Skip to comments.FROM PUPPIES TO PIONEERS - The Story of Search and Rescue Pits
Posted on 12/24/2002 1:08:01 PM PST by Alylonee
From Puppies to Pioneers - The story of search & Rescue Pits
From Kristine Crawford For PitSake
I got Cheyenne when she was 4 months old. A friend of mine worked at the local animal shelter and felt sorry for this emaciated, hairless puppy that had just been brought in. Due to the fact that she was a pit bull, she was going to be put down the next day. My friend brought her home. She couldn't keep her because she already had 5 dogs so she gave her to me.
Even after all the puppy had been through, Cheyenne was a little bundle of joy. I worked in retail at the time so I was able to bring her to work with me. Everyone fell in love with her. We went through obedience, did some agility, and even started doing some schutzhund. But when it came time to do the bite work, she just didn't want to do it.
Then I decided that I didn't want to excel at something where people would see my pit bull biting someone. Cheyenne did really well in the tracking part of her schutzhund training so I decided to train her to be a search dog. Soon after that, Cheyenne went through a false pregnancy. She would take all my stuffed animals and put them in her bed and lay on them. She never went anywhere without her "puppies". She carried them all around the house. Then it came time for her false pregnancy to end . . . and she had no real puppies. She went into a severe depression. She didn't want to get up. Not even to eat.
A neighbor who lived on the ranch down the street told me that they had some friends who were selling pit bull puppies and that I should buy one for Cheyenne. We decided to take Cheyenne over to their house to see how she got along with the puppies. She loved them! However, they were out of my price range. I let her play with them for a little while and then called her so we could leave. I turned around to see where she was and there she was, with a puppy by the neck, getting into the car! I told her no she couldn't have the puppy and I took it back and "buried" it underneath it's 7 brothers and sisters.
Cheyenne ran over to the pile of puppies and batted them all aside until she found that same puppy. She found her and off she went to the car with "her" puppy. I was in tears, the breeder was in tears. The breeder was so moved by what he saw that he let us have the puppy. Cheyenne was delighted with her new puppy, Dakota. Dakota started coming to work with us also and she absolutely adored people. Cheyenne and Dakota became inseparable. I decided to train Dakota to be a search dog as well.
Dakota liked to run so I trained her to be an Air Scent Dog while Cheyenne is a little more methodical, so I trained her to be a Trailing Dog. After months of training, we were ready to join an organization. We went to our first meeting. The building didn't allow dogs, so Cheyenne and Dakota had to stay in the car. Then came my turn to introduce us. "My name is Kris and I have an American Staffordshire Terrier and an American Pit Bull Terrier."
Everyone gasped. One woman yelled, "We don't allow pit bulls!" Everyone in the room started talking. I told them that I was honestly surprised to get this type of reaction from an organization that is run by "dog people" who should know that a dog's behavior is based on how it is raised, not by what type of breed it is. The board called the session to order and they would vote on whether we should be allowed to join. We got in by one vote. The following week we went to our first workout, nobody would hide for us. "The pit bull might attack me when she finds me!" Very few people would even talk to me. After a couple weeks of this, I realized I would have to do it on my own. I also realized that we would have to be 10 times better than everyone else to be considered an equal.
I found some people who would work with us. We trained every day. Cheyenne and Dakota loved the work. They would go get me their vests every chance they could. In the meantime, we kept showing up to the workouts. After about 10 months, I found someone at one of the workouts to hide for us. Everyone wanted to watch. I deployed Dakota. They stood there silently as they watched Dakota search for the scent, locate the subject, come back and tell me she had found the subject, and then take me to the subject. "Dang, she's good!" I heard someone say.
One of the evaluators even let Cheyenne and Dakota play with her dog! From that point on we were accepted.
That year was a slow season for search call outs. I tried to think of what else I could do with Cheyenne and Dakota in the meantime. Then I heard about Animal-Assisted Therapy. Cheyenne and Dakota absolutely loved people so this would be perfect for them. I called the informational number on the brochure. The woman who answered told me all about their organization. She was very pleasant.
Then she asked what kind of dogs I had. I told her Pit Bulls. She said, "I'm sorry, but our discussion is over." She hung up. Now I was even more determined to get in! I waited a couple weeks and called again. Once again she started out telling me all about the organization. Then she asked what kind of dogs I had. "Terriers that do search and rescue." She was delighted. She invited me to the handler orientation and the classes that teach you how to deal with different types of patients. Dogs were not allowed at these classes so she still hadn't seen my girls.
A couple of months later she said to go ahead and bring my dogs to the rehab center at 9:00am to be evaluated with the patients. We arrived early and at 9:00, we proudly walked in the front door of the rehab center. She was waiting for us in the lobby. She looked at us and screamed, "You're that pit bull lady! Get those dogs out of here!" Just then a child that was sitting in the lobby ran up to Cheyenne and started petting her.
Then a man in a wheelchair came by and asked if he could pet the dogs. The therapist who just arrived, didn't hear that the Evaluator had just kicked us out of the building. She said, "Oh, you guys must be the new therapy dogs . . . let's get started." The Evaluator looked at me and sternly said, "You've got one floor."
Everyone was so happy to see my girls. We were having so much fun we ended up doing all three floors! As we walked out the door, the Evaluator looked at me and said, "You know, I learned something today. I guess pit bulls aren't all bad. Here is a list of hospitals, rehab centers and convalescent homes that could sure use your help. Good job."
A lot of people ask me why I do Animal-Assisted Therapy and Search and Rescue with my dogs. I tell them that I used to do all sorts of things with my dogs; i.e. obedience, agility, etc. When they did a good job, they got a blue ribbon. Now when my dogs do a good job, they save someone's life.
(Excerpt) Read more at pitbullsontheweb.com ...
None of the information in this story about Kristine Crawford is true. If you want to verify any of the search information, contact the California Rescue Dog Association, www.carda.org. Just check CARDA's certified SAR dogs, and yes, Dakota and Tahoe are listed; Cheyenne never did search and rescue. NEVER certified. NEVER tested. NEVER searched. Go on. Check it out.
If you want to check out the story about how Dakota was saved, run a few search engines. Crawford has claimed that Dakota was variously saved from a dog fighting ring where she was used as a bait dog; saved from a litter of puppies scheduled to be euthanized http://www.workingpitbull.com/recycleabull2.htm and www.forpitssake.org; this story http://www.pitbullsontheweb.com/petbull/articles/sarpits.html; this story with the variation that the neighbor was later arrested and jailed for dog fighting.
Same thing with her dog Tahoe. Heard how Ms. Crawford rescued Tahoe from a dumpster? How Tahoe was abused and abandoned in a Dumpster on Christmas? How Tahoe was found by a homeless woman and her daughter who were searching for cans. How Kristine rescued the dog, and paid for all of her extraordinary vet bills, and how this dog is now saving lives herself. This story was even featured in the 2001 C.H.A.M.P. conference: http://www.animalfarmfoundation.org/2001nokillspeach.htm. Except that it's not real either. None of it.
How about going to Gaff Kennels, http://www.gaffkennels.net/, and asking the breeder herself. Kristine Crawford bought Tahoe on Christmas Eve, 2000, for the amount of $350.00, posed for pictures with the breeder's children in front of the tree and the new puppy.
Kristine Crawford is a huge fraud, and before anyone any where donates money, gear, or other donations to her purported non-profit, go run search engines. Check out the federal IRS charity search engine http://apps.irs.gov/app/pub78; as of today, For Pits Sake does not come up. Then go to the Internet Archive Wayback Machine, and look up For Pits Sake archives http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://forpitssake.org; they've been purportedly waiting on their non-profit - and still taking donations - for at least the past four years. News paper online searches show articles purporting Ms. Crawford to be a non-profit since 1997 and in others, since 1998.
Check it all out. Check out more. Run lots of engines and compare them all. And don't be surprised if you receive Hotmail or Yahoo! free account emails supporting Ms. Crawford and all she does. Especially from accounts from Daryl Riva (email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org), T. Eric Sheets, III (email@example.com), Pat Grant (firstname.lastname@example.org), Fran Troutman (email@example.com) or Thomas Faraghan (firstname.lastname@example.org). Those are all known Kristine R. Crawford alias email accounts.
Caveat emptor, all potential donors.
This morning, February 17, 2006, at 1100 hrs in San Diego Superior Court, Judge A. Preckel, Ramona, San Diego County, California, the case "Kelly Falconer versus Kristine Rae Crawford", civil court case #SR008487, was heard in open court.
Kris Crawford did NOT show, however, she did contact the court telephonically, stating she had never heard of this case, that she'd only learned of the case the day before after a friend found it on the Internet. She requested a continuance, stating she had not been properly served.
The court denied her request, stating that proof of service was shown, and proof of substituted service was accepted at her Los Gatos mail box. In file were also past attempts, sucessful mail services, and process services billings, receipts, and notes, as well as her California corporate record of address, and her current criminal court case information, including her home address as the address properly served.
Service was accepted, and the proceedings continued.
Allegations against Ms. Crawford are, as verbatim:
Why does the Defendant owe the Plaintiff money?
"Actual damages, pain and suffering, penalties for fraud, theft by deception, computer/website intrusion (California 502PC), and willfully damaged/erased content, as well as actual damages/financial loss for services rendered and received after fraudulently claiming cancer (housing, money, care, board, vet svcs), slander, harrassment, libel".
The judge heard, reviewed material in file, as well as accepted additional material, including documentation from Palomar Hospital admissions department from November 23, 2004; Kris's own handwritten statements authorizing care, training, and possession of her dogs; phone records; proof of service; and proof of damages.
Finding: SUSTAINED. Actual damages were calculated to be between $15,535.76 to $17,214.24.
AWARDED: California state civil/small claims court maximum, $5000.00, plus $92.00 in court costs.
JUDGMENT: $5,092.00 to Plaintiff Kelly Falconer, AGAINST Defendent Kristine Rae Crawford.
Kristine is also facing criminal charges in an unrelated case.
Criminal court case, "People versus Crawford, Kristine", San Mateo County, court case number SM341062A, for two counts of criminal embezzlement (Count 01, California penal code 508/487(a), PC 17, and Count 02, CA PC 508) are still slated for jury trial. Next criminal court hearing date is March 02, 2006, 9:00AM, Department AR. Jury trial is set for April 03, 2006, at 9:00AM, Department JT.
Case name: Kristine R. Crawford
Case number: SM341062A
001 PC 508/487(A)
01 PC 17
002 PC 508
Violation date: 09/28/2004
PC 508 - 508. Every clerk, agent, or servant of any person who fraudulently appropriates to his own use, or secretes with a fraudulent intent to appropriate to his own use, any property of another which has come into his control or care by virtue of his employment as such clerk, agent, or servant, is guilty of embezzlement.
Two counts of embezzlement: one for the theft of a Fender Passport amplifier and speaker system, and the second charge is defined below.
PC 487(a) - 1997. 487a. (a) Every person who shall feloniously steal, take, transport or carry the carcass of any bovine, caprine, equine, ovine, or suine animal or of any mule, jack or jenny, which is the personal property of another, or who shall fraudulently appropriate such property which has been entrusted to him, is guilty of grand theft.
The charge in this case is for the theft of a human teaching skeleton, stolen from the Biology Department of Menlo College.
PC 17 - Codifier for felony/misdeameanor.
On January, 2005, Kristine R. Crawford was picked up, detained, and questioned by Atherton Police Department at her place of employment*.
*NOTE: In December, 2004, Kristine sent out a newsletter on behalf of her For Pits Sake organization stating that she was unemployable, and out of work, due to a hand injury. That is, and was not true. She was at her normal course and place of employment during the week of January 21, 2005, when she was detained by police in regard to thefts reported by Menlo College on/or during September, 28, 2004.
After being questioned, she was escorted to her residence, where she ultimately turned the stolen items over to police.
In August, 2005, she was arrested, charged with two counts of embezzlement, and continues to face those criminal accusations today. She has listed a false address, ie, a fictitious apartment, as her home address, and has given a third differing date of birth. No one really seems to know exactly WHO Kristine Rae Crawford really is...including Kristine.
Criminal case docket information is publicly available. For copies of criminal files and related court records:
San Mateo County Courts
Superior Court Southern Branch
400 County Center, 4th Floor
Lastly, Kristine resigned from one of her SAR teams after an Internal Affairs investigation began, and has since suspended from others until the resolution of her criminal arrest and complaint. If you are donating money to support her SAR efforts, you should be aware that your money is going directly into her own pocket - and most likely, always has.
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