Aug 6,2014, Penny Sanderbeck, director of Central Ohio Sheltie Rescue, Inc, was served with papers in the battle to recover Ch. Legacies Pipe Dream (Piper).

In the matter of a Complaint for Replevin and Conversion action in the Franklin County Municipal Court, in Columbus Ohio, against COSR Case Number 2014-CVF-024571, Attorney Lloyd Cohen, attorney for Veronica Covatch, issued the following Press Release:

Judge Orders that Piper May Be Brought Home

Not only as attorney for the plaintiff but also as a person, I support rescues. I have helped and supported several rescues. I know many people who devote much of their time and resources to canine, feline and equine rescues. In general, rescues fulfill a noble purpose. Our action against COSR is not criticism of any other rescue and not a comment on any other situation except Piper’s.

To those who have commented, I want to explain that legal action is not a popularity contest. It is an application of local or applicable law to a particular situation and Animal Law is only a part of the general business, bankruptcy, tax and estate planning practice at the Cohen Law Offices of Columbus, Ohio. Even though Piper has been detained for awhile, as the second lawyer on the scene I’ve only been working on this matter about 30 days. In that time, court action was commenced but so far court pleadings have never claimed that the rescue did anything wrong except that it failed to let Piper immediately come home.

A judge must have agreed that Piper does not need a rescue because based on the filed complaint for replevin and supporting motion, an order for immediate possession was granted. Among other things, the court ordered that: (1) The rescue is not to conceal or harm Piper; (2) COSR may be inspected and Piper brought home; and (3), If Piper is not found the rescue must produce her within five days. By the time you read this we expect that pursuant to this order, officers of the court should have already completed an inspection of the COSR headquarters (Director Penny Sanderbeck’s home). In time, we will make the results of this event public. However, we hope that the only further thing of interest regarding this event will be news about Piper being found. Meanwhile, you can find out more about Animal Law Disputes and Mediation Services at

The Original press release announcing this lawsuit can be seen here: When A Rescue Goes Wrong

Lloyd D. Cohen,

Cohen Law Offices, 824 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43206
Attorney for Plaintiffs (Piper’s owners) Veronica Wagner Covatch and Michelle Wilson