• Report: #581592

Complaint Review: United States Animal Protection (USAP)

  • Submitted: Tue, March 16, 2010
  • Updated: Sun, January 15, 2012

  • Reported By: concerened — Atlanta Georgia USA
United States Animal Protection (USAP)
4321 Highborne Drive Marietta, Georgia United States of America

United States Animal Protection (USAP) Dawn Taylor 'Fraud' Marietta, Georgia

*Author of original report: No Brad, No Dan - Just more Dawn

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Slanderous Post made up by a woman harassing Dawn

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Slander of U.S. Animal Protection will not be tolerated.

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Still Don't Remember a "Brad"

*UPDATE Employee: Remodel America/ U.S. Animal Protection

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: You were never there!

*UPDATE Employee: I was there that day

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Ex Employee? State your name.

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Remodel America - U.S. Animal Protection

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Get real Jim!

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Dawn USAP

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: U.S. Animal Protection

*UPDATE Employee: Lady find something better to do with your time

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Dawn Taylor Bechtold Founder of USAP (United States Animal Protection) is a fraud

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Dawn Taylor Bechtold

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Dawn Taylor, founder of  USAP (United States Animal Protection) is a fraud.  Dawn Taylor  (aka Dawn Taylor Bechtold) has been soliciting funds for USAP since 2008 claiming that USAP is indeed a 501c3 non profit organization.  USAP is not a 501c3.  It never was - easily verifiable by going to www.irs.gov.

Dawn Taylor (USAP) has one big claim to fame and that was the huge rescue and transport of animals out of Louisiana in the aftermath of Katrina.  The real rescue group that did all the gut wrenching work was Mutt Shack.  Mutt Shack members were promised a nights rest from the long drive to Atlanta from New Orleans.  When the members of Mutt Shack arrived in Atlanta, they were shocked to find that Dawn Taylor (USAP) misrepresented herself as a rescue.  She was never a legal rescue in the State of Georgia.  This is verifiable by contacting Mary Greene with Ga. Dept. of Ag.  at  mgreene@agr.state.ga.us.  

Ray Deluca was the head of the Dept. of Ag during this fiasco and with Mr. Delucas help Mutt Shack and real legal and legitimate Atlanta rescue organizations were able to clean up the mess created by the delusions of the fraud that had conned them abused of them during their stay in Atlanta and then cruelly sent back to Louisiana without even a night's rest.

Dawn Taylor (USAP) will always con her way into and attach herself to reputable and legal organizations so that she (Dawn Taylor) may give herself credibility and thus generate more donations.  She prefers to connect herself to famous people for obvious reasons.  Please beware of pleas for donations for USAP with names of famous people attached.  Verify before you donate.

Dawn Taylor loves to cry that she is being harassed but she seems to be the only one getting arrested and convicted for harassment Athens-Clarke County, case #ST-06-CR-2365, Aug 20, 2007.

Dawn was in California last year and claimed to have infiltrated a dog fighting ring of the most notoriously lethal gangs in the history of this hemisphere, the MS-13.  (Look up their violent history on the FBI's website)  In retribution, the MS-13 gang member she dealt with took her dog and some 'stuff' and her vehicle.  Dawn Taylor was  unscathed and her dog showed up in a Southern California shelter - unscathed.  (Right.)


Dawn Taylor professes to know animals and says she takes care of her dogs.  It seems that she has no control of her un-socialized dogs.  Last year, under Dawn Taylor's watchful eye, one of her dogs killed a poor cat belonging to a good friend of her's.  Weeks later Dawn Taylor's reaction was that of shock when she found that her friend was still mourning the loss of her beloved feline companion.  Yeah, true animal advocate alright.

I think this Rip-Off report will find good company here since Dawn Taylors boyfriend Daniel Bechtold, ex-owner of Remodel America (Kennesaw Ga and Nashville, Tn), also managed to make his way to being labeled a rip-off.  Coincidence?

There are many allegations surrounding Dawn.  Some of these are the following:  incessant harassment in phone calls and e-mails, impersonating an official from Department of Agriculture, impersonating  a licensed investigator and making threats under the guise of an investigator, misrepresenting herself as a Federal Agent with arresting privileges etc.  the list goes on and on.    USAP (United States Animal Protection) will only become a reputable group when the mad hatter at the helm is muzzled permanently!  

Many of us feel that Dawn Taylor is dangerous and should be approached with extreme caution although it would be better to avoid this person and her group altogether.

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#1 Author of original report

No Brad, No Dan - Just more Dawn

AUTHOR: concerened - (USA)

There is an extremely high probability that Brad and Dan are one in the same.  Dawn Taylor Bechtold.  Dan is in a new relationship and both personal and business life are successful once again. He has made it clear that under no uncertain terms does he wish to be brought into anything having to do with this part of his past.  It would seem that Dan Bechtold was as much a victim as all the other people harmed by Dawn Taylor Bechtold.  I actually do have information that backs up what is being stated in this report and welcome anyone to request it.  If you wish you may write me at (((ROR redacted))).  Dont waste your time entering in a sparring match of words with anyone defending Dawn Taylor Bechtold because 9.5 times out of 10 you are dealing with the devil herself.  Happy New Year to everyone and I hope this new year brings much joy and prosperity to those that have lost so much.  It is good to know and be aware of these types of cons but it is also good to let go and continue your life without resentment and bitterness - it is thru such negative emotions that one stays at the lower levels with the Dawn Taylor Bechtolds of the world.

Leonora Lowery
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#2 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Slanderous Post made up by a woman harassing Dawn

AUTHOR: USAP - (United States of America)

If you google the name yes damaging post come up these are from the same two people making slanderous post on the internet. Its very easy to write and make up anything you want about people and there are many unstable people out there that harass others just as these two nutty women Nancy Green and Leonora Lowery have.. They have put tons of post up and its not hard to do. It's called cyber bulling and cyberharassment. This is what idiots like this do when they have nothing to do and get off on harassing others while they hide behind their computers.

It's slander. Lowery and Green have been caught red handed by the rescue community for lies and came back and retracted what they said to avoid a lynch mob from the rescue community. USAP is highly respected with many rescuers and many people are very angry at these two women for harassing USAP.

Remodel America was a fine company there is nothing at all to say otherwise except some post two harassers have made on the internet. One person did not get an eight hundred check on the  post above. Give me a break! The company went down and all he cares about is his eight hundred dollar check. For some reason he can't comprehend the severity of a company closing. We all lost money not just him also people were paid every week for 15 years.

As far as any arrest, it was dismissed it was a dispute that no police should have ever been involved in. It involved an argument and some broken dishes that's it. It happens to the best of us and many people unfortunately have been caught up in this because they can arrest you for even touching someone if the police are called. For the record not one of us had a scratch as it states in the police report and it was dismissed with a small retribution paid.

U.S. Animal Protection is a wonderful organization that has saved and protected animals for over a decade. Anyone that would believe any thing else is not aware of the thousands of man hours this group has put in to saving animals. USAP never took donations and when there was trouble ask for help one time to save the home where much of the animal rescue took place including Katrina and Rita animal brought in by the hundreds after the storm. Not to mention, USAP funded thousands of rescues without donations.

What people need to realize is anyone with any psychological problems can attack others on the internet. Lowrey and Green are known in the animal rescue world as troublemakers and liars. They have been called out by many people for doing what they have done in regard to the harassment and slander of this company and organization.

Don't be so quick to believe anything you read do your due diligence. USAP and Remodel America were two wonderful, successful organizations. The economy, Mr. Bobo and others stealing, the harassment from Lowery and Green combined with the fact all of this happened after Hurricane Katrina played a part in the end of this company. These sick women writing these lies ,Lowery and Green should be put in jail for the slander they have posted on the internet about Remodel America and U.S. Animal Protection.
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#3 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Slander of U.S. Animal Protection will not be tolerated.

AUTHOR: USAP - (United States of America)

 Lowery and Green have crossed the line. They continue to post under false names pretending to be many different people. We have relocated to California where this is taken seriously and is a felony crime. We are also in the process of working with Louisiana law enforcement and have found a sheriffs deputy to file charges against Nancy Green and Leonora Lowery. Neither of these women hold jobs they are on drugs and have been known to sit for days on their computers harassing others. Do not take anything they say seriously they are unstable and have nothing going on but time to put into destroying others.
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#4 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Still Don't Remember a "Brad"

AUTHOR: Really!!!!!!!! - (United States of America)

Brad, Yeah your name still does not ring a bell and I was there from January of '06 until the bitter end.  And no not everyone was always paid at Remodel America especially when Dan and Dawn came back.  The company was heading down hill which is why Derek left which if I remember was in September of 08.  The company was not in good standing as over 2 million was owed to American Wholesale.  The company that did the polar wall siding was owed over $100K.  Is that what you think is a company in good standing? Clearly you have no idea of how to run a business or what a company in good standing means.  Bills were not being paid by Craig!  Plain and simple.  Often we could not get materials to do a project because of this.  American Wholesale would cut us off on a regular basis until we paid them something.  A company in good standing does not get cut off. 

If I had known at the time that leads were being stolen, I would have told Derek and not Dan as Dan was not around.  It was brought to my attention later that Jeff Brown and Ron had stolen leads and had tried to take them to Taylor Construction at least that was what i was told long after the situation had been taken care of.  Ron was in jail for not paying child support which the company was supposed to do and Jeff was off in the hospital.  Do not sit there and tell me I am just like the theifs, because I am not.  I was loyal to Dan and Derek and wanted to see the company survive.

I am owed approximately $800.  I received the check and tried to cash it.  The accounts were frozen.  I spoke with both Dan and Dawn about making the checks good and all I got was the run around.  They even wanted me to come back to work for them, but by then it was too late.  You have no idea how bad things got for me because of that one check.  The only point that I will agree with you is that it was pretty pathetic that I got to that point. All I am asking is that the check get paid.  Am I owed more?  Actually I am as the back half of some commissions are still due to me for projects that were completed just before I left in November. 

Obviously, Brad, you did not read the entire entry.  There was no beat down on Dan by me.  I have nothing but empathy for Dan and his disease.  This does not absolve him of his responsibility as a business owner.  Who put Paul in charge?  Dan did and the buck always stops with the owner. Had Dan put down the alcohol and left Dawn in California or Arizona and come back to take care of his business then things might have turned out okay.  Dan never should have left the business for the time period that he did.  When he came back,he had lost touch with what the company was doing.  If it had been my business, I never would have left and I would have accepted the counsel of those around me to get rid of Dawn.

Do not deify Dawn!  Where there is smoke there is fire.  Look at all the other posts tied to her name.  Just google her name and see what happens.  Arrest reports, false names, lies about what type of organization her animal protection outfit really is.  She enabled Dan to go down the wrong path.  She really did not want him to stop drinking because if he did and got back to normal she would lose control.  Dawn made a post about Remodel America that we had a good standing with the BBB and that ther were no complaints.  Wrong!  Over a 36 month period over 200 complaints were lodged against Remodel America.  By the way the cards were not cut off, they were maxed out by Dawn.  That is why when she was at the spa in Arizona she would call the office begging for a check or she was going to be thrown out.  Or when the BMW was wrecked and finally repaired, Dan was told to send the check directly to the repair shop and not to Dawn.  Did he do it?  Nope, he sent it to Dawn and it cost him even more to get the car out. 

Again Brad, I do not remember anyone named Brad who was in a major role at Remodel America.  When I left Paul was in charge, Tracy was trying to do the finance, and Gary Wade was in charge of the telemarketers.  No one in sales was named Brad.  None of the installers were named Brad.  There was Gordon who was in sales along with Ransom, and Jim Mackin, and Jeff when he could function, and Roger who was primarily doing radiant barrier.  There was Alberto an installer.  Jerry Caudill was around for most of the time I was there as an appointment confirmer.  There was Kristy who helped set Radiant Barrier appointments.  There was Janet Moore in sales.  There was Ron Saszi, God rest his soul, in sales.  So what did you do Brad? 

I have too much to lose by telling you who I am at this time.  I am actually putting myself at risk by even being here.  Dan needs to pay up. Plain and simple.  I have done so many other things for both him and Dawn that were outside of the regular employee duties that he actually owes me more than just the $800.  I was there for him when no one else was and if I gave my name he might respond a little differently.  I also do not give my name based on your angry tone which makes me think you are not who you say you are.  Starting off with Buddy is something Dan would say or Dawn would copy to disguise herself. 

And one more thing, I am not your buddy or friend.  A buddy or a friend would not defend Dawn or Dan especially when they owe money to someone who earned it honestly like I did and left me high and dry.

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#5 UPDATE Employee

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AUTHOR: Brad - (United States of America)

 Buddy you must not have been around too long because everyone knew me I have known them for years. Don't know how you expect anyone to pay you when you hide who you are. Also everyone was always paid at Remodel America. You did not get your last check maybe but hey that's what happens when a company goes down. If peopel were honest and would not have stolen leads and product this company would have never had problems. You were paid I believe you just thought you were owed more than others that were there longer. They were paid. I suggest you not hide who you are and also you need to know all the companies Dan ran were in good standing until Bobo was put in charge. I was told by employees this guy was stealing all along. Don't blam Dan because someone stole from him and it cost him his company. You should have come to Dan when you knew leads were being stolen. You are just as bad as the thiefs. You knew and said nothing. Also I know Dan would cut off the credit cards just to get Dawn to come home. No one has the right to cut off credit cards when someone is out of town. If she wanted to leave he should have accepted it. She begged him to stop drinking and put him in a dozen rehabs. She tried to help but, we all did. He has to want to get help. He has a disease and he should not be beaten down because of it. Shame on you. So you did not get your last pay check well many didn't but, that was not the norm. Everyone always was paid. You are the only one that seems you deserve more than other employees that put a hell of alot more time in at the company. What makes you think you deserve more than them. Those that they could pay they did. They did not have to do this they could have kept the money and started another company. Dawn tried to save this company and I am sure if you were losing your company you would have been pretty stressed out too. Don't act like one pay check took your entire life down. That would be pretty pathetic if that were the case.
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#6 REBUTTAL Owner of company

You were never there!

AUTHOR: Really!!!!!!!! - (United States of America)

Dan,

My leaving my name has nothing to do with being a man or not.  It has to do with protecting myself, my family and my new life.  You have no idea what you, Dawn, and Craig did to me.

Your rebuttal title says Paul, in Cumming?  Why is that?  Maybe Paul does not return the truck because the company owes him money too!  In any event,it does not matter.  There was not a checkbook left out where employees would write their own checks.  There was a stamp as no one wanted the responsibility of signing the checks as this could have gotten them in trouble with the IRS if payroll taxes weren't paid.  Funny that you could not be counted on to be there after Derek left to just sign the paychecks.  Paul would submit the payroll based on numbers he got from Gary Wade and the commission reports submitted by the sales people.  Paul did the best he could given the circumstances.  Dawn was constantly calling and creating stress demanding money.  Her rants were legendary and often she was put on speaker for people to verify her mistreatment.  She screamed at Tracy, Cindy, Derek, Gary, and anyone else who chose to differ in their opinion.

We told you numerous times she was going to be the end of the company and you refused to listen.  I am glad that you are getting help and I hope one day you will sit back and truly see that we were right.  I have prayed for you and your situation. I have also prayed that the good Lord take away my resentment that I have towards you and Dawn.  I do wish you well, but you have a huge hill to climb to get back to legitimacy as a business owner.  Energy-Craft is not even a registered business entity in Georgia or Tennessee and when you type in the website intakes you to Intuit, i.e. there is no website.  Then again I cannot tell if Energy-Craft is your's or Dawn's.

Yeah, you had a couple of people who stole leads.  The leads were not that good in the first place.  Numerous times you were given ideas by employees on how to go after the leads where the money was and you chose to do nothing.  You continued to send sales people to Clarkston, or College Park, Carrollton, Douglasville, Bremen, or South Atlanta just to name a few where the work needed to be done, but the people did not have the money and could not qualify for a loan.  For some strange reason your business model said out of 10 appointments we would sell 8 and build 2 and that was a formula for success.  A better formula would have been to run 10 appointments, sell 6 and build 4 or 5.  Again you were told this, but did not listen.  You were told run the leads and the canvassers in the areas where people have money and you did not listen.  You were also paying outragous prices to the suppliers instead of trying to work a deal to get it straight from the manufacturer as there was room in the wherehouse to put materials.  Maybe if Craig had paid the bill to American Wholesale you could have broken free and done this.  You were being scammed even more by the outside canvassing services.  Their leads were worse than the telemarketers.  Again you had no controls over these sources and refused to listen when you were around.  In the end you rolled out a great new product that could have saved the company, radiant barrier insulation.  It was rolled out half-assed and the guy you had selling it was the only one smart enough to actually sell it.  Roger took that ball and ran with it.  A lot more could have been sold if he had been given the proper marketing and demontratinon materials.  Instead, no materials and a wooden box with a hot lamp.  Other companies jumped on the band wagon and were selling the product for 5 times the amount RA was and had very slick, polished presentations with thermal heat detectors and computer programs showing the homeowner where the heat was being lost.  Roger worked his tail end off running 4 and 5 appointments per day to save the company as he saw this as a way out for the company.  All that the company did for him was refuse to pay his child support on time along with several other employees.  Dawn even tried to keep his child support from being paid, even though this would have brought legal problems on the company.  Trust me I know, as I watched him get on the phone with child services every month and get screamed at by his ex-wife and he was powerless to do anything.  Had it not been for Derek, Roger would have been put in jail because of you, Dawn, and Craig.  It d**n near broke him.  The funny thing is that you think you treated him well.

Speaking of not being around, you never should have left.  It is just bad business for the owner of the company to disappear for almost a year.  A one or two week vacation is one thing, but a year? Does a captain leave his ship while it is in the middle of the ocean?  It should not have mattered what Dawn was doing.  You were not married to her and she, according to you, was not an owner of the company.  She had no business being in there in the first place.  She left you, Dan, because you have no money right now.

So Dan, when are you gong to pay up?  You still owe money to me and probably some other people to who worked hard for you and did not steal from you as you say.  I never stole from you and I ran every lead I was given and did everything I was asked of and then some.  You have given an email address and maybe I will try and get in touch with you to see if you are sincere about your offer.  Doing so will put a lot at risk for me and the money you owe me may not be worth the risk.

Dan I wish you well.  There was time when you were a very good man and as you used to say, "My word is my bond" as you would shake someone's hand and pull them close and look them in the eye.  You got mixed up in the wrong crowd and I hope you have gotten away from that.  It sounds like you have.  Me? Well I have moved on and it took a long time to get to where I am now.  You and Dawn put me in a very dangerous position and I am still angry about that.  One day, I will let it go, until then I will pray for help in this area.  Do the right thing Dan and make good on those checks for the employees who did work hard for you, not Dawn.  Do the right thing!

Brad - What a nice story you tell.  You are either Dawn, or you owe her money.  Your comment about my not being much of an asset is way of the mark.  But that is okay, because you do not know the truth and you do not know who I am and the three years I dedicated my life to Remodel America.  I was one of maybe 4 or 5 reps there that ran every lead he or she were given no matter where it was.  I was the one they could always count on to run the lead when another rep would complain, no show, call in sick when they were out drinking at noon. I averaged well over a million dollars in sales every year.  Sales did not equate to revenue when less than a third of the sales were not built.  That is what happens when you run leads in areas where the homeowners don't have a pot to piss in.

It also funny Brad, if that is your name, that I do not remember anyone named Brad working for Remodel America.  So your words really are useless.  Again, I think Dawn put you up to it.  Dawn not remembering my name is another funny one too!  It is not because she did not like me, it was because she is a narcissist by definition.  She got everyones name wrong, except for those who either owed her something, or pissed her off.  I was neither. 

I do not leave my name because I wish to protect myself, my family, and my new life.  That is what a real man does.

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#7 UPDATE Employee

I was there that day

AUTHOR: Brad - (United States of America)

 The person you are speaking of was a driver one of many they had through the years.
 Dawn noticed him driving erratically and called the police. She reported he must have drugs on him by the way he was driving. Later they found duct tape in his car and strange signs. We believe he was going to try to abduct her. This was a bad guy. He was never an employee of Remodel America. Nothing like this had ever happened with a driver she knew something was not right.

 Dawn was had nothing to do with what happened and the Chief Judge even drove her to safety and called her friends and family. He said he had never had so many people call that were concerned for one person. I spoke to him that day and the phone he told me was ringing off the hook.

 She was picked up in Alabama and brought home. We were all very worried about her that day. I would be careful what you say you obviously do not know what happened and I will tell you this, there are people that love these two and will do what they can to protect them. I was always paid and worked with them even at the other firm before Remodel A. There is a reason many employees were with them even way back then. The loyal employees followed them from the company after they sold it. There is a reason for that. They were good to people that were honest and loyal. The will come back. One bad employee can take you down they had about three that I can think of but then again many people worked there. O, and by the way I can tell you if Dawn did not remember your name she either did not like you or you were not much of an asset to the company. She never forgot mine and I have nothing but love for her but, then again I never stole from her or Dan.


Brad
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#8 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Ex Employee? State your name.

AUTHOR: Paul - (United States of America)

 


 I am going to have to step in at this time and reply. You have not signed your name so you are not man enough to step up. We know who was responsible for the theft in the company. If anyone was fired it was for good reason, theft.


There were hundreds of employees that came through the doors of Remodel America. There unfortunately are people that steal. We did our best to curb the theft of leads being sold from the back door and supplies being put on our credit line. The company had no financial problems UNTIL we left.


Dawn also made  payroll to as many employees as possible when the company was going down. She was also very generous. She did not have to do this.There was never a pay pal link to the corporation. I was not around and Dawn ran this company in my absence.  You say the company did not run while we were around? I am not sure what world you live in but, I built the company pal. I have built many companies and made many millions.  Dawn was by my side and we were partners in life.


 Paul Bobo was left in charge. My mistake. Bobo left the payroll check book sitting out so employees could write thier own paycheck!This is why the problems occured with the checks. Bank of America did not honor the checks because they were aware of the checks left out and this was verified by many other employees. Also Bobo would not return the company truck. Supplies were put on the Remodel America credit line. These were not supplies for our jobs. All of this happened at the end. 


Bank of America also did not find us negligent because the check book was left out as well as our company stamp! This was done under Bobo's watch. The sheriffs office is still looking for him and the company truck.


Remodel America was a phenomenal company for years and not UNTIL the end did problems arise. The problems began when we left Georgia for California.


Dawn changed after Hurricane Katrina and she left. I followed. This changed our lives forever. You mention the rescue of animals from the hurricane and the smell. These animals came in from a disaster and were housed in the back of our facility. Yes they smelled they came from the worst disater in American history! These animals were adopted to families in Georgia and this is well documented.


 Dawn is one of the kindest most caring people I will ever know. I will miss her dearly. I miss our company, our home, and our employees as well.


God bless all of the employees that worked so hard for our company. If you ever need anything and we can provide it please do not hesitate to ask. dkbcorp1@aol.com


Please pray for us, the honorable people of Remodel America and, those reponsible for the demise of our company.


Dan


 
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#9 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Remodel America - U.S. Animal Protection

AUTHOR: Paul - (United States of America)

 


 I am going to have to step in at this time and reply. You have not signed your name so I see you are not man enough to step up. We know who was responsible for the theft in the company.


 If anyone was fired it was for good reason, theft.


There were hundreds of employees that came through the doors of Remodel America. There unfortunately are people that steal. We did our best to curb the theft of leads being sold from the back door and supplies being put on our credit line. The company had no financial problems UNTIL we left.


Dawn also made  payroll to as many employees as possible when the company was going down. She was also very generous. She did not have to do this.There was never a pay pal link to the corporation. I was not around and Dawn ran this company in my absence.  You say the company did not run while we were around? I am not sure what world you live in but, I built the company pal. I have built many companies and made many millions.  Dawn was by my side and we were partners in life.


Bobo was left in charge. My mistake. Bobo left the payroll check book sitting out so employees could write thier own paycheck!This is why the problems occured with the checks. Bank of America did not honor these particular checks (but honored the ones she wrote) because they were aware of the checks were left out by Bobo, and this was because Bank of America investigated this and it was verified by many other employees. Also Bobo would not return the company truck. Supplies were put on the Remodel America credit line. These were not supplies for our jobs. All of this happened while we were away. The company never had financial problems for 12 years while we were present. This happened when the company was left in the wrong hands in the last year.


Bank of America also did not find Remodel America negligent because the check book was left out as well as our company stamp! This was done under Bobo's watch. The sheriffs office is still looking for him and the company truck.


Remodel America was a phenomenal company for years and not UNTIL the end did problems arise. The problems began when we left Georgia for California.


Many people say, Dawn changed after Hurricane Katrina. This is when she left Georgia.She left,  I followed. This changed our lives forever. You mention the rescue of animals from the hurricane and the smell. These animals came in from a disaster and were housed in the back of our facility. Yes they smelled they came from the worst disater in American history! These animals were adopted to families in Georgia and this is well documented by every major media station in Atlanta. Dawn risked her life to save these animals and has been absent from many of our lives because of her work for animals. The work she did for animals changed her as well. The harassment from these idots changed her just the same. Animals will suffer without her around this I can assure you. She is good at what she does and this is saving and protecting animals.


Remodel America funded the rescue of thousands of animals. Remodel America provided jobs for people. Remodel America will be remembered for just that.


 Dawn and I spent many years of our lives together. Dawn is one of the kindest most caring people I will ever know. I will miss her dearly. I miss our company, our home, and our employees as well.


 I wish her the best for her in her life as I know she does mine. God bless all of the employees that worked so hard for our company. If you ever need anything and we can provide it please do not hesitate to ask. dkbcorp1@aol.com


I am getting help and I am getting better every day. Please pray for us, the honorable people of Remodel America and, those reponsible for the demise of our company.


Dan


 
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#10 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Get real Jim!

AUTHOR: Really!!!!!!!! - (United States of America)

Jim - I am sure that you have warm fuzzies about the Dan and Dawn show at Remodel America.  However, there is absolutely no truth to the fact that it was a well run company, because it wasn't.  The only time the company was well run was when Dan and Dawn were not around.  The vast majority of employees lived in fear of when they would come in.  Dawn was constantly on the phone asking for money that was not hers.  She states that she is an owner of Remodel America and there was never a shred of paper that had her name on it as an owner.  Dan told several people this.  The only time she received money from the company is when Dan would authorize it.  They owe a lot prople money including myself.  My last paycheck was not honored by Bank of America as all the accounts had been frozen.  They are claiiming that one employee stole thousands of dollars and they had absolutely no proof.  This particular employee was one of the hardest working employees the company had and did everything that was asked of him and then some.  This employee also discovered that Dawn had hooked up a paypal account to the company account and was draining money left and right.  Dawn will of course deny this.  A poor store owner around the corner who would cash employees checks is owed well over $12000 by Dan and Dawn as the checks were no good.  You cannot blame the employees for cashing them.  They had worked for that money and it should have been there.

The real problems began when the Dan and Dawn show came back into town and the office.  They immediately started changing things that were working to things that were not.  There were never any internal controls to properly account for where the money was going.  This was after the GM had left which was the smartest thing he could have done.  The finance manager left with him.  The place started to fall apart after that.

Dawn was particularly abusive to any employee that dared to question her.  She would have you fired in a heart beat.  She brought in other people of questionable reputation including one person who managed to be arrested with her in Alabama for drugs.  Somehow she managed to pin that one on the poor guy.  Not sure what came of it.  Dawn would be told my name numerous times and still could not get it right.

Jim, I am not sure who you are.  The only Jim I remember there did not like the Dan and Dawn show.  I really do not believe that you are a former employee.  As far as the girl crying when she drives by, that is probably because the closing of the company financially ruined her as she is still owed money by them.

Time to wake up Jim.  We all told Dan to leave Dawn and go get sober.  Dan made the choice not to.  They have both wrecked a lot of people's lives.  I too was there when the animals were there.  It was not a "triage" for the animals.  The place stunk to the high heavens and paid employees did not take care of the animals not should they have taken care of them.  It was not there job function.

Why am I writing this?  Becasue I am angry of the position they put me in emotionally and financially and there refusal to make good on my one paycheck.  Dawn has the money to fly out to Arizona, but cannot make my check good?  And you think these are good people.  Get a clue! 

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#11 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Dawn USAP

AUTHOR: USAP - (United States of America)

 Thanks for posting Jim. I finally figured out how to get back in. Thanks for posting the # and anyone can call to verify the post are slander and lies. When I get another company going I would love for you to come back. After Katrina I had some issues to deal with and wanted to travel. It was a tough loss for all of us and I would give anything if I would not have left the company behind. If you run into other employees ask them to post so we can let the world know what a great company and great group of team we had at Remodel America. U.S. Animal Protection is also a great organization and a great group as you know and we work very hard at exposing and stopping cruelty of animals.

Cyberbullying is a big a problem today and it's a shame people are able to do this to others that work as hard as I do. These people can write whatever they want and it seems they are getting away with it but we are working to get arrest on those harassing us. Some people are just hateful and have nothing going on so they latch onto others that actually work to accomplish thier goals and make accomplishments.

God bless you and your family.

Dawn

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#12 REBUTTAL Owner of company

U.S. Animal Protection

AUTHOR: Jim - (United States of America)

  There is no truth to this call for information 404 444 9014
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#13 UPDATE Employee

Lady find something better to do with your time

AUTHOR: Jim - (United States of America)

 Is this your soul purpose in life and will it ever amount to anything? I know both Dawn and Daniel and worked for Remodel America for years. Remodel America not only made it possible for hundreds of families to live comfortably but were very giving people. Much of the money made went to rescue animals. Yes they did large transports out of Louisiana and I was at the office when paid employees took care of animals for weeks after Katrina. What kind of sicko spends thier time bashing two wonderful people like the Bechtolds. One of the girls I know from this company cries every time she drives past Remodel America. This company was a success for many years. Have you ever ran a company of this size? or have you ever done the rescue these two did?

 

 I doubt you will ever amount to half of what these people are. We are all saddened they broke up they were together for years and as far as I could see were very much in love. I am disgusted by someone that spends thier time and thier lives harassing others and enjoying the pain of others.  Daniel or Dawn do not deserve this! They have done too much for other people and too much to help animals from not only the Hurricane in Louisiana but all of the animals they have brought into their homes.

 Whoever you are I can only imagine you are a very very sick jealous individual that probably has never done too much with your life. These two were very rich and very beautiful and everyone would have liked to walk in thier shoes. I am sure you are no different. When you can ever say you have done half of what these two accomplished in thier life times maybe then you can talk. Get a life. Most everyone loved Daniel and Dawn the only people that ever had a problem wiht those two were people stealing leads or product from thier company. The honest people know what outstanding individuals they are. My wife and I are very sorry for thier loss and pray for them every time we are in church. You obviously need some prayers also only a sick individual would spend this much time trying to slander and hurt others.

 Jim

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#14 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Dawn Taylor Bechtold Founder of USAP (United States Animal Protection) is a fraud

AUTHOR: someone that knows her - (United States of America)

I am a victim of Founders harassment, slander and defamation of character. I also have first hand knowledge of facts reported.

 

Dawn Taylor Bechtold put herself out in the public eye and as a public figure people are entitled to scrutinize her as such. As to her rebuttal I have comments.

 

1. Not having a license in GA. means she is not a legal rescue, and that she is not allowed to house any rescue animals.

 

2. She is incorporated in GA. this is true but has no solicitors license to ask for donations.

 

3.  Dawn herself did help and provide a place for these animals to come to but Dept of GA.Ag stepped in and had to find other rescues that were licensed in GA. to handle and adopt out animals from LA. As USAP is not a licensed rescue. Her statement about MSRF is false. USAP put these animals at risk because she posed as a legal rescue and was not.

 

4.Did USAP think that all animals coming out of LA after the Hurricanes would be healthy everyone knew that animals would be sick this was an emergency situation. USAP was not entitled to the animals records because GADOA got other legal rescues to place the animals not USAP, so USAP would not be privy to the records or the adoption fees.. MSRF is still in LA.

 

5. USAP has asked for donations for years wether it be for vet bills, boarding, food, or to help rescues this is what is called indirect donations and is income that if not a 501c3 Fed  tax exempt would have to be reported as income at tax time as income. When was the last time USAP filed a fed tax return? USAP has claimed 501c3 status when was the last time they filed a 990 never because you are not a 501c3. The other rescues that were brought in by GADOA paid vets for the care of the animals. USAP represented themselves as a member of LSART this is not true you have to be a legal rescue you are not.

 

6. USAP is set up in GA. as a non profit this just means it was set up not to make a profit there is a difference.

 

7. USAP Founder's boy friend ran the GA company. Founder was the harasser of other rescuers and was guilty in court. This is on record in Athens-Clarke Co. GA. Founder and boy friend left GA. for other reasons??? but they are the reason the company Remodel America went down, maybe if supplier was paid company would still be theirs.

 

8. As to Lowery no extortion was ever tried, a way for founder to try to make lowery out to be a bad person.

 As to Green she figured out that USAP founder was not a respected rescue.

  As to the investigation I know that she or one of her cronies called FBI and was told that she put herself out in the public eye just as a politician so there is nothing she can do because people are allowed to scrutinize public figures, also if the information is obtained legally and is true there is no harassment, slander.

  Harassment can only happen if person asks other to have no contact with them and party has to try to prevent the contact I.E. block emails, also person cannot respond to contact. Founder has responded to and violated do not contact requests, has made false  statements about others.

   It becomes harassment in founders eyes when the table is turned on her and info about her that is verifiable is put out to warn others about her. She thinks she can harass and make false statements about others without verifiable evidence, false facts and lies about someone is slander and defamation of  character.

 

9. USAP has caused shelters to close their doors to rescue because of her behavior, causing many animals to lose their lives. WHY IS IT THAT USAP GETS NO WHERE IN GA. BECAUSE SHE IS NOT REPITABLE

 

The only false reports and post that have been sent to the police is from USAP founder. As to belonging to rescue this is also not true and can be verified. She only mentions 2 names and that is because she thinks she can bully them into not telling the truth about her. As to jail time that's a laugh slander is a civil complaint not criminal. cyber bullying is if you keep contacting or put false information out about someone. everything posted as warnings are true and have been obtained legally through public records,or was put out on Internet by founder herself ( info put out by founder herself is only used to back up legally obtained records)

 

Founder has a police record for harassment and plead no contest to the charge this is fact. she on several occasions said she was a 501c3 non profit taxed exempt she is not, she has fostered dogs in her home and is not licensed in GA which is not legal for her to foster dogs and cats, By her own words and actions she has violated laws and believes herself above the laws or regulations.

 

 Dawn is a danger to animal rescue and she is a bully and she can't handle it when someone does not back down from her threats and when they stand up to her. WARNING BE READY FOR THE BLOCKED CALLS, SPOOF CARD CALLS, AND THE SLANDERING OF YOUR NAME TO START IF YOU DO NOT DO WHAT SHE WANTS YOU TO DO OR YOU STAND UP TO HER.

 

 

  In her own words  she is not a legal rescue in the case of this quote she is not allowed to foster home or act as a rescue in GA.

 " 1. USAP is not licensed with the GA Dept of Ag and never would be licensed with a government office that allows cruelty to continue in GA shelters."
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#15 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Dawn Taylor Bechtold

AUTHOR: USAP - (United States of America)

 
1. USAP is not licensed with the GA Dept of Ag and never would be licensed with a government office that allows cruelty to continue in GA shelters.
 
2. USAP licensed under the GA Secretary of State.
 
3. Mutt Shack and USAP do not work together but did after the storms. USAP took an estimated 210 animals from MSRF and turned Remodel America into a triage unit. USAP founder worked to rescue animals from the storm and made sure necessary supplies like gas and water made it to the rescue unit.
 MSRF sent animals out of Louisiana without health certificates. MSRF was sighted for bringing animals into GA without health certificates by the GA DOA after they promised USAP they were traveling with health certificates and a veterinarian. This was false.
 Animals were put at risk by MSRF after a cease and desist from moving animals was given by the GA DOA. Sick animals were brought into GA by MSRF to USAP.
 
 4. USAP housed the hurricane animals for weeks after a cease and desist was ordered by the GA DOA after MSRF brought in sick animals with no health certificates and lost an estimated 100,000 dollars in production from the construction company Remodel America.
MSRF did not release records of animals or where they were sent and did not give rescuers any information that rescued animals were sent to a safe place. MSRF is only allowed to transport from one rescue to the next. MSRF is not allowed to do rescue again in Louisiana.
 
5. USAP has never asked for donations until this year and founder spent own money to rescue animals during Katrina/Rita and after they came into GA. USAP was asked by DHS disaster recovery and the LA State Dept of Ag to come back and rescue animals in the event of another disaster.
 
6. USAP never needed a 501c3 status because it has always been privately funded. USAP now needs donations and is working on this status. USAP is a non profit organization in GA.
USAP founder has spent thousands upon thousands on USAP rescues and sponsored many other rescue groups through the years. Animals that have been sponsored include dogs, cats, horses, primates and many other species.
 
7. USAP Founder ran a very successful GA and TN based company Remodel America.  Problems never occurred at this company until the owners left GA  Founder came in from Katrina to help a rescue group that was being shut down by the GA DOA.(This rescue was cleared by three veterinarians paid for by USAP but the GA DOA shut them down anyway.) 
 USAP founder was harassed by the person the GA DOA was signing animals over to that had been arrested for animal cruelty  GA Dept of Ag. knowing of the animal cruelty charges turned animals from this rescue group over to this person. This person prompted two others to harass founder of USAP until both owners left GA. The company went down a company that support thousands of animal rescues. 
 Animals have been missing for years.(These were happy animals that should not have been moved)
 
8.  Leo Lowery and Nancy Green are focused on destroying a great organization and all the rescuers and animal activist involved without any thought to the lives of animals that will be lost. Lowery tried to extort money from USAP founder and has harassed the founder and organizations members for four years since she was turned down on her request for money. Lowery prompted Green to continue harassment after founder would not attack another rescuer. An investigation is pending regarding ongoing harassment of USAP and its directors.
 
9. USAP is an animal protection organization that has worked for many years to rescue and protect animals from harm with a goal to end all inhumane killings and work to save the lives of animal left in cruelty situations and animal shelters.
 
10. USAP has many dedicated rescuers and members that continue to work daily to save and protect animals.
 USAP is a wonderful organization and group of people that are truly dedicated to the continued growth of USAP and will continue to save and protect lives for years to come.
 

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Note; Leonora Lowery tried to extort money from USAP founder after a cruelty case in TN. When she did not get it she began her harassement. Both women attack other rescuers and have harassed USAP directors as well as many members who are reporting harassment of unwanted emails from both Lowery and Green.

 

 

Green is a partner of Lowery's in internet harassement and cyberbullying women and men in rescue. Reports have been made with the police. Listing personal information on public forums is now a crime many states. The case  mentioned was a direct result of harassement from a man that prompted false charges against the founder of USAP after he arrested on animal cruelty and USAP tried to stop transport of animals to this individual. This person lied to his power of attorney so she would file charges. False reports and post have been sent to the police and they are in violation of cyber bullying laws. The reports from Lowery and Green are slanderous and libelous.

Both  Lowery and Green continue to harass people saving animals. They are as bad as any animal abuser they impede rescue progress. USAP works very hard to save and protect animals. Lowery could be looking at jail time for her part in the harassment and slander of USAP founder. Lowery and Green belong to no organization and do no rescue animals.

Texas

Tx. Penal Code 3307 (2009 H.B. 2003),  42.07 

New Laws have been enacted to protect individuals from cyber stalking, Cyber bullying and harassment.

Georgia 

Georgia Code 16-5-90

USAP is working to stop animal cruelty join our team and see our work in progress.

www.USAnimalProtection.org

www.AnimalShelterReform@yahoogroups.com

www.UnitedStatesAnimalProtection@yahoogroups.com

email with questions USAPspca@aol.com

 

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