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Puppy Mill Awareness Meetup (Southeast Michigan) Message Board › Dog Flipper Alert - Joe Yaquinto (Sporting Dogs Unlimited)

Dog Flipper Alert - Joe Yaquinto (Sporting Dogs Unlimited)

A former member
Post #: 6
What did everyone think?

Hank really exposed Joe's character. We are thankful that he did not mention that Joe was operating under a rescue. He was truly a pet store for profit...not trying to save homeless pets. I was concerned because it appeared Joe was stealing dogs off the street or something. He should have mentioned how he acquired most of the dogs, but maybe he didn't have time to investigate that piece of the puzzle. We have his postings on Craiglist and testimony that he would con people into giving them their dogs for youth programs.

For the breeders who "sold" to him, I want to know why you did not do a vet check or home site visit? How come you do not know where your puppies went too? No records, humm...I find that alarming. I suggest you find your records and share your story with the judge for his next hearing or else I guess you were in business with him.

Dani's pups sure looked skinny. That was shocking.

Hank stated the sentencing is scheduled for Oct 20th. It was recently postponed. A new hearing is scheduled for Monday, October 18th at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice.

I loved the channel 4 story!
Lately we found out that our puppies were most likely taken away from
their mother when they were about 4 weeks old! 4 WEEKS!
How can a breeder do that??
Do you people have any conscience at all?
For anyone that even thinks about purchasing a dog under 8 weeks:
you have no idea what you are getting into! there are countless
problems - physical and behavioral that will await you.
if you need details or you have never seen a vet bill over
2000 USD - contact me.
And to all the breeders that give a dog out without knowing
for a fact where it goes: Shame on you!
you are the animals here.
even in a bad economy there should be a certain limit of what
you are willing to do for money! Disgusting.
For Joe's try to weasel himself out of responsability in court:
if you don't know that blood in a 6 week old puppie's stool
means that he has internal bleeding, you have no business
handeling animal whatsoever!
and no, Joe, you can NOT fix it with water and honey.
That is exactly what he tells people for whatever problem they
have with their dogs: give them honey dissolved in hot water.
What a dog expert!
Thank you very much every single one of you that spoke up!
Every letter makes a difference!
The more letters are sent in, the more chances we have to win this.
I am tired of all the liars and scam artists out there.
If you think this guy needs to go away, please send a letter.
Pam
Pamela01
Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 752
Dani,

You should write a letter to the C&G Newspapers (covers Macomb), The Detroit News and Free Press. They should do a story about this case and warn people about operations like this. I can provide a list of red flags consumers can use. If they don't do a story of their own, write a letter to the editor asking for a Guest Editorial or to have your letter published.


• C&G News: mail@candgnews.com.
• Detroit Free Press Email: letters@freepress.com
• Detroit News Email: letters@detnews.com
Sue
user 13219927
Northville, MI
Post #: 1
I thought Channel 4 did a great job. Getting the word out and making people aware of losers like Joe is great. He obviously picked the wrong business to get in. I am quite sure Joe thought he'd continue in this business for a long time, way to go!
Was wishing the vet that thought he was a wonderful guy would have been mentioned on the news story.
Pam
Pamela01
Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 753
Thank you all for coming to the hearing today. Joe was accompanied by his new and old attorney. His new 'criminal' attorney asked the judge to adjourn the October 20th sentencing one week. He requested time to catch up on the case. He did not try to get Joe out of jail in the meantime. So Joe was transported back to jail!

Sentencing, Thursday, October 28th (AM)

Lawrence Talon, Judge
Frank Murphy Hall of Justice
1441 St. Antoine, Detroit Mi
Located on St. Antoine and Gratiot
3rd Circuit Court Wayne County

Room 601


Pam
Pamela01
Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 754
September 4, 2010 - Cathy and her Paul were looking to give a rescued dog a good home and were given a phone number to an "Anthony"(1-586-231-1984)that handled such adoptions through the "Tails Waggin Fun Pet Resort" in Shelby Township. We picked up our pet whom we now call "Bear" on Sept 4th, 2010. On the above date we met with Dirk and were given several documents. He had Bear at the very front of the establishment and we were not allowed in the back. We received the following : Tri-County Animal Placement of Michigan adoption contract, Spay/Neuter Contract,and a Macomb Veterinary Associates Health Certificate. We paid $422.00. Fifty dollars of which was to be refunded after we had Bear neutered. I took Bear to our Veterinarian on Sept 9th, 2010 and had him look over the documents I received and found during the exam that Bear had extensive Coccidia. This is a intestinal parasite and it has taken 4 weeks to clear up. While watching our local channel 4 news we discovered that this was the same place we purchased our dog and were mislead as to the validity of the Tri-County Animal Placement Group.

Diagnosis: Coccidia



Pam
Pamela01
Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 766
What matthew wrote:
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i bought a dog from this dink and was promised akc papers and
some money back after she was fixed. the day after i got my
puppy i took her to my vet, and had her all checked out and ok,
so a few months later i go online to find the joes phone number
and i saw all this, i was pissed! he had me hook line and
sinker! i fell for the whole deal he told me!, he acted like he
cared, i had a paper that said if i didnt get her fixed they
could come get her, well i dont see that happening if hes in
jail. plus he asked if he could call me later to check on her.
i couldnt believe my eyes when i read all the blogs, i almost
thought i had bought her from a different guy! then i saw the
new feed from channel 4 , and yep it was him. make sure if he
ever gets out of jail and trys again to sell dogs, i hope
EVERYONE KNOWS HE WILL PLAY YOU LIKE A FIDDLE! he did to me,
but i did get a good dog out of it, she was for my wifes
birthday so im glad she was OK because i dont think my wife
could have handled that , we still have her and she is in good
health, but i did take her to the vet the day after i got her.
Pam
Pamela01
Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 769
What John wrote:
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Hi Pam,
We just found this site today. We purchased a puppy August 6th.
I found our puppy on the internet when I was looking for a
breeder for an Australian Sheppard. I called the number and
reached a lady who said she had posted the dogs for her friend
and she gave me Joe's number to call. (She said he did not have
access to post on the internet (this was the bird store number
I had called). I called Joe to see if the puppy was available
and met up at the Van Dyke store to look at the puppy on
Friday, August 6th.
We "adopted" her that night (Check made out to Dirk Hunt). We
were told that she had already had her first set of shots so we
set up her second set of shots for the 21st at Wilsons Vet
clinic in Sterling Heights. She did have worms that we were
told they had given her medication for and treated her with
additional worming medication and another intestinal parasite.
She was a little subdued for an Aussie but has fared really
well. Since getting our puppy I have been back twice to
adoption area. The littermate had not been "purchased" and was
curious how he was developing. But I had not gone back after
our third series of puppy shots.
We sent in the copy of sterilization and never heard back from
them. Thats when my wife "googled" Joe and found this site.
Please let us know about the sentencing or if any more
"witnesses/victims" are needed. Please keep us informed of the
sentencing of these people. I thought we were adopting a
rescue and got played by scammer. Errrr!
So chalk up another scammed person gotten by
Pam
Pamela01
Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 770
October 28th - Sentencing

“You have an excuse for everything and only if it is a positive nature and I don’t’ believe you” – Judge Talon. You are in violation of probation. Order judge of guilty” – Judge Talon.

“I totally, totally, totally, apologize to the court, you and the staff. I am sorry.” – Joe Yaquinto.

“You feel the rules don’t apply to you” – Judge Talon.

1990 – larceny by conversion. Did not show up for jury trial.
2004- Larceny by false pretenses.
2005- larceny by conversion.
2006- Motor Vehicle – False Title
2006 – Odometer tampering

“You are taking advantage of people and not learning your lesson. Judge Sullivan was trying to protect the public. You were in the position of trust that Judge Sullivan did not want you to be in. The court can be mad or afraid of you. We are clearly mad. This can be for punishment, to deter others or keep you form harming people or retribution. You have great people skills that make you a conman. Probation is not approved. It is time to be imprisoned” – Judge Talon

Min term 20 months
Credit 24 days
Pay Kennel Lamb $
Pay Court Costs
Not allowed to work with animals.


Pam
Pamela01
Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 771
Yesterday my clients (the dogs) won again! Joe Yaquinto was sentenced to 20 months in prison without bond. With our letters and attendance at the hearing, Judge Talon did not hesitate to restrict Joe from working with animals on parole!

Dani, who purchased two sick puppies from Joe, testified she found Joe through an advertisement on Petfinder.com. She had a business card for Sporting Dogs Unlimited that matched Exhibit 1 – a website photo. They played a recording of her conversation with Joe where he states he is no longer on Petfinder, but now using Hoobly, Kijii/Ebay, Adopt A Pet and a lot of other sites. He also told her he was still interested in her designing him a new website. Dani did a great job on cross examination, we are very proud of her for representing the other 11 victims who have reported purchasing sick dogs. He tired to suggest Becky Miller owned the entire operation and that Joe did not know how to use a computer. Dani stated she and Joe looked up a dog at a shelter and he was operating the browser etc.

Joe also testified. He stated that Becky Miller worked with him and was the owner of the entire operation. She allowed him to board his dogs there. She did not make the website, rather a lot of volunteers helped him post pictures. He named Ashley Gardner. Stated he and his volunteers went to shelters to pick up dogs, sometimes they were rescued from divorce and foreclosure situations. He would take them to the vet and get them all vaccinated, neutered and spayed. He never adopted out an unaltered dog unless they were under 6 months of age. He was not aware of any complaints. He mentioned a rescue broke his window in his truck but he did not report it. He received anonymous calls to his house. He said that Dani offered to make the website for $600 but he felt it was too high and said no. Later, on tape the Judge relistened to the part where Joe said, yes, he wanted the website.

Joe claimed his site did not have dogs listed for adoption. It had his name and number. The attorney asked him if he was just posting this for funzies? Why would he have this out there if he was not adopting out dogs? This story wasn’t adding up. He stated he has sold hundreds of dogs. When asked who posted, he said Ashley Gardner. They were not removed because no one had the pass code…she lost it. He did ask her to remove them 5 months ago. He did not report this to his Probation Officer. The Judged asked him how did he posted cars for sale when he owned the dealership? He said his admin did it for him and he doesn’t know a thing about how to use a computer.

Joe started his career as a dog flipper back in 2006. He told the judge he picked up dogs off the street in Detroit -only the ones running loose in the city. He gave them away for free after seeing a vet. The Judge asked him how he financed this? He said his volunteers pitched in on gas and the vet gave him a great deal $49 per dog. Cheap.

According to Joe, Sporting Dogs Unlimited began in 2006 made of up all volunteers (note some were paid wages in cash). He was helping Becky out by cleaning the floors with bleach, bathing dogs..etc. This is when she offered him space in her boarding kennel. Some dogs were sold for profit to offset the cost of the ones for free. When the Judge asked him was there financial benefit, he said it is an absolute looser (referring to rescuing dogs).

He sated that he never threatened anyone over the phone and did not impersonate a police officer. The judge wanted to listen to the audio tape again showing that Joe agreed to have Dani set up a website.

A print screen of another page of his website showing an email address and a phone number belonging to Joe was submitted as evidence. 248-249-3544 and sportingdogs15.com.

So the arguments against him were as follows:
• Failed to pay restitution in a timely manor.
• Was in a position of trust at Sporting Dogs Unlimited -Manager.
• Contract showing his signature and phone number.
• Business Card and website.
• He was operating a website and had knowledge of it.
• Admitted on audio tape that he wanted Dani to create a website for him.

Defense
• The website was by Ashley Gardner.
• Never had the password to access the emails. Never updated it.
• No proof he was on the internet.

The Judge stated the rules of evidence don’t apply to this hearing. He is most concerned about Joe being in a position of trust and having a website. He referenced notes from Judge Sullivan who clearly felt Joe should not be in a position of trust. It is now a credibility issue. Being 57 years old and a prosecutor for 25 years he has lots of experience working with people. In this case he relies on his personal experience and common sense. He has been lied to by witnesses all the time.

“Frankly, I don’t believe you! You hide behind a curtain that others are behind this despite it was your number. Whether you set them up yourself is not he issue. I find the people have proven more than 50%. Even your own testimony put you in a position of trust. I am not making any decisions related to the puppies sold. Finding you directly on the use of the internet, in this business endeavor you were involved in.” – Judge Talon

“You have an excuse for everything and only if it is a positive nature and I don’t’ believe you” – Judge Talon.

“You are in violation of probation. Order judgement of guilty” – Judge Talon.

Probation guidelines were 5-23 months in prison. After adding up all of his points from 6 priors, the judge allowed Joe to speak again.

“I totally, totally, totally, apologize to the court, you and the staff. I am sorry.” – Joe Yaquinto.

Joes criminal record goes back to 1978 with misdemeanors, but his real criminal history began in 1990.

“You feel the rules don’t apply to you” – Judge Talon.

1990 – larceny by conversion. Did not show up for jury trial.
2004 - Larceny by false pretenses.
2005 - larceny by conversion.
2006 - Motor Vehicle – False Title
2006 – Odometer tampering

“You are taking advantage of people and not learning your lesson. Judge Sullivan was trying to protect the public. You were in the position of trust that Judge Sullivan did not want you to be in. The court can be mad or afraid of you. We are clearly mad. This can be for punishment, to deter others or keep you form harming people or retribution. You have great people skills that make you a con man. Probation is not approved. It is time to be imprisoned” – Judge Talon

Min term 20 months
Credit 24 days
Pay Kennel Lamb $
Pay Court Costs
Not allowed to work with animals.
Pam
Pamela01
Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 772
If you are interested in saving the dogs that were taken from Tail Waggin Fun on October 7th, some are now up for adoption at the Macomb County Animal Shelter. Many more will be posted soon (Total 19). Please cross post and help get them out of that place…it is very sad and they don’t look healthy.


For more information about this animal, call:
Macomb County Animal Shelter and Animal Control at (586) 469-5115
Ask for information about animal ID number A231685


For more information about this animal, call:
Macomb County Animal Shelter and Animal Control at (586) 469-5115
Ask for information about animal ID number A231684


For more information about this animal, call:
Macomb County Animal Shelter and Animal Control at (586) 469-5115
Ask for information about animal ID number A231683






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