Katrina fraud sentence

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, April 2009:
Donald D. Chambers, 40, of Amherst, Ohio, on January 30,
2009 was sentenced to serve a year in prison, was fined $1,000, and
was ordered to pay $62,124 in restitution to the Best Friends Animal
Society, of Kanab, Utah. Chambers on October 24, 2008 pleaded
guilty to defrauding Best Friends by taking 28 dogs rescued after
Hurricane Katrina, plus $1,000 apiece for their care and feeding,
on the promise to find adoptive homes for them.
“The relationship between Chambers and Best Friends began
when he presented himself as Don the Dog Guy, who had a kennel and
training facility in Lorain County,” wrote Cleveland Plain Dealer
reporter Donna Miller. “He traveled to Best Friends’ sanctuary and
spent time with the dog trainers there.”

“He claimed to have placed the dogs, and sent convincing
photos and wrote stories about the dogs for our web site,” Best
Friends spokesperson John Polis told Miller. “Don actually was
quite popular with the trainers here, and had somewhat of a
following on our web site.”
However, Best Friends eventually learned that only three of
the dogs given to Chambers found homes.
“Ten were euthanized at the Lorain County Kennel. One died
in a dog fight. One died of untreated heartworms. Three died and
were tossed into a trash bin. Six are unaccounted for. Best Friends
took back three of them,” recounted Miller.

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