It's really sad that some humans take advantage of each other, always trying to "earn" money by cheating others. And one of the ways they do this is by taking advantage of the kindness and concern of animal lovers. We have read of other rescue/animal in need scams in the past, but today we read of one closer to home.
This news story reminds us of the way at least one large and well-known animal rights group often raises money by posting a photo of a dog in need and collecting funds for its care. Only the animal is not in their care. Never was, never will be. This is fortunate, as if the animal was in their care, it would most likely be euthanized anyway, since they don't retain physical possession of animals they "rescue." When this is pointed out, the public plea for funds for this animal -- such as the Michael Vick dogs or another well-publicized dog with a sad story -- disappears. The group or human that has actually rescued the animal/animals and is paying all the bills never sees of penny of these funds donated to help.
But today's post is about a little one-woman rescue -- Pit Prints of Canton, Georgia, owned by Amanda Conrad -- that has allegedly been collecting funds and "necessities" for dogs she has never seen or had possession of or even shared the donations with.
You can watch the video and read the news story here.
According to "Good Dogs Gone Bad" by Sara Enos, these are some of the accusations against her -- by other rescue groups, no less:
* Taking donations for dogs to re-home them, then dropping them for euthanasia at the Cherokee County Animal Control facility
* Listing dogs on her web site and soliciting money for their care, (without them ever being in her care)
* Not spaying and neutering her own two Pit bulls who have had two litters “by accident” and selling the puppies
* Listing and selling donated items on Craig’s List that are typically in high demand with rescue groups (as well as various small animals)
Pit Prints' license has been suspended, pending the outcome of the investigation. It is possible fraud charges could be brought against her by some very upset donors and those who paid Conrad to find a home for a dog they entrusted to her care.
There are many legitimate rescue groups in Georgia and other areas. Those need to be supported. But our hope is that any rescue that uses animals to scam tender-hearted folks or neglects/abuses any animals in their care will be reported and shut down.