Target: The Honorable Jackie Lacey, Los Angeles County District Attorney
Goal: Demand the proper authorities launch an investigation into the suspicious actions of a false animal training and rescue facility
Pet owners are entrusting their dogs to a man who claims to operate a training and rescue facility in Canyon Country, California, only to have their pets held for ransom or turned over to a high-kill county shelter. It is the responsibility of local authorities to launch an investigation into this matter before the lives of any more dogs are put in jeopardy.
Volunteers from the Los Angeles County Castaic Animal Shelter reported that Vincent Broeske of Baldwin’s K9’s Training & Rescue “owner-surrendered” at least 18 dogs to the high-kill shelter over the past two years. Two of these “rescued” dogs were tragically euthanized and two still remained at the facility in danger of being euthanized in July 2014. In addition, pet owner Jamie Hartz recently told the media that she paid Broeske to board her three dogs and fix two of them, only to discover he allowed them to breed instead. Further, he allegedly listed them as available for adoption on several kill shelter websites and refused to give them back unless she paid him an additional $300 per dog.
According to media reports, Broeske claims to have a 501c3 nonprofit status but lacks the credentials to be a trainer or rescue. Demand local authorities immediately launch an investigation into this matter to prevent even more dogs from being mistreated or turned over to a kill shelter.
The Honorable Jackie Lacey,
I am extremely concerned about the suspicious, possibly criminal actions of a man posing as an animal trainer and rescue organization in Canyon Country. Pet owners are trusting Vincent Broeske of Baldwin’s K9’s Training & Rescue with their dogs, only to have him break contracts, surrender the dogs to an animal shelter that might euthanize them, and refuse to give dogs back unless the pet owners give him more money.
Acton resident Jamie Hartz recently told KHTS News that she signed a foster agreement allowing Broeske to board her three dogs at his facility. She had no intention of releasing ownership of the dogs, but Broeske allegedly proceeded to list them as available for adoption on multiple websites and refused to give them back to Hartz until she paid him an additional $300 per dog. Further, Hartz also claims she paid Broeske to fix two of her dogs, but that he failed to do so and allowed them to breed instead.
Volunteers from the Los Angeles County Castaic Animal Shelter have also reported that Broeske has surrendered at least 18 dogs to the shelter in the past two years, with at least two of the dogs’ previous owners unaware that he had done so. Sadly, two of these dogs were euthanized and two remain in danger of being euthanized at the shelter. I urge you to launch an investigation into this pressing matter to ensure Broeske faces the legal consequences of his actions.
[Your Name Here]
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