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Friday, June 22, 2007

Missing Dog Turns Up For Sale on Web Site

Not all rescues are legitimate. Many are taking advantage of social engineering. It is often difficult to point out this out to many who have adopted emotive stances about all forms of rescue. In some cases (likely not the example below), rescue in some form has become big business.

In what other animal selling endeavor can people pump out critters for sale with no health guarantees, no health or temperament testing, no genetic or medical knowledge, no follow up, behavior consultations nor training assistance ...AND be looked upon in ignorant gratitude and favor by the masses who have no clue.
Couple finds missing dog up for sale on Web site

June 21, 2007
ASSOCIATED PRESS

MEDFORD, N.Y. — A couple’s discovery of their missing dog for sale on a pet adoption Web site led police to a Long Island home where more than 50 dogs were living in squalid conditions, authorities said.

The dogs, some sickly and underfed, were removed from the Medford home Wednesday night and taken to a shelter to be examined by veterinarians, authorities said.

“The house was in horrible condition,” said Roy Gross, chief of the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. “It was covered in feces and urine. It was hot, very hot in there.”

Three people at the house were arrested: Karen Schleich, 45; David Bernacchi, 44; and Kristin Beauchesne, 25.

Schleich and Bernacchi, the home’s residents, were charged with animal cruelty, police said. Schleich was also charged with criminal possession of stolen property, while Beauchesne was charged with grand larceny.

It was not known if Schleich and Bernacchi had attorneys. Sgt. Michael Cosgrove of the Suffolk County Police Department said Beauchesne had an attorney, but he could not immediately provide a name.

The three claimed they were animal rescuers and posted advertisements for dogs on various pet adoption Web sites, Cosgrove said.

Bernacchi ran a dog rescue organization called Lucky Fund. Its mission is “to help and place as many dogs as possible with new and loving families,” according to the Lucky Fund Web site.

A couple searching for their Shih Tzu found their newly shaven dog advertised for sale for $350 on one site, he said. They reported their discovery to police, whose investigation led to the Medford home, Cosgrove said.

Beauchesne was seen taking the Shih Tzu from the street and later telling an officer who stopped to question her about the missing animal that the dog had escaped from her backyard, police said.

It turned out that Beauchesne worked with Schleich and Bernacchi, and had given the dog to them, Cosgrove said.

The three remained in custody.

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Semavi Lady woofed at @ 6/22/2007 01:33:00 AM | Permanent link | (3) Comments

Blogger Anatolian Indy sent us a woof // June 22, 2007

That is scary. The biggest reason my dogs are microchipped is so they can't be sold for research.   

Blogger Semavi Lady sent us a woof // June 22, 2007

I'm not sure that's a guarantee really. :(

Many things going on now are just surreal!

Saying it again, you have such a beautiful blog. Love your pics!!   

Anonymous jan sent us a woof // June 23, 2007

Deplorable people. I have a lot of friends in animal control/rescue and their biggest gripe is that lawmakers keep passing more and more feel good type laws supposedly to protect animals without allocating money to enforce the laws.   

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