In New York state, when officials are swamped with complaints regarding a particular business, they have to take action! The slivers were counting on this as another means of shutting down New Zion! Up until that time they tried many other methods! When they realized that all of their attempts at slandering me had failed miserably, they conspired to use government agencies to shut me down!
In 2003 they united full force and started sending in all kinds of bogus complaints to the Department of Agriculture. This led to an investigation of our facility under the then recently enacted (June 2003) Pet Dealers law. Due to all the complaints being called in, the Dept of Agriculture did everything in their power to shut us down. Although the facility we purchased was relatively new and had been used as a highly acclaimed boarding kennel. They insisted on trying to find "something" wrong.
By the terms of the Pet Dealers law, they had to allow us 10 days to comply with each “violation.” The first time they inspected us they found some “chipped” paint in the runs. We had to repaint the entire kennel with special epoxy paint. Then they felt that the concrete walls were not 100% non-porous so we had to cover all the walls with special maralite. Then they did not like the metal pull doors, and they all had to be replaced with plexiglass. Of course the pulleys and cables had to be replaced also! The whelping boxes (made out of wood and maralite) failed and we had to use special siding material (like plastic wood). Then the bomb hit us when they requested that we tile and grout the entire kennel! All of this extra work cost us nearly $40,000, just for the materials, if we had to pay labor costs also it would have been a lot more. Yet, the dogs were not impressed one bit!
However, the inspections continued! I am sure that the Dept. of Ag. was convinced that “something” “must” be wrong. Why else would they be receiving so many calls?
Knowing Lisa’s weakness with keeping up with paperwork, and the fact that we were so busy trying to comply with all of these required changes, they started doing major spot inspections. During one of them (which took about 5 hours to complete), they found two dogs that did not have current rabies on file! Lisa really had to scramble to find the papers that proved that both dogs had been retired to their forever homes prior to the expiration of their rabies shots! Eventually the Dept of Ag started to put two and two together and realized that they were just being deceived by a small group of people crying wolf.
In the meantime, while we were busy trying to keep up with all of the hoops the Dept. of Ag was making us jump through, the slivers were preparing themselves for UKC recognition. They assumed that if they could just sneak in the back door, they could “beat me out of the game” but as soon as we got wind of their plans, our group immediately stood up to the challenge and waged a massive war against this band of dissidents that were trying to gain puppy sales by exploiting our hard earned name. Please read about our UKC Fight.
After that miserable failure they knew that they had to try even harder to destroy us! How? Well, if they could decapitate our club leadership (namely me) and put New Zion out of business, they had hoped that what breeders might be left would just accept defeat and join them.
Since they had tried everything else they could think of and failed, they assumed that putting us in jail (getting us out of the picture) would serve their purpose just fine! So in early 2004 they started sending in complaints. They had to get enough sent in to make an impact, so they kept pushing everyone’s buttons.
The result? Well, just like the Dept of Ag, the local authorities (who did not really know us as we did not move here until after the fire) felt that something “must” be “very” wrong. The law clearly states that:
“A person is guilty of a scheme to fraud in the first degree when he (a) engages in a scheme constituting a systematic ongoing course of conduct with intent to defraud ten or more persons or to obtain property from one or more of such persons, or (b) engages in a scheme constituting a systematic ongoing course of conduct with intent to defraud more than one person or to obtain property from more than one person by false or fraudulent pretenses, representations or promises, and so obtains property with a value in excess of one thousand dollars from one or more such persons.”
If enough complaints were submitted, with each signed by the “deponent” that understands that they are committing a crime if the investigators can prove that their statements were false: “any person who knowingly makes a false statement, which such person does not believe to be true, has committed a crime under the laws of the State of New York punishable as a Class A misdemeanor,” the D.A.’s office had no choice but to arrest both Lisa and myself for a "Felony of Scheme to Defraud 1st." Talk about being shocked!
At the State Police barracks, they assured us that this entire matter would be carefully investigated and showed us the complaints that had been filed, although they refused to give us copies of them. For this we had to hire a lawyer!
The final one I read was signed by Lexa and to say that I was amazed would be an understatement. "Lisa then told me the puppies were all hard tempered. That meant I would not receive a puppy. Lisa said there was a litter in Nova Scotia. I contacted the breeder and made arrangements to buy a puppy. Tina met my husband James and I in Canada. We met the breeder and Tina evaluated the puppy. My husband James told Tina that this was no way to do business." Please read her entire complaint filed on 4/28/04.
Lexa was a member of our forums and I had just talked to her regarding Buca’s ears! What was going on here? She was claiming that she got her pup from Jayne? Of course I immediately sent an email to Jayne asking her if there was something going on that I was not aware of!
I recall meeting Lexa during the LER in Kingston, Ontario on Sept. 6, 2003 and handing her my puppy from the three that I was owed from that litter with Jayne. Karen pulled up one of the posts that Lexa placed on our forum on 12/20/03 and Jayne replied to my email clearly confirming that Lexa never paid her a dime for that pup!
Obviously this was not just some kind of “misunderstanding”!
Criminal fraud is nothing to sneeze at. It’s a felony and Lexa signed an affidavit clearly stating that I had cheated her out of a puppy, perjuring herself and thus committing a Class A Misdemeanor when in fact we did exactly what we always do—provide our clients with exactly what they requested!
The litter that we had originally placed her on (Sage/Grizz) did not meet her requirements, so she was moved to another litter and had to wait three weeks longer to get exactly what she had ordered! I think our policies speak for themselves (http://www.newzionshilohs.org/Policies_N_Prices.htm) and 99% of our clients prefer to end up with exactly what they ordered instead of just being handed “a” puppy! That’s why they come to us in the first place!
To make a long story short, most of the other complaints were dropped after the people that filed them realized that they could be charged with a Class A misdemeanor. In other words, they could be “tagged” with a criminal record for life!
Nevertheless, the case had to be listed as “pending” until all of the issues were resolved and the D.A.’s investigation was completed.
Of course, the slivers, realizing that their little “gig” would be up soon started their ShilohBuyerBeware blog. When I saw it, all I could think of was the “final” gasp for air that you can observe when a person/animal is dying! Was this their pathetic last attempt at survival? Just proves how low these people can sink in order to find gullible prospects for their abundance of fake "Shiloh" puppies!
I knew that the final disposition was scheduled for August, but I asked my attorney to postpone it because I was too busy to deal with it just before Homecoming. (See how much importance I placed on this?) I figured that I’d let the slivers have a little more fun with their silly blog!
However—NOW—you know the ….rest of the story! All of the criminal charges were dropped, although the court did fine Lisa and me for disorderly conduct. But that’s ok. Everyone knows that I can get a “bit” disorderly at times! At least we proved that we were not “criminals”! I almost feel sorry for the slivers that have been calling the Allegany county jail for the past month wondering if I was “serving my sentence” yet! ROTFLMAO!
However you may want to take some time to follow up on the other links they have been flashing for you in hopes of finding others that would like to send in false claims against us --because you can use these agencies to send in your complaints if you feel that you have been deceived into paying an outrageous price for a GSD "mutt puppy" that claims to be a "Shiloh Shepherd" but can't be registered within the ISSR!
Just to give you a clearer picture of the kind of people you may have been dealing with--please take a moment to visit our Wall of Shame and also take a look at the kind of posts that the slivers have been trying to put on our blog, even though they do not allow anyone to post on theirs!
Now that I know that it’s legal to put government agency links etc on these blogs, we plan to utilize some of the methods that the slivers have been using in hopes that, just maybe, we can locate some of the unsuspecting customers that have been defrauded by them, so that justice can prevail!
PS. As always, your comments on my blog are always welcome – so please visit our Shiloh Buyers Beware.
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