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Mar 24, 2010

Focus:Animal Welfare
Action Request:Various
Location:United States

***PLEASE CROSS POST***


 


Nationwide DNA


Richard Hayden of Fairbanks Alaska, but seeking dogs throughout the US, most recently in California and Florida.


 *Phone number:  907-378-2807  907-378-2807


*Email: flyingrichard@hotmail.com  (at  hotmail.com)


 


 


Richard Hayden is currently seeking dogs throughout the US, from rescue groups, shelters, and from private individuals via sites like Craigslist.


 


Rescues and shelters are often impressed that he is willing to adopt at such a long distance and assume that someone willing to spend so much money to get a dog must be
a good home. According to some of his information he lives in an RV
with three German Shepherds. In other applications he states he lives
in a house with a yard. Sometimes he says he has one dog, in other
cases no dogs.


 


He is an experienced con man and knows what to say and how to work the system. He has groups of devoted followers on Internet forums who think they know him and
believe that he’s a good home.


The truth is very different.


He has adopted countless dogs that have since disappeared. At least 3 dogs from rescues have died within weeks of arrival in Alaska. He told the rescues that two of them
died of cancer (after being in perfect health and vet checked prior to
sending) but he has been unwilling to produce any veterinary references
to support his claims. The third dog supposedly drowned. He has adopted
several other dogs from Anchorage and Fairbanks animal
control that have since disappeared. He has potentially gotten
many other dogs from Craigslist and similar sites.


He usually has multiple ads in different cities running. He will typically back off when rescues and shelters request a home visit or reference checks but is savvy to
adoption screening systems and is good at manipulating well-meaning
people to pull dogs for him.


 


He flies a small plane and sometimes comes for dogs himself, in other cases he has them shipped to Alaska.


He prefers German Shepherds, but is known to have taken Labs, Pit Bulls, and a Malamute mix.  The dogs he gets are always large breed spayed
females. 


 


He prefers dogs that are overweight with passive, docile temperaments. 


 


Please cross-post widely!


 


It is especially important to warn shelters who may not typically receive these alerts, or be as likely to do the home visits and veterinary reference checks
that would immediately expose this person. 


 

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Posted: Wednesday March 24, 2010, 4:21 pm
Tags: dog animal abuse [add/edit tags]

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