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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have adopted 5 dogs from this rescue. Each one of them has become a treasured member of my family. I am aware that the rescue took in 9 dogs recently, as the result of hardships faced by the dog owner. This type of intake creates an unexpected drain on funds. The dogs are vetted, micro-chipped and spay-neutered prior to being re-homed. 3 years ago this rescue took in 15 dogs and 9 cats under similar circumstances. All dogs are kept in foster homes until a forever home is found. The 15 were all placed in wonderful homes.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can only speak from my experience. I adopted a Shellie from this organization about 14 years ago. The standards for adoption were very strict. I gave my veterinarian’s address, my neighbor’s recommendation, and several more questions I no longer remember. The shelter checked each of my referrals. The last step Ms Sanderbeck brought the dog for a visit so that she could check the home and yard ,also to see how the dog and we reacted to one another. When the visit was over,she left the dog with us. I was impressed with the thoroughness of the procedure. I would not want a shelter who would let a person adopt without checking them out.

The dog was in good shape when we received him. I have donated to this shelter ever since and cannot believe that the same woman has changed into the monster depicted in the letters I have read. Whatever has inspired such diatribes must be based on a misunderstanding. I’m distressed that the shelter is being attacked in such a manner. Undoubtedly, she will be forced to close as the attacks succeed in drying up her funds, and dogs that could be sheltered will be on the streets rather than in deserving homes.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

I love shelties and actually traveled from Michigan to Ohio and adopted a sheltie. I have closely followed Pipers story as I help with rescue transports and I also own a dog from a very reputable breeder. I am rescue and responsible breeding friendly. I am honestly shocked how anyone can support this so called rescue. I have friends who runs rescues, they go over and beyond legal strays holds to reunite dogs with their owners. This woman has no excuse for what she has done. Her 501 should have been pulled. Her actions potentially hurt good, honest rescues. SHAME!!

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Donor

Rating: 1

Really upset tried to donate $100 in memory of my cousin. Site will not let me delete/edit so now my donation is up to $500. Pretty much a scam. Rip cousin will send your mom my donation, somewhere safe where I won't get ripped off

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Terrible experience trying to adopt a rescue dog from them. Application process is completely out of control. Their requirements make 90% of the population ineligible to adopt one of these wonderful dogs into a permanent home. Not to mention the continued questions and scrutiny. I understand trying to protect the dogs but this place is out of control. This is the type of rescue that drives people to breeders if they are looking for a specific breed. They are most certainly working in their own best interest and not looking out for the best interest of the animal.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Awesome rescue! Always put dogs first! Endures a lot of BS but continues putting the dogs first in all they do

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Client Served

Rating: 2

Great Organization that has been attacked unfairly in the Media. I highly recommend the work they do. They are truly All About the Dogs!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

terrible lack of ethics in the Piper "rescue" and subsequent court case , wasted court costs, wasted donated dollars, and OVERALL casts negative shadow over dog rescues.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

go to piperslegacy.org for the complete and accurate facts of what happened in the piper case. ALL court documents are on this site - and will explain why the Judge ordered Sanderbeck to return the dog or go to jail!

sadly, one review on this site makes inaccurate allegations that are not supported by the facts.

piperslegacy.org contains much of the media coverage as well as the court documents and many more links. this case is now before the Franklin County Municipal Court of Appeals - filed by COSR/Sanderbeck when ordered by the Judge to return Piper to her owner.

The rescue is wasting time, money and good will toward all rescues by trying to raise the cost of this lawsuit to such heights that no other owner will ever attempt to recover a dog wrongfully taken.

A few last points: Piper was NEVER scheduled for Euthanasia - EVER. She was microchipped to the owners and when Franklin County Animal Control called that number after 4pm on Good Friday, Easter Weekend, the Shelter was told the Vet's office would obtain the owner's contact information and call them back. One hour and a few minutes after opening on Easter Monday - after the holiday weekend when the Veterinary office was closed - a volunteer for the shelter who ALSO was a volunteer for COSR spirited the identified, microchipped dog out of the Shelter and attempted to hide her from her actual legal owner.

Go read the Legal Filings. Go read the articles. Then, decide whether the rescue that took piper is a rogue rescue or a legitimate one trying to "help" animals.

Furthermore, go to the Facebook Page, Bring Piper Home, and look at the condition of Piper when she finally was returned to her owner. The champion show dog was in deplorable condition and seriously in need of rescuing - from COSR/Sanderbeck!

Shame on LauraM for her ill-researched and inaccurate review of this situation. Unfortunately, for LauraM, lies and deception are easily disproved in this case - Go to piperslegacy.org and read to decide for yourselves!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Court costs for Piper are insane! What kind of "rescue" would do this to an owner?

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

I'm appalled, laura, that your posted so much misinformation in your effort to defend this rogue rescue. Please read the facts: http://www.piperslegacy.org/ and donate if you can, as the rights of all PET OWNERS are at stake. This rescue kept a dog from its legal owner, and has continued to drag out the legal case in an attempt to ruin the woman and get the dog back by default. While in this 'rescue's' care the dog was kept in a crate 24/7 - no exercise at all, so she got fat and her leg muscles lost all tone to the point where her pasterns fell. Her nail care and tooth care was non-existent, and her body was covered in scabs and sores because she was not given proper grooming or brushing. This rescue may have started out with the best of intentions but they have lost their way. And this is just the tip of the iceberg in exposing rescue done wrong:

https://dogladyrants.wordpress.com/2015/12/13/the-250000-dog-and-her-message/

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am appalled by so many rating this women and her rescue without hearing both sides to the story! Smh! I do not know either parties involving Piper, I took the time to read court documents and statements from both parties involved. This women runs a rescue, this is not cheap, she does this out of the kindness of her heart! She was called by the shelter to take this dog, she arranged pick up before she was euthanized! This is a case of greedy breeder against a rescue. The breeder rehomed her dog as she could not produce any longer, she was growing old and time to move onto next female to breed and to show! Sounds like a case of puppymill, that is exactly what puppymills do, breed dogs as much as they can. Rid of the dog when she can no longer fill the wallet. When this dog was rehomed the breeder lost ownership rights. The dog ran off from the new owner, picked up by animal control. Seems the new owner not too concerned about the loss of the dog. Did they check the shelter as soon as the dog came up missing? That is the first place to check! Most shelters 99% of them have a volunteers running a fb page, was a message sent to the shelter via fb? The shelter followed guidelines with their hold time, contacted rescue to move this dog before she became ill, stressed or before it was time to put her down. I dont think ppl realize how stressful shelters are on animals, it really creates such anxiety and stress, making them susceptible to many illnesses that is passed through shelters as they receive so many dogs on a daily basis. This women who owns the rescue group and volunteers have done everything correct, they did no wrong and legally in all actuality she is the rightful owner of this dog Piper. If the breeder would have approached in a professional mannor and was able to provide solid proof she is in fact the dogs owner this rescue I am sure would have gladly returned the dog. Instead there is huge red flags, most importantly a breeder who got rid of this dog when she was done, not able to produce, not great quality to show any longer. In my opinion she does not deserve this dog back. She rehomed her dog, she lost her rights and ownership when she did this. She does not co-own the dog, thats a crock, she gave her away. Ppl who run rescues hear and see all kinds of stories, they see through ppl's nonsense, Im sure she sensed this, recognized huge red flag from the beginning. There is a fb page with a huge following, I did not see once this breeder being truthful with her side of the story. Instead I hear poor me, my poor dog, yes the poor dog you got rid of. This dog should be returned to the rescue group, the ones who saved her life, the ones who stepped up and rescued after she ended up at the animal shelter. Please look into all the facts before judging! There is no reason to slander this women who did nothing wrong. She was contacted to help, this is exactly what she was doing. I smell crap immediately when I read this story, when I seen hands out for attorney fees, at one point I seen $170000. For attorney costs, did someone add an extra zero in human error? Last post stated needed $10,000 to get the account current, completely pay off the attorney. This figure is astronomical, unheard of. Now we have this fb group, the poor me, please help me and so many ppl jumping on the bandwagon not researching any of this. And those who get on here and give low ratings because of what you read in the poor me story, someone claiming to be away from their beloved pet. Please look into all facts before judging. Please spay and neuter your pets and do not support breeders, support shelters and rescue groups. When purchasing from most breeders you are supporting their wallet, the female dog will then be tossed to the side when she is no longer able to produce. A very sad cycle. A very sad story regarding this ordeal.

16 Savannah N.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

if you look at pictures, it says it all, Look at Piper BEFORE this 'rescue" stole her. Look at the condition she was returned to the Breeder/Owner. COSR should be closed, if only for their ill treatment of a pure breed dog, they have NO clue how to maintain a dog properly. Why would ANY sane, animal lover support this horrendous excuse for a rescue. Put your money into a rescue that takes CARE of animals.

16 Pamela111

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

You get no star from me. You should be ashamed of y ourselves for wanting to keep a dog that does not belong to you. You are not a Rescue and not non-profit or you would give Piper back. you are disgusting and should have all animals taken from you and not be labelled a Rescue cause you clearly are not. Have some compassion for poor Piper who has an owner and she has the paperwork.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful rescue that works tirelessly for this wonderful breed. They save dogs from greedy backyard breeders, puppy mills, and hoarders (sometimes one in the same- as was the case with the MIDLAND 17. Seventeen dogs, and numerous cats, rescued from a former show dog person and breeder turned hoarder, who were in desperate medical need) or dogs that are abandoned or banished to kill pounds (whose lives, let's face it, began with one type of breeder or another). Their dogs get the best medical care, as well as endless love and devotion. They clean up the messes left by people who were not devoted to the lives, health, or emotional needs of this breed but decided to purchase or continuously breed them anyway.
Visit their Facebook page and see their actions for yourself.
See with YOUR OWN EYES exactly what this rescue works tirelessly to accomplish.

You certainly won't find the truth by reading the libel and lies of vengeful reviewers foolish enough to leave themselves open to eventual lawsuits with their ridiculous accusations, unfounded lies, and undeserved defamation of this rescue. It's such a shame that they could not show more respect, or gratitude even, for an organization that in all honestly cleans up the messes left behind by THEM and THEIR ilk.
Why do I say that? Because this is a rescue that is breed-specific..."purebred" Shelties. How do they come into existence? Breeding, of course. Different levels, different methods (few actually reputable), but all ending with the same result -- more Sheltie pups being brought into the world. This rescue was founded to care for the ones that are no longer wanted, no longer cared for, or on death row in your local pound for whatever reason. If you actually love the breed, you should also love that there is such a wonderful organization in place to care for them in their time of need.
And Psst ...I'll let you in on a secret a lot of people pretend they don't know: more money, not to mention time, goes into every single dog than will ever be gained from an adoption. Rescue is done for one reason: love.




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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It's unfortunate that so many people have resorted to writing negative reviews based on personal vendettas. There is a pending court case regarding one dog that was legally obtained from a county pound after it was picked up as a stray. The dog's breeder did not claim within the state required 72 hours by making any contact whatsoever with the holding facility, which under law relinquishes any rights. They also never bothered to register the dog's microchip, which is trumped by state license anyhow -- not that the dog had one anyhow. Because of the six separate people claiming ownership throughout this ordeal who believe law does not apply to them, a great rescue is being dragged through the mud while they stick to their guns under the belief that they must do what is best for dogs in their charge, regardless of the abuse they endure from breeders and a misinformed public.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This "shelter" is being run by money grubbing, unethical trolls who would rather exploit a rescued animal for personal profit and spite than do the right thing by the animal and it's proper owners. AVOID AT ALL COSTS....

36 Patti49

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

A great organization DOES NOT KEEP A DOG FROM IT"S OWNER. Shame on them. THey need their non profit status revoked. DOGS HAVE FEELINGS and they never considered anything but their own ridiculous agenda whatever it was.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

Great organization - very reliable. Some suppliers of lab specimens make big promises but come up short. I called COSR in a pinch on a Friday. I needed 20 new specimens on the following Monday and they were able to have the dogs at the lab by 8 am for the cosmetics trials.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

No stars. A rescue's job is to help animals. This so called rescue is doing nothing of the sort by using their money to stop a dog from going home. I find that to be 100% hypocritical to a rescue's mission. COSR may be anti breeder, and yes there are bad breeders. Piper has a loving home who went to the ends of the earth to get her home. That is not a bad breeder nor a bad home. COSR is a bad rescue. How can they even be labeled a rescue is beyond me. They should be putting their time, energy, and money into helping not harming.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

How anyone could donate to your organization after learning of how you basically stole an AKC show dog, Piper, is beyond me. And even after a judge yesterday ordered you to return this dog you've kept for 14 months, you still intend to appeal and take this to trial. WHY?! why are you so determined to keep Piper? Don't you have other rescues you could focus on? Or do you rescue shelties to simply KEEP THEM for yourself?

I will donate to the rightful owner of Piper today. The owner needs help with her legal fees, I'm sure.

36 Mary352

Volunteer

Rating: 1

http://www.bestinshowdaily.com/blog/when-a-rescue-goes-wrong/

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Do not support a "rescue" that would rather squander money on legal fees to keep a dog who ALREADY has a home instead of other dogs in need. I am not paying for your frivolous legal fees. However, I will donate to the private citizen who's dog you keep.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Shame on this sham of an "organization" and the one digusting individual pretending to run it as a "shelter". It has been outed as a private home and one individual who takes dogs into her filthy, unkempt house, reeking of urine and feces, according to police reports filed upon entering the house, where unknown numbers of continuously barking dogs were kept. She is now using funds that were donated by unsuspecting individuals to care for dogs that needed medical attention for her own insidious purpose of paying legal fees ($10,000) to keep one champion sheltie dog away from her proven owner for selfish reasons of keeping the dog for herself. This has been going on for nearly a year while the money donated to benefit those poor dogs she is supposed to be caring for live in filthy conditions, the 10,000 dollars sits in limbo while her despicable lawyer finds ways to postpone the trial time after time since last year. If she truly cared about the animals she has in that house, she would have put that money to it's proper use; not have put one animal, whose owner is known, ahead of an entire group of animals that need financial attention. I wish I could have given her zero stars.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Hard for me to understand how on earth this so-called non-profit rescue is still in business and has not lost their NP status. Beyond their refusal to exercise redemption on dogs for which there is a known owner, that they would actually post a $10,000. bond and spend NP dollars to fight the legitimate owner of a dog that they confiscated. That is irresponsible and antithetical to how non-profits should act. If they have the money to hire lawyers and maintain a year long fight not to return a dog, they really ought to have their non-profit status pulled - permanently.

From a dog rescue perspective, there are few criteria that rescues are rated upon. One of the most important is REDEMPTION of animals to their known owner. Second is their FIDUCIARY responsibility is spending non-profit dollars wisely - another epic fail. Third is putting the best interests of the animals first. An obvious fail. 4th and 5th is around maintaining and demonstrating that they maintain the care of animals, and ensuring, by submitting to periodic inspection, that they keep rescued animals in adequate facilities and provide them with the human interaction and socialization needed to thrive. Having hidden Piper for coming up on one year, and not allowed a single official to ensure the well-being and facilities that this dog is being kept in, demonstrates that not only should COSR not have NP status, they should not be permitted contact with animals as their care does not meet the minimum standard of being humane.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

I continue to be very disappointed in this group. This is just plain wrong! Please return this dog. Please enter into negotiations with a heart of love and solutions! This has gone far enough! The sheltie community is divided, breeders and rescue are pointing fingers at each other... there is a general feeling of distrust as a result of this situation. Please be part of this solution, please think of what this is doing to the sheltie world. She will not be treated poorly if she goes back, she will be loved and kept forever... make this part of your request... make it a request that all parties come to a solution together... just fix this! Please!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Any dog that ends up in rescue no matter if a rescue believes they have ownership rights should be sent to the breeder or the breeder should be offered the dog. Responsible breeders take enough nastiness comments from the animal rights groups. They should take their dogs back and should be be given that opportunity. There is no reason as to not return this dog to her breeder. Rescue is about rescuing the dogs! When the breeder is willing to step up, they should be given that opportunity. When the breeder called the rescue the first time, the rescue should have immediately agreed to give the dog back! There has and is plenty of opportunity to STOP all of this and simply allow the dog to go back to the breeder. I wish there were so many people concerned about all the rescues out there with no people to love or care for them... spend half of the efforts spent on this one dog and you would have a ton of energies to focus... there would be homes for many other dogs. Really? this is silly.... let the dog go, you will be praised and there are plenty of offers to help you with other things... let the dog go back and put an end to this issue.... Both parties will spend a fortune... attorneys will make most of that, and all for what? to fight over a dog that has a home? that the breeder, a responsible breeder is willing to take responsibility for???

2 Linda335

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

Is Piper up for adoption then? I would be very interested in such a lovely dog.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I wish I could leave zero stars for this organization. I will no longer call it a rescue as the director has gone off the deep end in stealing a microchipped Sheltie with a provable, loving home. She even took this dog home and now, 9 months later, no one knows if Piper is even still alive. The National Sheltie rescue has taken this organization off their register of legitimate rescues.
In the end all rescues and homeless dogs will suffer from this action. People will be a lot more hesitant to donate and support them.
The COSR has many, many Shelties right now-I fear that people are not even trying to adopt them because of their reputation and the fear of possibly having a beloved family member taken away on a whim.
The Ohio Attorney General's office needs to take a close look at their tax exempt status and the COSR needs to get rid of this crazy director. Vanderbeck-this horrible, crazy thing you have done is not going to go away, the whole country is watching this case.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

disgusting. If I were able to give it zero stars I would. This 'rescue' is run by a crazy woman who is refusing to return a dog to its rightful and responsible owner.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

the behavior of this rescue is disgusting. They claim they will help reunite lost dogs with their owners but its not true. do a google search on this rescue's name and the name "piper" .... Piper is a dog that the 'shelter' obtained from the county shelter (which has a history of fraud and bad management). While COSR had good intentions at first, they are now refusing to give Piper back to her owner even though the owner has proven that it is her dog and that she is a good owner. COSR is now just holding the dog hostage because they're angry that they got bad internet feedback for being slow about returning the dog. Do not do business with this shelter or you may be adopting a dog that isn't really homeless.

38 Kathryn34

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

It is truthfully shameful that the director of this "rescue" found it necessary to steal a sheltie that already had a home. This will help destroy the reputation of all dog rescues. This makes me wonder if ALL of the dogs handled by this rescue are nothing but dogs stolen from their loving families for the personal agenda of this "rescue". I thought that was the purpose of having a dog microchipped? To have it returned to it's loving family if it was ever lost?

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If anyone actually had any direct contact with COSR or its Director, they would know that it is a solid organization that puts the needs of dogs (not just shelties) in front of the egos of humans.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Sad, sad and outrageous that the theft of Piper by the director of this "rescue" has not been resolved even now. This will help destroy the reputation of all dog rescues. Give the dog back to it's rightful owner, get rid of the nutcase director who decided to steal a dog and take it home and maybe the reputation of COSR could be rebuilt.
This is NOT going to go away COSR-you need to deal with this travesty and do it now! I am looking for a Sheltie to adopt but will not touch your organization with a ten foot pole! The letter from your attorney (and what is that costing!) on your website is full of lies.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

To bad there is no thumbs down ratings because COSR would get a lot of two thumbs way down. NEVER EVER! I would never "NEVER" donate my money or time to COSR, And I would be worried that the dogs their adopting out our lost or stolen pets, already former board members of COSR and questioning Penny and stated she might be taking donations and donated items for her self, COSR morals are not in-tacked, Hiding a lost dog from their owner who contacted them and presented proof of ownership within less them 48 hours of Piper being turned over by a shelter who also is at fault for not keeping within their own policy that is called "THE LAW!" and not return her to her owners is wrong and is steeling upon finding out that the owner is claiming them, I do not support the Keep Piper Stolen group COSR made. ONLY #BRINGPIPERHOME

COSR wants to talk about it not being about Piper's return, when in fact its about WAY MORE! How many more dogs are they and other shelters and rescues going to steel before their stopped!? COSR is giving all shelters and rescues a bad name, when not all are like this fake rescue" who based off their own actions sounds more like a puppy mill broker.


And for COSR to place a $10,000 bond to hold Piper until the end of the hearings after the judge ordered COSR to return her to her owners is another HUGE mistake Center Ohio Sheltie Rescue made when that bond money could of been used to help animals in need, like the other dogs held hostage by COSR!

CENTRAL OHIO SHELTIE RESCUE was kicked out of the NATIONAL SHELTIE RESCUE NETWORK
If you really though Penny and COSR was helping and doing the right thing why would major rescue networks be kicking them out? if Penny and COSR where doing anything right I'm sure the networks would of taken her side, But they didn't because she is in THE WRONG!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Any rescue that does not give an obviously loved dog back to an owner/ breeder does NOT have that dog's or other dogs' needs at heart. Poor Piper must be suffering greatly and be stressed. Even a non-rescue individual can understand that. Not to mention all of the other dogs that could be helped with the money/time being spent on this. What does the rescue's "leader" have to hide? Is this a power trip? It truly is inhumane, as those who TRULY care about dogs can see. I have found numerous dogs and returned them to their owners (after checking everything out). Things happen, unfortunately. I WANT dogs to be returned to their loving home. #BRINGPIPERHOME. Also, why isn't any one with SENSE AND COMPASSION getting Sanderbeck (sp?) out of this rescue??? Aren't there any Board members or volunteers?

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have to agree to a majority of the comments made about the Central Ohio Sheltie Rescue. Karma will come back to Penny Sanderbeck, and in a big way. However, Penny would not have had Piper turned over to her in the first place IF the shelter had honored the 5 day hold time. Piper was only in their possession for 3 days! Even if she was turned over to rescue, it wouldn't have happened until Tuesday, and Veronica would have had been in contact with the shelter at that time. I due hope Veronica will sue the shelter, because none of this would been happening right now. It was like for some reason the shelter just could not get Piper out of their facility fast enough; and now Veronica has this costly mess on her hands.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Because of the behavior of this specialty rescue "Central Ohio Sheltie Rescue" it makes me pause and question all rescues! I must vet all my my further donations to be sure that the rescue I wish to help is operating as it should and following all laws. It is difficult and time consuming to vet rescues because one must check the IRS the State filings, volunteer testimonies, money trails etc. Central Ohio Sheltie Rescue is not operating in the way a rescue should and has caught the attention of all types of dog people such as pet owners like me, show people, breeders and all of the rescues. People from all over the world are watching to be sure of a good result for this lost poor little dog. Sheltie Piper was a microchipped and identified female who was nefariously listed as a stray. The Shelter knew the name of this beautiful bi-black Sheltie as "Piper" when she was brought into Franklin County Animal Shelter. The Shelter and the Rescue also knew that Piper was a champion show dog owned by a breeder named Veronica Covach of Pennsylvania. Piper is worth $10's of thousands of dollars. Even though microchip identified the Sheltie as Piper, the Shelter person listed her as a "stray" and Piper was renamed via collaboration between the Shelter and the Rescue to "Sherry" in honor of Central Ohio Sheltie Rescue Director Penny Sanderbecks' friend who was dying in hospice at the time. To most people it just DOES NOT MAKE ANY SENSE as to why this little dog is being withheld from her owner(s) who loves her and wants to take her home. Piper is an identified dog via microchip and a Columbus, Ohio Judge James Tyack ordered Central Ohio Sheltie Rescue to release "Piper" back to her owners Veronica Covatch and Michelle Wilson. Judge Tyack has also issued a "Restraining Order" wherein Piper cannot be moved, receive no surgeries nor be euthanized while waiting for the Court to proceed. The Rescue REFUSED the judges order to return Piper so a pre-trial hearing has been set for October 24, 2014 with new Judge James P. O'Grady. On this date in October it has been asked by many persons, including myself, that an "evidence of life" be brought to court on the 24th so that all Piper supporters and lovers will know that the little dog is still alive and with us. So it is up to the Judge O'Grady to ask for this "Proof of Life" for the October 24th hearing. Sheltie prayers for Pipers safe return home! It has been such a long time since Piper has been seen (except by her captors) more that 5 long months. If this is rescue than I categorically deny that rescue has any use or value in my life nor most others. Rescue is suppossed to be the reunification of a dog with it's owner. There should be no descrimination that the dog is a show dog and the owner is a reputable breeder. The human dog relationship is still the same - trust, loyalty and love. #bringpiperhome

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

It has come to National attention that Central Ohio Sheltie Rescue Inc did receive a dog named "Piper" from a shelter, which did not honor or apply updated Ohio law which requires that said shelter must place a 14-day hold on an ID'd animal which includes a microchip. This particular dog is microchipped. This rescue was aware and complicit in pulling the dog from the shelter in an untimely manner. COSR refuses to return the dog to her rightful co-owner(s). There are legal precedents in other states which has found this to be described as "theft." The dog named "Piper" has not been seen alive since the taking and remains hidden by COSR and there is the question in regards to if the dog is presently dead or alive. I would like to see COSR provide evidence to be verified by an actual viewing of the dog by co-owners or their attorney to determine her status. Otherwise, I must assume the "Piper" is dead under COSR's care.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Penny Sanderbeck and her so-called "rescue" give all rescues a bad name. She can find $10,000 for her legal case that would be better put to use caring for dogs. That tells you a lot about her real motives. This is not someone who truly cares about dogs. Unfortunately her stubborn refusal to reunite Piper with the owner will cause repercussions for ALL rescues. It is high time for shelters to cease turning over dogs in their care to shady "rescues."

33 Jackie51

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Give Piper back! You are an awful person and should not be able to use the word Rescue in the name of your so called non-profit business.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of adopting several dogs from this rescue.I have seen them take in dogs that would have been destroyed due to age alone. I have witnessed the care that each dog receives and have nothing but praise for the job they do.

31 Tonus B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I am disgusted as just a human with compassion. Central Ohio Sheltie Rescue Inc used to have on its webpage a contact me for owners of "rescued dogs" Yet now when they either have or are going to make money on this dog they will not give it back. Do not allow this group to even use the word rescue. It reminds me of the groups that were caught stealing pit bulls on chains from backyards, except this is worse because the dog was not kept on a chain or abused in any way! Shame on this supposed rescue!

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

I have personally been to this rescue and i think rats live better than the conditions of this poor excuse of a rescue. The money used to fight this ridiculous lawsuit was stolen from a dead woman, ugh it turns my stomach to see your outrageous selfish needs put before the needs of rescues that need help everyday. The living conditions of this rescue is truly deplorable. I hope we can stop this so-called Rescue and get back to whats important, the needs of these poor dogs.
Its also very sad the only "positive" review was from a person who wished to remain anynomous, that in itself speaks volumes!

34

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Disgusting that this group would waste money on legal fees to fight to keep someones dog that a microchip could prove belongs to her. Totally against my idea of rescue.

28

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Rescue Groups that claim helping dogs find new homes and restore to their rightful owners, then refuse to return pet to owner though proof of microchip exists through a simple identification process a vetenary clinic can perform but refuses is a fraud. This group has been officially cut off from its Utah parent association due to unethical practices. The Ohio Sheltie Rescue needs exposed and prohibited practice. Shame on Penny Sanderbeck for trying to lay claim to a valuable dog that does not belong to her, this shows your true evil heart and motivation. Truth comes out in the end.

17 KM N.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I cannot believe that a "rescue" will not return a dog to its owner!

21 Sarah194

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

As we are waiting for the outcome of this frivolous lawsuit numerous other dogs are in dire need of rescue, on death row as we speak - may not even get a last breakfast this morning, and this woman who is operating as a tax exempt organization-in-the-name-of-RESCUE, who is wasting precious, very precious time and money fighting this case, for what...one (1) dog who clearly belongs to someone else, all the while completely dragging and tarnishing everything holy and good about rescues and organizations who are there to truly help all dogs and give themselves tirelessly always and in all ways without any reward or profit or stupid lawsuits.

The kill statements from the franklin county shelter for the months of May, June, July and August should be posted on this woman's front door and her "rescue" website so she knows that those are all on her head now! (The Franklin County Dog Shelter, located in Columbus Ohio, euthanized 4,739 dogs in 2012. That is an average of 13 DOGS EVERY DAY! An astounding 53% of dogs not returned to their owners were euthanized.)

24 Melissa206

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Run, don't walk, away from this "rescue". If you want a sheltie there are other respected rescues to contact. This rescue does not have all the support from other groups as it claims to have. In fact sorry is running away as fast as it can by most, for good reason. Find a reputable breeder or a week respected rescue for your next dog and please do not give this rescue one hard earned cent.

29

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

The President of COSR stands behind her decision to keep Piper but the Shetland Sheepdog Club of America has pulled their support for her 501(c)(3) Central Ohio Sheltie Rescue, Inc. Hurrah!! After-all, what rescue-person in their right mind would stonewall the legal owner from bringing home her dog when all the proof of ownership is in order and her legal home is one that anyone in rescue would envy for their actual rescues? There's something rotten here. Anyone who supports COSR's president must also be a hater of dog breeders. If you hate breeders, than leave purebred dogs out of your "rescue" name.. without breeders, there would be no purebred dogs. In the case of Piper, her owner is also her breeder - an ethical, responsible breeder - a credit to Shetland Sheepdogs. COSR, president posted a ten thousand dollar bond to keep Piper and her owner apart. Shame. Shame. Shame. I would not give this rescue one thin dime. (and as far as the one commenter that is pro COSR, I'm guessing giving the dog back to her loving owners is not in the "best interest of the dog")?? What a warped perspective. Imagine how many dogs in need that posted bond could have helped to save. Pride goeth before the fall. This rescue is a Zero.

21

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

As a rescuer and owner of a rare breed. I find the action of this group despicable. This group's refusal to turn Piper over to her owner and in fact post $10k bond shows her need for power over this situation, not the best interest of the dog. There are many other homeless and needy dogs which could benefit from these funds. Not Piper - she already has a home and rightful owner.

29 Samantha47

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

As someone who works closely with a few rescues in my area, and as a professional in the pet care industry, I am DISGUSTED and APPALLED at this so called "rescues" recent behavior. It has obviously been proven without a single doubt who this dog belongs to. Let go of your ill-begotten pride and return the dog. Stop using donated money to fan your ego. How dare you use the term "rescue". You are nothing but a group of crooks. I cannot wait until this goes to court and justice is served, and Piper returned to her family. Poor dog.

24

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

This rescue saw fit to put up $10000 to try and keep a Sheltie whose ownership has been proven time and again. Additionally, what does it say when the American Shetland Sheepdog Association got involved with trying to unite a Sheltie with its rightful, PROVEN owner only to be rebuffed? This organization gives a bad name to bonafide rescues! The facts are all out & sorry, COSR, you are a scam artist on many fronts. The facts are blatantly clear that COSR's bias against breeders has severely negated any legitimacy in the dog community as a whole. I have cancelled my Kroger Community Rewards that rewarded proceeds to COSR. I have full faith that the legal system has no choice to see COSR's actions as heinous and will return Piper to her rightful owner. Shame on you!

23

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

In all my years , I have never heard of a Rescue Organization POSTING 10,000 dollars for bond, in order to keep a DOG until the Court Rules on rightful ownership. What's up with donations to this organization?? Are they going to pay for her blatant disregard for laws, and going against reuniting a dog with their rightful owner (s) ???? I guess plain old kindness, decency and compassion have gone down the drain when it comes to the actions taken by this organization. If you don't have compassion and a heart in this type of work, it's time to retire.

24 Maria99

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

you can call it whatever you wish. your reputation as a rescue will forever be tarnished by this fiasco. return piper to her owner. this dog was a healthy, well cared for dog from show stock and a champion. this is not a puppy mill dog. you are giving other breed rescue groups a bad name as well. to the public, you now look like a dog broker. one that collects pure bred from shelters and turns them over for a hefty adoption fee.


24

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

#bringpiperhome.
I would never donate money to this rescue who refuses to return a well cared for Sheltie to its rightful owner despite a court order and instead posts a 10k bond to block the dog's return to its rightful owner. This rescue obviously is not in need of donations with such deep pockets, not to mention the money it's spent on legal fees. I would donate to more needy and sheltie oriented rescue.

8

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

THANK you for putting the dog's needs above the bullying and terrible things that are being falsely said. You are very respected among other rescues and they should all take a lesson from you that bullying will not be tolerated.

24 GarisMom

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

How does a rescue justify refusing to return a WELL-CARED FOR, MUCH LOVED DOG to its rightful owner? Through a series of unfortunate circumstances a dog got lost. The owner comes to get the dog back, and this so-called "rescue," instead of welcoming the owner and returning the dog, wastes funds trying to keep the dog from the owner? How insane is that? SHAME ON THIS EXCUSE OF A RESCUE.

25 Barbara180

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I have followed this "EVENT" since April. If a rescues purpose is to re-unite lost or separated animals from their owners, how do the actions of Penny and COSR, Inc meet their mission? The proof of ownership from the microchip to offering of DNA testing are provided? All that COSR is doing is putting a black eye on the way rescues work. $10,000 can be spent in rescuing quite a few animals. This dog should be produced. A neutral vet should examine this dog to assure its health. If COSR is true to its mission- RETURN THE DOG and move on.

30

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I see a few 5-star reviews here, and several of them seem to be saying that detractors do not know the whole story. One item of the supposed "whole story" seems to be that Veronica homed Piper with this Columbus home in December 2013, not April 2014. I do not know when Piper went to Columbus, but that has NO bearing on Veronica's ownership of the dog. As a dog owner, she (or any dog owner) may take a dog to live at another home for various reasons. It is no business of anyone else. I don't forfeit my ownership rights to my dog because I take her to live elsewhere, with a friend or a stranger. Also, even if she had transferred ownership of the dog, she would still be fulfilling ethical breeding guidelines by taking responsibility for the dog. Responsible breeders will take responsibility for a dog for the life of the dog, and this position is stated in many breeders' contracts and is recommended by many breed organizations. The director is welcome to publish the whole story on her website any time so everyone will know it. The letter from May by her attorney is not the whole story. (FYI, I am a board member of a purebreed rescue.)

20

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Why would a rescue not put their energy and funds towards dogs in need? Spending money to keep a dog away from its owners is disgusting.. I am a supporter of rescues but we all need to be sure we know who the rescues really are that we are supporting.

19

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

$10,000 to keep a sheltie from it's legal owner, when there are dogs that are truly abandoned, homeless, in need? Where is this Champion dog? Why hasn't she been produced?

18 Brenda62

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Not sure if the money is used for the right purpose. The person in charge needs to step down and let it become a respectful rescue again.

20 Amy_171

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Apparently, this "rescue organization" loves shetland sheepdogs so much, they STEAL shelties from their rightful owners. I am a Georgia resident. This story IS spreading around the country and the truth will come out. My heart would be shattered at the thought of another person holding my sheltie hostage. The fact that they posted a $10,000 bail just to hold Piper is proof that they intend to keep her for ill intentioned purposes. NO ONE who truly cared about the well being of this animal would continue to keep her from her rightful REGISTERED owners. Ownership has been established. Some may say it took too long or sounded "sketch" from the beginning. My shetland sheepdog is AKC registered, but I'll be honest- I don't keep that paper work on hand. It's somewhere in my office safely stored among all my other important documents. If my dog happened to be in this situation, it would take me some time to establish true ownership as well.

The whole situation is disgusting. Piper should be returned ,and the lady who has decided to claim her as her own should be ARRESTED.

21

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

No stars for this rescue. I have no doubt that the courts will return this dog to its legal and rightful owners as this rescue should have done long ago. Spending 10 grand to send this to court , not counting attorney fees and other court costs, thousands of dollars and man hours that SHOULD be spend helping dogs who are truly in need is outright theft from the rescue pockets and those who donated those funds. I hope the owner filed a felony theft charge when this is all over.

It is very concerning to all pet lovers to realize that if your pet becomes lost, a rescue may not give you your dog back and you will have to fight it out in court. Something is very wrong here.

32

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This so-called 'rescue' is doing everything it possibly can NOT to reunite an owner with her dog, one that the owner has proven ownership of and a court order has been issued to the rescue to return the dog to the rightful owner. Instead the director of COSR digs in her heels and posts a 10K bond to hang onto the dog. For what purpose?? And what does this say about how money being donated to this 'charity' is being used? The only good thing from this is it has opened my eyes to the tactics of these rogue rescues which unfortunately are becoming more and more common. I only hope this sad case will serve to inform the public as well as to what really happens with some of these rescues.

39

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

I've been involved with rescue for more than 30 years. I have personally pulled Boston Terriers from the Franklin County shelter for a registered rescue and I have been concerned by their readiness to hand dogs over to rescue rather than hold them for the allotted three business days as stipulated by Ohio law. That said, any reputable person in rescue would be pleased to return a lost dog to his or her rightful owner. I am so thoroughly disgusted by this one-woman-charade of a rescue. She has been ordered by the court to return the dog --- and posted a $10,000 bond so she could keep the dog during trial phase--- and she has been castigated by the Shetland Sheepdog Club of America, and yet she continues to hoard a dog. She should be tried for theft.

28 Darlene17

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

The rightful owner of the sheltie named Piper has proven owner ship of this dog. The court has found in her favour..rescue needs to turn Piper over to her rightful owner. Such high handed methods, going against a court order etc, holding onto a dog the rescue has NO RIGHT to hold on to makes it bad for other ethical rescues..It is abundantly clear this Central Ohio Sheltie rescue is unethical and unlawful!! This Penny person needs to be replaced she is a blight on the good works of other rescues by acting outside the law as she has done!! GIVE PIPER BACK TO HER OWNER NOW!!