Woman losing dog rescue farm

(WEAU) - "I kind of lost the battle, “said homeowner, Jan MacCartney.

In 2007, 66 year old Jan MacCartney bought a 2 bedroom house in the forest for 350 thousand dollars and it has been home to her furry family since.

"They're very good dogs, they learn sign language, they don't always listen, and if their not looking at me they don't hear you,” said MacCartney.

However due to a series of penalties and lawyer fees, in order for her to stay on the land and in the home, says she'd have to pay 499 thousand dollars, which she cannot. But she says that’s not her biggest problem.

"We can’t get trucks in and out because my road is so extremely icy it keeps snowing and it’s through the woods and it doesn't melt until April or May” said MacCartney.

Meanwhile Jan has asked Steve Ashmore from Soft Landing Transitional Services for help. It provides substance abuse and mental health services.

“We offered to help in someway possibly.. buy another farm or find investors to purchase another farm so she could move her dogs and horses and start working with us and helping veterans,” said Steven Ashmore, Executive Director of Soft Landing.

He too agrees that the hill is much to steep to move her out by March 9th. Jan has requested an extension on the move and has tried to work with Fannie Mae, as well as try to find a part-time job.

“66, and I’m finding a lot of people here that assume you can't do anything,” said MacCartney.

Anyone who wishes to help Jan can email her at janmac2@gmail.com or call 715-203-0076.


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  • by Anonymous on Feb 25, 2012 at 04:14 PM
    SICK!
  • by d Location: ec on Feb 25, 2012 at 09:49 AM
    Doesn't answer why she is losing her home. Not paying the mrtgage?
  • by Anonymous on Feb 25, 2012 at 06:41 AM
    Sad to see this happen but it looks to me like she dug herself into a hole and can't climb out. You can't always blame the economy, we all are living it out.
  • by pjll on Feb 25, 2012 at 05:43 AM
    Why is she losing the farm? Is it because she can't make the payments or are there fines because of too many animals? The article makes it sound like she's just being kicked out. What's the real scoop?
  • by Molly Location: Chetek on Feb 24, 2012 at 10:27 PM
    so sad! think she opened her heart and home to these unfortunate pets and now can not get help yet they help drug abusers! :(
  • by Anonymous on Feb 24, 2012 at 08:05 PM
    Those dogs all look BEAUTIFUL. What she has done for them is awesome, I hope that she gets all the help she needs and that someone reads her story that can find a way to help...
  • by anon Location: ec on Feb 24, 2012 at 07:57 PM
    so this hill, mud whatever was a suprise or what ??
  • by Tanna Location: Chippewa on Feb 24, 2012 at 04:30 PM
    Poor lady.
    • reply
      by Jason on Feb 25, 2012 at 05:39 AM in reply to Tanna
      Not that poor, could afford (or so she thought) a third of a million dollars for a piece of property. Something sounds fishy here.
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