I'm on page 3 and can't read any more. Eric sells dogs, he has sick dogs, mean dogs, lies to people, is under investigation for cruelty charges that he keeps slipping out of because he is a lawyer. I don't know how he stays in business...but in CT we have the SPCA of CT http://www.spcact.org/
who does the same thing. Fred Acker is a warehouse/collector who brings in dogs and sells them. He has the same wacko band of "believers" who think he can do no wrong and the dogs suffer for it. I think there must be tons of these "rescues" out there.
I got my Gloria from an ad on SPBR's page -- but NOT from Eric! I used to be a member back when there were some sane people on the boards, but I watched it slide into craziness where favored members were allowed to attack others. Finally a woman was given a dog to foster who was supposed to get along with cats. The first thing he did was murder her cat in front of her. Eric's solution to her dismay was to ban her from the board so she couldn't tell anyone. That created a backlash of people posting the truth and the board undergoing an upheaval as people were banned and left in droves. I'm sorry to see he's got a whole new bunch of groupies and is still overloading on dogs with no clue how to care for them. He's got lots of money, why can't he spend a few dollars to clean the puppies up? Answer -- because he's a greedy bastard!
As for the Pet Expos we go every year with my beagle/pointer mix Cassie. The minute we turn the corner she knows where we are and just starts to laugh. It is her delight and she spends the day having a ball. She's a social butterfly and really really likes other dogs and is very forgiving of bad behavior. Mostly I've seen pretty good handling of potential problem dogs, but most people walk on a loose leash. Fortunately these dogs are harmless and just want to make friends.
The only abuse I've seen I took care of. The AKC thought it would be good to bring in a field beagle to show the difference. She was soooo terrified. I sat with her for awhile and when it became obvious that her pompous owner kept her only for hunting, that she wasn't socialized at all and he didn't care I had him thrown out and told to take her back home. My husband and I stood there and stared at him until he left mad as hell. I pray he didn't take it out on that scared little dog. This past year they didn't have a field beagle. Most of the dogs seem to have fun and the rescues take applications -- they don't sell the puppies on the spot. At least none I've talked to do.
As for Eric - I hope he rots in Hell!
Jane and the Gang