusing the Houston Press and others of error-plagued reporting.
It would be nice if Anderson just told people if dogs they left in Spindletop's care are dead or alive. Or is that too much to ask?
Published on the No Kill Houston Facebook page, the 3,000-word screed is an exercise in deflection, obfuscation, finger-pointing, undocumented claims and baloney.
Most tellingly, Anderson ignored the fact that both she and her client, Leah Purcell, have refused to disclose the identities of dogs who died in an improperly cooled building over the summer, or to divulge the whereabouts of many dogs who are still unaccounted for.
At this point, we can't help but wonder if Anderson is causing Purcell more harm than good. Anderson claims to represent Purcell pro bono, and it appears Purcell is getting her money's worth. For one thing, Anderson has not presented any evidence other than her own unsubstantiated opinion to refute statements by authorities and the Humane Society of the United States about conditions at the Spindletop facility. And the most Anderson could say of the Press' investigation was "this article contains numerous inaccuracies and there are plans to address them later."
Anderson's missive trots out the broken-record biographical bits -- including the chestnut about Purcell how "served as an expert witness and consultant in legal cases across the nation," without citing even one case. Anderson also recycles the claim that Purcell was a "certified expert...for the Michael Vick case," when a review of federal court records indicates that the extent of Purcell's involvement was an amicus curiae filing.