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Sandy's Story

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 We want to send out a HUGE thank you to all of the donors who helped us to bring our case to close this year, and helped us find a small measure of justice for Sandy. The case was settled out of court. 


We always do our best to see that our rescue dogs have the happily ever after they deserve.  We provide top notch medical care, socialization, grooming for them. Find them loving homes.  We've taken dogs with parvo, distemper, mange, broken bones, broken hearts, cherry eye, parasites, skin issues. 


Sadly, we learned the hard way, not everyone who works with dogs may have their best interest at heart. What happened to us will always be part of our story.


In May of 2014, Lucky Pup Dog Rescue hired what we thought to be a trusted a local San Diego dog "trainer" to help with one of our small Lucky Pups, Sandy.  Sandy was scruffy, 20lb terrified rescue dog.  Sandy had been recently pulled from San Bernardino City Shelter. When he had arrived, we discovered he had some issues that we felt we needed professional help with.  After collecting thousands of dollars in training fees from us, the dog "trainer" we hired, Cate Sacks of Shelter Dogs To Dream Dogs in El Cajon, California took our rescue dog, Sandy to Chula Vista Shelter to be euthanized without our knowledge or permission.   She had him euthanized for $15.


If that wasn't horrific enough, Cate Sacks continued to send written emails to our rescue with fake updates about his progress after he was dead.  Sacks continued to report about his training progress for nearly two weeks after he was dead.  She even went as far as to assure us she was making plans for his neuter surgery later in the summer. We later found out that this unlicensed facility also runs a non profit animal "rescue" within the boarding/training facility.  She is currently operating without a kennel license of any kind. 


This was the ultimate betrayal by someone who holds themselves up as a professional in the San Diego dog community, referring to herself as "San Diego's Dog Whisperer".


It was a difficult and painful decision, but we made the decision to stand up in Sandy's honor and hold this business owner accountable for the killing of a lucky pup, who was an innocent rescue dog.  


People also need to know that Cate Sacks convinced San Diego Animal Control to hide the investigation we  ask for. They were actually inept enough to write that in the report that we later received by subpoena.  We would later find out that the woman at Chula Vista who handled the killing of Sandy, who signed for the drugs used to kill Sandy just happened to be married to a San Diego Animal Control Deputy who later became the Director. A shocking cover up by any stretch of the imagination. There was an existing three way relationship, all three of them working to cover up the killing of Sandy.  We didn't give up. 


Sadly, there were no criminal charges filed against her.  We sued her for fraud and unfair business practices.  Her defense was to file a defamation suit. We shared our TRUE story and used social media to expose what she had done.   In September of 2019, after 5 1/2 long years, we accepted her offer of a confidential out of court settlement.  


She still advertises her $1000 a week doggie bootcamp in the El Cajon/Blossom Valley area of San Diego.  We know what this woman is capable of have shared so dog owners can make an educated decision before trusting her alone with their dog. 


We also refused to sign a gag order. We want others to know what she is capable of and advise dog owners to use extreme caution when leaving a dog alone with her. This was not an isolated case of betrayal involving rescue dogs. Through public records, we found 3 other rescues dogs she ordered euthanized at Chula Vista Shelter with her friend that same rescue coordinator. We were also informed by people close to the family that TWO of their family dogs died in heat related incidents on her property.  One dog was actually forgotten in the family car and died of heat stroke.  





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