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Breaking News! Rescue Posts $10,000 Bond to Keep From Returning Piper

Rescue Posts $10,000 to Keep from Returning Piper to Owner!

Piper will not be coming home for now. Central Ohio Sheltie Rescue, Inc. and Penny Sanderbeck posted $10,000 counter-replevin bond today with the Franklin County Municipal Court to retain possession of Veronia Covatch’s champion Shetland Sheepdog, Ch. Legacies Pipe Dream (Piper).

In an action that is disturbing within the dog world, Sanderbeck/COSR steadfastly has refused to return Piper to her owner. Sanderbeck and Central Ohio Sheltie Rescue, Inc. (COSR) had possession of Piper for less than 24 hrs before being notified by Covatch that this was her dog. Neither Sanderbeck nor her attorney will answer why she is refusing to return this dog.

We are waiting for a press statement from Covatch’s attorney and will update as soon as we have further news.

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Previous Articles:

When A Rescue Goes Wrong

Piper’s Saga Moves to the Courtroom

Court Orders Recovery of Piper, the missing Ch. Legacies Pipe Dream

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Edrie Blackwelder has owned, loved and bred Samoyeds beginning in 1970. She is also active in Rescue of dogs (both purebred and mixed breeds), cats, horses, birds and wildlife. She ardently fights for the protection of both animals and the rights of those who own them. Her passion also includes protecting the health of the planet we share with all creatures. She is active in disaster preparedness through CERT program, ARES and the Large Animal Evacuation team in her home area. You can follow her writing on Dailykos here. http://www.dailykos.com/blog/edrie/
  • Angela August 11, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    This is pure insanity Time to go in and get the dog period!!!

    • Edrie Blackwelder
      Edrie Blackwelder August 11, 2014 at 11:26 AM


      By posting the counter-replevin bond with the Court, Sanderbeck/COSR has filed to retain possession of Ch. Legacies Pipe Dream (Piper) pending the outcome of the court case.

      We will be covering this closely. At this time, we just know that the rescue organization has chosen to post the bond of $10,000 rather than return Piper.

      *a replevin bond or counter-replevin bond must be posted in the full amount to the Court. That has been done by COSR.

      • Taylor T August 12, 2014 at 8:50 AM

        So what happens next? Does Piper’s owner need to file a new suit…or does this same case automatically continue?

    • Kathryn Stein July 31, 2015 at 6:14 PM

      OMG I just noticed that this story has been going on for TWO years and apparently has not been settled???

  • Dawn Dalyce August 11, 2014 at 10:24 AM


    • Edrie Blackwelder
      Edrie Blackwelder August 11, 2014 at 11:28 AM


      This matter is now in the Municipal Court of Franklin County in Columbus, OH.

      We will keep you updated.

  • Linda August 11, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    What a shame they are using this to keep one dog. One who has a home, when they have many others that need medical attention and homes of their own. All rescues are getting a bad name because of this one group.

  • Judy C. August 11, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    I can not begin to describe how disgusted I am over this lastest developement, even though I imagined that Penny/COSR would find some way to delay returning Piper. We can only pray that the Judge will see the cruel, evil, self serving agenda that Penny/COSR has in inflicting pain and suffering on Veronica, Michelle and Piper. Stay strong Veronica we are all still standing behind and beside you in your fight.

  • Ann August 11, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    This story is astounding and horrifying, and wrong on so many levels. What legitimate “rescue” can or will spend $10,000 to keep a dog from its rightful owner. Thank you, Edrie and Best in Show Daily for keeping this in the public eye and up to date on it.

  • Lee Hough August 11, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    Mid Atlantic GSD rescue did basically the same thing to a breeder. Pup sold on payments, none made, papers in breeders name…pup got out, taken to vet, microchip checked and breeder notified. When she got there to get dog, found that “someone” had turned dog over to rescue. Big shot lawyer on BOD of rescue….owner ran out of resources and someone on board adopted well bred import line GSD…Rescues often just money making schemes for someone to live off of….maybe a litter of “rescue pups” will show up in this rescue’s hands to get big donations from….Also a bond is not always cash up front…but a percentage of that sum to an insurance company.

  • l August 11, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    Think of all the dogs that need rescuing that could benefit from that $10,000. I do NOT understand this AT ALL.
    There isn’t a reasonable reason for them NOT to return the dog to its owner. Unless they have done something to the dog and don’t have it any more.

    has anyone actually seen Piper recently?

  • Missy August 11, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    One would think the $10000 could be and should be spent elsewhere besides stealing a show dog

  • Lorain Shelties August 11, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Please everybody, more than ever Veronica needs your help in the form of dollars, and lots of them. This is everyone’s fight now, all dog owners, and includes those wonderful rescues whose mission stands for reuniting lost dogs with their owners. Lets show COSR that those rescues that stand behind her are the minority, not the majority.

    • PAM August 12, 2014 at 12:55 PM

      Other than the tupperware party, where can you make a direct donation? This is sickening and that woman needs to be stopped!

  • Annie Fitt August 11, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    Makes me wonder who Sanderbeck’s backer is on this one. PETA? The HSUS? A private AR nutjob? I would guess Piper is already spayed, placed, and Sanderbeck won’t admit she has done wrong by the dog and her owners.

  • megan August 11, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    I think she did something with her. Got her fixed. Or she is sick. Or she bred her. I think that’s why she won’t return her. I know for a fact Piper has never been bred. She needs to shape up and return Piper. If she cared about her rescue. She could have helped so many other animals, like the ones on death row.

    • Janet August 11, 2014 at 2:20 PM

      I think Piper is Penny’s new Foundation Bitch. And she is being held somewhere safe until she produces her litter which will create some income for the rescue organization–or what’s left of it after all this is over. Or the next organization Penny starts with the proceeds. Seems she has quite a few supporters she has bamboozeled into thinking along her lines. She may have an agreement with a third party to share the proceeds of the litter sales in return for harboring the dog. Nothing else makes any sense to me. Too bad the judge only asked for $10,000 and not a million.

  • madhilde August 11, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    If you want to contribute to the cause, you can also go to Piper’s Tupperware Party. 40% of your purchase goes directly to help her legal fund, and YOU get Tupperware! Here’s the link: http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Forder.tupperware.com%2Fpls%2Fhtprod_www%2F!twx%24eparty_ctl.p_guest_welcome%3Fpv_eparty%3Dcd6f599678058813cf2f933b1d9947ad&h=eAQHj0zv6

  • Ricka Smith August 11, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    Has the judge issued any kind of order which demands that the “rescue” produce the dog to make sure she is still with them, and she is in good health, and that she has not been spayed or otherwise physically altered or maimed? At this point, I’d want proof that Piper is still alive.

  • Janet August 11, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    The rescue probably Spayed the dog. They are probably doing this because all the trouble is worth the trouble of Piper’s owner realizing that she got spayed. This is animal abuse the way I see it. She is being kept away from her owner in a friggin shelter. I’m tellin you what if that was my dog I would be in there beating people.

  • sheltie mom August 11, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    i have been praying that piper would be sent home and this be over but i had a feeling something would happen and this would keep going on. yes i feel she has spayed piper and she has sold her or something bad has happened to her. this is not to upset anybody it is just a feeling i have. prayers to veronica and piper that this nightmare will be over soon and it will have a happy ending with piper coming home

  • TervMom August 11, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    Cannot understand any sane reason for the “rescue” to keep this dog. Yes, haven’t seen the ownership paperwork, but sounds like they produced enough for the judge. I could not imagine being in the same situation.

  • Cheryl August 11, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Well, now it is obvious that Penny Sanderbeck either has good liability insurance or AR backing. Also, remember she advertised needing donations for medical care of dogs? Bet she raked in a bunch then. Yes, we need to donate to Veronica’s fund. What is that link? And obviously there is “something rotten in Denmark” to post a bond for a dog this gal knows she doesn’t own. Either the dog is spayed, placed elsewhere, or dead. There are no coincidences. Something’s fishy and something’s going on. I wouldn’t be surprised, if none of the above apply, that this Penny has bred this bitch and will use AKC Rules to attempt to force Veronica to sign over the pups’ papers. The only way Veronica can win is if the Court says the dog is hers. Nasty business. That is why my dogs are triple fenced.

  • Marilyn August 11, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    I do know things are not always as they seem in the dog show and dog rescue world! I work with both. Hope whatever is the truth, wins out!

  • Dawn Horock August 11, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    I have to wonder if they (she) had to post the money because she no longer had Piper. There is something really strange about this whole ordeal. What legitimate rescue does these things and acts the way this lady has?

  • diane August 11, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    This is a rhetorical question…..but why?

  • Linda August 11, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Well since rescues can spend thousands on a pup that is stolen rather than give it back to its owner ~ I guess rescues really do not need money. They steal dogs, not rescue them. Very sick, demented people you have working in that Ohio shelter. That Penny thief should be locked up. TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS???????? Seriously could save hundreds of animals. Very Cruel sick and twisted people in this rescue and we worry about Pit Bulls.

  • Jance August 11, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    What have they done to, or with this dog????? Are they using him to breed, or have they sold or mutilated him?

  • gail August 11, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    A bond doesn’t mean you spent the money, just put it in escrow and you can get it back when everything is over.

  • kathy terry August 11, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    I am VERY ACTIVE IN rescue and can NOT condone this rescue’s behavior – it is outrageous. Given the inherent value of the dog – ONLY for legal reasons – this must be a felony. Why haven’t the authorities intervened?
    AND – WTH have they come up with $10,000??? That money can used so much more productively caring for animals that are clearly NOT belonging to anyone and/or have been so mistreated/abused that it takes a chunk of change to rehab them.
    And then rescue people wonder why in the world we have such a spotty reputation.
    Give me a break. Clearly this rescue has done something immoral, unethical and possibly criminal. Outrageous.

  • Kristy Kenyon August 11, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    All i can say is WHY ? ?What was/is the problem between these two Very unsettling as a person that breeds and does rescue.WTH is wrong with people these days..but this isn’t the first time underhanded shelter/rescues have done this sort of thing…I remember back in 1973 a friends Borzoi got out was picked up by a po-dunk city (i’m Thinking Rialto)shelter and was placed in a new home with the shelter worker’s sister…long story short my friend sued over ownership and had to pay pain and suffering to someone who basically stole her dog, because she had fallen in love with said dog in 3 days

  • Michelle Adams August 11, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    COSR is not, and I repeat not, a “rescue” group. This case has nothing to do with the welfare of the dog. The dog was never abused. They are only playing control-freak games because they don’t like breeders. COSR and this action by them is the incident that people point to when they say they don’t like rescues. This is not a “legitimate” (yes, I’ll use that word) animal rescue. Animal rescue has become such a game of numbers, con games and head games like this one, that is is no wonder the public is slowly getting wise to them. $10,000? Seriously? Smart people will ask how many animals could have been s/n with that money, how much medicine and how many bags of food could have been bought with that money, how many injured animals could have had life-saving veterinary care with that money But, no, this sham of an animal “rescue” wants to use donations for a p*ss*ng match with the dog’s owner. Folks, animal overpopulation is now officially over, there are no more strays on the streets, the shelters are empty and animal abuse has ceased to exist, it is now time to put your checkbooks away and check your “compassion” at the door because animal rescues now save up all your donations and use them to fight the owner for custody of the few remaining 4 or 5 dogs left in the world.

    • DR August 12, 2014 at 4:03 PM

      Are you serious? Shelter pets die by the hundreds of thousands, if not millions, every year STILL in this country. There may be some isolated communities where overpopulation is less of a problem, but in most areas, it is still a serious problem. I see it every day where I live. If you don’t, then congratulations … maybe you can take a few of the dogs and cats that our shelter will otherwise be euthanizing.

      It is extremely unusual for a rescue to go to these lengths to hold a dog after an owner has been located, unless the rescue has reason to believe the dog was not cared for appropriately by the owner. I can’t find any information about potential concerns with the owner, or the circumstances that led to the dog ending up in rescue. I acknowledge that the situation is suspicious, and the rescue may well be out of line – though I want to know more before jumping to conclusions. However, this situation in no way reflects the work done by a huge variety of animal rescues day in and day out. I am horrified that anyone would stoop to vilify rescues on the whole based on assumptions about one unusual case! Moreover, to assert that animal rescue is unnecessary (let alone nefarious in some way) is simply unconscionable, given the very real sacrifices made by so many rescuers.

  • Rae August 12, 2014 at 5:28 AM

    As a rescuer myself, I can say in cases where we receive a dog where the breeder is known – 90% of the breeders refuse to take the dog back. I have also had owners come forward after a dog’s legal hold in a shelter has expired and the dog has been transferred to rescue. In every single case, the owner could not prove good care of the dog and the dog was not returned to the owner. The owners could provide no proof of healthcare for the dogs or provided inadequate proof of responsible care (ie, dog had never been given any heartworm prevention or vaccinations). Proof of ownership is not enough to force a rescue to return a dog to an owner. However; that does not appear to be the issue in this case. I can’t imagine why the rescue would not only refuse to return this dog, but go to the financial lengths that they have NOT to return the dog. Rather than come up with a bunch of hoops the rightful owner should jump through, just say why exactly you don’t feel comfortable returning the dog. If there is a good reason not to.

    • SR August 12, 2014 at 11:46 AM

      Some people do not believe in over-vaccination protocol and this would not be a reason to remove or disallow an owner to keep or receive a dog back. Heartworm medication is not mandatory. You can test for it Spring and Fall and treat if there is a problem. It’s not up to a “rescue” to make the rules. The law is clear that owners still have rights that keep their dogs healthier and not over toxified with over-vaccination, toxic topicals, toxic heartworm and worming meds. There are rights that an owner has to be able to treat holistically and with Titers. I am a responsible dog owner and make my own choices as to what is best for my animals. Wake up and smell the Holistic Medical Veterinary Association and Naturopathy/Homeopathy Roses. The only mandatory vaccination is RABIES. I am not saying never vaccinate, but I am saying Rescues have no right to make decisions that are only based upon their own rules, instead of common sense, law and Veterinary protocol that is based upon the owner (responsible owners) preferences Holistic or Pharmaceutical protocols.

    • PAM August 12, 2014 at 12:48 PM

      SR is exactly right – each owner has the right to dictate the care of their pets – I am a huge proponent of limiting vaccines, in my area hw preventatives are a must, but in some other areas of the country, it may be an option – rescues are not the all knowing authority and have no right to hold a dog whose ownership has been established – of course, in cases of abuse, there are the authorities to turn to.

  • SR August 12, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    What on earth gives this rescue the right to keep this dog? Revoke the 501c3 of this organization. Since when does a “rescue” have more power than a responsible breeder? Ludicrous–$10,000.00 bond? Maybe one of the board members has this dog and is holding it for ransom? Do any of the board members show this type of dog? Good questions to ask-I hope that the lawyer isn’t good for nothing in this case-so many seem to be these days–and I used to have great respect for that profession.

  • PAM August 12, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    I am sure the AR must be behind this, or the dog has been placed in a home with someone with lots of money and they want to keep her – what a waste of money that naive people think is going to help rescued animals!

  • PAM August 12, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    Has anyone read the attorney’s statement on the centralohiosheltierescue.org website? What a convoluted bunch of nothing! All it would take is getting dna on the dog and they wont even allow that!

  • Sindy August 12, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    Veronica’s lawyer should petition Sanderbeck to produce said dog – all these measures that she’s taking to NOT produce the dog has me worried that Sanderbeck has done something with/or to the dog and no longer actually has the dog. Piper should be secured and moved to a neutral holding place immediately.

    Sanderbeck’s rescue might be entitled to recover costs of housing and veterinary care, if any, that was provided for the dog after Sanderbeck took possession, however, any of that which occured after a refusal to return the dog should not be allowed, as Sanderbeck would not have had to put money into housing and such if she had returned the dog.

    I am hopeful that a Judge will see that Sanderbeck has no legal standing to keep the dog, but its amazing to me that a lawyer even took up this issue – Piper has an owner and that owner wants her dog back. There are no legal grounds to deny that request.

  • Robin August 13, 2014 at 6:49 AM

    A very sad situation indeed! The Shelter was negligent to have not contacted the owner first so they could claim their dog. Then the dog would never have been placed into COSR hands. COSR by taking the dog and not immediately returning her to her known owner now bears the full weight of the offense.
    Unfortunately I was in similar situation several years ago – a pup I placed with a young couple near Chicago was turned over to Chicago English Bulldog Rescue rather than returned to me, per our contract. CEBR contacted me to say they had my dog, but when I tried to make arrangements to retrieve her, suddenly she wasn’t with them and had already been placed with a friend of the rescue coordinator in Wisconsin!
    My situation was NOT a case of the breeder not wanting the dog back, I did want her back! CEBR refused to cooperate with me and benefited from selling the dog, rather than returning the dog to her breeder.
    I didn’t have the $ to pursue her return thru legal channels, all I could do was make phone calls trying to track her down, and worry. I never got her back, never heard another word about her. Seems when a healthy, well-bred dog is at hand, some rescues are all too willing to break the rules.
    And before anyone complains that breeders don’t support rescue – I also do breed rescue and have had 3-4 rescue dogs thru my home for every puppy I’ve produced. Every attempt is made with every rescue dog to find their original owner or breeder, and if found, the dog is offered back to them before the dog is made available for re-homing.

  • Sherry Goodyear August 13, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    I bet you won’t find the dog. She’s probably sold it or stashed it away hidden somewhere. This is a nightmare from Hell and I feel for the owner. The agony she must be going through, wondering what that woman has done with her dog.

  • Lola August 15, 2014 at 3:21 AM

    There was a case within the last 18 months where a dog escaped and was picked up by a young woman. She decided to keep the dog without attempting to find the owner. A year or so later, the dog sees his owner and jumps out of a car window (thankfully at a red light). She refused to return the dog.

    When the dust settled, she not only lost the dog but gained felony charges. Part of her argument was the dog was abused (not) & she had trained it to be a service dog (came out she bought a vest after the fact like a certain owner of a biter in the mid-west).

    My guess is that Piper has been altered. I plan my breeding out 5+ years in advance; I’d be owning the rescue (by being able to put a $ on losses) if they altered one of mine. I also wouldn’t doubt the rescue has some AR money funding them at this point.

  • Angie R. August 20, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    You have done a remarkable job covering this story. Please keep asking the tough questions and uncovering the facts. I am doing my best to follow Piper’s story so I can share accurate information. I will link your article to my own site and encourage others to follow your updates. Keep up the great work Edrie and thank you for keeping us so well informed! ~Angie R.

  • Deborah Webb May 2, 2015 at 5:53 AM

    If Piper were my dog, I would have the mob working to get at not only the person who refuses to give up the dog, but also any attorney who would take the side of the “rescue,” as well as any judge who would enable this BS. The person who put up the bond is either hiding something or like someone else said, is playing control freak games, and AR is pretty likely to be behind this.

    As far as AR is concerned if ANY PETA group invades a dog show and lets the dogs out or tries to put radiator cooler in my dog’s water bowl, that AR person will be one less person alive on this planet. Since AR groups are listed as terrorists by Homeland Security, they are, in my book, sub-humans who deserve to die as bad as I can make it for them.

  • Karin June 7, 2015 at 4:41 AM

    Of the $10,000 Sanderbeck posted she only had to pay $200,00. In my eyes just another scam to keep the dog…

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