Administator Sets Record Straight

As Topher Mackenzie has explained, this blog has been restored in order to refute false allegations made against us in a WordPress forum.

On Wednesday, one of our editors deleted all the articles on the blog. Another editor, after finding them deleted, published them again. Later the (now ex) editor and the administrator agreed that only information on her would be deleted. On Thursday, this person then deleted all the posts for a second time.

At no time was this ex editor an administrator of this blog. The ex editor recently bought the url http://www.jeromiewilliamsisafraud.com, but does not, and never has, owned this site, http://jeromiewilliamsisafraud.WORDPRESS.com. No one has hacked into this blog.

Thank you for your understanding.

Investigations Suggest Potential Cheating by Ashley Owen Hill in Charity Contest

Chase Community GivingOver the past several weeks, Facebook users have voted for their favourite charities in the Chase Community Giving program, which will distribute $5 million to the 196 charities that receive the most votes. Ashley Owen Hill, the co-founder of Pet Pardons, and founder of Lucky Dog Rescue in Meridian, Mississippi, is currently in 5th place with 24,049 votes, and in position to win a $100,000 prize.

However, several independent investigations are now casting doubt upon the validity of these votes. A week ago, DogsInDanger.com, a charity that helps save the lives of dogs scheduled to die in shelters, reported that they had monitored the voting patterns for many other charities, including Lucky Dog Rescue. Their conclusion?

Five million dollars is a lot of money for needy charities and some are resorting to vote rigging, stealing millions from the neediest people. … After monitoring voting patterns of many of their competitors, DogsInDanger.com executives found clear examples of vote tampering. Large percentage[s] of votes were coming from seemingly fake accounts with no activity or content outside of voting to receive the cash prizes. According to Facebook’s own estimates, over 83 million Facebook accounts are fake … In order to authenticate their findings, DogsInDanger.com conducted an undercover investigation and spoke with several technology firms that claimed to have enabled other organizations to successfully rig online competitions. These companies offered to sell DogsInDanger thousands of votes in the Chase Giving contest for just pennies per vote. Using this fake Facebook network, it is possible to win the top $250,000 prize with just about a thousand dollars invested in buying votes.

We have noticed that many Lucky Dog Rescue voters are not Americans, and do not speak English. Posts asking for votes on the Pet Pardons Facebook page have lately been inundated by comments in Spanish, Portuguese, Greek and Turkish, which is obviously highly suspicious for an English-only site, with (normally) only English comments.

A short list of accounts we have flagged includes: adriana.ausilio, agustina.fernandez.121772, AlesgaMarmoleria, andrea.vegakuri, annegrethe.t.carlsen, beluu.luuiis, blanquita.fina, Caaariiitooo.O.H, cesar.fragoso.39, cminfante78, david.valencia99, deciimeaguustinitha.delbajo, enzo.rojasprudencio, estefania.garcia.92798072, ezgi.umut.doruk, facundo.romero.355, fernando.cimadom, francisco.aceves.315, gaby.dominguez.5477, giseellestefany.caceresportilla, gustavo.lajas, isabelcristina.gomez.3, jaquelin.rodriguez.716, javier.soprano.3, jezabel.pliegoleana, JHONMARTINEZQ, joel.vargas.3517, jose.pintoseguel, joseadrian.gguzman, jovanna.rapeta, julianandres.corderoordonez, lala.robles.9, lenoonmackarneyy, leslyguadalupe.cidestrella, maria.colaco.9, mariaeugeniamaciel22, MariahVG, mariaisabel.contrerassanches, marianna.alcantar, mariateresa.ardoncalix1, matias.barraza.165, meluu.romeritaa, miguel.romeroprado, mily.chamorro.1, moises.ramirezcamarillo, nash1009, omarjhovanni.hernandezrodriguez, patricia.castro.372, rachel.quintana.39, rainbowyoga, ramonero.cetera, raoul.cooper.7, richimulticolor, rocco.ianniruberto, samantha.esquitinhernandez, scholiodigisis.karras, sheyla.montesnavarro, tandannateniaqueser, unapatita.amiga, valecade.cantinero, wanda.gomez.9085, and ykeepaza.

This activity has been reported to Chase Community Giving management, along with a list of known and suspected sock puppet accounts owned by Ashley Owen Hill’s associate, Jeromie Williams, who has written about cheating in the program.

The DogsInDanger.com press release concludes:

“It is despicable that other organizations would resort to vote rigging and stealing funds from honest, deserving charities that play by the rules. When charities steal from each other, how much lower can our society go?” said Alex Aliksanyan, Founder and President of DogsInDanger.com.

DogsInDanger and other reputable charities for causes like children’s cancer, the homeless, etc. are being overwhelmed by the cheaters, unable to compete. Charities are losing hundreds of thousands of dollars which are critical to their activities. Unscrupulous cheaters are stealing these much-needed funds under Chase and Facebook’s noses.

DogsInDanger.com is a free service for shelters and adopters, allowing people to search for dogs in urgent need. In the economic climate of the past two years, funding for DogsInDanger.com has decreased substantially. Winning funds in competitions like Chase Community Giving is instrumental to their continued operations.

Given that cheating would represent a significant violation of the program rules, we have asked Chase to reconsider the eligibility of Lucky Dog Rescue. We would also like to note, for the record, that we are not affiliated with any of the other charities in the competition.

However, like DogsInDanger.com, we would like to see the funding go to reputable, legitimate charities, not cheaters and deception artists. As I have pointed out before, it’s not hard to guess which category Ashley Owen Hill falls into. It seems to us she spends much of her time making disgusting videos, and writing heart-wrenching but fictional stories on her blog (literally all of which beg for donations).

For example:

Then, I paid the $400 vet bill I wasn’t quite prepared for, helped Delilah into the car, and drove her home. This weekend, Delilah has required around-the-clock care from me. She’s very weak, very sick, and very needy right now. Seeing her like this… well… it’s beyond heartwrenching.

Initially… upon return, she wouldn’t eat at all. But soon, I learned that “people food” was enough to entice her.

So… instead of dog food, she’s been sharing people food with me. Actually… it’s more accurate to say that I’ve simply been giving her all of my own food, and taking none for myself, which has honestly made me insanely happy. She needs it… much more than I do right now.

In other words, DONATE NOW or she might starve!!! Again, sorry, I just don’t believe her.

As the The Pet Advocates Network has pointed out, there is no transparency at the “Lucky Dog” rescue. No disclosure of financial records, or veterinary records, or adoption records, or anything else. And no website, just a blog, with a call for donations. That’s it.

And the fact that neither she nor Chris Hoar have ever responded to our many questions about Jeromie Williams, his death threats, his many scams, and his embezzlement from legitimate animal rescuers just raises more questions.

We hope that they will all be answered before Chase gives Lucky Dog Rescue a nickel.

Pet Pardons Followers Outraged by Misleading, Deceptive Headlines

Admitted fraudster and Pet Pardons Contributing Editor Cayr Ariel Wulff (email) has just written another false, sensational story, this time about a “complete ban on dogs” in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania (see screenshot). But this time, her readers are calling her out for her outrageous dishonesty.

Wulff, the author of disgusting hoax stories about dogs being tied to train tracks and an Ohio shelter burning dogs alive (neither of which ever happened), has twisted a limited and entirely reasonable proposal to ban dogs in the business district of Beaver Falls into a nefarious and shocking “complete ban on dogs”:

Jeromie Williams, the Director of Operations for Pet Pardons Canada, and Managing Editor of Pet Pardons News, adds his own commentary: “[O]ne city in Pennsylvania is considering a complete ban on dogs”:

And of course, this story was also shared on the Pet Pardons Facebook page, with “OUTRAGEOUS!” added, in case it was not clear that their story was (as usual) an attempt to outrage people:

As usual, this story is false.

The proposal concerns banning dogs only in the downtown, business district, not the whole city. In other words, it is not a “complete ban” at all.

Other news sites confirm this:

Cayr’s sensational headline has nothing to do with the actual story. Notice I said story: it is just a fiction, not a news article. When you write for a legitimate news organisation, the headline should match the article. When it doesn’t, it becomes fiction.

Fortunately, I was not the only person who noticed the headline was way off.

Firstly, Kelsey Rose Dixon notes “This headline is very misleading and [it] seems to be done on purpose“:

I couldn’t agree more.

Secondly, Colleen Chriss notes “It’s not the whole city and it is NOT a complete ban on dogs”:

Lastly, Dawn Fabbri notes “[I]f you even read the article they are not banning dogs just wanting them banned from a 10 block business district”:

It’s great to see Pet Pardons followers themselves pointing out their headlines are false, and intentionally so.

Of course, it’s doubtful that Pet Pardons News will change their headline, even now. Cayr and Jeromie’s reputations for dishonesty and fraud are well known, even, apparently, amongst Pet Pardons followers themselves.

Jeromie Williams Continues to Lie About Nathan Kotylak

Incredibly, the criminal fraud artist Jeromie Williams is still lying about the Vancouver Police Department’s role in prosecuting the rioters from the 2011 Vancouver Stanley Cup riot.

Specifically, Jeromie is once again claiming that the 17-year-old water polo player Nathan Kotylak hasn’t been charged:

As Nathan’s ex-girlfriend Celina Heppner responded, yes, he was charged.

Longtime readers of this blog will recall that Jeromie lied about this in order to stir up trouble, generate traffic to his (pay-per-visit) Examiner articles, collect more accolades like this, and to con his way back onto Ezra Levant’s show on the Sun News Network.

Chris Hoar Violates His Own Personal Guarantee (Again)

Chris HoarChris Hoar, the co-founder of Pet Pardons, often reassures donors with a personal guarantee:

“When i ask you to give money to help animals it is because i believe in good faith that money will do exactly that. … All the money raised here and on Pet Pardons goes directly to the Charity, Organization or an individual associated with the given situation. Should i ever discover that the money was not used for the exact situation i asked for your help with then i will refund 100% of your money, out of my own pocket if necessary.”

As we have noted previously, on March 28, 2012 (about a month after pledging that he would never promote another ChipIn), Hoar asked people to donate to a ChipIn set up by Jeromie Williams:

Operation Sled Dog needs to raise $5000…Without this intervention, all 25 dogs will be culled in the next week, most likely by lethal gunshot…On the ground for the rescue will be Jeromie Williams, the Managing Editor for the Pet Pardons News & Blog, making sure that every dollar raised tonight goes as far as it can.”

The ChipIn was quite successful, raising $6,180.84 (USD). Unfortunately, Jeromie Williams interfered with the rescue operation, antagonising the volunteer rescuers and very nearly getting the dogs killed, by lethal gunshot, himself, by jeopardising their transportation plan. He also refused to transfer any money, as promised, and then, only grudgingly, transferred $4,000, in four $1,000 increments, after intense public pressure.

However, Jeromie has withheld at least $1,800 (coincidentally, roughly the amount of the loan rescuers required). When two different third parties started a Facebook group and an online petition to encourage Jeromie to do the right thing and transfer the remaining funds, Jeromie’s response was to harass the animal rescue group, leaving threatening voicemail for their members, and making violent threats.

Regular readers of this blog know that Jeromie Williams has a long and well-documented history of ChipIn scams, and stalking, harassment and death threats against women, children and their pet dogs, for which he is currently under investigation by American and Canadian police.

Sadly, Chris Hoar has not bothered to respond to us about any of this, and, in clear violation of his “personal guarantee,” he has not refunded any money, or provided it to the sled dog rescue group.

Recently I noticed that Hoar made a comment on his own Facebook profile:

I read this comment as a challenge. I felt I should see if Chris Hoar was a man of his word, as he claimed. So I left a very simple, straightforward comment for him:

So the challenge was on. I told Chris Hoar he couldn’t make Jeromie give Operation Sled Dogs the rest of their money. If he really was so determined to do anything you tell him he can’t, he would no doubt have gotten Jeromie Williams to turn over the money.

Instead, he simply deleted the entire thread from his timeline.

BEFORE

AFTER

In typical Pet Pardons fashion, when a critical comment or question is posted, he simply deletes it (and sometimes the entire thread) and pretends it never happened.

I just checked once again with Operation Sled Dogs. They still have not received their money from Chris Hoar or Jeromie Williams. Apparently none of it has been refunded, either. He has simply kept it or let others keep it.

The truth is, if you really want Chris Hoar to do something — even to keep his word and honour his own “personal guarantee” — don’t bother telling him he can’t do it. In fact, don’t bother contacting him at all. He hasn’t responded to me, or Kim, or Topher, since January.

As Topher has concluded, this is just more evidence that Pet Pardons is a sick, poisonous organization, full of liars, scam artists, and criminals.

Pet Pardons Incites More Hatred, Racism, Xenophobia, and Death Threats

Sahar BiniazIt is with sadness and regret that I must once again point out that Pet Pardons has incited hatred and death threats, this time against Iranian Canadian actress and Miss Universe Canada 2012, Sahar Biniaz (right).

Ms. Biniaz, who was attacked by a pit bull when she was 14, has apparently called for more strict regulations on pit bulls in British Columbia:

Miss Universe Canada has joined the fight for a pit bull ban in B.C., and plans to make the effort a major part of her reign.

Sahar Biniaz, 26, was crowned Miss Universe Canada on May 19, and thinks the provincial government should adopt either a pit bull ban or at least require that pit bulls must be leashed and muzzled at all times.

The Richmond resident was a victim of a pit bull attack herself at the age of 14, a year after her family adopted a five-month-old pit bull from a breeder.

The pit bull “came from a really nice environment,” she said, but “then I ended up getting 16 stitches.” Biniaz still bears the scars on her chest to this day.

“I was just sitting down and it just kept staring at me, and I don’t know what aggravated it,” she said. “It just all of sudden … went off.”

In a post on September 5, Pet Pardons called for Miss Universe Canada to rescind its award. Once again, however, many of those who commented went further.

Many called for her to be “banned,” “leashed” and “muzzled” as well, and most called her an “ugly” “bitch,” “whore,” “skank,” “douche bag,” or some combination of these insults. Some posted hateful comments about Canada (“F*CK CANADA”) and Islam (“F*CK ISLAM”), or told her to go back to India or Iran. Eva Betances expressed a desire to kill her in a “gass chamber” if she continues to express her opinion.

Here is a representative sample of the comments:

By my count, in just the last month, Pet Pardons has incited hatred and death threats against Fairfield County officials Mike Miller, Mike Kiger and Judy Shupe (based on a confirmed hoax), against Idaho hunter Dennis Brent Sawyer (based on a picture), and now Ms. Biniaz.

Again, this comes as no surprise, as Jeromie Williams, the Director of Operations for Pet Pardons Canada, and Managing Editor of Pet Pardons News, has a well-documented history of stalking, harassment and death threats against women, children and their pet dogs, for which he is currently under investigation by American and Canadian police.