Sad tale of greed

The story of a Groves family who turned to friends and strangers to help their diabetic son live a better life has taken an unexpected turn. The saga began when Ryan and Tara McLeod heard about service dogs who could detect if their young son Racer, who has Type 1 Diabetes, has blood sugar that’s too high or too low.

In a wonderful example of charity beginning at home, the community rallied around Racer and collectively donated more than $60,000 to the family, enough to purchase the dog for $20,000 and also establish a fund to help offset the expense of the boy’s long-term care. So far, so good, right? Not quite.

An attorney for Dan Warren, president of Guardian Angels Service Dogs Inc., is demanding that the extra money made by the McLeods’ fundraising efforts go to him. His theory is that because the McLeods promoted the event “as being tax deductible to the donors and for the benefit of Guardian Angel,” Warren and his company are entitled to the excess money raised by the McLeods.

This is wrong on so many levels that it boggles the mind.

Exactly how Warren decided he was entitled to receive $60,000 for a $20,000 dog is not clear, but it does not appear to be a legal claim. The McLeods aren’t taking any chances and beat Warren to the courthouse door, seeking a declaration that they not be required to pay more than the $20,000 already paid for the dog.

To add insult to injury, the dog delivered by Warren does not function as advertised. “We were told we’d be able to sleep through the night and if the dog noticed Racer’s blood sugar change, he’d come and alert us,” said Ryan McLeod. “My wife and I would’ve never gone with this company if we’d known we were going to have to train the dog ourselves.”

Two things need to happen. The McLeods need a dog to monitor Racer at night as promised. Research shows such service animals can be effective when trained for that purpose. That’s why the family wanted the dog in the first place. And Warren and his attorney need to back way off. Any legal claim they think they have to that money – a questionable prospect at best – pales beside the moral imperative of the McLeods’ need to care for their son.

Finally, the Southeast Texas community that rallied to this boy’s side should take heart in their good deeds and not let the actions of this greedy dog merchant sully their actions.

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Comments

when you have a benefit "for"

when you have a benefit "for" an organization you must not be greedy and decide not to handover all profits ...yes, a sad tale of greed.... they recieved a dog and should recieve one that can do it's job ,but they shouldnt steal the org. donations when other loved children need the same help the McLeads recieved and cannot bare to hand over that much money that was raised for that org. I am sure other troubled families with sick children would be a little angry that they cant have a dog and $40,000 too...i suppose a judge can decide if the McLeods need to open their tightly clinched fists holding the cash!

Expose Warren For the Scammers They Are

And if you claim to be "exclusively endorsed" by the JDRF and the JDRF categorically denies that, you're a liar. If you still claim to be endorsed by the JDRF after their national outreach director told you in no uncertain terms to stop claiming any affiliation with them, I hope JDRF slaps you with a lawsuit too.

And if you charge $20,000 for the same thing other places charge $2000 for you're a con artist.

If you tell people that a 4 month old puppy is a service dog protected by the ADA you're either an idiot or a liar.

If you tell people that dogs can alert from miles away, while your kid is at school or you have the dog at work with you, you're a liar.

If you put out 300 puppies a year, you're not a reputable breeder.

If you have your lawyer send shut up letters to unhappy customers, former employees, and the general public who calls you out on your unethical business dealings, you've got something you want to hide pretty badly if you're going to resort to threats, intimidation, and bullying of dissenters.

If you repossess a dog that someone paid $20,000 for because they fed it a different brand of food or sought outside training help, you're heartless.

If you claim to run a non-profit but refuse to disclose the financial records that you are legally obligated to make public, and then blatantly lie about your for-profit business not being affiliated with it, I hope the hammer of the IRS comes down on you hard.

And if you lie and manipulate and smooth talk the desperate families into believing your lies in order to swindle them out of thousands of dollars, if you make outlandish and untrue claims to prey on the hopes and fears of the families of sick kids, if you show such unbelievable greed as to think you're entitled to an extra $40,000 above the cost of a dog that was insanely overpriced to begin with, there is a special circle of hell for you.

Dan Warren has done and continues to do all those things. Thank God someone like the McLeod family is finally brave enough to come forward to expose this unethical business--and I do mean business, this is no non-profit---for what it is and is not afraid of Dan Warren and his threats and intimidation tactics. There are so many unhappy clients but every one of them has been threatened with a lawsuit if they say one negative thing about Warren. I hope every last one of them joins forces with the McLeod family in a class action lawsuit to put an end to Dan Warren's insatiable greed and makes him stop preying on families with ill children.

You rock!

T1d Momma, you said it all! Every single damn thing! Will the GASD sycophants believe you? I doubt it. But maybe the McLeod's can use some of your info in their lawsuit and hopefully other families will join them!

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