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Yukon kennel founder jailed for allegedly threatening workers

| Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, 10:54 p.m.
Barbara Flanigan

The founder and former president of the Yukon Pet Adoption League was jailed on multiple criminal charges on Tuesday night for allegedly threatening two kennel workers and illegally trespassing, police said.

The arrest of Barbara J. Flanigan, 65, by state police at Belle Vernon is the latest chapter in a bitter dispute about operation of the kennel that began last November when she was fired as its director.

Flanigan was jailed after failing to post $10,000 bond. She faces two charges each of criminal trespass and disorderly conduct, records show.

This most recent incident marks the 18th time this year that Flanigan has been cited by state police for harassment or illegally trespassing on the kennel's property, records show.

Shelter officials did not return telephone calls seeking comment.

Flanigan's former attorney, David Lint of Charleroi, has withdrawn from representing her.

In Tuesday's incident, police said Flanigan, who leases land to the kennel and lives adjacent to the facility, went onto the kennel property shortly before 7 p.m, a violation of a court agreement she entered into in March.

Authorities said she was driving past the kennel and became angry when she noticed a kennel employee had cut down a nearby tree.

Flanigan got out of her vehicle, yelling profanities at the man cutting the tree, reports say. When the worker walked away, Flanigan followed him into a garage.

When Flanigan saw another worker at the kennel, she began cursing and threatening her, police said.

Both employees repeatedly asked Flanigan to leave, citing the March court agreement, records show.

By the time police arrived at the scene, Flanigan was back at her home where she was arrested, police said.

The entire incident was caught on surveillance cameras, police reports said.

Earlier this month, preliminary hearings on other citations filed against Flanigan for defiant trespass, disorderly conduct and harassment were continued until Nov. 26 before Scottdale District Judge Charles Moore.

The citations each carry a potential fine of up to $300 and 90 days in jail, if she is convicted.

Flanigan has a hearing tentatively scheduled on the most recent charges for Oct. 15, also before Moore.

In March, the shelter's board sought court action against Flanigan, who they say continued to show up at the kennel, changed its telephone number and dissuaded donors' contributions, all after she was dismissed.

Flanigan formed the shelter 25 years ago.

An agreement reached at the time of her firing prohibits Flanigan from entering the site she has leased to the kennel in 2001 for 99 years at $1 a year.

In an interview last spring, Flanigan said she disagreed with the settlement, saying she “felt pressured” to sign it.

Paul Peirce is a reporter for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at ppeirce@tribweb.com or 724-850-2860.

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