California Puppy Importer, Trisha Slack continued...

 

It is important to check breeders carefully before buying a puppy from them because import brokers often disguise themselves as loving and caring legitimate breeders of AKC pure bred French and English Bulldogs. We would like to cite the following example;

 

Trisha and Steven Slack, who imported puppies into southern California, advertised on their web site that “Our dogs are not raised in kennels. We strive for quality of health and sound temperament. Our dogs are bred to be non-aggressive. Our dogs come with an outstanding pedigree with emphasis on quality of health and sound temperament. Our dogs are  great with children & all other animals. Also, possessing awesome personalities. They make great companions & loving family dogs. We put health first, above all, when raising our dogs.” Keaton's Kennels. This website has since been removed from the Internet.   Sounds great, doesn't it?  As you read on the records tell a different story. Among other things, they didn't “raise” their dogs, they imported them, or at least an awful lot of them.

 

Disturbed and frustrated by the large volume of complaints received from heartbroken French Bulldog and Bulldog puppy buyers who purchased puppies from the Slacks, French Bulldog Rescue Network California State Contact, Rebecca Sazegar, reached out to animal control officer Willa Bagwell in the county where the Slacks resided and  respected animal advocate, Attorney John Hoffman for help.

 

We are quite certain John Hoffman had no idea that he would spend  the next few months and over 500 hours reviewing files, interviewing witnesses, and preparing statements for them to sign, writing to governmental authorities and speaking with them by telephone, and writing to newspapers and Internet web sites on which the Slacks were advertising, asking that the newspapers and Internet web sites stop running the Slacks’ ads because the Slacks were providing buyers with sick puppies, but he did, and he offered his services pro bono. 
 

During his initial investigation, John compiled station records from Los Angeles Airport that had been forwarded to Willa Bagwell that show the couple had been importing large numbers of young puppies and having them shipped on long flights from Eastern Europe.  Below are copies of the quarantine records:

 

3/27/04, 20 English and French Bulldog puppies, 4 months old, shipped to them from Kiev.

5/20/04, 4 French Bulldog puppies and 2 English Bulldog puppies, all 3 months old, shipped to them from Russia.

6/10/04, 5 English Bulldog puppies and 3 French Bulldog puppies, all 8½ weeks old, shipped to them from Kiev.

6/19/04, 2 French Bulldog puppies and 8 English Bulldog puppies, all 8½ weeks old, shipped to them from Kiev.

6/27/04, 8 English Bulldog puppies, 8½ weeks old, shipped to them from Kiev.

7/5/04, 8 English Bulldog puppies, age unspecified, shipped to them from Amsterdam.  (These likely came from Kiev with a stop in Amsterdam as the flight number is the same as for the puppies coming from Kiev.)

7/11/04, 6 English Bulldog puppies, 8½ weeks old, shipped to them from Kiev.

7/15/04, 6 English Bulldog puppies and 2 French Bulldog puppies, all 8½ weeks old, shipped to them from Kiev.

7/21/04, 4 English Bulldog puppies and 3 French Bulldog puppies, age unspecified, shipped to them from Kiev.

7/21/04, another 8 English Bulldog puppies, age unspecified, shipped to them from Kiev.

8/5/04, 22 dogs, breed unspecified, age 3½ months, shipped to them from Moscow.

8/27/04, 8 English Bulldog puppies and 1 French Bulldog puppy, all 8½ weeks old, shipped to them from Kiev.

9/8/04, 4 English Bulldog puppies and 4 French Bulldog puppies, all 8½ weeks old, shipped to them from Kiev.

9/8/04, another 5 English Bulldog puppies and another 6 French Bulldog puppies, all 8½ weeks old, shipped to them on a second flight the same day from Kiev.

That is 139 puppies they imported from Russia and the Ukraine in less than 6 months!

 

We have found 8 court actions filed in Temecula, California against this couple since the beginning of 2004, all relating to their puppy sales. According to the online Court records, (a) the breeders settled one case by agreeing to pay the buyers $1,000 and to provide AKC papers, (b) judgment was entered against the breeders in 3 cases in the sums of $850, 1,577.50, and $3,310 respectively, plus court costs in each case. The remaining 4 cases had not yet come to trial when this piece was written.  

 

As a result of a unusual break, in December 2004, the Slacks’ former bookkeeper (a) provided Officer Bagwell with extensive computer records concerning the Slacks’ puppy business and their financial affairs, (b) allowed John Hoffman to interview her, and (c) provided us with a detailed sworn statement concerning the Slacks’ business and business practices.  But no one was prepared for what that interview would reveal. 

 

The information provided by the Slacks’ former bookkeeper indicated that they alone imported more than 300 puppies during the one year period from June 2003 through May 2004. The bookkeeper also provided email exchanges between broker and importer, and pictures of dead and dying puppies, all victims of the Slacks import puppy business.  The photos and email exchanges were necessary documentation in order to get free replacement puppies for the puppies that died shortly before or after arriving to the United States from the broker in Russia.

 

Emails on this page below are exchanges from one prolific export broker in Russia to import broker Trisha Slack located in southern California and the southern California broker and a former employee.

The puppies were purchased from puppy mills in Russia and the Ukraine by an export broker named Marina Kanevsky who resold them to import brokers here in the United States, including the Slacks.  The Slacks and the other import brokers then re-sold.
WARNING

The pictures on this link more victims are extremely graphic, and you may

not want to open them.  They are pictures of dead and dying puppies, all

victims of a southern California import broker, Trisha Slack.

 
 

 

We would like to thank the following people and organizations who

assisted with this case including; first and foremost Attorney John Hoffman for his tireless work and efforts.  He continues to work to stop the massive importation of dogs into this country. 

 

We would also like to thank Officer Willa Bagwell, Rebecca Sazegar, Attorney Charlotte Creeley, The French Bulldog Rescue Network, southern California French Bulldog and Bulldog breeders for their support, and everyone who contributed information and shared their heartbreaking stories and experiences. 

 

Although, we believe Trisha Slack is no longer in the puppy import business, there are hundreds more out there.  Please don't buy a puppy from them and contribute to their existence. 

 

The only way to stop them is by coming forward and sharing your story.  

 

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