I also am an ex-volunteer that met Diana Peters later part of October 2010. I wanted to help somehow, but felt a little uncomfortable going on to the property with so many loose dogs running around. Primarily big dogs of which I was not accostomed to. My personal preference is small lap dogs. Growing up with a Mother that was very paranoid of dogs, she never allowed us to have a dog, just 2 cats during my 18 years of living at home. So, when I pulled up to the outside of a chain link fence the so called rescuer, Diana came to the gate and we chatted.
Myself and my 16 year old daughter were on the outside and she was on the inside of the fence. Did not know me from Adam. I explained to Diana when I called that I met a young woman volunteering at the local pet store. The young volunteer was selling puppies for this so called "rescue", Death Row Dog Rescue" and I had an interest in helping some how. Upon arrival at the "ranch" she greeted my daughter and I in between the chain link fence. many dogs were running around. I had no idea how a resue is run, so I had nothing to compare to.
I wanted to help in some way, but then again at this time did not feel comfortable going on to the property with so many loose dogs, big dogs at that. Diana's response to me was, well can you take this little cocker spaniel? She (named Daisy) is afraid of the big dogs and hides in the corners. I said sure. At this time she goes and grabs Daisy and hands her over the chain link fence to me. Daisy had just arrived from MDAS was totally matted and tick and flea infested. Diana stated she worked hours on getting the mats out but still needed alot of work. At this moment, as she handed me Daisy, I said to her, "don't you want my driver's license?" She said, "Nahhh, I trust you".
I thought to myself, how odd- hand over a dog to a perfect stranger? Did she think she could trust me becasue I drove a Lexus SUV? Please don't take this the wrong way, but did she figure because I drove a nice vehicle, I could be trusted? I walked back to my car, looked at my daughter with utter confusion. I asked myself---is this how rescues work? Upon taking sweet Daisy home I felt she needed a good cleaning up and took her to my groomer. Boy did she like like a million bucks after that. Thanks to another beautiful volunteer that I worked closely with, she got Daisy adopted to a close friend of hers. That volunteer also is now an ex-volunteer.
So here is where the story begins--- sit back grab yourself a cup of coffee or a glass of wine depending on what time of day it is.
I liked Diana Peters when I met her. I felt she was passionate for the dogs in her care. I took it upon myself to reach out to other dog lovers and see who also could volunteer. By volunteering, it could mean any of the following***going to the ranch and mopping the floors** cleaning up dog poop,***posting on fb,***posting on craigs list***setting up adoption events *** going to local businesses to have fund raisers***work on the web site. Just to name a few tasks that needed to be accopmlished to run a successful, "rescue".
Reaching out to the dog lover community, I was able to recruit wonderful, career minded professional that were all willing to donate their time and share their knowledge in making this dog rescue a success for the benefit of the dogs. Our mission (the volunteers) was to save as many dogs as possible with guidelines in place. We set up a criteria, which was agreed upon by all present at the meeting. WE still have notes from that day. Meetings were set, agengas were in place. Powerpoint presentations were given. The few times we did meet , it was at a local Dunkin Donuts (84 and PIne Island) on a Sunday late morning. The volunteers would give 2+ hours of their own time.
We discussed adoption events. Valerie (also an ex-volunteer) had experience with dog adoptions in Arizoniza. She agreed to have her own set of volunteers work at the local Pet Supermarket-- 595 and University DR. every Saturday. I arranged for volunteers to go to the "ranch " early Saturdays to get the selected dogs/puppies (age permitted) bathed and making their debut for the adoption event. Valerie had a wonderful couple-Theresa and Peter help with the adoption events. Theresa was a guru when it came to web design. She spent numerous hours making the web page look "out of this world".
Valerie's boyfriend (Matt) was a finance genius. Diana would say, wow you all are so amazing. Thank you so much! We all wanted to help the dogs, and we all felt she wanted to as well. As the weeks progressed, the wonderful volunteers that would step foot on the property of the rescue were starting to see things they din't like (See report----annonymous from Coral Springs) Puppies were being put in a so called office. All that was --was a free standing shed on the property, whic hwas disgusting and filthy. When I met this volunteer, beautiful, kind and caring human being, she was on the deck of the shed, using a make shift hose and trying to hose off all the caked on poop.
There were piles of dirty laundry stuffed in the corner covered in feces. The puppies were in the "office" lying on dirty, poopie towels. We looked at each other and just got to work. At this point I am into this volunteering about 8 weeks or so. I started going to the ranch when dogs started getting adopted out. Less inventory meant less big dogs, which made me feel more comfortable going on the property. A few of us were concerned about these 3 little terrier pups that were transported from MDAS. They were having difficulty breathing. We encouraged Diana to take them to a vet. Her response, 'What are they going to do that I can't do.
I will sit around the clock and nebulize them." The next day, she would tell one volunteer that they were doing better , then she would call another volunteer hysterical crying that they needed to be seen by a vet. We saw this one to many times. Ask Diana to provide the paperwork on Sweet little shy Bambi. Sweet little and very timid I may add Bambi was starting to come out of her shell, thanks to the wonderful volunteer that was able to get a $4000 donation (again see note from annonymous-Coral Springs) This volunteer worked with Bambi and feel in love with this innocent little girl. 2 days after this volunteer was playing with her, she went and got spayed.
Of course with a female the surgery is more invasive than a male. Minimun of 2-3 days post op rest is a requirement. This dog, (volunteers witnessed) running around with no quiet time. That night, Bambi took a turn for the worse. No call was made to any of the volunteers to take and rush Bambi to a emergency vet hospital. When the volunteer asked what happened---Diana's response was she died of parvo. Prove it--said the volunteer, show me the paperwork from the vet!!! She never could provide any documents. She never took that poor dog to a vet, why would she do that??? It would cost money!!!!!
From that day forward, that wonderful, caring voluneer, who gave $4000 check donation walked away. She could not stand to see other dogs/puppies suffer within the hnads of this EVIL, scam artist. That is what she is. Go to facebook page Friends of Chipley Animals--- scroll down to a white dog laying on the floor named Widget--- See the comments made regarding Death Row Dog Rescue. This rescue organization posted a beautiful momma and her pups. Plly and her pups. This scam artist, Diana Peters took the pictureof the dogs from their site and put it on hers, claiming that she needed donations for gas money, etc to make the journey from Chipley to South florida.
Low and behold--the manager of Chipley rescue saw her posts and called her on it---by phone and by way of commenting on Death Row Dog Rescue's page. Just as Diana did to all the ex-volunteers that wrote comments on her page, ironically Chipley's post also disapperaed. The evil Diana deleted and blocked those individuals from stating the TRUTH!!! Fast forward to the present. We have gathered so much evidence agianst this woman. State agencies are becoming knowledgable of her actions and her tactics. ( local authorities --The town of Davie, the City of Miami, and now Oakland Park, Florida all have a nice "rap sheet" on her.
The past 2 weeks of occurences will be posted on our site "Death Row Dog Rescue is a SCAM" please go to our page and "like" it. Before you do that go get yourself a refill on your beverage. There are plenty of testimonials to be read!!! One last note:::: The letter written by Lissette (rebuttal by Diana Peters) I know Lissette personally. I called Lissette this evening. Do you know when she wrote that letter? The letter mentions when Diana was in the Redlands, which is in South Miami, that was at least 2.5 to 3 years ago!
Stop digging up the past, let's focus on the here and now. Show us evidence. Post all the records you say you have on all the dogs you saved. Show us what you did with the $4000 donation. Where are the receipts?Show us --most importantly, show us the VET BILLS for the care and well being of dogs within your care. WE want to know! Inquiring minds deserve to know the truth! The dogs are not dying becasue of us. They are dying because of you and your neglect. Waiting for your rebuttal, my dear!