Craigslist is an AWESOME website.
If you need a washing machine or used car.
Not so much if you need help with your dog.
Witness below just one case of fraud and criminal activity common to this paragon of classified advertising in the World Wide Web market of available services.
Enter “Bruce Bentley”, a classic case of identity fraud and abuse of the public trust on Craigslist and other web sites like Yelp.com, MerchantCircle and others.
Bruce is actually Bruce Michael Lincis, former owner of Rainbow Produce Inc. in Phoenix, Arizona. He spent over 30 years in the produce and wholesale food supply business, and nary a minute as a professional, and I’d venture to say even amateur, canine behaviorist.
Then things went horribly horribly wrong. He failed to pay a number of his suppliers hundreds of thousands of dollars, and the USDA shut down his business and levied fines on top of that. He lost his home to foreclosure.
He also got into drugs and alcohol and has convictions for possession and DUI.
Then he invented “Bruce Bentley”, Professional Dog Trainer “in all capacities, for the last 45 years” and commenced to placing ads on Craigslist and every other commercial advertising website known to man in the Phoenix Metropolitan area.
He also made the mistake of contacting me for advice and admitting his lack of background in training and behavior. He didn’t know what kennel cough was and also called to question me about the characteristics and personalities of Standard Poodles because he had a potential customer who wanted to board their dogs with him.
A month later, he began advertising as “the best” in dog training in the Phoenix area.
Unfortunately the pet and animal industries are rife with frauds, con artists and criminals in addition to the simply inept, unexperienced but well meaning amateurs with big hearts who don’t take the time or seek the education and experience before they begin “training” for people or adopting or trying to rehabilitate rescue dogs.
The animal industries have suffered tremendously over the last 20 years and in just the last 5 I’ve seen a “rescue” adopt a pit bull with known human aggression problems to a family of 3 with a 5 year old daughter and a baby due a month later. He bit their 5 year old daughter in the face (not too bad, luckily) five days later and was turned over to sanctuary to live out the rest of his life. The rescue then stole the dog back when the family thought about sueing and euthanized him to keep him from being used as evidence. Another “rescue” took in a 5 month old purebred St. Bernard puppy at put it with an unvetted foster home who left her in the back yard while they went out to dinner, only to come home and find her body floating in their pool.
Such tremendous tragedy and wastes of life are commonplace, unfortunately, and witnessing them is one of the pitfalls of working in this industry.
With almost 4 decades behind me in this business my best advice to the public is to check deeply into the backgrounds of any “professional” trainer, behaviorist or rescue before you deal with them in any capacity.
If you’re in the Phoenix Metropolitan area, you can check the links below for info on Mr. Lincis’ criminal history and background, don’t take my word for it, and if you have problems with your dog ask a neighbor or a friend or better yet your veterinarian for a referral to someone with a traceable background and professional experience!