|September 1, 2009 Update
[Suzi and Whiskey News]
September 01, 2009
Dear Friends of Suzi and Whisk,
After considering the prosecutor's evidence, the Grand Jury has essentially thrown the book at both Keum H. Lee, and her husband, Chong S. Lee, for the suffering endured by the two horses in their care: Suzi and Whiskey.
Information now in the public domain confirms that Keum Lee has entered a Not Guilty plea to the two felony (injuring and torturing an animal) and two misdemeanor (aggravated animal abuse) charges now pending against her. The case will resume on September 16 with a conference regarding these charges, and her plea.
In addition, her husband, Chong S. Lee, has also been charged with two felony counts of injuring and torturing an animal, and two misdemeanor counts of aggravated animal abuse. Dr. Lee, a New York physician, has pled Not Guilty to his charges, as well.
For a practicing physician, one usual consequence of a felony conviction, or even a misdemeanor conviction, is the suspension of their license to practice medicine. The State Board of Professional Medical Conduct will, upon conviction, review the case and make a judgment as to whether the physician will lose the license to practice or not, and if the license is revoked, whether this action will be permanent or temporary. Early cooperation with the prosecution has the documented effect of reducing the licensing penalties. The felony and/or misdemeanor convictions do not have to be of a medical nature for the physician to have the license revoked. So: there is now a large, dark cloud on the horizon of Dr. Chong. Dr. Chong purchased Suzi and Whisk, and was the owner of record at the time charges were filed against both Keum and Chong Lee.
The case number is Orange County 00497-2009. The Lees, though separately charged, are both part of one numbered case.
Heartfelt thanks, again, go out to all of you who stood up and demanded justice for the suffering imposed upon these two horses by two cruel people. Though eminently educated and clearly enjoying a very comfortable income, they allowed, and are responsible for, the days and weeks and months of anguish endured by these two horses.
Not Guilty--they have both declared.
We will keep you posted on where things go, from here.
Director, Sunnyskies Bird & Animal Sanctuary