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Rescue refuses to return pet Sheltie "Piper"

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Twister

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Barked: Mon Aug 18, '14 4:57pm PST 
Has anyone else read about this yet?
Apparently back in April, a ladie's pet sheltie got loose while being pet-sat. AC picked it up, scanned her for a chip, which she DID have. They called the vet office on a Friday, but they were busy having sold the office and asked for time to look for the info in their paper files over the weekend. But they were not given time despite the 14 day hold policy and AC called the Central Ohio Sheltie Rescue and had them pick up Piper on Monday (imo, poss for the pull fee rescues usually pay). On Tuesday the owner learned of what happened and quickly tracked down where Piper was located.

However, COSR claimed Piper was now legally their dog and refused to acknowledge all the proof of ownership the owner has (she claimed multiple people called claiming to be the owner, however, Piper is a co-owned champion show dog, with one primary owner who is the one taking her to court), and refused to even meet with the owner, and has even gone so far as to post a $10,000 counter-bond a judge ordered her to pay or give the dog back just so she would not have to give back the dog (that money did not belong to her, but the $10,000 the owner put up for bond was out-of-pocket). The owner is now having to raise money to file a federal lawsuit. During all this time, no one has seen Piper, but COSR is taking applications for her.

https://www.facebook.com/BringPiperHome?fref=nf

http://ww w.nbcnews.com/id/55869061#.U_KNnyAo7IU

http://www.naiaonline.org/ guest_editorials_and_commentary/page/fairy-tales-into-nightmares#.U- 4bgu3GNhk.facebook

http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/apexchange /2014/08/17/oh--dog-court-fight.html

http://www.bestinshowdaily.c om/blog/200-for-a-champion-sheltie-an-update-on-piper/#respond

Th is is burning me up. People keep saying micro-chip your pet so it can be returned...but what's the point if people like this can basically say "well, it's ours now, so there". I also think this can really hurt the reputation of rescues. Makes me wonder how many times someone found/got a dog, KNEW it had an owner (saw an ad, had a tag, chip, etc), and just kept it or gave away/sold it without ever trying to contact the owner?! Even if there is no contact info on the dog, if you find one, LOOK for the owner! Keeping a dog you know has an owner, or not bothering to look for them, is THEFT, pure and simple.

My Twist has been missing over a year now...if I ever found out someone found him/knew what happened to him and didn't bother to try to find/contact me...naughty
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Twister

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Barked: Mon Aug 18, '14 5:13pm PST 
There are a few points that seem to be told differently, such as when AC actually talked with the vet (they did call on Good Friday though, this article says they didn't get an answer; the owner says the vet had asked for more time). Either way, AC never followed up on the vet, instead choosing to release Piper to COSR.

Anyhow, I thought this article was interesting:

http://dogknobit.com/2014/08/13/piper-and-justina-th e-same-difference/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campai gn=Feed%3A+dogknobit+%28DogKnobIt%29
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Duncan

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Barked: Tue Aug 19, '14 8:35am PST 
This story is old news, but although the focus has been on the claims of owners and the rescue involved, the part that majorly irks me is the shelter. If they have a 14-day hold, that is LAW, presuming this to be a government-run shelter. Why they did not uphold the law, why they did not fulfill the most basic duty that they have, is confounding. The reason FOR a hold period on lost/ strays, is so that the owner may come forward, prove ownership, and reclaim the pet.

Twister

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Barked: Tue Aug 19, '14 9:32am PST 
Yes, I agree the shelter failed to do their job properly.
I know this all started around four months ago (just first I heard of it), but it is still an on-going battle. In four months no one (at least outside COSR) has seen Piper, not even a picture, which is something I find odd.
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Duncan

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Barked: Wed Aug 20, '14 6:47pm PST 
shrug Probably just as well that the rescue isn't posting pictures of her all over the place. Why would they - for attention and media exposure? She's not adoptable and her legal status is in limbo. Supposedly, someone in the rescue had her home broken into, during the course of all this, and she's expressed concern that it had something to do with Piper, and admittedly, emotions seem to be running high, even amongst people not personally involved with this case in any way - internet observers. I guess the rescue probably thinks it best to keep the dog out of sight until things simmer down and the courts figure out the mess!
Twister

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Barked: Wed Aug 20, '14 10:51pm PST 
Well, I hope the courts settle it quickly when it gets there. I'm following the story until it's over. I believe the reason so many people are outraged over this, and following the story...is this could happen to anyone. Micro-chipping has been pushed so much as the ultimate...guaranteed...way to have your lost pet returned, but the dog is NOT being returned.

Sorry, but I really have no love lost for COSR due to their unethical handling of this situation.
From what I understand Sanderbeck refused to cooperate with all attempts at third-party negotiations with the NSRN (including telling Melton she was going to "destroy paperwork and make Piper disappear"; NSRN eventually cut ties to COSR due to her uncooperation).
Also, it was Sanderbeck who claimed her home was burglarized and accused Piper's owner (and used that as a reason to stall negotiations), but she stopped responding to the officers who were investigating the alleged break-in (oddly enough, the only thing missing was some paperwork that were public record at the shelter), which caused the police to stop the investigation into it.

This should never have escalated to this point. The way I see it, two major things contributed to this:

1) The shelter did not do their job correctly.
2) Sanderbeck, for whatever reason, decided the original owner did not "deserve" to have Piper returned to her.

http://www.bestinshowdaily.com/blog/pipers-saga-the-early-da ys-a-closer-look/

Edited by author Wed Aug 20, '14 10:59pm PST

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Scooter

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Barked: Sat Aug 23, '14 4:40pm PST 
The scary thing is that if the judge sides with the rescue, it is basically saying that a microchip isn't proof of property. That leaves things open for other rescues to do the same; which I could see happening if the dog in question happens to be a show/breeding dog.
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Twister

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Barked: Sun Aug 24, '14 2:23am PST 
I def agree Scooter, I think that is a large reason why this is getting so much attention.

Btw, Sanderbeck IS accepting applications for Piper, regardless of her status.

"Although Penny Sanderbeck is not willing to give Covatch her dog, she is willing to accept applications for adoption from anyone else.

There is a few stipulations that applicants for Piper must go through before being considered. Sanderbeck's attorney, John Bell, will be taking the adoption applications. The applicant must prove not to be involved in the alleged burglary in May of the director's home/rescue shelter. And finally, applicants must not be connected to Ms. Covatch or support her in her right to fight for the return of her sheltie."


http://www.examiner.com/article/ohio-rescue-refuses-t o-return-lost-sheltie-to-owner

At this point I honestly believe Sanderbeck is refusing to return Piper out of spite, not out of concern for her well-being.

I would note the burglary is still referred to as "alleged".

Imo, someone who would not support the right of the owner to fight for the return of her dog...well, that's not someone I would want having a dog.
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Twister

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Barked: Fri Aug 29, '14 3:15pm PST 
This is crazy, Sanderbeck sank much lower than just keeping (stealing, imo) Piper. She has committed crimes and should be jail. The only reason she isn't is because, also imo, she is skilled in the art of manipulation.

She betrayed the trust of a friend and her family while she was on her deathbed (!), broke into their home, stole legal papers, stole mail, and stole money. All this was going on at the same time she took Piper. In light of this, I firmly believe she is lying about someone breaking into her own home to throw people off (which is likely why she stopped cooperating with police to find the alleged burglars). People who are skilled at manipulation know how to twist things around to make themselves seem like the victims, and never admit to doing anything wrong (or if they do, they make excuses for it and/or accuse others of things real or false to make them seem worse).

Sanderbeck should not be allowed to have a rescue, much less Piper.

Here's just a sample from this article of what Sanderbeck did to a lady she called her friend (Adam is Meredith's son):

"On June 16, 2014, Adam received a phone call from the Hospice where he was advised that Sanderbeck had attempted to get nurses on the 3-11pm shift to witness a new will for Cheryl Meredith. The nurses refused and immediately contacted their supervisor. The hospice wrote to the Merediths advising them of the incident and stating that Cheryl "did not possess the cognitive capacity to make informed decisions" and that the hospice had informed "Penny" that the staff would not witness any documents."

"Approximately 4:19am, approx. 45 minutes after Cheryl Meredith's death, Penny Sanderbeck without the family's knowledge, cleaned out Cheryl Meredith's bank account via the ATM, even though her Power of Attorney died with Cheryl Meredith.

Adam Meredith stated that a few days after his Mother's death, he went to her apartment to begin to clean it. When he arrived, he said he found Penny Sanderbeck inside. When he asked Sanderbeck what she was doing there, she told him she had a Power of Attorney and said he should talk to Attorney John Bell. After she left, Adam found the area where legal documents kept to be ransacked."

*Note, I believe Sanderbeck manipulated Adam's mother into giving her some form of Power of Attorney (which Adam had), it is explained more in the article.


http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/29/1325564/--She -s-taken-something-as-natural-as-death-and-birth-and-turned-it-into- something
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Twister

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Barked: Fri Aug 29, '14 10:48pm PST 
Another article. I'm honestly surprised Dogster doesn't think this is a big enough story to be writing about (or follow-up articles if they ever did write about it).

"On the day that Cheryl Meredith died, Sanderbeck was allowed to be present (after being banned by the Hospice earlier). Sanderbeck brought Tamara Basso with her and the two women spent the last hours talking constantly about how the “dog will never be found, she is totally hidden”. Adam said that he and others present felt something wasn’t right, yet it was still several weeks before he and his brother learned of the now raging controversy surrounding Sanderbeck’s refusal to return Piper to her owner."

Interesting note: If I remember correctly, it was Basso who notarized the Power of Attorney Sanderbeck had for Meredith (which her family did not find out about until after her death); it was also Basso who was with Sanderbeck the day she claimed two women broke into her house (huh, two women...) and has apparently been helping her conceal Piper by the way they were talking. Sounds like Sanderbeck has a friend who is willing to misuse their legal authority.

http://www.bestinshowdaily.com/blog/veronica-covatch-p ipers-ownder-speaks-out/
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