Friday, February 6, 2009
UPDATE 02/06/09: In what can only be called "extraordinary timing," it is reported that Sandi and William Coy have been charged with animal cruelty again. The two were ordered out of LaRue County last year after facing 12 charges of animal cruelty. The couple moved to Franklin County and continued their abusive practices. The Franklin County property was raided December 14. Officials seized 11 malnourished pit bulls, two of which ultimately died.
The Coys are set to appear in Franklin County District Court February 24.
02/03/09: Man Hoodwinks Best Friends After Katrina
Amherst, OH - After Hurricane Katrina, Best Friends gave 28 rescued dogs to a man that was found guilty of fraud last week. Donald D. Chambers, 40, of Amherst, told Best Friends that he would take some of the dogs and find them homes. Best Friends gave Chambers nearly 30 dogs and $36,720 to care for them until they were adopted. But Chambers didn't spend the money on the dogs, and just three of them landed in homes. Most ended up dead.
Best Friends spokesman John Polis said of the 28 dogs given to Chambers, only three were placed. Ten were euthanized at the Lorain County Kennel. One died in a dog fight. One died of untreated heartworms. Three died and were tossed into a trash bin. Six are unaccounted for. Best Friends took back three of them. "This is about a person who took advantage of a dire situation during Katrina and used money and the animals for his own profit," Polis said.
The relationship between Chambers and Best Friends began when he presented himself as Don the Dog Guy, who had a kennel and training facility in Lorain. He traveled to Best Friend's sanctuary and spent time with dog trainers. According to Polis, "Don actually was quite popular with the trainers here and had somewhat of a following on our Web site." Now Don will spend the next year in jail. He was also ordered to pay $62,124 in restitution to Best Friends.
Don the Dog Guy still has a website listing. Customer reviews show that by July 2008, the "cat was out of the bag." The State Attorney General had shut him down. It is unknown when he acquired the Katrina dogs and when he first began being investigated for fraud.
More rescue fraud:
Pit Bull Advocate Charged with Cruelty After Katrina
LaRue County, KY - On a related note, as part of a plea agreement reached in January 2008, William Scott Coy, 43, and Sandra Coy, 50, agreed to leave the county and not keep or bring animals into the county for two years. The Coys each faced 12 charges of second-degree cruelty to animals, after an investigation revealed serious mistreatment of dogs found on their property. Some of these dogs were Katrina pit bull rescues from the Louisiana Humane Society.
A web page at CampKatrina.net tells the story. Beyond the horrific animal abuse that occurred on the Coy property between August 2005 to August 2007, Sandra (known as Sandi) Coy was also President of the Kentucky All American Dog Registry Club and the Chairwoman of Responsible Dog Owners of the Eastern States, a sister group to the Responsible Dog Owners of the Western States (RDOWS). Both entities are radical pro-pit bull lobbying groups.
Sandi Coy is hardly a "class act," responsible pit bull owner. Furthermore, both Coys had previously been convicted of animal-related charges in 2003. The very people that trumpet the battle call of "responsible ownership" and lobby against breed-specific laws engage in animal cruelty, have questionable or actual ties to dogfighters, lose fighting dogs being held for criminal investigations (and 80+ feral cats) and appear to engage in fraudulent pit bull rescue.
Coy, "fuzzypaws1234," is also tied to the Chicago fighting dog transportation bust (Tony Self), which led to the Pima County dogfighting bust. She even helped establish a legal fund for "Raided2" (Juan "Rudy" Verdin) who pleaded guilty to attempted dogfighting and child abuse.
12/24/08: Anti-BSL Organization, Stop-BSL.com, Gives Donated Funds to Alleged Dogfighters
12/12/08: Edward Faron of Wildside Kennels Has Been Charged by Authorities
11/18/08: Part IV: I-Team, Fox 5 News Asks What Happened to the Dog Named Beast?
11/15/08: AJC: Director Signs Out 83 Cats; APBT Group Linked to Dogfighters
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| 2/03/2009 9:58 AM |
Best Friends committed fraud with the whole Katrina rescue.
They told their donors and followers that they were No Kill. (They STILL say it, even though it is not true!)
They operated these "rescue camps" and ended up with a lot of aggressive, unplaceable pit bulls. (Just one of the typical problems with this No Kill insanity)
Did they spend some of their millions and millions to take these dogs to their huge sanctuary in Utah? NO!
They gave these dogs out UNALTERED to anyone who would take these dogs off their hands so they could close up camp and clear out.
They sent out emails begging anyone to take these dogs, and even implied they would continue to "search for the owners" which they never did
THEY JUST DUMPED THESE UNALTERED PIT BULLS WITH ANYBODY!!
While they criticized other groups for euthanizing aggressive dogs, and called them "killers" (the usual Best Friends tactic)
Then Best Friends told their donors and followers that they had SAVED all the pets they had rescued!
As you can see, that was an utter lie. Many of these pit bulls went to hoarders, who knows what. They died God knows how, God knows where. We are only finding out about some of them. For some, we will never find the real stories.
And there is much diasgreement on the Sandi Coy dogs that died. Many say they were BEST FRIENDS RESCUES
Yet Best Friends wrote magazine articles, gave interviews to the press, bragged all over their fundraising that they had succeeded at No Kill and all the dogs they saved had lived and were happily placed in good homes and "No Kill sanctuaries."
Then they begged for more money!
This is just fraud. They figured that no one would ever figure out what hellholes these dogs had been shipped to to die, and no one would figure out their lies.
Now they are involved with pit bull breeder lobbies that have some really questionable reputations spreading this pit bull fantasy and promotion.
| 2/03/2009 10:55 AM |
And this is exactly what Nathan Winograd, Best Friends associate, is pulling. Dumping aggressive dogs, pit bulls, wherever, with hoarders, whoever. Just handing them out.
Oh no, No Kill doesn't humanely euthanize. They ABANDON ANIMALS with animal abusers to die horribly, but off the statistics
And give aggressive dogs out to endanger the public
Winograd is trying to get his "No Kill consultations" into a city near you to establish this kind of thing at taxpayer expense
He did it at PACCA in Philadelphia until word of what was up got out, and he and his people were run out of town
| 2/03/2009 10:58 AM |
"As a responsible owner I do agree with the above. Many of us in the dog world do not want "mandatory" chipping as this gives the government one more way to track us. Sandi"
There is a whole maniacical anti NAIS contingent of breeders, dog fighters, etc out there who know full well if they have to microchip their deadly dogs, the animals will be traced back to their operations, and the dogs in the fighting pit in busts traced back to their "we're only breeding pit bulls as pets" fake fronts
But also these breeders and dog fighters aren't reporting income nor paying taxes, and they take advantage of lack of licensing laws to do this. Heavens knows they don't want microchips exposing the huge tax cheating going on
| 2/03/2009 11:08 AM |
It's difficult to imagine the amount of fraud and abuse that occurred to the Katrina animals. Katrina must have brought out loads of the least preferred animal owners: (hoarders, Don the Dogs, other opportunists, pit bull advocates and dogfighters). People like Coy must have been SHOPPING the rescues just to pick up pit bulls right along side folks in dogfighting circles. Meanwhile, pit bulls with God knows what background were shipped all over the county so that pit bull rescues could have their TOKEN Katrina pit bulls for fundraising! Rumors abounded of animal workers (likely volunteers with little experience with pit bulls) placed multiple dogs into crates for shipping only to learn that the pit bulls would attack and kill their crate mate. They didn't have near ENOUGH crates for the many animals to start with, then they had to reserve "one-crate" per pit bull. Even in such a daunting crisis, pit bulls got priority over many other adoptable animals...And it did not end there. Due to the fraud and abuse in pit bull adoption/rescue, animal agencies had to remain wary of opportunists and dogfighters seeking them -- yet one more concern in the face of the Katrina calamity! Slap Coy (and others like her) on top of it and the situation is even more indigestible.
Love the big titles!
Sandi Coy, Chairwoman of Responsible Dog Owners of the Eastern States
Sandi Coy, President of the Kentucky All American Dog Registry Club
Sandi Coy, Legislative Analyst, All American Dog Registry Club
Sandi Coy, President of Bluegrass American Pit Bull Terrier Club
Sandi Coy, fuzzypaws1234, is a member of MANY message boards promoting anti-BSL, networking with people connected to the dogfighting world and offering herself as HELP to pit bull rescues. There are too many online references to list:
| 2/03/2009 11:19 AM |
And lest we forget, another No Kill that sent their Katrina rescue pit bulls to die at a hoarders
The woman who was in charge of this (stated so personally in the newspaper article) is Kim Sgro. She is currently involved with Best Friends & Nathan Winograd associate Claire Loebs Davis in King County, Washington trying to take over animal control in the name of Nathan Winograd No Kill.
Winograd did a consultation there, smeared animal control and called them "killers," and is now trying to take over those taxpayer funds to do this No Kill thing
| 2/03/2009 11:25 AM |
Sandi Coy is also promoting the AKC Westminster Dog show
Sandi is pals with many AKC breeders and lobbyists (though they try not to admit it)
She is lobbying right with them on anti-bsl stuff, etc
| 2/04/2009 5:12 AM |
LMAO! a breed of dog created by deviants for deviants.
Seriously, are other breed communities leadership so largely dominated by the felonry?
Additionally, why is the felonry allowed to affect the public discourse over canine safety?
| 2/06/2009 5:31 PM |
And this Sandi Coy lobbies directly with legislators, trying to convince them that regulation is not necessary
What kind of legislator would listen to people like this?
It is time to call out the ones that do
| 2/06/2009 5:53 PM |
Like sex offenders, animal abusers are often REPEAT offenders. It's too bad the judge simply ordered them out of LaRue County. This just forced them to move their operation to a new location. It hardly addressed the real problem.
| 3/25/2009 4:45 AM |
All those organizations like RDOWS work for Pit Bull Fighters. It's a big business now and the Dog Men of today pay donate big money so RDOWS and the like will keep them free to chain, train, and fight dogs.
The Constitution was not made established just for RDOWS, Dog Politics, Blue Dog State, etc. it is for everyone and most of us don't line our pockets with payoffs from criminals like they do.
| 11/15/2009 7:44 PM |
Here's another Katrina rescue fraud, Henry Hanson and his wife Tammy Hanson. I don't know if they were pitgrifters:
NOV 15, 2009 -- "Hanson was brought back to Arkansas after Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed a warrant for the extradition. Hanson was arrested in late September near Holden, Mo., and had resisted his extradition since then. It wasn't clear Sunday if Hanson had an attorney. On Oct. 21, 2005, authorities found between 400 and 500 dogs at the Hansons' rural two-acre lot, including 61 pit bulls sent to the Hansons from an animal rescue group working after Hurricane Katrina.
| 7/15/2011 2:51 PM |
As an animal rights advocate, I am deeply troubled that some in my community have allied themselves with pit bull fighters and breeders. This won't help anyone, not the pit bulls or the people or animals who are attacked by aggressive fighting dogs.
I've learned a lot of stuff on this website about Best Friends that I am not happy about.