DE: Phony Baloney “Dog Trainer” Steals Pets

Would you give a bunch of money to a dog trainer who called his business “A Bad Dog No More”?  I’m thinking no.  I don’t believe in “bad dogs” in general which makes the whole premise of the business name stink.  I tend to think they are usually untrained dogs with owners in need of education and/or motivation.  But apparently some people would hand over their cash – and their dogs – only to figure out the whole thing was a scam:

Wilmington police say a man who claims to be a dog trainer was swindling unsuspecting pet owners by stealing their dogs and selling them for profit.

While some of the pets have been recovered – not an easy task since unsuspecting buyers on Craigslist presumably bought the dogs in good faith – others are still missing.  The faux trainer, James Whitten, is on the lam:

Wilmington and state police have issued warrants for his arrest on felony charges of theft, two other felonies and two misdemeanors.

But they believe he fled the state.

I wonder which state is the current lucky recipient of Mr. Whittens’ charms?

According to court records, Whitten has a lengthy criminal record that dates back to 1984, when he was a juvenile.

He was convicted in 1990 of unlawful sexual intercourse, kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment and unlawful sexual contact. In 1996, he was convicted of resisting arrest, and of stalking the following year. In 2004, he was convicted again of resisting arrest and reckless driving. Theft charges dating from December 2007 are still pending against him in the Court of Common Pleas.

If you spot Mr. Fakey:

Anyone with information about Whitten’s whereabouts may call the Delaware SPCA at [(302)]998-2281 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333.

Signed, Shocked in GA

Here’s the problem:  People want to take their dogs off leash in public parks because I guess it’s too tedious to have to actually hold the leash.  Especially when they haven’t trained the dog to walk without pulling the owner’s arm out of its socket.  So that’s two things – holding the leash and training *shudder*.

Then there are people who want to use the public parks without strange dogs running up to/jumping on/chasing them.  This group includes people walking their own dogs on leash as well as people who come to the park without dogs (Whaaaa?).

The people who can’t be bothered to train the dog to walk normally on a leash are often the same ones who claim the dog to be under “voice control”.  Pretty much everyone on the planet knows this is a crock.

A city in Georgia is debating what to do about this issue.  One idea:

At tonight’s city council workshop, resident Richard Linteris showed off a special wireless collar that can be triggered to shock a dog who misbehaves or strays too far.

Don’t worry folks.  This man is a professional:

“I guarantee you, you crank these up and you can get a dog to stop whatever he’s doing, the bad behavior, 100 percent of the time,” Linteris said.

Oh dear.

I have an alternate proposal:  How about we shock people who don’t train their dogs and let them run wild in public parks?  I’m normally anti-shock collar but if it will stop these owners’ bad behavior 100% of the time, I could maybe make an exception.