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Shelly Miscavige and her beagles: A Group Therapy podcast extra

Shelly Miscavige and her beagles: A Group Therapy podcast extra

Shelly Miscavige, circa 1990

A couple of weeks ago we started a new podcast for our subscribers that we call Group Therapy.

We've brought together four of our favorite Underground Bunker regulars, Andrea i-Betty Garner, Lynette Observer Waggoner, Phil Jones, and the enigmatic Pan.

We spend an hour talking about the Scientology news of the week, and we have a lot of fun.

This past week, however, we related some things we had learned while continuing to report on the Shelly Miscavige situation.

It was newsworthy, we think, and so we've decided to peel off that short segment from the episode.

As for the report on Shelly and the beagles that were left behind when she was moved to the CST compound near Twin Peaks: The dogs continued to be taken care of afterward at the Sublet Road house after Shelly vanished in 2005.

We recently spoke with a former base employee who told us that in 2008, three or four of the beagles were still living there, being taken care of by the same crew that had helped out Dave and Shelly with them.

The information we have about the beagles and Sublet Road house — which is no longer there — we've corroborated with several Int Base employees who worked there at the time.

One of told us this about Shelly: "I'm sure she was devastated. She was crazy about animals and nature. She preferred animals to people."

So yeah, we don't think Shelly is maybe living her best life at the CST compound. The challenge is finding out what she thinks about her situation, because as John Brousseau has said, Dave will keep her where she is until she dies.

[For a roundup of what we know about Shelly and her location, please see the annual report we post on Christmas Day.]

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Tony Ortega has been investigating and writing about the Church of Scientology since 1995, and daily since 2012 at The Underground Bunker. The Underground Bunker podcast allows him to discuss that news with important sources who know David Miscavige's cabal better than anyone.