Founder of Tanner’s PAWS charged with hate crime will appear in court

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Founder of Tanner’s PAWS, Christie Speciale, who is charged with “hate crime” will appear in court on Tuesday, October 16, at 8:30 a.m. 

Christie and her counsel Susan Chana Lask, Esq. will attend a press conference shortly after, at 10:00 a.m. at the Corning City Court, 12 Civic Center Plaza, Corning N.Y.

On September 22, Speciale was arrested after allegedly accusing an Amish vendor of animal abuse. She was originally charged with disorderly conduct, but Prosecutor Brooks Baker upgraded her charges to a hate crime. 

Baker previously spoke out and said that “Speciale committed a hate crime because she said “Amish Puppy Mill” when “The Amish is a group defined by religion,” and “Targeting them in particular wanders into hate crime territory.”

Speciale’s council replied to Baker’s comments and said ” No one targeted the Amish. Christie was discussing Puppy Mills, like we all do, including the HSUS and SPCA—so according to him we should all be in jail. These charges are false, and no law in the universe makes it a hate crime to say “Amish Puppy Mill,” which incidentally not one filing says Christie said that.

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