Service dog provider puts Groves family on alert

Service dog provider puts Groves family on alert

A Groves family is taking legal action against the company that sold them a $20,000 service dog after the company, Guardian Angel Service Dogs, itself threatened litigation if the family didn’t turn over all the money it raised from fundraisers almost five months ago.

The McLeod family – Ryan, Tara and their twin sons Racer and Rider – along with a flood of supporters from throughout Southeast Texas, held a number of fundraisers for Racer, who suffers from Type 1 diabetes, commonly referred to as juvenile diabetes. The money raised went toward the purchase of a diabetic alert dog. Through scent detection, he can sense – when properly trained – when a person’s blood sugar level rises or falls to dangerous levels. Money was also raised to go toward ongoing medical care for Racer.

The McLeods are plaintiffs in a declaratory judgment filed last week in the 58th Judicial District in Jefferson County asking to sever ties with Guardian Angel Service Dogs after they received a dog that wasn’t completely trained and still isn’t 100 percent capable of warning the family if Racer has blood sugar that’s too high or too low.

While the training is part of the issue, Dan Warren, president of Warren Enterprises LLC, which also owns Guardian Angels Service Dogs Inc., a not-for-profit company out of Montpelier, Va., is demanding that the extra money made by the McLeods’ fundraising efforts go to him. In addition to Guardian Angels, Warren also owns Warren Retrievers, a company that breeds Labrador retrievers, which he also uses as the Guardian Angel service dogs.

Guardian Angels was registered with Guidestar.org, which tracks nonprofit organizations; however, they did not supply the site with any IRS information, including a 990, which is to provide the public with financial information to ensure it is not abusing its tax-exempt status.

In a letter from Warren’s attorney, John W. Anderson, dated June 5 of this year, he states that the McLeods received “well in excess of $60,000 in charitable donations from fundraising activities” and 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.

Messages left for both Warren and his attorney, Anderson, were not returned.

Matthew Morgan of the Reaud, Morgan & Quinn law firm is assisting attorney John Werner in the matter for the McLeods pro bono and said the McLeods fulfilled their monetary obligation with Warren and his company by paying the $20,000 for the dog and that any additional money raised is being used for Racer’s ongoing medical care.

The McLeods’ petition to the court states that the McLeods held several fundraisers and “through the generosity and caring of the community, including many people who had never even met Racer, enough money was raised not only to pay the Defendant (Warren), but also to set up a separate account devoted exclusively to Racer’s ongoing medical needs.”

The McLeods are seeking a declaration that they not be required to pay more than the $20,000 already paid for the dog and that Warren is not entitled to any money in Racer’s separate account.

McLeod argues that while they did use the Guardian Angel name when promoting the event – which Warren said they could do – there was never any mention made about excess funds going back to Guardian Angel Service Dogs and that Warren offered to help with fundraising along the way. McLeod also said the family never used Guardian Angels’ tax ID number.

“They don’t owe them money,” said Morgan. “The McLeods paid the $20,000 for the dog. (Guardian Angel) owes them some training, but we’ve offered to cut that off and go our separate ways, but they won’t.”

A dog that doesn’t alert

“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, a Beaumont firefighter who is perplexed and frustrated with the whole situation. “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.”

Guardian Angel provides one week of training when the dog is delivered and two days of training every 90 days for the next two years as part of the agreement. All other required training is to be done by the owner.The McLeods’ twin sons are 3 1/2 years old. Racer, in addition to diabetes, also suffers from albinism, which according to his father, is very rare considering neither he nor his wife have the gene for albinism. It’s the albinism that causes Racer’s pale skin, cloud-white hair and reddish eyes. There’s no medical proof that it’s a bi-product of his diabetes.

Late in November 2011 after a near fatal incident with Racer, the family began researching service dog companies and diabetic alert dog providers and Warren’s Guardian Angel Service Dog page was one of the first companies to pop up.

“Our main concern was at night,” said McLeod. “One night we checked him, he was perfectly normal to make it through to the morning, and 45 minutes later he was having a seizure.” Fortunately, Racer was sleeping with Tara that night and she felt him having the seizure. Had he not been sleeping with his mother that night and in his own bed instead, he could have died.

McLeod said most of the diabetic alert dog companies require the buyer to travel to the company to pick the dog up, whereas Guardian Angel actually flies out and delivers the dog to the customer.

“I talked to him on the phone, and he had me crying on the phone talking to him,” McLeod said of his initial conversation with Warren.

“He also told us the dog would be trained to alert when we received him,” said McLeod, adding that most service dogs go through one to two years of training before they’re given to a family. Gunner, the chocolate Labrador retriever the McLeod’s received, was 3 months old when he was delivered. “Obedience-wise, we haven’t had any issues,” said McLeod. “As far as being out in public, he listens and he does what he’s supposed to.”

McLeod said Warren assured him the dog would be trained to “alert,” meaning the dog would be able to notify Ryan and Tara if the dog, through scent detection training, noticed Racer’s blood sugar was too high or low. Ultimately, the dog is supposed to “paw” a person when Racer’s blood sugar is too high and “touch” with his nose if the blood sugar is too low.

At 5 months old, Gunner, while a good dog, is still learning how to detect, and can’t yet indicate high or low blood sugar. When Gunner was dropped off in May, the trainers that accompanied the dog indicated that the McLeods would be responsible for training the dog on how to “alert.”

“We said, ‘Wait a minute, the whole reason we got this dog was because it knows how to alert,’” said McLeod. “We told (Warren) my wife and I both have jobs, and between the two boys, we have very busy and hectic lives, and we don’t have time to train a dog.”

Maria Ikenberry, executive director for Eyes, Ears, Nose and Paws, a service dog company out of Carrboro, N.C., said she’s never dealt with anyone from Guardian Angel and has only heard of the company. A relatively new company, Ikenberry said Eyes, Ears, Nose and Paws has trained three diabetic alert dogs, and they took up to two years to train. She said her company has eight dogs it’s training right now and prefers training their dogs on-site as opposed to having the dogs trained with the owners.

“If you talk to Assistance Dogs International, you’ll find that that is not the standard for assistance dogs,” said Ikenberry. “What you’ll also find is there’s no standard for diabetic assistance dogs, either.”Bonnie Bergin, a pioneer in the service dog industry who actually came up with the idea of service dogs for people in wheelchairs 37 years ago, said it is preferred by most service dog agencies who are members of Assistance Dogs International that dogs be trained for up to two years by certified professional trainers as opposed to having a dog trained by a family with occasional training visits.

“I don’t see how parents as described, with the small amount of instruction, can do an adequate job training the dog,” said Bergin, who runs the Bergin University of Canine Studies, just outside of Santa Rosa, Calif.

Spreading the word electronically

Late Wednesday afternoon, a Facebook post was put on the Guardian Angel Service Dogs page by Warren letting all the members of the group know that “publicity was forthcoming” regarding the McLeods’ legal action against the company, which “may or may not be true,” according to the post. Warren indicated that a reporter from The Examiner might be in touch with Guardian Angel’s clientele, and if so, it was their discretion to speak with the media, but he was confident anyone who spoke would be “honest and forthcoming in your remarks about Guardian Angel Service Dogs. You, our friends that we have served, are our best line of defense against falsehoods. Thank you for your support.”

One of those customers who came to the defense of Warren and Guardian Angel was Jamie Shasteen, whose daughter Alissa suffers from Type 1 diabetes and is expected to get her dog in the fall. While the family, which lives in Illinois, is still raising funds for the dog, she said it’s a “moral” issue and “common sense” that any excess funds raised by a family working with Guardian Angel be given to the company since it’s being raised for Guardian Angel and using the Guardian Angel name.

“The McLeod family fundraised using Guardian Angel Service Dog’s name,” said Shasteen. “They exceeded what they needed to pay for the dog, and it’s common sense when you go over, that money goes back. They’re just mad that they fundraised using that name and that tax ID number and they were told they couldn’t keep the money after they kept the money.”

Shasteen said that Warren made it very clear “from the beginning” that excess funds raised by families would be put back in a fund that would go to other families in the same state looking for diabetic alert dogs. She also harped on the McLeods for their lack of “research” since the company clearly indicates training is done primarily by the family and not done prior to the dog’s arrival.

“They should’ve known that before they got the dog,” said Shasteen.

While her arguments certainly support Guardian Angel’s contentions, Shasteen was a little shaky when it came to details regarding the information that “clearly” states the fundraising and training protocol.

“That’s stuff that you find out when you start with this company,” said Shasteen. “You can ask Dan yourself.” She said she’s known about the company for more than a year, but has been working with them for “about five months.” When pressed further about where the protocol is listed, Shasteen continued, “I don’t know if (Dan) specifically told me that, but it’s common sense. It’s common sense to anybody with common sense.”McLeod said neither he nor his wife was ever briefed or informed on the fundraising and training protocol from Warren. A glimpse at Warren’s Web site warrenretrievers.com mentions how he offers help fundraising for clients buying a dog through Guardian Angels, yet provides no insight as to what is done with excess funds.

“He’s great working with you throughout the fundraising process leading up to buying the dog,” said McLeod, “but once he gets paid, it’s impossible to get in touch with him and he passes off everything on to his trainers. If I’d known we were going to go through all this, we’d have never chosen this company.”

Fred Davis can be reached at (409) 832-1400, ext. 227, or by e-mail at fred [at] theexaminer [dot] com.

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Comments

Hey, I read my local paper

Hey, I read my local paper and commented. I often do about many topics. I believe that is called citizenship...but we are off the subject. The IAFF comment was to another poster. I should have addressed them specifically.

This is not an attack on a community. This was a defense from an attack from Mr. Warren. He began the verbal attacks, the legal posturing and threats of lawsuits. What you see before you is what happens when that occurs.

I hate that you are not well. My friend growing up had juvenile diabetes and I am well acquainted with it's ravages on your body. I am even more saddened that you have a child experiencing this. I am the mother of four. I know that as a mother you would much rather go through something than your child experience it.

The way this fundraiser was advertised was from a local view with Ryan McLeod as a firefighter with a sick child. People gave til it hurt. It was never anyone's intentions here that that money go back to Mr. Warren. I am glad you have a source for your child and trust this organization. We do not. So leave us be. We paid for this dog and his services. Had Mr. Warren not insisted that he receive the balance of this money...he would have heard no more from us.

If your community continues with personal attacks on this family then I assure you that we will take this to the mattresses.

To the community of Groves, TX

I encourage the community of Groves, TX to view the entire picture of the Guardian Angel Service Dogs and the McLeod story. What they have done is a crime and is against the law. If they wanted to raise money for medical expenses, then they should have done that without using the GASD taxt ID. All of us who have a T1D child must incurr medical expenses on our own. Personally I have 2 children with 3 serious autoimmune diseases, one of which also has ADD. I have NOT asked the community to pay for my medical expenses - I sacrifice everything in life to make sure they are healthy. I am part of the Warren Retrievers and Guardian Angel Service Dog organization and have a diabetic alert dog. I not only raised the money to pay for my dog before she arrive but I have paid it forward to many other families making it possible for them to have the same blessing of a DAD that I did. Keeping the money that was raised in the name of GASD is a CRIME.

We are going through this

We are going through this program for our D.A.D and couldn't be happier. When that reached the $20,000 they should of stopped, closed the account and opened another on with a different name. Using some else's tax exempt is illegal and false advertising. It's a shame they couldn't reach an agreement and had to resort to this. As for the dog not being fully trained or unable to alert; its always a dog first and a tool second.

Do your research

To all of the above who are bashing Guardian Angel Service Dogs....
Would you hold a "fundraiser" claiming it is The Susan G Coleman Group, donate some money and kee the rest? That is what this family has done. Regardless of using IRS tax numbers, their fundraising efforts where misleading. We are told from the start that is we raise funds claiming they are to be going to GASD, that money must be turned over to them. If you raise excess of your $20k, you can either have it all applied into your account for the next dog you may need, or apply funds to other deserving families in your area seeking a dog. The McLeod's are very selfish in keeping that money. All of us with diabetic children are in need of some finacial help because it is very costly. I supposed those of us who don't want to mislead donors are still struggling to pay for those medical expenses. If anyone will have to answer to a higher power, it'll be the McCleods. And with any luck, it'll be to both the IRS and GOD!

Advertise your fundraiser for

Advertise your fundraiser for the proper cause and you will not have a problem. Money given to GASD should go to GASD. If you want money for your personal tradedy or need, then advertise it as so. If I gave to GASD then that is where I want my money to go!

They simply should not have

They simply should not have used the name of the organization then. If people wanted to donate to "medical care" then they would have and it should have been advertised that way. If people thought they were giving to Guardian Angel Service Dogs, then that is where their money should go. It is dishonest to take people's money that is intended for one purpose and put it towards your own purpose! The family should have raised money seperately for the "medical expenses" and made it clear to donors that that was where their money was going. This is exactly why people become hesitant to give, when their money is NOT put where they believe it is going.

Furthermore, if their claim is true that the dog is not fully trained, then they should have maintained the appropriate working relationship with the organization that they signed up with (voluntarily) and continued with the ongoing training that is made clear by the organization.

Dishonesty will get you no where, except caught!

Racer

I've loved Racer's mother, Tara,all my life. Her father (my brother) died tragically when she was a teenager. The community came together and supported Tara, her sister and mother. A few years later Tara met a young firefighter. They both grew up in the area and had the same goals. They fell in love, got married and started a family. After some heartbreak Tara delivered twin boys. Although overjoyed, more heartbreak. Although Ryder was perfect, Racer was diagnosed with Albinism. Tara and Ryan were determined to learn all they could and make life as normal as possible for him. Racer and Ryder grew and were both precious little boys. And then more heartbreak. Racer almost died and was diagnosed with Diabetes. Again, Tara and Ryan were determined to learn as much as possible to make his life normal and to make sure Ryder got the attention he deserved. Now this...the people who supported Racer were not interested in giving to an organization or any other venture and did not care about tax exemptions. They only wanted to help a little boy get a dog and the best medical care possible. The truth is Racer will never be normal but with the love and support of his family and friends he will have a good life. These are good people and again need your support.

Racer

While this family appears to have had more than their share of heartaches, misfortunes, and tragedies, it doesn't make it ok to raise funds for a dog then misappropriate the funds for other uses. There is no mystery when you contract with GASD for the dog. This is all expressly stated to us as families fundraising for these dogs. The greatest tragedy is that the purpose of the dog is now not fulfilled. I have no doubt they chose this dog to assist their lovely son (and his twin). I, too, am the mother of twins. Twins have a unique relationship and it is even more complex when one child has specialized needs. I take issue with your use of the word "perfect" to describe one child as I would tend to see both as perfect and different. However, this isn't an issue of amount of suffering. It is an issue of what was agreed to at the time of contracting. We have all had our fair share of suffering. This has a direct impact on the rest of us who are abiding by the rules and trying to take care of our own families as well. I am glad the family has the support of someone so loving. Good luck to all of you.

They simply should not have

They simply should not have used the name of the organization then. If people wanted to donate to "medical care" then they would have and it should have been advertised that way. If people thought they were giving to Guardian Angel Service Dogs, then that is where their money should go. It is dishonest to take people's money that is intended for one purpose and put it towards your own purpose! The family should have raised money seperately for the "medical expenses" and made it clear to donors that that was where their money was going. This is exactly why people become hesitant to give, when their money is NOT put where they believe it is going. We ALL have personal tragedy!

Furthermore, if their claim is true that the dog is not fully trained, then they should have maintained the appropriate working relationship with the organization that they signed up with (voluntarily) and continued with the ongoing training that is made clear by the organization.

Dishonesty will get you no where, except caught!

As if....

As if $20,000 wasn't enough to pay for a dog!
Good grief!

They simply should not have

They simply should not have used the name of the organization then. If people wanted to donate to "medical care" then they would have and it should have been advertised that way. If people thought they were giving to Guardian Angel Service Dogs, then that is where their money should go. It is dishonest to take people's money that is intended for one purpose and put it towards your own purpose! The family should have raised money seperately for the "medical expenses" and made it clear to donors that that was where their money was going. This is exactly why people become hesitant to give, when their money is NOT put where they believe it is going.

Furthermore, if their claim is true that the dog is not fully trained, then they should have maintained the appropriate working relationship with the organization that they signed up with (voluntarily) and continued with the ongoing training that is made clear by the organization.

Dishonesty will get you no where, except caught!

Support for Warren Retrievers and GASD

This article truly disappoints me for. First it is completely one sided. As a reporter you should do your research completely and show all sides to the story. Second, we are part of the Guardian Angel Service Dogs organization and have a diabetic alert dog for our daughter. Dan Warren, is hands down the most stand up and honest man I have ever met. He has built an organization that truly cares about that they are doing and dedicates his life to helping others. The requirements with regards to fundraising and training are made aware to EVERY family that signs on with GASD. It is out of the kindness and hard work of GASD and Warren Retrievers that families are able to have these amazing animals. To use your child and the organizations name/tax ID to raise excessive funds is a crime. 100% of the money raised in the name of GASD is put into the organization and used to help other families that are not as fortunate to have the support needed to meet the fundraising commitment. Dan Warren and his staff of trainers work tirelessly to make sure that all families are supported in this process. They do whatever they can to help families at all hours of the day. It is the McLeod family that should be ashamed of their actions not Dan Warren

Heartbroken For the McLeods

I am crushed that a family who has gone through so much would be subjected to this kind of treatment. It's obvious that greed is the motivating factor in this dispute. And that greed is NOT on the part of the McLeods. It was their desire to raise enough money to pay the $20,000 required for the service dog. It was the community's desire to bless them even further by giving above and beyond the cost of the dog to help them pay for the overwhelming costs of having a child with a chronic medical condition. The way I see it, a contract was made when Mr. Warren advised the McLeod's of the cost of a fully-trained dog, the McLeod's agreed to pay that amount, and the consideration was paid to Mr. Warren by the McLeods. He has no right to charge more because they raised more. Would a store have the right to charge you more for an item simply because your paycheck was bigger that week? This man is trying to penalize not only the McLeods, but the giving community who wanted to help a precious little boy and his family. The generosity of the contributors came from the heart, not because of the hope of a tax deduction. I would venture to say that the majority of the contributors have no interest or intention of using their donation as a tax deduction, and that the total sum of the contributions of those who do would not exceed the $20,000 paid for the dog. Many of the donations were anonymous or came from the sale of baked goods, etc. These contributions certainly weren't made to secure a tax advantage. The blessing comes from doing what's right, Mr. Warren. It's not too late, you can still step up and do the right thing.

I have to say that we have

I have to say that we have raised over $80,000 in the past for JDRF to find a cure for our two type 1 diabetic children. I know every cent donated in honor of our boys (known as the "Dynamic Duo") to JDRF was done to bless us, encourage us and to help find a cure for diabetes. Our family too has suffered a lot. But I also know that most every donor who donated in our honor ("The Dynamic Duo" is our walking team name) was VERY happy to receive a tax-deduction for their generosity, which they rightfully deserved. They got that tax-deduction by donating to JDRF (a 501(c)3 organization) in honor of our family, the Dynamic Duo. I have made many donations because friends and family have asked me to help with their cause and disease, but I also keep the tax-deduction receipt and hand it over to my accountant at the end of the year in hopes of getting a tax break. I'll bet you that just about every donor who donated to bless this family with a diabetic alert dog, has kept their tax-deductible receipt that Dan Warren sent them for their donation to Guardian Angel Service Dogs and will be submitting it to the IRS at the end of the year to get a tax deduction. Guardian Angel Service Dogs has a right to use the money raised using its name as the tax-deductible organization for purposes of raising, training and disbursing diabetic alert dogs. I'm sorry, but this is how the world turns. Most people don't give large sums of money without knowing they get something in return, like a tax deduction. This family knows that and that's why they used the Guardian Angel Service Dogs organizational name to raise money in the first place. They needed a dog and were probably happy to tell everyone that their donation was tax-deductible, because of Guardian Angel Service Dogs.

They simply should not have

They simply should not have used the name of the organization then. If people wanted to donate to "medical care" then they would have and it should have been advertised that way. If people thought they were giving to Guardian Angel Service Dogs, then that is where their money should go. It is dishonest to take people's money that is intended for one purpose and put it towards your own purpose! The family should have raised money seperately for the "medical expenses" and made it clear to donors that that was where their money was going. This is exactly why people become hesitant to give, when their money is NOT put where they believe it is going.

Furthermore, if their claim is true that the dog is not fully trained, then they should have maintained the appropriate working relationship with the organization that they signed up with (voluntarily) and continued with the ongoing training that is made clear by the organization.

Dishonesty will get you no where, except caught!

You are Completely right! If

You are Completely right! If you raise money for a non-profit organization (you use there name, wether people use it as a tax write-off or not) It is illegal and STEALING from the organization if you pocket any money. We are working with this organization to get a Diabetic Alert Dog for my son also. It was made very clear up front that all money raised using there name was to go to the organization for future use for us, or we could donate towards other families expenses. It was also made very clear that you could not open an account and retain money, it had to be turned over to the organization with-in 14 days. Furthermore, It was made VERY clear that you are recieving a 12 week old puppy who is not trained. They are scent imprinted and you work with the trainer by phone and they fly to your house to continue training. Obviously this family knew they were defrauding this organization and "thought" they could train the dog on their own and found out they got caught!

Couldn't have said that

Couldn't have said that better myself. You are exactly right.

Our thoughts and prayers go

Our thoughts and prayers go out to The McLeods! I found it very interesting that Guardian Angel Service Dogs posted the situation on their own FB page; however, when an opposite opinion is left, the comment is deleted and the person blocked. Deleting comments only proves guilt.

Hoping for the best!

I saw that too!

Dan Warren can't stand any negative comments, he will just delete them all. And if you make too many negative comments, he has his lawyer puppet send you a cease and desist letter.

Dan, if you can't take the heat then stay out of the kitchen!

If you put negative comments

If you put negative comments on my Facebook page, I would delete them, delete you and block you. I wouldn't do that for fear of others seeing... I would do that because It's my page and you were disrespectful. That's the beauty of it being "your page" you can control what shows.

But you are not a business!

Whatever Dan Warren might say, he owns Warren Retreivers and GASD; they are his business, how he makes money. If your business was full of criticism and people hated the way it was done, wouldn't you want to know how to improve business so people wouldn't badmouth and try to get other people to not go there?

Fundraising and information

With all due respect to the person who owns another of these service dogs, but hasn't the guts to list their name, when we fundraised for this, we used Guardian Angel Dogs name, as per Mr. Warren's instructions...But, we never used thier tax exemption. We had all that set up here locally. Your boy in Virginia doesnt have a leg to stand on with the IRS argument. You might want to get "your" facts straight from your people before you speak.

As for me and my family, my husband is a firefighter with Ryan. Those boys were almost born in my home during Hurricane Ike. When it came time to raise money, we gave til it hurt. We were giving to The MCLeods...not Dan Warren. We were done with him when Ryan paid his bill for the dog, accidentally shorting him $20.00 and he was VERY quick to point that out. This is clearly about money.

Had ANYONE in this community known that extra money raised was to go to a stranger in Virginia and not to further expenses incurred by The McLeods we would have fundraised entirely differently....probably privately so that we could control the flow of funds. It makes me ill to think of how hard my husband works for our money and how freely and joyously he gave to his brother firefighter and it only wind up in the pockets of a swindler in Virginia.

Mr. Warren, I love alot of things about Virginia. Alot of great men came from there. And I know for a fact that you think you are insulated there in your state. But let me introduce you to TEXAS. You have bullied your last family sir.

Regardless of rather the tax

Regardless of rather the tax id number was used or not you simply CANNOT raise money and take money under the name of someone else or another organization. It's illegal!! The family should have advertised their continued fundraising under their name and with the clear understanding of where the money was going. People should not be "tricked" into giving to an organization when the money is going to an individual only. If I donated to Guardian Angel Service Dogs, then my money had better be going directly to them and not to someone's personal need!

Anonymous...I have difficulty

Anonymous...I have difficulty dealing with someone afraid to sign their name to their opinions,,,but I will try.

We advertised everything with Ryan as a local firefighter and Tara as a local business owner with a sick child. The small portion of mention we gave to GADS was in one on one conversations. In no way was this a fundraiser for GADS. This is a misconception being perpetuated by Mr. Warren for his own personal gain. I think it is high time someone takes a hard look at his supposed charity.

If this money goes to Mr. Warren...I want a refund on my donation.

Shocked and appalled at Guardian Angel Service Dogs

Guardian Angel Service Dogs is in the business of taking care of animals and in turn they take care of people. It goes hand in hand; it sounds like they are doing neither. Guardian Angel Service Dogs is taking totally advantage of the situation and the McLeod family! As if, this family needs anything else to worry about, now they have to spend extra time and energy to fight for the money that the community raised for the McLeod family and fight for the dog to get continued training. I am sure there was not one bit of confusion on anyone’s part, that the money donated would go towards the service dog AND the expenses that the McLeod family had incurred past, present and future. The community rose up to donate; I am sure they will rise again to defend the McLeod family and show Guardian Angel Service Dog what it means to do the right thing!

The law states that if you

The law states that if you receive donations under an organizations name/tax I.D. number, that organization gets the money. So any excess money that GASD received, it's theirs. Plain and simple. It's the law and this family is breaking it due to greed. How sad that people are doing this.

They do not have to FUGHT for

They do not have to FUGHT for continued training. GASD has offered them continued training. They declined... I am sure because they defrauded the organization. The truth will come out in the end... and I know Dan Warren and GASD will come out on top!

NO GAMSD will not come out

NO GAMSD will not come out on top! The other children in this worldthat ALSO need help, will come out on top! the McLeods are standing in the way of those children! What if that money they want to keep could get a child a dog today, but that child will not get it and what if that child would pass tonight. McLeods donate that money to save that life. As long as it is in your account, another child may pass. Sleep well

I'm so sorry for you people

I'm so sorry for you people who really believe that this Mr.Warren is intending to "pay it forward" it is clear he is only interested in lining his pockets

*FIGHT*

*FIGHT*

And, not ALL people are

And, not ALL people are treated the same!!! I have certain things I don't like, where as, other people do! Our experiences are ALL different! Not one the same! It is the MCLEOD FAMILY that has been done wrong in this case! People read things differently, understand things differently, hear things differently! The problem is, as a community, we should all stick together for THE KIDS!!! They are OUR FUTURE! Not one person is more important than the next! Guardian Angel Service Dogs is being greedy to this family, where as, they might not think they can get over on the next one!!

I for one am appalled at

I for one am appalled at this! I sent Dan Warren, 2 different lengthy messages, from 2 different user names, on his website for Guaurdian Angel Service Dogs, and within 15-20 minutes, my comments were Deleted AND i was Blocked from further use! What ever happened to constructive criticism? He must not want other people he is trying to SCAM, read the negative! The community gave their money to the McLeods... Not the Warrens! If I go to the store for a candy bar and I have a $10 bill n my purse, I only owe the store the amount for the Candybar! Not the price of the Candybar AND the change from my $10! What a disgrace Dan Warrens is! He will have to meet his Maker one day!!!

Service Dog

Our family recently acquired a service dog from the same organization and the experience very professional and rewarding. I would like to respond to several of the points made in the article.
First, potential owners are told when they first begin their investigation that the service dog is a young puppy that will be delivered early in life and only partially trained. The dog will not be fully trained until it is 18 to 24 months old. Weekly phone sessions and monthly visits by the trainer are included in the cost and continue until the training is complete and the dog is certified. The owner, Dan Warren, is very clear that the dog is not fully trained at the time of delivery.
Second, we also raised money through the 501(C)(3) using their tax exempt status. It was very carefully explained to me that any money raised belonged to the organization, but would be credited to the family responsible for raising the funds. To have it any other way would violate the IRS regulations regarding this type of charity.
Anyone reading the article might conclude that this is a greedy organization bent on taking money from this family. After a thorough investigation, we have found that the organization is made up of caring and compassionate people who are bound by the IRS rules concerning tax exempt fundraising. Please take the time to fully investigate them before reaching a final conclusion.

Snake in the grass...

The nerve and GREED of some people! It was black and white: the dog, training and services cost $20,000.00. PERIOD! Why does this guy feel he is entitled to ANY other money raised to help this young family. His bill was paid in full. JERK! I hope he hasn't done this to other families.

Amazing

I am amazed at the audacity of the Guardian Angel Service. The fundraiser was to benefit Racer and provide toward his medical needs - the primary of which was the service dog. The McLeods paid for a trained dog. If the dog wasn't fully trained, the service should not have sent him to them. And now they have the audacity to ask for the rest of the fundraiser money? That money was never promised to them and was all raised to benefit Racer, not the Guardian Angel Service. I donated things to the fundraiser, and I was thrilled with the community response. When I learned that enough was raised to pay for the dog and Racer's other medical bills, I was very happy for the McLeods. I know how quickly medical bills can accumulate, and I never once considered that they should donate that money to the dog service. It was raised for Racer's needs.

This is ridiculous.

Guardian Angle Dog

I am utterly appalled that the owner of Guardian Angle would think he is entitled more money. What selfishness and heartless person would go after a family that has suffered enough.
My Husband and I met first met Racer at Chick Fila where our kids plays. I remember so well how before he could go play, eat, or do anything he had to have his blood sugar checked and I saw that sweet little boy getting poked on. That hit me like a ton of bricks and reminded me to count my blessing and never take anything for granted with my own children. So my Husband and I without even thing twice went out and supported Racer at his benefit. Maybe if that man had the image in his head of that day like I do he would have a little more heart for this family.
I will be praying for you McLeod Family!

sickening

This is atrocious. What a sad person.

If anything the McLeods need

If anything the McLeods need a refund for a dog not being fully trained to do what it was meant to do. this will be a work in progress to get this dog trained to the level it needs to be so that he may fulfill his role as a service animal.

Money is a motiviating factor for greed and history has proved it. If Mr. Warren had a notiion that the excess money would be going to his organization then he should have had paperwork signed by Ryan and Tara stating that all monies in excess would be dontated to the organization.

Or he should have asked that a donation be made to the organization after the fundraiser if their was left over monies, again, paperwork requesting this should have been in place.

Mr. Warren is promoting negativie publicity for himself and his organization that he has built.. Not a good move on his behalf.

As far as getting a dog half trained or somewhat trained, Im not sure what the arrangement was on that but if the McLeods did not get what they paid for how will they get the help they need to finish training the dog?

I do appreciate that there are attorneys out there willing to help this family free of charge. They have suffered enough with a sick child and financial concerns; and you all have help lift that burden, so Thank You to the legal team representing the family.

My hopes is that this ordeal will be put behind everyone and in a peacful manner and everyone can resume with their daily lives. I would hope that the relationship between Racer and his dog become a good strong and balanced work relationship and the dog is able to provide the help needed to this family and Racer.

Greed is a miserable thing

Greed is causing more grief to the McLeod family. They have enormous medical bills from the past and into the future. For this man to ask for a set dollar amount for a trained dog and then demand 3 times the asking price is the example of ultimate greed. I hope the McLeod's win their judgement. Good luck!

Asking people to donate to an

Asking people to donate to an organization to meet your personal needs is also quite greedy! Let's get the facts straight and handle our business legally and honestly. DON'T collect money under the name of an organization and keep it, period! It's dishonest and a crime! Shame on them!

Guardian Angel for the McLeods

In short as members of this tight knit community that we all always come together when there is a need and as a parent of a type 1 diabetic, we supported your family during your fundraiser not only for the purchase of this alert dog hoping it would give you some sort of assistance of monitoring your sons blood sugar levels but also for the tremendous amount of expenses incurred when you have a child with this awful disease!
For any person to think after the cost of his product is paid for they are due anything further just seems so absurd and ridiculous.
As a community lets not anger but start a prayer chain praying for peace on this family and that this fellow the McLeods purchased their alert dog from forgiveness and change of heart.
Having a son ourselves that was diagnosed with juvenile type 1 diabetes and is now a young man fixing to graduate college and his diabetes doesn't dictate his life, we pray your family's health and peace in all you will have to endure and know staying educated and keeping loving and God fearing people around you, you will come through this in God's favor!

Then they should not have

Then they should not have used the organizations name to get people to donate, they should have used their own. It seems pretty simple to me. You break the law, you get caught! You can't collect money for your personal needs under someone elses name period! Shame on them! I am sure that they would not appreciate someone else using their son's name to collect money for their own use, same principle.

I don't see how this man

I don't see how this man believes that HE is entitled toanymore of the money that the community raised for this little boy and his family. He was paid his money for the dog. It is sad that he is trying to take money from this family for the care of their child. I hope that all of the nonsense is cleared up soon so that they can concentrate on what matters most. Taking care of that sweet little boy.

It's not a HE, it's an

It's not a HE, it's an organization. The money does NOT go to HIM, but to other recipients of service dogs. If you want to raise money for personal needs, then advertised your fundraising as such. If people are compeled to give to your personal needs/expenses, then they will. Don't hide behind a bigger name (GASD) to get what you want!

They did! You keep saying

They did!
You keep saying they should have advertised that they were raising money for "Racer" I'm a also posting all local news stories that ran during the fundraising time. Other than facebook and the support of EVERY LOCAL NETWORK that was the only advertising that I saw in my town.
Thank you 12NEWS
http://www.12newsnow.com/story/16551191/kountze-boys-raise-money-for-dia...
http://www.12newsnow.com/story/18512168/gunner-already-serving
http://www.12newsnow.com/story/18512168/gunner-already-serving
Its getting late and I can't think about this anymore tonight I will post the rest of the news stories tomorrow

all that i have found such as

all that i have found such as articles and news report only mention the fundraiser being for a service dog..

Racers diabetic dog

I am very shocked and upset at the greed of the Guardian Angel Service Dogs. This family has been through so much, to watch your child become so sick and almost die. The unbelievable medical bills. Then to pay the 20,000.00 for the dog and it not be fully trained. Now this company wants to add to their financial burden by causing them to build up a mound of legal fees. A lot of work and effort goes into a successful fund raiser, I did not see that company help in any way. They got their money for the dog, they need to give the McLeod's what they paid for and fully train the dog. The rest of the money should go to pay Racer's medical bills and for his ongoing treatment. Through out the whole fund raiser, it was made clear that this is what the money was for. Dan Warren, president of Warren Enterprises LLC, which also owns Guardian Angels Service Dogs Inc. should be ashamed of himself.

Guardian Angel Dog

It breaks my heart to hear that the McLeods are having to deal with a situation that adds more stress to their little family. The owner of Guardian Angel should be ashamed... That family deserves and needs the money that they raised to care for their precious boy. Guardian Angel received their $20,000.00 for the dog. Guardian Angel is supposed to be a non-profit.... That owner will have to answer to a higher power one day be it the IRS and/or God.

we all have to answer to the

we all have to answer to the IRS and God honey, even the McLeods. Some answer the IRS with great FALSEHOODS and perhaps with inside knowledge from ex IRS employees that may perhaps be within one's family, but noone can pull the wool over His eyes.
Does te IRS get alerted in cases like this? This could be the tip of an iceberg for all involved. They say to pick your battles wisely ..what a giant can of worms

They should have followed the

They should have followed the laws that protect non-profits organizations and not used the GASD name in their continued fundraising for their personal use.
It seems pretty cut and dry to me. If you donate to an organization, then your money should go to the organization. If people wanted to donate to medical expenses, then they would have. The GASD name was misused for the family's benefit.