You won't see a page like this on other breeder's sites. Why? They don't have the guts to put the truth out there for the public, are too scared to 'get involved' or don't have the strength to put up with harassment and threats from the people you shouldn't be buying from (not if you want an ethical breeder). My daddy raised me better than that- and I couldn't live with myself if I knew sitting down and shutting up will hurt someone, not when I could have stopped it. So here's info you need to make an informed decision. We don't do this to promote sales of our own dogs- it's a rare day we have any litters planned. We're just trying to save the dogs- and save uninformed buyers from themselves.
Who not to buy from and why.
Masa MuneAkitas / TheBullDogPlace.com / Cherry Hill Bulldogs /Blue BulldoggesKaren D. Tripp AKA: Karen Hallum, Karen Santina, Karen Piazza, Karen Royce, Julia Dunson, Lisa Banchero , Leza Banchero, Lisa Curtis, Lisa Royce, Catherine Durner, Cat Durner, Cathy Durner
Operating primarily from San Joaquin County (Escalon and Salida addresses and PO Boxes) and Stanislaus County (Modesto and surrounding area addresses and PO Boxes) NOTE- she is also now using a Winchester Blvd address in Campbell CA, please do not try to contact there, it's a family member's residence who is not involved in Karen's activities and should not be disturbed with complaints. She is also now using a Concord CA address and cell number and the email address concordspice@hotmail/yahoo. com
NEWS FLASH! Now operating under the name "CHERRY HILL BULLDOGS" and BLUE BULLSOGGES and CROSS BREEDING 'designer bulldogs' (aka mutts!) Want a real Bulldog? We suggest you contact the national parent breed club (links on www.akc.org) to find a great breeder. Don't be drawn in by statements her dogs are "UKC' registered either- ask us why!!!!!! We've got info and correspondence to share!
WARNING Karen is now also operating a 'breeding service' using the alias Kat Durner- if you need help breeding your dogs PLEASE see a LICENSED VETERINARIAN or other licensed medical professional and a reputable canine semen bank/service, such as ICSB. Do you really want the safety of your dogs in the hands of a woman who won't even use her own name?
John Chance aka Tim Chance, using Cochran and Atlanta GA addresses and phone numbers. DOG SAFETY ALERT! Do not sell or adopt to this person!!!
Melissa, "Arctic Akitas", Alaska
RE; MASA MUNE AKITAS +all aliases copies of all Karen's records are being scanned and will be available online FREE to the world! Please be patient- I've got a pretty full slate these days and getting that site up is taking me time. If anyone would like to volunteer to help, please let me know! I highly recommend that any person considering purchasing or selling a dog from/to this kennel or person(s) contact the AKC regarding suspension information, Google all names for information on pending lawsuits, perform reverse directory searches, check public registries for criminal convictions related to purebred dogs and speak with other breeds and clubs in the same breed. Already a victim? Contact us, we may be able to help offer some advice and put you in touch with others who have been defrauded. WE ALSO URGE YOU TO CONTACT YOUR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY AND FILE CHARGES. Unless action is taken there is no incentive for her to stop. Protect yourself, protect your dogs and demand to see photo identification. Misrepresentation to fraudulently purchase a dog valued over $400 is GRAND THEFT in California (CA Penal Code Sec 484). If she's used a false identity to acquire one of your AKC registered dogs, you have recourse!
All information obtained by BKAA was obtained through LEGAL PUBLIC RECORDS searches. Yes, it took time and a lot of leg work- most information is not available over the phone. They accept cash only, will not allow buyers/seller to see their home (meet in public places- usually Modesto area Starbucks) and have shown a complete and total disregard for the sport of purebred dogs. Copies of the 100 + documents I have relating to them are available on request- free to kennel/breed clubs, cost of actual copy and postage to individuals to offset expenses (we've had a LOT of requests!). All documents are verifiable records and sworn testimony- no heresay, no opinion, just the cold, hard facts.
Concerned you may be dealing with this person?? We have compiled a list of phone numbers and addresses she uses (as well as aliases such as above) and we'll share- just ask. We recommend using www.whitepages.com, for FREE reverse phone and address checks. I can also fax documents but it's better if you see them in person to verify their origin. Don't take my word for it- look at the evidence and decide for yourself.
Karen occasional enjoys posting completely fictional information about me in public forums and more recently, on a site using my kennel name and stolen copyrighted photos. She attempts to sound credible by citing a Livermore Police officer's name- I have been in contact with LPD and they are not amused. Neither, I am sure, is the officer in question. The matter is in the hands now of the Sacramento Sheriff's Department (2010-8004933) and Livermore Police Department (non emergency number is 925-371-4987) The big difference here is that I can back up everything I say with written court verified copies- she can't. I figured that if she really wants to create a slander site against me, there's not much I can do about it, except rest easy knowing that anyone who matters knows the truth. and anyone interested can actually look up the info she posted and discover for themselves it isn't true. (her RO attempt was not only denied, she was laughed out of court. I was able to easily prove my whereabouts on dates in question.) but what the heck, my Irish is up and I've got a little time on my hands so I'll answer using the same server, Weebly- I created this site:http://karentrippscamartist.weebly.com/ grab some coffee and go be entertained!
Let's look at a few REAL cases of Karen's, shall we?
Stanislaus County- Felony Fraud (purebred dogs) case# 165299 (three counts consolodated into one case) Karen Denise Tripp, convicted. Arrested under the alias Lisa Banchero ,additional aka's Lisa Royce/Curtis, in Monterey County on 3/14/91 (yes, I have a copy of this court certified document). Another interesting thing about that case was that the officer who investigated was the K9 patrol for the city, his comments in the report about her selling "Yugos as Cadillacs" was entertaining.
Selling stolen pets to research laborotories just made my skin crawl.
how about civil matters?
Karen Hallum v Bill Johnson (stanislaus co SC300319) Karen attempted to sue a puppy buyer to either get cash or the dog back- LOST.
Sue & Hoa Duong v Karen Hallum (stanisluas co sc300547) judgment entered against Karen for $650 (puppy sale)
Micheal & Beth Mora v Karen Piazza (stanislaud co sc303415) judgment entered against Karen for $500 (puppy sale)
Dwayne Reeves & Darlene Lopez v Karen Tripp (stanislaus co sc300520) judgment entered against Karen for $487 (for aborting plaintiff's dog's litter)
Friedelore Yanz v Karen Tripp (stanislaus co sc358358) judgment entered against Karen for $588.35 (Karen used plaintiff's credit card for veterinary services under an assumed name)
theres more...but may as well just give you an idea of whats out there. In most of the above cases, Karen did not even bother to show up and was found guilty in absentia, there are no records indicating the judgments were ever paid.
Like I said- court certified copies, stamped and everything from the local jurisdictions.the alleged cases she claims are my "criminal history" don't exist. feel free to check them out for yourself, all it will cost you is a phone call. Karen, in her usual MO, made false complaints that were found to be without merit and not even investigated. yeah, there's my big bad criminal history- nothing but another event that only happened in her head. funny, huh? delusional people are always so goofy to watch.
*ALERT- using the name Salvatore Quacinella as well to claim dogs are "co-owned" and AKC registered. AKC has been made aware of this issues.
RE: Kada's Treasured Akitas, London OH- has been moved to our "watch list". Penny Mirolo has been in contact with me and several other breeders in the community and has asked for help in becoming more responsible for the future. she is welcome to all the help she wants!!! to date, she's making good faith efforts and we support that effort. we remain cautiously optimistic and urge others in the breed community to offer her advice, mentoring and ringside support when possible to help her learn in a more positive way.
* Re: John Chance Aka Tim Chance, Cochran and Atlanta GA
I have personally spoken a number of times with Mr Chance and read his own statements about the conditions of his animals and the problems he has on site with containment and management. Dogs are horribly injured and heavily scarred due to constant fighting. Mr Chance allows numerous dogs to run at large with each other often "waking up to a fight". More recently, he took an injured bitch he has reported as being in at least five major fight/bite incidents and kenneled her with two puppies, who she then atacked. Mr Chance keeps contacting breeders across the US and abroad to buy dogs non stop. He has told several he has no dogs and told others that he has a very limited number. We've been able to confirm at least one dozen and possible up to twenty four juveniles and adults on site, including 2 GSDs and a Neopolitan Mastiff (plus a few dozen small mammals and some exotic birds). He has a litter of 6 puppies approx 4 months old as of this posting (January) and a new litter on the ground. Based on my conversations with him and his reports of injuries to the animals and their care in his custody, it is my opinion that the dogs are in immediate danger. Appropriate LE agencies have been notified.
*UPDATE- we are currently working with local authorities on this case. We will provide information as soon as it is available for public release. What we can tell you- Animal control counted at least 58 adults and juveniles on site. The state they were unable to see all the animals. We continue to support LE efforts to take action in this case.
** UPDATE local authorioties have confirmed that Mr Chance has moved twice and "disposed of" all but 6 of his akitas after action by the state department of agriculture. Further complaints or information on continued breeding activities in violation of their action should be addressed to the GA Agriculture Department. If anyone has information on the whereabouts of the "disposed" dogs, please conact us- several breeders who were fooled by his fraudulent claims to buy dogs from their kennels desperately want their animals back unharmed.
Re: Arctic Akitas, Alaska, owner "Melissa"
This individual came to our attention through her own postings to a public akita networking site. She readily admits to breeding underage (as young as 8 months) dogs, without health clarances, who are left tied out on "lunge lines", and brags on her site about choosing an unregistered, non health tested stud dog purely on color. Her postings contain odd statements about breeding "modified purebreds"- we assume this is a new euphemism for MUTT, and throwing dogs together to "see what happens", ""survival of the fittest". Is THIS what you want to bring home to your family????
If you're looking for an unregistrered, genetic lottery ticket of a dog, save the $500-$1200 she asks for on her site and go adopt a rescue!
** update- according to her new blog at www.arcticakitas.blogspot.com, she's already got two matings accomplished for this year so far. This is AFTER she claimed on the Yahoo group "Akita Network" that she was going to 1) spay and neuter all her non AKC registered dogs and 2) conduct health certifications prior to breeding. That little "change of heart" title she posted sure didn't last long, did it? Nope, just long enough to make some money, because the puppies who are just little blastocysts by the time I'm writing this message are already being advertised for between $1000 and $1500 each. That's right, own your very pwn little peice of who knows what for the bargain basement price of fifteen hundred bucks! and if you act now, you can even buy a puppy from her second litter, unregistered, for only $500. Such a deal! Again, I remind my gentle readers that you could get the same quality at any rescue or public shelter. If no verifiable lineage and no health certifications are ok with you, they've got plenty of dogs for you at the pound! Now if you want to spend thatmoney wisely on multiple generationsof health tested parents, grandparents and greats, with champion titles and ROM designations, I can give you some referrals to fantasic breeders across the US. Sadly, I have nothing to sell you of my own until at least 2013 but help locating a quality reputable breeder is always FREE to you from Black Knight!
At Black Knight we are not afraid of the truth, and if by providing this information freely to the breed community we save EVEN ONE DOG or EVEN ONE PERSON from the same heartache and abuse suffered by others, we have done our duty to our breed and to the public.
This is our mission. Let the attacks come, we can take it.
Truth is our armor.
NEWS! Karen's attempt to acquire a restraining order to stop me from sharing the truth with the public was DENIED. New info from my research for this case; available for the asking, or I can point you in the right direction to get your own copies direct from the sources.
Want more info on the whole "UKC" registered angle? To understand the heart of it, go to thier website and register a dog. Any dog. Make up a name bc according to their legal department you can call it anything you want even if it's already registered somewhere else under another name and different ownership! Sound impossible? It's business as usual for UKC and I've got a written statement from their legal department to back that up. Think about the operating practices of the registry of your dog's "papers" before you buy!
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