Caurie Swinger & Ashley Bryant Indicted! One Of New Jersey’s Largest Dog Fighting Rings Busted – CALL TO ACTION

By Sloane Quealy-Miner

Caurie Swinger and his girlfriend Ashley Bryant

Caurie Swinger and his girlfriend Ashley Bryant

Paterson, New Jersey - Caurie Swinger, 21, and his girlfriend Ashley Bryant, 32, were indicted for running one of the state’s largest dog-fighting rings out of Swinger’s home located at 226 Van Blarcom Street, Paterson, NJ 07524. The deadly duo were indicted on nearly two dozen counts of animal cruelty as well as drug and weapons charges following a drug raid in April 18, 2014. Property records show the home is owned by Caurie’s mother Constance Swinger.

rescued dog Karma, had chemical burns on her head and her face was peeling away from bite wounds.

rescued dog Karma, had chemical burns on her head and her face was peeling away from bite wounds.

Authorities discovered 21 horrifically abused pit bull dogs, in various states of injury, heartlessly crammed into cages. Many of the dogs were extremely malnourished, some couldn’t even walk. Four dead, badly scarred dogs were also found shoved into plastic bags like garbage. Paterson’s Animal Control Officer John DeCando said the dog-fighting occurred in an upstairs bedroom where the walls were splattered with blood. Police found steroids, needles, electronic shock collars, break sticks and sewing kits used for stitching the animals’ wounds. One dog rescued from this house of horrors named Karma had chemical burns on her head and her face was peeling away from bite wounds.

One heartless neighbor admittedly said you could hear the dogs in the backyard that were chained to trash cans cry at night. Other neighbors spoke of large groups of people that would gather at the house. They all used the tired excuse that they were too scared to do anything.

Caurie Swinger’s home located at 226 Van Blarcom Street, Paterson, NJ 07524

Caurie Swinger’s home located at 226 Van Blarcom Street, Paterson, NJ 07524

Typically Caurie Swinger and Ashley Bryant have pled not guilty to animal cruelty charges and they are roaming free on bail. The attorneys (Peter Festa, Kenyatta Stewart) for the killer couple are challenging whether police used a reliable informant and correctly followed their search warrant guidelines before Judge Bruno Mongiardo. If they are successful the judge could block all or part of the evidence gathered during the search warrant.

Sadly, if convicted, the pair will face harsher penalties for the weapons (maximum sentence of 10 years) charges than for the horrific torture and abuse of the innocent dogs (18 months to five years for all remaining charges). On December 12th killer Caurie Swinger, an Ashley Bryant’s lawyers will argue their briefs ont his matter in front of Judge Bruno Mongiardo.

Rescued from 226 Van Blarcom Street, Paterson, NJ 07524

Rescued from 226 Van Blarcom Street, Paterson, NJ 07524

CALL TO ACTION:
CONTACT Senior Passaic County Assistant Prosecutor Robert Pringle.  
EMAIL rpringle@passaiccountynj.org  and ask Mr. Pringle to vigorously prosecute Caurie Swinger and Ashley Bryant on  all the charges they face. Ask that he always keep in mind the dogs, the victims who suffered horrifically because of these two.

DONATION INFO BELOW FOR THE RESCUES WHO HELPED THESE DOGS
All of the animals that made it out of this house of horrors alive were taken in and later adopted into loving homes.  Huge thank you to the incredible people at Second Chance Pet Adoption League, Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge in Oakland, St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, and the New York Bully Crew in Long Island for all they did for these babies. If you would like to make a donation to any of these organizations please visit their websites through the links.

“With Our Eyes, They will be Seen~
With Our Voices, They will be Heard~

With Our Hands, They will know Comfort~
With Our Actions, They will be FREE!”

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Lamar Moore Charged! One Pitbull Found Dead, Severe Neglect Of Another – CALL TO ACTION

By Sloane Quealy-Miner

935 East 28th Street, Patterson, NJ 07513

935 East 28th Street, Patterson, NJ 07513

Another heartbreaking discovery in Paterson, NJ for Animal Control Officer John DeCando last week when he arrived at 935 East 28th Street, Paterson, NJ 07513Lamar Moore was charged with five counts of animal cruelty in the fourth degree, and one count of indictable third degree animal cruelty, for the neglect and death of one of his two dogs. He was also fined for not having them licensed.

Authorities were alerted to the dogs by a neighbor. Upon arrival at the residence they followed the pathway alongside the dilapidated house which brought them to the kennel. Inside the kennel they saw an emaciated male pit bull, soaked with rainwater, shivering on the mud. The dog could barely walk, but he mustered the energy to greet Paterson authorities with a ball in his mouth, ready to fetch. Just feet away, near a dirty plastic igloo, a female pit bull was lying motionless in the fetal position. There was little left of her, just skin and bones.” 

935 East 28th Street, Patterson, NJ 07513

935 East 28th Street, Patterson, NJ 07513

The male dog, now named Dino, and who is being cared for by Second Chance Pet Adoption had sores on his feet and has difficulty walking. Dino is said to be enjoying his new stuffed toys and the company of other dogs who he has been able to meet. The rescue organization is hoping to find a foster home to take him in.
If the case wasn’t devastating enough, Lamar Moore will only face the possibility of a short time in jail and/or a fine.  There is rarely ever real justice for the animals.

What is wrong with the neighbors and the family and friends of the “owners” of these two innocent dogs that they didn’t report this cruelty earlier? People knew these dogs were there, they heard them barking, and they didn’t do anything. If the neighbor who ultimately reported it was so concerned they should have gotten involved earlier. Better yet why didn’t they hop the fence and rescue the dogs themselves? I am so sick of people doing nothing when they see animal abuse or neglect. According to Officer DeCando, Moore’s father called Animal Control asking if a deal could be worked out. “There’s nothing to work out,” he said. “It’s a very cruel act allowing an animal to die. There’s no reason for it.” We need to demand stronger laws and stronger sentences that will send a message to the public that heinouse acts of cruelty like these will not be tolerated.

CALL TO ACTION:
Contact PASSAIC COUNTY PROSECUTOR Camelia Valdes and demand Lamar Moore be held accountable for torturing his two innocent dogs.
EMAIL: cvaldes@passaiccountynj.org  Telephone Number: 973-881-4800

If you have any additional information regarding this horrifying case you can also call Paterson Animal Control at 973-881-3640.

PLEASE HELP FIND DINO A LOVING FOSTER/ FOREVER HOME

ADOPT Dino EMAIL njwoof@cs.com

ADOPT Dino EMAIL njwoof@cs.com

Second Chance Pet Adoption (Facebook Page HERE) still need donations toward Dino’s ongoing care, please consider donating on their website www.secondchance.petfinder.com
Anyone in the northern New Jersey area who is interested in ADOPTING/FOSTERING Dino email njwoof@cs.com
Dino is 7 years old, has some skin conditions, arthiritis and often falls when he walks. This earth angel deserves the best for the rest of his life. Please share Dino’s story and help him find a loving forever home.

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Tulsa Oklahoma Police, Stop Shooting Our Dogs! 2 Pit Bulls Shot In One Day, URGENT CALL TO ACTION!

By Sloane Quealy-Miner

Ruby

Ruby

On September 11, 2014 the streets of Tulsa, Oklahoma ran red with the blood of two innocent pit bulls thanks to two trigger happy Tulsa Police Officers named  Adam Lovell and Roy Owens Jr.

Officer Roy Owens Jr., Badge 01591, shot Lana Ellsbury’s pit bull Ruby three times in her own yard while answering an alarm call at their next door neighbor’s property. The officer was in the Ellsbury’s yard while Ruby was being let out. In a matter of seconds Ruby’s owner’s mom Janet Ellsbury heard shots. When she ran out of the house she saw Officer Owens standing there. Shockingly, Officer Owens didn’t have anything to say after firing three shots into pit bull Ruby, except to tell Janet that she ran away. After the shooting he simply walked back to his patrol car and drove off.

Immediately the family began to search for Ruby who was ultimately found ten miles away. She had been shot three times. She was shot once in the shoulder, once in the hip and once in the face resulting in a portion of her jaw being shattered. Ruby has undergone surgery and currently in excruciating pain and while she will recover she has suffered immensely.

Ruby and her family

Ruby and her family

When Lana Ellsbury (Ruby’s owner) called the police department demanding to know why Officer Roy Owens Jr. shot her dog and just left, the police made the statement that the officer was in fear for his life, and was justified in his shooting. If Officer Owens was in such fear for his life then why did he let the dog, that he was so afraid, run off without trying to locate her? If we are expected to believe he viewed her as a public threat and dangerous, then Officer Owens had the obligation to keep the public safe and locate her immediately.

Lana told me that when she asked for the official police report they refused to give it to her. Since then she has filed for a copy under the Freedom of Information Act but has not received it yet.

A few hours later off-duty Officer Adam Lovell shot and killed friendly pit bull Titus with his own personal firearm. As Titus lay in the grass, crying and writhing in pain Officer Adam Lovell bent down, aimed, and shot Titus it in the head while neighbors watched in shock. Please read the full story HERE

We cannot continue to allow cops to injure and kill innocent animals and put the lives of innocent people in danger. We must speak up regarding this clear abuse of power by police officers like Roy Ownes Jr. and Adam Lovell who are supposed to serve and protect, not terrorize and needlessly kill the innocent!

URGENT CALL TO ACTION! Contact the below officials and demand that all officers be given proper training when it comes to handling animals they encounter safely and without the use of guns and or deadly force. Demand that proper investigations be conducted into these shootings and actions taken against both these officers.

EMAIL Chief of Police Chuck Gordon TPDChief@cityoftulsa.org

FACEBOOK MESSAGE Tulsa, Oklahoma Police Department HERE

EMAIL City Council Members
dist2@tulsacouncil.org;dist1@tulsacouncil.org;dist3@tulsacouncil.org;dist4@tulsacouncil.org;
dist5@tulsacouncil.org;dist6@tulsacouncil.org; dist7@tulsacouncil.org; dist8@tulsacouncil.org;dist9@tulsacouncil.org

EMAIL Mayor Dewey Bartlett HERE

CALL Police Chief Chuck Gordon (918) 596-9326
CALL Mayor Dewey Bartlett (918) 596-2100 CALL:
CALL City Council Action Hotline (918) 596-1990
CALL Internal Affairs 918) 596-9379

Oklahoma Alliance For Animals stepped up to pay for Ruby’s costly surgery. If you would like to thank them or make a donation please click HERE

 

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Killer Cop Adam Lovell (Tulsa, OK Police Department) Executes Friendly and Loving Pit Bull Titus- URGENT CALL TO ACTION!

By Sloane Quealy-Miner

Loving Titus

Loving Titus

Killer cop Adam Lovell from Tulsa, Oklahoma Police Department murdered an innocent and loving pit bull names Titus on September 11th, 2014. Titus escaped the familys’ yard through a broken fence board that they thought was fixed almost immediately after being let into their yard. Within just a few minutes shots were fired, and Titus, their beloved dog lay dead, bleeding outside their house. Shot by off-duty officer Lovell with his personal firearm.

A neighbor, who witnessed the horrifying killing, along with his wife, grandchild, and another neighbor has come forward and spoken out against Officer Adam Lovell.  Holm said he saw Titus run from between two houses on the other side of the street toward him with his tail wagging but then changed direction toward the officer when he saw two other dogs. The officer was walking with a large dog on a leash and was with a woman who had a small dog on a leash, Holm said.

Titus went to the large dog and appeared to be greeting the other animal from a submissive posture with its head down, Holm said. The officer then pulled on his dog’s leash, rearing the animal up onto its hind legs. “The man (officer), as smooth as you please, reached behind him, pointed (a handgun), put it up to the dog and shot it in the head or neck area, and Titus immediately went down,” Holm said that the officer didn’t say a word before pulling the trigger.

Titus

Titus

As Titus lay in the grass, crying and writhing in pain, “he (the officer) bent down, aimed at it and shot it in the head with everybody in shock,” Holm said, adding that the second and final shot sent adults scurrying to collect children and take them inside their homes. Holm said he also doesn’t know why the officer needed to walk over and shoot Titus a second time when the animal already was lying on the ground severely wounded. “I might have seen it differently if they were fighting, but there was no fighting,” Holm said, also saying there was no barking or growling.

$75 ticket

$75 ticket

Another witness had this to say “He (officer) reached for his pistol, leanedover, and shot Titus point blank in his neck. And then as he falls to the ground, flipping around, he leaned down and shot him again in the head, kicked him to see if he was dead, he wasn’t, so then he shot him again in the side.” This witness went on to say that another officer who responded told her that if it had been a private citizen who had opened fire on her dog, he would have probably made an arrest. To add insult to injury owner Nicholaz Blazek was given a $75.00 ticket for having Titus running loose

It is clear to me that many officers like Adam Lovell, believe they have a free pass to kill when it comes to pit bulls. These morally bankrupt cops repeatedly used the tired defense that they felt “threatened” or that the dog was “aggressive” when in countless cases, like this one, the witnesses have reported otherwise.

We cannot continue to allow cops to kill innocent animals and put the lives of innocent people in danger. We must speak up regarding this clear abuse of power by police officers like Adam Lovell who are supposed to serve and protect, not terrorize and needlessly kill the innocent!

URGENT CALL TO ACTION! Contact the below officials and demand that a propoer investigation be made into this shooting. That Officer Adam Lovell be held responsible for his actions. He has only been on the force since December of 2012. The Police have not released the official police report surrounding this murder and seem to be protecting Officer Lovell. You can request this thorugh the freedom of information act.

EMAIL Chief of Police Chuck Gordon TPDChief@cityoftulsa.org

FACEBOOK MESSAGE Tulsa, Oklahoma Police Department HERE

EMAIL City Council Members
dist2@tulsacouncil.org;dist1@tulsacouncil.org;dist3@tulsacouncil.org;dist4@tulsacouncil.org;
dist5@tulsacouncil.org;dist6@tulsacouncil.org; dist7@tulsacouncil.org; dist8@tulsacouncil.org;dist9@tulsacouncil.org

EMAIL Mayor Dewey Bartlett HERE

CALL Police Chief Chuck Gordon (918) 596-9326
CALL Mayor Dewey Bartlett (918) 596-2100 CALL:
CALL City Council Action Hotline (918) 596-1990
CALL Internal Affairs 918) 596-9379

Visit the Facebook Page Justice For Titus  which has been created by Titus’s owner’s Nicholas Blazek and Sarah Slane who are devastated over Titus’s murder.

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El Dorado, Kansas May Lift Their Nearly 30 Year Pit Bull Ban – CALL TO ACTION

By Sloane Quealy-Miner

El Dorado, Kansas will quite possibly end the “pit bull” ban that has been in effect for almost 30 years as early as next month. At a recent hearing city officials heard from Peggy Bourbon, whose daughter Mary has a pit bull that serves as her therapy dog. Mary relies on Tipsy and when she recently brought her into El Dorado’s city limits she was fined and jailed. Thanks to Mary and many others who have spoken out against BSL hopefully injustices like this will be a thing of the past.

However there will still be numerous restrictions in place regarding pit bulls.  In the draft ordinance being considered mandatory micro-chipping, sterilization, as well as annual licensing will be enforced. Also, there will be a 2 “pit bull” maximum per household.

While this is a huge step in the right direction, I certainly do not agree with the city mandating that you can only have two “pit bull” type dogs. This creates a huge issue right off the bat as it depends on a law enforcer’s subjective opinion about how a dog looks. It is impossible without DNA testing so say for sure if a dog is in fact a “pit bull”.

Who is a pit bull?

Who is a pit bull?

Look at the Calgary and Alberta, Canada, model, as they have the lowest bite rates and no breed specific legislation. Key aspects of the program include no breed specific legislation, stronger licensing programs and stronger enforcement as well as safety public awareness and education campaigns. “We don’t punish breeds, we punish behavior,” said Chief Officer Bill Bruce. “The bottom line is, we believe all dogs are capable of biting.”

Factors beyond a dogs breed affect a dog’s tendency toward aggression – such as reproductive status, heredity, sex, early experience, and socialization and training. More than 70% of all dog bite cases involve unsterilized male dogs, and an unneutered male dog is 2.6 times more likely to bite than a neutered male dog. Dogs kept tethered whether by chains or collars for hours, days, months or even years suffers immense psychological damage. A friendly and docile dog, when kept chained becomes neurotic, unhappy, anxious and often aggressive, no matter what breed.

CALL TO ACTION
Please politely express your support, and encourage the Eldorado, Kansas City Officials, to in fact lift their now almost 30 year “pit bull” ban.

EMAIL CITY OFFICIALS:
mayorfagg@eldoks.com; commissionerlocke@eldoks.com; commissioner.young@cox.net; nbadwey57@gmail.com; flyboy958@hotmail.com

STOP BSL

STOP BSL

 

 

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W.V Supreme Court Deciding Life or Death for Pit Bull Who Lived Life On Chain- CALL TO ACTION!

By Sloane Quealy-Miner

In the freezing winter of March 2013, Bluefield, West Virgina Animal Control Officer Randall Thompson responded to a complaint at the home of Estella Robinson. One pit bull dog was running loose chasing people, and another pit bull dog had inadequate shelter. Upon arriving at the residence pit bull Major broke free from his chain and bit Thompson, causing injuries that required surgery. Officer Randall was hospitalized for almost a week and has lost 80% use of his one arm. The thumb on his other hand was severely damaged as well. Officer Randall does not blame Major for what happened to him. He rightfully blames Estella Mae Robinson. Major is a victim here too.

Estella Robinson kept her dog Major on a heavy chain attached to a cheap clasp, which broke, allowing the dog to bite Officer Randall. Major, who Robinson has stated was 5 years old, lived on this chain in a dog house with a blue tarp that hung over it.

Estella Robinson

Estella Robinson

People like Robinson are legally allowed to force their “pets” to endure such stressful and inhumane situations that it is no wonder dogs act out. How would you like to be kept outside on a chain? Forced to suffer through extreme weather conditions, sporadic feedings and shown no kindness.

Dogs kept tethered whether by chains or collars for hours, days, months or even years suffers immense psychological damage. A friendly and docile dog, when kept chained becomes neurotic, unhappy, anxious and often aggressive.

Just two days later after this horrifying incident the second pit bull dog, the one who had been reported in the initail complaint for chasing people was loose again. Bluefield Animal Control seized the dog from Robinson and placed the dog with a rescue, who then placed them in a responsible home.

Estella Mae Robinson was cited and fined for multiple offenses including not having her pit bull properly confined in a kennel as per the city ordinance regarding housing of pit bulls. She was also fined for the dogs not being neutered or up to date on shots, which is another city ordinance. Estella pled guilty to harboring a vicious dog and the municipal judge ordered Major, the five year old pit bull to be killed. In turn Thompson’s public attorney appealed the decision to the West Virginia Supreme Court. A stay of execution was granted until their decision is handed down.

Robinson’s attorney has argued that the court should have conducted a hearing to determine if in fact Major, the pit bull, was vicious. But the City of Bluefield’s attorney has argued that since the owner pled guilty to possessing a “vicious dog” no hearing was necessary. It is also my understanding that it was Robinson’s responsibility to arrange an evaluation of Major by a professional to present to the court which she didn’t do.

Robinson’s public attorney told the court that he has found Major a home outside of Bluefield. It was reported to me that the home he found was with Robinson’s son, who initially bred the dog in the first place. Clearly not a responsible person!  Justice Allen Loughry  stated “If we accept your position, wouldn’t it be that the city would be condoning allowing a harmful animal to be located anywhere but within the city. It can go somewhere else, hurt other kids and other people and as long as it’s not in the city, that’s OK,”

It does not take a scholar to realize that factors beyond a dogs breed affect a dog’s tendency toward aggression – such as reproductive status, heredity, sex, early experience, and socialization and training. These concerns seem well-founded given that more than 70% of all dog bite cases involve unsterilized male dogs, and an unneutered male dog is 2.6 times more likely to bite than a neutered male dog.

Poor Major is currently at Mercer County Animal Shelter. I am told that sadly he is only able to be handled by two employees. This poor dog has clearly been through so much. Cases like this make me sick. It is always the animal that pays in the end. Any animal kept on a chain outside is not being cared for properly. End of story. This case fastracked BSL being enacted in Bluefield, WV.

Sadly no reputable rescue organization or sanctuary has ever been contacted or stepped up to either evaluate or possibly take in Major.

CALL TO ACTION!

EMAIL BLUEFIELD ANIMAL CONTROL – Please thank Officer Randall for his services. Please ask that Estella Mae Robinson be banned from ever owning anymore animals. Officer Randall created a Three Strike Rule and this allows the city to ban a resident from owning any animals if they have been convicted of three violations which I believe Robinson has.
animalcontrol@cityofbluefield.com

Contact the West Virginia Supreme Court Judges and encourage them to make the right choice and at least give Major the opportunity to be properly evaluated by a reputable organization before making their decision.
EMAILS JUDGES
Robin.Davis@courtswv.gov; brent.benjamin@courtswv.gov; Margaret.Workman@courtswv.gov; Allen.Loughry@courtswv.gov; Vici.Shafer@courtswv.gov; Jeanne.Stevenson@courtswv.gov;

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Trial Of Two Brothers For Horrifically Torturing Pit Bull! URGENT CALL TO ACTION!

By Sloane Quealy-Miner

9-25-14 SENTENCED Ben Conley fled court before sentencing! BENCH WARRANT OUT FOR HIS ARREST! Nicholas Conley was sentenced to 1 year (365) in jail -37 days credit -120 additional days (suspended) if he pays fines of $866. So he has 7 months to serve if he pays fine or 11 months if he doesn’t pay fines. Needless to say he should have received the maximum which was 4 years.
8/28/14 Guilty Verdict! EMAILS TO JUDGE NEEDED NOW TO HAND DOWN HARSHEST SENTENCE ON SEPTEMBER 24th at 1:15PM

Booking Photos

Booking Photos

SPEAK UP, SPEAK OUT! Contact Information for Judge and both brothers below!

The trial of Two brothers (Benjamin Conley, 34, and Nicholas Conley, 31), both of Lansing, Michigan began Monday in Ingham County Circuit Court before Judge William Collette

The brother’ are on trial for the brutal, horrific torture of their mother’s pit bull. They face felony charges of animal torture and conspiracy to commit animal torture. Each faces up to four years in prison.

Witnesses have described seeing the dog hanging by a chain off the roof of the house, with Nicholas Conley holding the chain. The dog was suspended for several minutes, fighting to stay alive. A witness testified at preliminary hearing last year that Nicholas Conley stabbed the dog inside a crate.

On September 6th an Animal Control deputy was called to the house (1717 Illinois Avenue, Lansing, MI 48906) by the brothers’ own mother who owned the dog. Upon arriving the deputy found the butchered, abused dog still alive. The dog was heaving while lying in a freshly dug hole. The dog had been stabbed multiple times and had a chain around their neck. The chain was attached to a cinder block to keep the dog’s head from being able to move. The dog was later euthanized.

The brothers’ mother has stated “There was no just cause or excuse for their actions”. The brothers are claiming self-defense. “In this case the victim doesn’t have a voice, so we have to be the voice for that victim,” said Deputy Kyle Hanney, who works for the Ingham County Animal Control.

Image taken from Nicholas Conley's Facebook

Image taken from Nicholas Conley’s Facebook

Not surprisingly, this isn’t the first offense done by the Conleys. Nick was previously convicted of one felony and Ben has two prior felonies. Ben said he is “currently waiting on disability”.

To the left is a picture taken from Nicholas Conley’s Facebook Page and titled “My Shit”.
While I cannot confirm if this is in fact the poor dog who was brutally tortured and murdered it just might be.

URGENT CALL TO ACTION! 
Please contact the judge and urge him to do right by this dog and punish the deadly duo to the fullest extent of the law. 
It is imperative that a message is sent to the community that heinous acts of cruelty towards animals will not be overlooked.

CONTACT Judge William Collette
Phone: (517) 676-7223
E-mail: focinfo@ingham.org

Mail Judge – Veterans Memorial Courthouse,
313 W. Kalamazoo Street P.O. Box 40771 Lansing, MI 48901-7971

CONTACT NICK CONLEY HERE ON HIS FACEBOOK PAGE

CONTACT BEN CONLEY HERE ON HIS FACEBOOK PAGE

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