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Jan. 23, 2006

Blair teacher charged with animal cruelty

by Varun Gulati, Page Editor
Blair Spanish teacher Maria Yordan-Torres was arrested for animal cruelty on Thursday, Jan. 19 and was held on $15,000 bond. She was released the next day after posting bond, according to a Montgomery County Police Department press release.

Yordan-Torres was charged with 21 counts of "unnecessarily failing to provide the animal with nutritious food in sufficient quantity, necessary veterinary care, proper drink, air, space, shelter, or protection from the weather" and 11 counts of "inflicting unnecessary suffering or pain on an animal," according to the report.

Yordan-Torres refused to comment for this article.

The teacher was first given a civil citation in April 2005, after the Montgomery County Police Animal Services Division had responded to a call concerning an abandoned dog outside of Yordan-Torres's residence. Although the dog showed signs of physical neglect and malnourishment, one beagle and fourteen Coton de Tulear dogs were found to be in satisfactory condition within her home. Five months later, during a random check at her address, officers found the dogs to be in unsanitary crates but were assured by Yordan-Torres that the situation was temporary and that the dogs were awaiting new owners, according to the press release.

In late Dec., officers returned for another check of Yordan-Torres's home and discovered a dead dog lying in her front yard and a second malnourished dog, both of the Coton de Tulear breed, according to the press release. A necropsy found the dead dog to be malnourished and neglected.

The report stated that Animal Services officers obtained a search warrant and transported 27 Coton de Tulear dogs and one beagle to the Montgomery County Animal Shelter. Many of the dogs were underfed and some required shaving due to damaged coats. The dogs have been groomed and given medical treatment and are available for adoption at the shelter.

Yordan-Torres was running a dog-breeding facility in her home, stated the release.

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  • wow... on January 23, 2006 at 11:27 PM
    wow, that was fast SCO... saw this on news channel 4, anyone have her for a teacher?
    • Eric Edwards (View Email) on April 9, 2013 at 2:21 PM
      She was my spanish teacher my senior year in 2011
  • soph in spanish 4 on January 23, 2006 at 11:38 PM
    i had her last semester and im supposed to have her next semester... anyone know whats going to happen?
  • Armin Rosen on January 23, 2006 at 11:59 PM
    I think this wins the award for Most Twisted Story in the History of SCO. A question remains, however:

    "Yodan-Torres was running a dog-breeding facility in her home": So was she planning on selling these dogs, or was she keeping them for her own enjoyment? Was she breeding dogs to satisfy her own curiosity? Was it a hobby? Weird...

    Great work SCO. Great work indeed.
  • Thats sick... on January 24, 2006 at 12:16 AM
    wow...u guys are really she still going to be teaching at blair???? What she did was sick...
  • yordan's student on January 24, 2006 at 12:20 AM
    i had yordan in 9th grade, and she constantly talked about her dogs in a rather -- odd, shall we say? -- way. but no one had any idea that she was mistreating them so badly.
  • *crying* on January 24, 2006 at 6:30 AM
    damn.... that teache r is already a teacher and expects to take care of 28 dogs????? it's sonuds really determined but sooooo impossible.... i'm mad at her especially with the dead dog lying in her front yard..... she should know it would be impossible to take care of all those dogs....maybe she loved them... maybe she didn't... *sigh*
  • my goodness (View Email) on January 24, 2006 at 8:36 AM
    ohh thats why her face look familiar teach here ha ha. wow i just saw here on the news yesterday wondering where have i seen that face.
  • Sicko on January 24, 2006 at 9:05 AM
    I had her last semester and she did always talk about her dogs and how she sold them for hundreds of $. That is really messed up and she in skool today.
  • Terri Tyler (View Email) on January 24, 2006 at 10:59 AM
    I am glad you have chosen to bring this to the attention of your student body and anyone else reading your online paper. I am a "real" breeder of Coton de Tulear dogs. Maria Yordan is a puppy mill. Breeders value their animals, feed them the best food available, keep them as comfortable as possible, interact with them, perform numerous health tests to make sure we are breeding healthy dogs that are not passing on undesirable characteritics. The vast majority do not profit from their efforts but are doing it out of a passion and love for the breed.
    I am sickened by what this woman has done. Fortunately, there have been several breeders in the Coton world who have stepped forward to resuce and rehabilitate these Cotons. If there is any good to be realized from this it is the oppportunity to educate people about the difference in where one gets their new best friend. Maria's website was very decptive as are many out there now. There on also online classified selling puppies purportedly from real breeders or individuals. Be wary, many puppy millers and puppy brokers pose as "a caring family who raises their puppies in a loving environment". This is also where pet store puppies come from. Please, if you ever purchase a puppy other than from a resuce or animal shelter, do your homework and do not be fooled. Thank-you for your time.
  • SC staffer on January 24, 2006 at 11:41 AM
    She breeds dogs to supplement her income. Or rather, she teaches to supplement her income from breeding dogs. I remember her talking about this last year in class.
  • i love kittens on January 24, 2006 at 2:06 PM
    aww the poor kitties
  • (View Email) on January 24, 2006 at 2:09 PM
    I want $15,000 dollars
  • LOL on January 24, 2006 at 2:28 PM
    she always talked about her dogs in class...
  • Bonnie Dalzell (View Email) on January 24, 2006 at 2:42 PM
    There is a website that Yodan-Torres had - - where she was advertising the dogs for sale. So it was a business.
  • Shivers up my spine on January 24, 2006 at 2:44 PM
    that is absolutely terrible what she did to those dogs. She told my class that she ran a dog breeding businesses breeding Coton de Tulears to sell. I saw her on the news and to see your teacher being charged with cruelty of animals is frightening yet saddening. You have to wonder if that teacher even should teach, ya know?
  • Stunned on January 24, 2006 at 3:11 PM
    Oh man. I had her in my sophmore year...i'm not a bit surprised.
  • Coton de Tulear lover (View Email) on January 24, 2006 at 3:31 PM
    Look at these lil guys ulear/coton_index.jpg
  • wow (View Email) on January 24, 2006 at 3:50 PM
    wow... no wonder her face was so familar to me , she a teacher from blair how could she treat those dogs so cruel. Does this affect her job in blair and her rep as a school teacher? wow i wonder if she feels bad or good? this is a small world.
  • lol on January 24, 2006 at 3:52 PM
    did anyone else find it hilarious that she was wearing fur today? of all the days to wear fur... ROTFL
  • huh on January 24, 2006 at 4:00 PM
    so she got arrested right after i took her exam...
  • wow on January 24, 2006 at 4:10 PM
    wow, i don't think she'll return. everyone will know her address. she'll probably move to some other school system.
  • ... on January 24, 2006 at 4:39 PM
    it really wasnt that fast, i heard about it on the news sunday and checked here but nothing. but next day coverage is iight
  • mollie (View Email) on January 24, 2006 at 4:40 PM
    she had better be fired. we dont need an animal abuser in our school. as presidant of the animal rights club, it's become my mission to make sure she is punished properly.
  • x.x on January 24, 2006 at 4:47 PM
    i have her as a teacher...she doesnt seem to care much about class...once my friend wrote that coyotes (people who help immigrants cross borders, often illegally) eat immigrants. in spanish, thats coyotes comen immigrantes. as for her dogs, i feel sorry for them :(
  • Cruelty to dogs on January 24, 2006 at 4:56 PM
    That's low. I have a dog, and when I think of my dog being treated like that, I want to cry. What a horrible woman.
  • Old School on January 24, 2006 at 5:20 PM
    I don't see how someone can even live in a house like that with the smell and the risk of diseases from all of the malnourished dogs. This is sick and she probably has ruined her teaching career over this.
  • anon on January 24, 2006 at 5:36 PM
    that is just sad, disgusting, and flat out weird.
  • animal rights' fanatic on January 24, 2006 at 6:36 PM
    it doesn't seem like she was really "breeding" the dogs, as she told many students. i think she must have just been having lots of puppies and keeping them all. what she did was disgusting. i hope she loses her job. i understand she could use the money but this is simply inexcusable to me.
  • Dylan Gist (View Email) on January 24, 2006 at 6:56 PM
    I can believe it, many times in our class she would talk about how many dogs she had.
  • curious on January 24, 2006 at 7:08 PM
    whats the difference between an autopsy and necropsy?
  • blazer on January 24, 2006 at 7:18 PM
    moco schools wont fire anyone, unfortunatley shes safe
  • -.-* on January 24, 2006 at 8:04 PM
    That is wrong.........word.
  • ramita on January 24, 2006 at 8:58 PM
    nice job varun =)
  • xXx on January 24, 2006 at 9:04 PM
    i had her as a teacher last year. she never seemed happy, but then again, who would if they were litterally starving dogs to death? what she did was really horrible. how can someone live with such a horrible conscience? if that's the way she treats dogs...well, good luck for those who have her this semester.
  • Another Animal Right sFanatic on January 24, 2006 at 9:07 PM
    I agree with everyone who said what she did to those dogs was cruel and horrible. I am also disgusted to read this. But I don't think she can really be half as bad as a few people have implied. I really love animals, alright, I have dogs of my own, one of which was abused before we got him. I do not tolerate animal abuse, it makes me sick and it's disgusting. But I still do not think Ms. Yordan-Torres is a bad person like a few people implied. I am sure she had reasons for what she did. They do not justify what she did, at all. But I don't feel that it's right to judge her by what we read in the newspapers (no offense to Silver Chips, because SilverChips is seriously awesome) but it is impossible for any newspaper to get every single side of a story. Unless you were standing there next to her the entire time, and she told you her thoughts and reasons for what she was doing as she was doing them, how can you possible judge her? There are always things you cannot see about a person, their thoughts, what happeneds to them outside of school, their past, I don't know I'm not a psychologist or whatever. But how can you judge someone without knowing everything about them, and how can you know everything about some one without either A) seriously, seriously invading their privacy and reading their minds and such or B) Actually being that person. Her actions make me really angry, but in my mind she still a good person. It sounds cheesy but I can't think of anything else: she's innocent until proven guilty. That is guilty of being a bad person. And woah okay I'm done, that did not always make sense, I apoligize.
  • re: curious on January 24, 2006 at 9:48 PM
    autopsys are generally humans well necropsys are for animals, but really they are the same thing.
  • Another SC Staffer on January 24, 2006 at 10:41 PM
    From the Post:
    "Brian Edwards, a spokesman for the public schools, said she will remain employed while officials review the matter."
  • Asiatu04 on January 25, 2006 at 2:22 AM
    i had her in 11th grade i believe. she was rude and demanding in a way. I didn't care for her. There was something weird about her. what i wanna say i can't say here...i wanna be very blunt.
  • Marc on January 25, 2006 at 9:26 AM
    We have racists and sexual abusers as well as former drug addicts. We have security guards who speak to our students with the most obscene language and total disregard to our schools rules and y'all are worried about an animal abuser? Get real, there are worse people in the world that work here in our school. Wheres the talk of them being punished? I am indifferent towards her actions and I think they should not be allowed to stop her from working here. Like I said there are "bigger fosh to fry", especially the racists.
  • Cathy Johnson (View Email) on January 25, 2006 at 11:44 AM
    As a parent of three Blair alumni, I'm afraid that the reaction of many former Spanish students and their parents would not get past your comment policy. It's my opinion that the Animal Services officers have done a much better job than those in MCPS who are responsible for providing quality language instruction.
  • Blair Parent on January 25, 2006 at 3:40 PM
    When my child had this teacher for Spanish, he told me that she often complained that she disliked teaching and wanted to breed dogs. I did not know this teacher as Ms. Torres when reported on TV, but as soon as I heard the story I knew it was the Spanish teacher that my child spoke of. Ms. Yordan is not well remembered by parents. This sad story is opening up a discusion regarding her merits as teacher. Based on my child's experience, it was made very clear to him and his classmates that not only did she dislike her job[as expressed by her], she did it poorly. I get upset over the "taxpayer cruelty" of my money being spent to employ someone who is not interested in working for the students' benefit.
  • Anonymous on January 25, 2006 at 3:48 PM
    oh god, how pathetic can you get? Why did she find the need to breed dogs she couldnt take care of? Is discusting and cruel. It makes me sick.
  • to marc on January 25, 2006 at 3:51 PM
    First of all, I'd like some real evidence that there are sexual abusers and racists teaching at blair, its an awfully cheap shot to go around making unfounded accusations to justify your opinion.

    Also, the way she treated the animals shows a blatant disregard for life and a complete lack of compassion. Somebody who purposely and unnecessarily will STARVE, ABUSE, and KILL a living creature without a second thought is obviously not mentally well enough to be teaching our students.

    And so the security guards use foul language, wouldnt you if you had to work with teenagers all day, too?
  • Tom Stokes on January 25, 2006 at 4:09 PM
    Why should she be aloud to take care of 30 kids if she cent take care of 30 dogs.
  • Christine on January 25, 2006 at 4:16 PM
    The whole idea of arresting/charging Sra. Yordan is absolutely ridiculous. If she's an animal abuser who deserves to be punished, why doesn't the Animal Service officers arrest every non-vegetarian and every person in this world who eats or kills animals for food? How is this ANY different? What makes dogs animals but not cows, chicken, pigs, etc? You all are absolute hypocrites.
  • Andrea A. on January 25, 2006 at 5:52 PM
    I completely agree with Christine, and so what if she did that to the dogs?, it's seriously not any of our business, why should we label someone who we barely know even if she was a teacher here at blair, as a "horrible lady".. what do you know about her personal life?
  • Christine on January 25, 2006 at 6:03 PM
    At least those animals die fast, and server SOME purpose..domesticated animals are completely different. You keep them to be a part of the family, and treated like a family member, not malnourished, unclean etc.

    Learn the difference.

    I hope she never finds a job again. Sick person..
  • Re: Christine on January 25, 2006 at 6:05 PM
    I think usually when animals are used for food they are put in some pretty horrible conditions, but not as horrible as those of abused pets. I can't say I've experienced it, so I may be wrong for all I know, but I've heard starving is a very, very unpleasent way to die. Also the animals that are eaten are actually used, their bodies don't go to waste. Eating animals may be considereed disrespecful by some (myself included), but I really think letting the die without a purpose is much worse. In summary the world doesn't make sense. If I had too choose between some animals being taken care of and none being taken care of, I would choose some. All isn't an option, because life is weird.
  • fsadsa on January 25, 2006 at 6:36 PM
    she was the worst teacher i ever had
  • Ele Rubenstein on January 25, 2006 at 7:02 PM
    my comment did not make it past the filter, i guess. well i had ms yordan and she was unbearable and unreasonable. i could have predicted she would do something like this. i hope you read this, ms yordan.
  • Jeff on January 25, 2006 at 7:29 PM
    Christine-have you lost your sense of reasoning? It is comments like yours that just make my head spin. There is nothing ridiculous about arresting someone for commiting a crime. That is the entire purpose of the legal system we have. Why don't they arrest every non-vegetarian in the world and how is that ANY different, you ask? Because people have survived for thousands of years off of animals as a staple to their diets and because eating meat, despite what extremist vegetarians think, is not against the law. This has nothing to do with vegetarianism and everything to do with respect and humane treatment towards PETS and following rules and guidelines regarding breeding. If these laws are broken, a person should be arrested for breaking them.
  • Alumni 03 on January 25, 2006 at 7:32 PM
    She was the worst teacher i ever had at Blair and she needs to be fired!
  • on January 25, 2006 at 7:33 PM
    it's ridiculous to suggest that she shouldn't have been arrested for what she's done. innocent animals like the ones sra. yordan was abusing and neglecting are protected under the law, just like the people you claim are being abused by other teachers. if you can provide evidence for this, i'm sure the authorities would be very happy to hear of it. in the meantime, shouldn't it count for something that one kind of abuse by a is being dealt with? this is a legal case--to work towards lessening cruelty towards cows, chickens and pigs, we have PETA and other active vegetarians or animal-lovers. have a heart and feel sorry for the dogs, too! ok i'm ranting and i apologize. but honestly, try to see some it from the side of those abused.
  • Jennifer Beutler (View Email) on January 25, 2006 at 7:46 PM
    I am the adopter of two of the dogs pulled from Yordan-Torres' facility. One of the dogs was found to have bebe pellets in her skin from being shot. Both very severely malnourished; I'd be happy to provide pictures so the students can see what a monster this woman is.
    Jenny Beutler
  • NOOOOOO on January 25, 2006 at 8:04 PM
    Thanks to Mrs. Yordan-Torres there are only 73 dalamtions left.
  • dog on January 25, 2006 at 8:19 PM
    As much as I find Ms. Yordan's treatment of the dogs disgusting I don't think she is a bad person. I own a dog, I love dogs but I honestly don't believe that Ms. Yordan did this on purpose. I don't think she intentionally harmed the dogs I just think it got out of hand. I had Ms. Yordan in 10th grade and although she was harsh and cold she wasn't a bad person. I think what she did was horrible but I don't think she as a person is horrible. Also, there is no reason to force her to leave school, although what she did was wrong it didn't endanger children and doesn't mean anything to her job. None of this is our business anyways.
  • xXx on January 25, 2006 at 8:50 PM
    what she did is very wrong and although people make mistakes and im sure some people will eventually forgive her, it's unfair to say that we should just forget all about it because it's her personal life. after all, the only way people really learn from their mistakes is by experiencing the consequences. think about it, would a reasonable person let over 20 dogs starve while she's advertising them as pure healthy and w/ a lifespan of up to 15 years?!!i think NOT.
    and christine, what she did was against the law. vegetarianism is another issue that is not regulated by the law. with your philosophy, should people who commit crimes be released just because non-vegetarians are not being punished?...i think we need to concentrate on the issue of animal abuse.
  • To Marc (View Email) on January 25, 2006 at 8:56 PM
    "We have racists and sexual abusers as well as former drug addicts. We have security guards who speak to our students with the most obscene language and total disregard to our schools rules and y'all are worried about an animal abuser? Get real, there are worse people in the world that work here in our school. Wheres the talk of them being punished? I am indifferent towards her actions and I think they should not be allowed to stop her from working here. Like I said there are "bigger fosh to fry", especially the racists."

    Obscenity hurts no one. Racism hurts no one (as long as it remains words). Drug addicts hurt no one but themselves. Sexual abusers are a problem, but we can deal with more than one problem. This is a very serious crime. If you were robbed would you still be saying that we should ignore it because sexual abuses, racism, drugs, etc. are worse? And this caused the DEATH of at least one dog as well as made many other dogs' lives a living hell. And you compare that to cursing?
  • bob on January 25, 2006 at 9:04 PM
    Whatever Ms. Yordan-Torres allegedly put these animals through--BB-guns, torture, starvation--I don't find her actions half as sickening as those of the commenters on this page.

    The woman was arrested, fine. That does not mean that it is necessary for every one of her disgruntled former students to step up and say "Yeah, I knew there was something fishy about her from the start. And her teaching sucked too."

    If you didn't like her class, too bad for you. But this is her personal life. If you've only had her as a teacher, you have no right to comment on her personal character.

    So please, you all, stop it with the unfounded personal attacks. This is a trying enough time for her.
  • xXx on January 25, 2006 at 9:05 PM
    marc- while it might be true that there are racist and sexual abusers at Blair, animal abuse is also a crime. we should focus on one issue at a time. sexual abuse and rasicm are horrible crimes, but so is animal abuse. something must be wrong if a person is capable of watching ~20 dogs starve! and leaving a starved, dead dog on the yard is simply a repulsive idea!! and if a person, a teacher, is capable of those things, how will she treat the students? this is, as you can see, a matter of importance. a crime has been committed.

    regarding, sra. yordan-torres, i think she needs therapy. a problem must be present for a person to commit such a crime. she should be punished but also helped.
  • RE: Jennifer Beutler on January 25, 2006 at 9:07 PM
    Bebe pellets? Oh my God...
  • Christine on January 25, 2006 at 9:16 PM
    Jennifer you are judgmental, rude, not to mention WRONG. You can act like some savior because you took Yordan's dogs but don't call her a "monster" because YOU DON'T KNOW HER. In fact, everyone who supports what happened to Yordan can pretend like you're humane, animal rights activists but you're all incredible hypocrites. Yeah I do feel bad for the dogs, but you can't say it's completely her fault - try blaming our country for paying teachers so little money that they can't afford to raise dogs.

    Oh and Jeff, DOGS ARE ANIMALS. Some countries eat dogs and think it's normal, just like we eat chicken and think it's normal. So don't tell me that it's any different because it really isn't and you have no argument.
  • xXx on January 25, 2006 at 9:17 PM
    for info on her dogs, check out her website here's a little excerpt from the home page:

    "These adorable and social dogs only grow to be 9 to 12 lbs. and have a long life span of 14 to 15 years. Enjoy the champion pedigree, friendly services, and competitive rates that have made us an industry leader."

    adorable?....and starved too.
    14-15 life span? ....with a health bonus of abuse and starvation....
    friendly services?....animal abuse would probably be one of them

    how can she say these things when her dogs are literally starving?!
  • anonomys (View Email) on January 25, 2006 at 10:04 PM
    I think this is terrible a teacher treating her dogs this horribly, and for what reasons i think she shoudn't even be allowed to teach at blair or any montgomery county school for that matter. I myself am an animal lover and find this appauling, she has no right
  • mollie (View Email) on January 25, 2006 at 10:05 PM
    christine, the animals people eat are treated in disgusting conditions, but unfortunately, people just dont care. they see these animals as food and nothing more. a dog is a member of the family. personally, id like to see all farms shut down and all animals given the same rights as humans, but its just not in the cards as of now. sra yordan was hurting members of a family, and no one will stand for that.
  • robyn (View Email) on January 25, 2006 at 10:08 PM
    Hi All! For some reason my last comments did not go through, but I will try again. I have been in Ms. Yordan-Torres's so-called "home" and "breeding kennel" and after seeing how those poor dogs lived, I can tell you that the one that starved to death had it easier than the ones that lived in that hell-hole. I took 4 of her dogs and they were filthy, caked with feces and urine, skinny and shied away from human hands as if they were used to being hit. I certainly wouldn't want her teaching my kids ANYTHING!
  • student on January 25, 2006 at 10:18 PM
    Is Yordan - Torres still teaching Spanish right now, or has she been fired yet? I can't believe that MCPS or any other public school system will want to keep/hire a lady with such a criminal record.
  • Special People on January 25, 2006 at 11:33 PM
    Wow it is very interesting that you all would get so mad at this topic of neglecting dogs. Sure animals have rights, but until you hear her side of the story I do not think that you have the right to pass judgment on her. Let me find out about the things you do in your life and see if you think I should judge you. Also, like others said there are bigger issues in this school than ONE teacher who neglects dogs, whichh has nothing to do with our school or education. She doesn't abuse students, does she? Um, NO! So calm down and down throw around threats of her losing her job. It really is not that serious. Also, to the person who ignorantly said that racism doesn't hurt people please study your history books or something. Try experiencing racism first before you undermine its effects.
  • anonymous on January 26, 2006 at 12:05 AM
    those of you who say its none of our business what yordan does in her personal life are dumb. Besides the fact that we have to coexist with her in school (after knowing what shes done) she was on the NEWS..honestly how much on blast can someone be?

    To christine.."The whole idea of arresting/charging Sra. Yordan is absolutely ridiculous." are you joking? she commited a CRIME..and in america if you are caught committing a crime you get punished. its that simple. Why are you trying to make justifications for her cruel actions? And your "point" about arresting non-vegetarians was stupid also. Its far too big of an epedemic to stop now, and its ultimately an individuals choice on what they chose to eat. And anyways, its unrealistic..

    and to Andrea A.- who says.."so what if she did that to the dogs?, it's seriously not any of our business, why should we label someone who we barely know even if she was a teacher here at blair, as a "horrible lady".. what do you know about her personal life?" ima just reitterate my first sentence; when stuff makes the NEWS it is OUT there for judgement by the community. when someone is charged with 32 COUNTS of animal cruelty they are sick, and that is a horrible act. and they are probably mentally unstable. ANd its also students business cuz if shes not gonna be fired we still have to be around such a SICK person, and plus..half the people whove commented KNOW the lady so they have the right to say whatever theyve witnessed about her, and talk about their impressions of her. And im KINDA WORRIED ABOUT YOU. are you honestly that dense? no pun intended.
  • re:bob on January 26, 2006 at 1:14 AM
    And I suppose it's a trying time for saddam hussein... or the guys on death row.. but we don't feel sorry for everyone going through tough times because sometimes it's due to something out of our control.. say a hurricane or a rapist, and sometimes it's our own fault (which is clearly the case with Sra Yordan - Torres)
  • Alex Gold (View Email) on January 26, 2006 at 7:38 AM
    I think the point that several people on here have made is a very valid one. By comparing the treatment of these dogs and mass-raised chickens for human consumption, it quickly becomes obvious just how ridiculous animal cruelty laws are. The chickens are treated totally inhumanely and live in conditions far worse than these dogs right until the time that they're slaughtered for meat. Not only is this legal, but it's a major American industry. In the face of that, what does this really matter?
  • C'mon on January 26, 2006 at 11:20 AM
    If Sra. was abusive to people, would you view this differently? Anyone who is supposed to be an animal breeder should know what proper care involves and she should be ashamed that she treated the animals this way. If she couldn't care for them properly, she should have given them up for adoption, sold them or whatever.

    Does this affect her ability to teach - probably does as I'm sure she has a lot more on her mind right now than conjugation of Spanish verbs. Should she be fired? Well, innocent until proven guilty. But, if she was abusive to people, for example, she'd probably be on administrative leave until the case was sorted out. Why not do that in this case? Her students are sitting there wondering what kind of sicko is trying to teach them Spanish.

  • 28 dogs on January 26, 2006 at 12:05 PM
    What does it matter? She starved us.
  • Marc Smith (View Email) on January 26, 2006 at 3:31 PM
    She mistreated DOGS, not Montgomery Blair Students. Therefore, all talk of her getting fired should cease. Besides, like all teachers, she belongs to a UNION. Seeing as her "crimes" arent anything that should cause a student to be scared or anything , that action will not commence. Second of all, there is no reason y'all should be putting her on blast on this comment box. She was on the news and her mugshot is on every Montgomery County Police site for global access. If you recieved a failing grade from her it is simply because you suck at speaking and writing spanish. Don't get mad now. Now I am not dismissing the fact that she committed a crime, but what I am saying is there is something in this wonderful country called due process. If the majority of you so-called animal lovers who are sooooooo mad took NSL then you would know about it. There is an entire executive branch that will persecute her. We as students do not need to. What she has done does not affect or effect us in any way whatsoever. I'll repeat, she mistreated DOGS. Not anyone's mother,brother,sister,father, or cousin. So all of yall getting emotional over this is very silly. Unless she abused your dog, which I doubt she did
    • Joanna Blair class 1992 on May 7, 2010 at 11:30 AM
      Ms Yordan was a complete joke as a Spanish teacher when I had her in 1990. She was insulting, demeaning, and callous towards here students even then. Spanish is my first language and I took her class then because, like many kids trying to get an easy class, I thought it would be a breeze. It was anything but! I can give several examples of her incompetence as a teacher outside of what I have recently discovered 20 years after about her character. Yes...this is about her character, not whether she gets paid enough or if she was ever a good teacher. What she did is disgusting at best and not surprising considering the way she behaved.
      Depression and income are no excuse for what she did. There are many people who make little money or are experiencing mental/emotional issues that don't blatantly harm others (animals included) and have the nerve to act like it's not a big deal. Life is life. Period. If she has this kind of disregard for it, it applies to everything and everyone. As the owner of a dog that was a rescue, I can tell you firsthand that abuse lasts a long time for these precious creatures. How long can abuse last for a person? Well, I still tell my Ms Yordan stories 20 yrs later...that's how I found out about this harrowing tale. It shames me and all other alumni from Blair that this woman represented our school and community.
      As to whether she is fit to teach. I never thought so. She even was put on administrative leave during my school year for "stress" after she had an incident with a student where she literally went off on him during class and called him several expletives. She has a long record of issues. MCPS is fully aware of this and saying that she always was in high regards as a teacher is a joke. They just never got an incident as inflammatory as this to be able to get rid of a teacher with tenure. She has been the lucky recipient of "pass the buck" administration her whole time there. Why bother getting another Spanish teacher...right?
      I am truly saddened by all this and wonder why so many people failed this woman. She was "off" then and is continuing on a very destructive path now. Just because there is injustice in this world...racism, abuse, cruelty, doesn't mean we should tolerate it. Such apathetic statements as.."it's her personal life, it has nothing to do with how she teaches or treats kids" is why we as a societal whole are having such a problem with this aberrant behavior now. Whatever happened to wanting to maintain ethics as a requirement in the people we allow to teach our children? This is just shameful all the way around.
  • jc on January 26, 2006 at 3:38 PM
    while many people are screaming for the firing of yordan, which I can understand, I would like to know why she did it. If anyone has been in her class, you know that all she does is talk about her dogs and it is blatanty obvious that she loves/is obssessed with those the dogs. I kinda feel bad for her and don't think that she should be fired for animal mistreatment. Rather she should be fired for being a poor teacher which she is. I remember being in her class for one semester and it was the most ridiculous waste of time ever.
  • To Chirstine & Others on January 26, 2006 at 4:41 PM
    For your information, it is also against the law to keep farm animals (chickens, pigs, cows, goats, etc.) in unfit conditions and malnurishment, and people do get arrested for not caring for taking care of them. Slaughter for food is different it is a business sector, just as medical corporations test on dogs and cats.

    Please get it straight, keeping animals in bad conditions is against the law, you can even get fined for keeping reptiles in bad conditions.
  • Watch Animal Planet! on January 26, 2006 at 4:45 PM
    you guys need to watch Animal Cops on Animal Planet, people are always getting arrested for this.

    And for the people that don't think farm animals are treated fairly, you guys need to watch Animal Cops Houston and Animal Cops Miami, they are also fining and arresting people for neglecting farm animals.
  • sam (View Email) on January 26, 2006 at 5:23 PM
    Those of you who think that what she did is not wrong because they are just dogs are IDIOTS. What she did was unforgivable and she shouldn't even get out. Why would you have animals around your house if you can't take good care of them? I say she shouldn't get off easy because animal cruelity is very wrong, animals have rights just like human beings and they desrve to be treated with great respect. She doesn't deserve to work at any MCPS and even if they are considering it then that is just plain pathetic...
  • ele on January 26, 2006 at 9:41 PM
    i dont it's really disputable whether or not animal abuse is wrong. the point about farm animals is a good one, but equationg poor treatment of farm animals to animal abuse doesnt make animal abuse a less punishable offence, that only show that farm animal abuse should a more punishable one. when teachers are hired, they are asked for a criminal record. ms yordan now has one, it's as simple as that. also, animal abuse has been connected many times in the psychological field to neglect of children, which is REALLY a characteristic you do not want in a teacher. i won't go in to depth on my thoughts about ms yordan as a teacher, but basically, to me, its not about whether she should be fired for this, its that she should have been already. so if MoCo needs to use this as a reason, so be it.
  • Marc (View Email) on January 27, 2006 at 9:11 AM
    All I'm saying is that she committed crimes against animals not humanity, therefore there is no reason she should not "deserve" to work here. Firing her would not fix anything. She is not a danger to anyone. She is a not a convicted felon
  • babzz on January 27, 2006 at 11:32 AM
    well i think she was wrong to do things to animals like that and sould be charged.....the question is how long was she cruel to the animals? IS this good to tell other people about her situation
  • Blair Parent on January 27, 2006 at 3:07 PM
    Again, let me state that this unfortunate situation has created a venue for discussion,not only in reference to Ms. Yordan's animal cruelty charges but her reputation in the classroom as a terrible teacher. I agree that she needs to be judged on her merits or lack thereof as a teacher. Our students' deserve a quality professional. Mont. County teachers are very well paid compared to the majority of teachers in other MD counties. Hopefully evaluations will take place to determine if Ms. Yordan will do her job succesfully in the future(if she remains employed in the county). Her reputation as a teacher was marred long before this arrest.
  • 05 on January 27, 2006 at 10:09 PM
    Is it true that upon entering a classroom right after the incident took place, the students started woofing at her?
  • Demosthenes on January 27, 2006 at 10:15 PM
    Animals aren't people, it is ridiculous that she should get fired. Animals aren't mans best friends, especially when they get the owner arrested. Animals are stupid and a waste to the human society. While kids are starving, dogs are being fed like queens, excluding Mrs. Yordans pets, who by the way teaches horribly. But who cares if someone kicks a dog, or punches a dog in the slobbery grill. Who know who was eating who, maybe the real victim was Mrs Yordan. Who in fact is feeble herself. She is not a dog breeder but dog feeder. The fact is that education is the future, but not in Mrs. Yordan case. affiliated with Purina Dog is Purina
  • The Johny Cochran Firm- Dream on January 27, 2006 at 10:19 PM
    If the owner doesn't fit you must acquit.
    If the dog doesn't eat you must defeat.
  • re: mark smith on January 28, 2006 at 1:21 AM
    "If the majority of you so-called animal lovers who are sooooooo mad took NSL then you would know about it. There is an entire executive branch that will persecute her."

    erm...i didn't know the executive branch was responsible for persecution...although i guess you could say our president is persecuting iraqies if you really really wanted to..

    pay more attention in NSL buddy...its the judicial branch and they prosecute, not persecute.
  • blazer '06 on January 28, 2006 at 11:49 AM
    i think this is hilarious
  • uh on January 28, 2006 at 2:22 PM
    Actually, prosecutors are executive branch officers.

    Also, re: marc, people get fired from their jobs all the time for smoking pot, even when it doesn't affect their job performance. And most companies make you sign something saying that they can fire you if you're convicted of a crime or do something embarrasing to the company. So Sra. Yordan probably violated the terms of her employment. More importantly, she was an awful teacher and should have been fired years ago for that reason.
  • Puppy Luv on January 28, 2006 at 7:11 PM
    wow some of you really hate dogs. they are cute, yall just jealous!

  • lo9o on January 28, 2006 at 7:16 PM
    um, if chickens were emaciated, we wouldnt eat em, hello, meat on the bones,duh...

    And most pets dont eat like kings and queens. If you think that kibbles and bits, and fancy cat are extravagant, you need a hot meal.

    Pets are fun. Animals shouldnt get abused. I bet you guys would be hating on the dogs if you saw the condition they were in.
  • To Animal haters Again on January 28, 2006 at 7:20 PM
    That qoute was from Anatole France.
  • oh7 on January 29, 2006 at 8:36 PM
    to demosthenes:

    "Animals aren't people, it is ridiculous that she should get fired. Animals aren't mans best friends, especially when they get the owner arrested. Animals are stupid and a waste to the human society."

    First of all, humans ARE animals. We may be the "superior" species, but that doesnt make us biologically "less animal".

    Second of all, saying that the DOGS got HER arrested is quite possibly one of the stupidest things I have ever heard. SHE GOT THE DOGS IN THE FIRST PLACE. IF SHE COULDN'T HANDLE IT, THEN WHY DID SHE OWN THEM? If her arrest was truly the dog's fault as you say it was then the fact that they were unfed and ungroomed had nothing to do with it. If they had been owned by another family that took good care of them, would that family have been arrested? I don't think so. The way you say it made it sound like the dogs sat around one day and said "Hey, we don't like her, how about we starve ourselves and kill one of us so that she'll get arrested and we can live somewhere else!"

  • PipPet (View Email) on January 30, 2006 at 9:33 AM
    i saw one dog that was abused. it had a red vets on and it was black n grey kinda dark. but the dog's teeth and gums were horrible! ive never seen any animals mouth that color before and i got mad love animals with all my heart...was that one of her dogs?
  • Demosthenes on January 30, 2006 at 8:01 PM
    You just made my point oh7, and another thing, I AM NOT AN ANIMAL get it straight.

    The dogs are not smart enough to think like you pointed out. I agree. That is why you made my point for me. If they are not smart enough, then there should not be this great of a value placed over them. Tell me, now that they are domesticated, what do they do for us? Bark whenever someone walks within a 1 mile radius of your house. Eat your food and give you nothing. Vomit and then eat it. Find one good thing that dogs do and I could tell why its bad.
  • re:oh7 on January 30, 2006 at 9:55 PM
    The gestation period for dogs is nine weeks.

    Dogs of the Coton de Tulear breed have an average of five pups per litter.

    You do the math.
  • For Blair Parent on January 31, 2006 at 6:40 AM
    You speak of unfortunate situations. It's unfortunate that many people are using this incident as a means of attacking the pedagogical skills of Sra. Yordan-Torres. This forum should not be discussing her teaching. And you, Blair Parent, need to realize that while MCPS teachers are paid relatively well in comparison with teachers in some other neighboring counties, they are by no means paid enough for their hard work, and they are not paid at all for the overtime hours they put in. You should be ashamed of yourself for encouraging the unemployment of a teacher who has no other means of income by implying that she is overpaid.
  • Blair Parent on January 31, 2006 at 2:25 PM
    Her pedalogical skills are in question based on relevant experience of students. I agree that all teachers are underpaid but Montgomery County teachers are well paid relative to other parts of the state/country. If you reread my last comment I did not state that she should be unemployed by the county. I stated that..."I agree that she needs to be judged on her merits or lack thereof as a teacher".
  • lee lee on January 31, 2006 at 3:39 PM
    Dogs have different personalities, and they can have all the traits we do. Some of the good stuff is that they can be loving, caring, cudley, playful, serious, protective, companions...and the list goes on and on.

    If you are going to own a pet, you have to be humane. Regardless of what some of these inhumane commentors feel, neglecting animals is a rightful law.

    Just because you don't like dogs doesn't mean anything... stop hating. Its very punkish.
  • oh7 on January 31, 2006 at 9:38 PM
    First of all, you are an animal. I am an animal. We belong to the kingdom animalia, we just evolved to an intellectually superior level. So stop being so arrogant.

    You apparently missed my point entirely, which was that the dogs are not to blame. I dont care if you hate dogs, but obviously Yordan didn't share the same sentiments as you, otherwise she would not have voluntarily harbored so many of them.
    I'm assuming that as a breeder, she knew the gestation period for the dogs, as well as how many puppies were produced per litter. So she has no excuse for taking more than she could handle, aside from irresponsibility.

    Yes, the dogs are not intelligent. I dont exactly think this is a reason to disregard them as good for nothing. I'm not going to comply to your request to "find one good thing that dogs do" so that you can refute it with opinions. You may not be able to appreciate the emotional rewards that one gets from having an animal, but that doesn't mean you have to support those who abuse them.

    I'm willing to accept that many people will not see eye to eye with me on this, and I'm not going to waste my time trying to do otherwise, so I'm ending my argument here.
  • for oh7 on February 1, 2006 at 8:45 AM
    get a life.
  • Demosthenes on February 1, 2006 at 12:16 PM
    Your sentence structure is horrible. Maybe you belong to the animal kingdom. I see no signs of superior intellect. That could be why you feel so connected to dogs. In conclusion dogs are stupid animals and maybe if you like them so much, you can raise almost 30 dogs like Mrs. Yordan did.
  • Right on February 2, 2006 at 5:40 PM
    oh7 is right. Humans are not a seperate kingdom, thus meaning that we are animals. More evolved than the rest of the animalia kingdom, but still part of it.
  • Andrew Tourtellot on February 10, 2006 at 6:49 AM
    Re: Discussing personal opinions about Yordan: First of all, by taking a job as a teacher at a public high school, you are becoming a government-emdorsed member of the community, and that community will have certain expectations of you, both professionally and personally, so your public profile is already higher than it would be if you had a job in a supermarket or in some company's offices. And even if that weren't the case, ANYONE who's suspected of enough criminal activity that they make it onto the evening news is going to be talked about whether you like it or not. This is a perfectly legitimate forum for discussion of the subject at hand, which right now is clearly Yordan, and as long as nobody is libeling her, you really have no grounds to block opinions about her from appearing on this forum.

    Re: Extremist vegetarianism: Yes, yes, the entire human race is barbaric except for you perfect ones. We've heard it before. Perhaps you'll have heaven all to yourselves then. In the meantime, get used to people eating meat honey. As you've pointed out yourselves, people eat dog in some parts of the world. People eat different things all over, and most of them don't care about your edibility rules. Maybe the extreme minority is right...would you prefer we shut down all the farms, grow plants, and just stick all the cows and chickens in zoos? Or maybe let them grow extinct as we move into their habitats, an effect some might argue is natural to human expansion over the Earth. Ask the animals in extinction and captivity if that's a better option than being raised and bred on a farm. Sorry, but the suppression of animal prosperity is a natural result of human societies' population growth. They're all gonna end up gone, in steadily shrinking habitats, captured and put into zoos, domesticated for the household, or raised for food in the end. It's an accepted idea in our society that animals, as long as they're treated humanely, can be used for certain purposes like food and research. Yordan's activities met neither of those criteria, and that is what makes her actions different from those who raise animals and eat meat.

    Besides which, there's the fact that she IS suspected of breaking the law, and when that happens to you you get arrested. If you have a problem with the law, elect someone to change it. If in fact you're fine with this law, you just think other laws are insufficient such as those governing farming, then lobby and vote to effect change in those areas instead of wasting people's time hindering enforcement of a law with which you really agree.

    Re: Is Yordan "a bad person": Those of you hating the sin but loving the sinner, yes, she may have truly loved her dogs but was for some reason mentally incapable of caring for them. Maybe she simply had some kind of psychological problem causing her to obsess about the dogs, "hoarding" as it's called, and she convinced herself she really loved them when that's what she told her students. Or maybe she actually set out to do evil, enjoyed hurting dogs, and lied to everyone about her feelings for them. The question is pointless, however, because what we really want to judge are her actions and whether or not she is mentally and morally fit to have a place in our community, and I think most of us would agree that the answer is no, that even if she had the best intentions towards the animals, her actions have proven her irresponsible and she clearly needs some kind of help before she can be "forgiven."

    Re: Taxonomy: Dude, you're an animal. Get over it.

    Re: Is Yordan fit to teach? Is Yordan an acceptable member of the school community? First of all, enough complaints have been made about the quality of Yordan's classroom behavior (lateness, professionalism, organization) AND the teaching itself that it seems like her qualifications for being a full time teacher should be reviewed, even if it turns out that the whole dog story was some elaborate mistake. Unfortunately, education in the US isn't perfect, and high school foreign language programs aren't a top priority, so this may not happen without confirmation that Yordan is guilty of the animal abuse. However, from the information I've seen it seems like that she will be found guilty. So then it becomes a question of personal suitability to being a teacher. Official expectations aside, I think a great many students would not want to sit in her class after such a conviction, even if she was a very competent teacher; knowledge of her (now-public) personal problems alone would disrupt the classroom experience. So, it seems likely that it would be in the students' best interest for her to stop teaching at Blair, and if the administration needs to use her incompetence as a teacher as a pretext for that dismissal, so be it. However, there are responsibilities in taking a public teaching job aside from simply teaching material; a teacher is expected to be a role model and a leader for students, someone a student can come to with problems and look to for advice. Most people would say that a criminal, even if "only" guilty of animal abuse, does not meet those expectations, and thus is currently not mentally or morally fit for a place in the school community. This is not to say that someone guilty of a misdemeanor should never have work again, but it does mean that their options become more restricted, to employment that does not involve guiding the development of dozens of children for several years. I'm doubtful of that "role model" argument's strength as a concern leading to dismissal, but it's something all you parents and defenders of Yordan's right to keep her job might want to think about, ASIDE even from her abilities as a teacher. There is also the possibility mentioned by one person earlier that criminal activity is somehow addressed in the employment agreement, but since we don't know the details of that agreement or the rules of or agreements with the teacher's union, it's sort of anyone's guess as to whether MCPS could fire Yordan directly for being convicted of this crime.

    In short, we should be able discuss this without people telling us we're off limits, vegetarian extremists should keep their radical ideas out of the debate, Yordan has definitely done some bad stuff even if she's not a "bad person," and all signs say that she should probably be fired.
  • re: Right on February 12, 2006 at 10:00 PM
    what makes you think humans are more evolved than the rest of the animal kingdom?
  • mollie (View Email) on February 17, 2006 at 8:44 AM
    Andrew Tourtellot: I agree with everything you said. To all the people on this board who think that Ms. Yordan is an upstanding human being, you need to get your heads checked. She BROKE THE LAW! She put dogs in deadly situations. If she had done this to humans, she would be on death row so fast your heads would spin. Why is it that people care so little for animal's rights? They deserve to live their lives as happily and as comfortably as possible.
  • Think in Pink on April 30, 2006 at 3:35 PM
    To Demosthenes:
    Humans aren't animals? Woah! We humans have evolved so much, that we do not have the traits of the creatures in the Animalia Kindgom, such as are multicellular, eukaryotic, cells lack a cell wall and are heterotrophs? Man, we are so awesome, having our own kingdom. What's our new phylum, class, order, family, genus and species? Are you going to make up our new kindgom name? Will we be now known as the Demosthenes Kindgom? Are we so awesome that we even have our own domain?! Do you realized that by proving that humans are not animals, you have not only changed the very structure that all aspects of biology are based on, but you have forever changed life as we know it?

    By the way, what is this amazing scientific trait that humans have that seperate us from the animals?

    Note the heavy sarcasm.
  • Washington Post on July 22, 2006 at 11:14 PM
    Saturday, July 22, 2006; Page B05

    Dog Breeder Pleads Guilty to Neglect

    A Clarksburg woman pleaded guilty to five counts of animal neglect this week after a police investigation into her dog-breeding business.

    Maria Yordan Torres, 53, a teacher at Montgomery Blair High School, was charged with 32 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty in January after police found dozens of malnourished and filthy Coton de Tulear dogs in her house.

    Yordan Torres entered her plea Thursday before Montgomery County District Judge Mary Beth McCormick. Sentencing will be Oct. 5.
  • Will on October 16, 2006 at 11:59 AM
    well, i heard she just had her trial on wednesday, october 5, 2006. She got 30 dyas in jail, and a $500 fine. She will also have a 2yr probation, adn the judge is makeing her undergo a psychological evaluation.
    To me, I hate to say this about one of my teachers, but this isnt enough. The dogs had to be shaved because they had urine burns on their legs! They were sitting in feces and urine for months, and the worst is that onedied of startvation!!!
    Well, anyway, what do you gyz think...?
  • alumnae3 (View Email) on October 5, 2008 at 11:26 PM
    1st, SC can u all make teh captcha clear as to zeo vs 'o'. It is hard 2 tell the difference.

    It is 2 yrs later. SC what was the end result? I know MY-T is still teaching @ Blair so she was found NG? Is she allowed 2 own dogs? breed dogs?

    Kind OT: she lives all the way in Clarksville? Dang that is a long drive!
  • fasdfda on May 27, 2009 at 7:56 PM
    i have her currently and she has no emotion whatso smile nothing... when she passes out papers . we say thank you... no yourwelcome.. so we all just stop.
    she sucks. sucks to the core. why is she still teaching???
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  • alumnae3 (View Email) on March 19, 2011 at 2:22 AM
    later ns Sra Yordan-Torres is still @ Blair.
    FANTASTIC teachers like Sra Marville
    Sra Coulam
    Sra Iacono aka Sra Rhodes
    everyone's fav Sra Keenan
    are all gone. But Sra Yordan remains.

    Obviously her teaching is fine.
    So shame on all of you who wanted her fired just bc of the dogs.

    I had Sra Yordan during 98-02. She was hard, kinda cold, but fair.
  • alumnae3 (View Email) on March 19, 2011 at 2:24 AM
    oops, in my previous comment I meant 5years later & Sra Y-T is still teaching @ Blair. I heard she's been teaching since 95.
    • Classof'08 on June 13, 2011 at 6:40 PM
      Didn't she get fired?
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