So You Have 51 Animals in Your Rented Home, Claim to Run a No-Kill Shelter and You Write Notes to Your Dead Veterinarian? Nah, No Reason to Think Those Animals Aren't Okay!

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Dow changed her number that night. Because again, that's what rational, responsible people with nothing to hide do. Fortunately, we were able to find another number for Dow. When we explained that we just wanted to check up on Max, we got the boot.

"This woman is truly a psychopath," Dow said of Flores.

When we told her we found multiple instances of her claiming to have a no-kill non-profit online, she said, "You only came across one [reference], so let's keep it real." She said that she was looking into starting a 501c3 at one point, but "The last step is $1,500, which is why I haven't had it."

Before she hung up on us, she told us, "This lady's a nut. Why don't you talk to her and you'll probably have a great story."

It seemed like pretty strong words from a woman who continued to post messages on her former veterinarian's online obituary memorial for years, updating a dead woman with stories of all the animals she's acquired -- at one point totaling 51.

She also wrote that "my cpa has made me a 501c not for profit corporation! and i am QUITE good at getting donations! $$$.....so as i said the place is a zoo...."

Which is odd, because, as previously noted, Dow told us she never had a 501c3. So what exactly were these "donations"? And if she was so good at getting "$$$," why couldn't she afford the $1,500 incorporation fee? Were those "donations" used to satisfy an old student loan (plus interest) of $21,998.06 that the U.S. Department of Education had to sue her to recover, according to federal court records? We don't know, because Dow wouldn't answer questions. (Strangely, Dow told her dead veterinarian at one point that "we moved to Mississippi last summer so i can finish law school....").

On another website, Dow posted a comment saying she had 21 dogs and 13 cats, and that she runs "a small not for profit no-kill shelter."

And while the non-existent shelter may have been no-kill, it apparently wasn't no-injury. Dow's tales on the obituary website are riddled with anecdotes about injured animals. There was Turbo, who "cut his face, and had to get doggie plastic surgery (lol)," and there was Fetch who "got sassy" with Barney, so Barney "kicked his ass," so Dow had to lay out some "$$$." She also wrote that "I really do wish that u could meet my new kids! i lost 5 last year but with you being up there i feel like they are safe and doing just fine!"

We also wonder how much of the 501c3 hold-up was due to "$$$" and how much was due to not passing a screening. Dow wrote at one point that "i had my 1st screening done by an investigator...it is one of the steps in becoming a full 501 c 3...tax deductible...no-kill/not for profit animal shelter...i passed with flying colors! they have to do a series of on-site investigations to be sure i am not a collector/hoarder."

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ladyynydra
ladyynydra

I've known Michele since we were kids she and my younger sister made the front page of a Scottsdale, AZ news paper by going around door to door  getting donations in hopes for a little yorkie named cricket to remain with his family. They were successful and they did this on CHRISTMAS EVE. Michele had just turned 14 and my sister was only 13 .

Max is fine more than fine his ass is probably so spoiled just like a kid. To Michele her babies and or the kids are more loving and enjoyable than most humans and im sure shes not the only one that feels that way i know shes not and for the most part she is right to think that

michele
michele

OOPS FYI, THE SHERRIF'S DEPT DID THEIR JOB. THEY INVESTIGATED AS TO WHO SHOULD KEEP THE DOG, AND THEY CHOSE ME, THE ONE WHO PAID FOR HIS CARE, THEY DID CHECK OUT MY DOGS AND I WAS TOLD THEY ALL LOOK GREAT.  LIZ WITH THE SPCA DID HER JOB. SHE CHECKED OUT MY VET CLAIM, AND KNOWS THE DOG WAS FIXED, ON MY DIME, AND RIGHT AWAY. ...A LAST FUNNY!  ALMITA STYLE... she at one time told one of the deputies that there were some in her words "socialites" that wanted to pay the dogs' bill. he spoke to two of them, and for s econd believed her.  FOR A SECOND, another silly lie. he gave me her name and number, and i called her right away. turns out she was linda crow, the office manager for a local 24/7hospital, she said no socialites were ever there!  we both shared a good laugh, speaking of money i was kind enuff to notify the old hag as to Rockys condition, i also told her what the bill was at that time, TO DATE SHE HAS NEVER OFFERED EVEN 1 DIME, NEVER! actually, i would be happy if she concentrated on other poor dogs, vaccinate them, heartguard them, protect them from fleas and ticks, and DONT GIVE THEM ADVIL!   stupid!

michele
michele

ok, what else. my comment of going to mississippi was made like 5 years ago because i had a scary man bothering me, and i knew he would read my words, and i hoped maybe he would leave me alone if he thought i was out of state, and going to law school.  nothing more, and that is why i never brought it up again. EVER!  how many woman have not lied in order to get a creepy guy to leave them alone...many! for sure. as to the money that i spend i do get donations. my kind of donations are the ones that you do beacuse you can and because it feels right, not any that you get a tax break from, and NOBODY has ever been told that i am a 501c3 and promised anything like that. sometimes it gets expensive and people jump in to help!  that again is a nice thing but craig made it a bad thing! craig has now told and written almost as many lies as almita the kook did! they should hookup. match made in heaven, but oops i forgot her husbadn is illegally in this country. i guess craig makes good people bad, and doesnt take a stand against people who neglect pets, and people .

michele
michele

continuing...CRAIGS MANY LIES!  my house is not a rental, in stead it was bought for me. i do not pay rent, and i never have, i pay a mortgage! i do write to my former vet. you see she killed herself with animal euthanasia 3 days after i yelled at her. i still feel badly, and willnever fully forgive myself. writing and "talking" to her is healing for me, and for the record i know that lots of people still speak to dead loved ones, probably for the same reason i do....simply comfort!  this is a nasty, horrible thing for craig to judge much less write such a horrible opinion, and that is all it is. his opinion!  as for the care my pets get, first let me state that almost all of my "babies" come in with health issues. i try and take those that nee3d me most! that is why the stories about injurries and sickness are even on the internet. dr, kasy knew most of them,, and so i like to ask her to protect the ones that have died for me.....craig needs to once again make this a bad thing!  :(  shame....ALL OF MY PETS are vaccinated the minute they come to me, they get frontline for fleas and ticks, and monthly heartworm preventable meds! ALL OF THEM, ALL THE TIME! and for the record i do know a lot about animal care, it comes from the many thousands and thousands of dollars i spent at the vet! thousands! anything i cannot handle, i go to the vet, and not 7-10 days after my pet has suffered unbelievable torture!

dermgerm
dermgerm

This sounds horribly messy and like no parties involved have clean hands. :/ I hope Max and all the other animals are safe and cared for. :(

michele
michele

i know these replys are a little goofed up. you see i found this website by accidnet, and at this time felt the need to explain. i dont know probably tomorrow i will wish i had just ignored it...oh well, it will never hurt me, it did hurt my feelings. i hate liars!  but it will not hurt the way people who respect what i do it wont hurt how they feel about me. most have seen my work!...like Cupcake my pittie who i took off the road after she had been hit and left. 1800 dollars later she was home and on the way to being all better. now how many reading this would open their wallets, and spend the time taking her back and forth to the doc, and keeping her sort of still so she could recover...mainly the money issue. most people, (there are, thank god exceptions), but not enuff, most people would never pay for any of this....I WOULD, AND DID! AND TODAY SHE IS PERFECT, AND LOVES TO GO MEET PEOPLE ALL OVER TOWN! :)

michele
michele

on the flipside Almita the crazy nutcase... had a dog in her possession that she found, it was not originally hers. she did not even do basiccare and vaccinate she left him in the outdoors while she enjoyed an airconditioer. jeez the fly thing really creeps me out, in fact that is why "WE" together sort of made a sling type thing and brought him in my house. the flys were still fighting over him...it was gross! i have never seen that before!. neglect and abuse and fyi the spca if told what she was doing would definitely have taken the dog away from her, and she would have been cited, and be on record, instead she, crazy old bat turned the whole story around and said i did all the bad things she did?! that is crazy, and not my opinion, unlike craig i talk with facts, with paperwork, that is signed and dated!

michele
michele

i am sorry if i am repeating myself, but it is upsetting to have a person who writes for a paper turn something good into something bad! i have 5 acres and on it i have 8 dog yards. i try hard to put dogs together that love eachother, but sometimes just like with people, a fight breaks out!...if it does, which is not often, i deal with it immediately! not a week later. the kook said something about a dog with 2 huge punctures in his back....truth buster did get in a scrap, and it was amost healed. the reason she saw it, i\s because i shaved his long fur in just the one spot in order to properly treat the wound. and oh yea, craig the shoving of a dirty hose up into the dogs wounds!  what a crock  1st who doesnt have mud on their hose....she is just crazy to complain about mud on a hose. in fact this theraphy is called hydrotheraphy. if craig had really wanted to write a good truthful story he could have googled this and would have found out is is excellent for injuries, expecially bad ones!

michele
michele

AS I SAID MOST OF MY "KIDS" HAVE ISSUES. I LIKE TO TAKE IN THE OLD ALSO. I HAVE MANY DOGS THAT ARE SENIORS AND ON LOTS OF MEDS. THYROID MEDS, MEDS FOR JOINT PAIN, MEDS FORHEART ISSUES. AGAIN HOW MANY PEOPLE TAKE IN AN OLD DOG JUST TO GIVE IT A REALLY WONDERFUL LIFE FOR AS MUCH TIME AS SHE/HE HAS LEFT!  NOT MANY, BUT I DO! there are people that do hoard, and collect, look it up craig...hoarders have animals that are not vaccinated against disease, they are dirty and unkept, and live in deplorable conditions...hmmm sounds like an injured dog, left outside for flys to crawl into the wounds on 100 degree days, dogs that dont get vaccinated, dogs that look like crap...COULD THIS BE ALMITA??? YES YES YES!

michele
michele

i have written proof of the vet bill for rocky, and it is dated starting monday the day after he came to me. i also have nutcaes craigslist ad, which funnily enuff she erased, but not before i made a copy, and one of the deputies read! i can prove she wanted someone else to take him, i can prove that my pets are in great shape, i can prove my vet information...the whole giant file cabinet full. i am in fact an animal rescuer! i do nice things! that is all! some people like craig cannot fathom this simply because they would never spend lots of money and time caring completely and totally for anything, probably anyone either! not everyone is like him, a hater. in fact both the vets from companion have not only been to my house, they have been in it! and when the did so, they praised me, told me that i was doing a wonderful job!  everyday for 4 years they treated me like they respected my doings, and then one day...funnily the day before i was in the office. the lady vet nutty michelle bear hugged me for about a full minute, told me she had missed me, and then said her 2 girls would be sorry they had missed me, for they were still in school! then 24 hours later when i returned with, yes a new dog, she treated me like crap!

michele
michele

THE ONLY THINGS THAT ARE THE TRUTH IS I DO HAVE AN OUTDATED OVERDUE STUDENT LOAN, I DID WRITE THAT I WAS MOVNG TO MISSISSIPPI TO GO TO LAW SCHOOL, TO HOPEFULLY SCARE AWAY THE BOOGEY MAN, AND I EXAGGERATED MY 501C3 STATUS. I WROTE THAT I WAS ALMOST DONE, BUT IN TRUTH I HAD JUST STATED WHEN FOR MANY REASONS I GOT SIDETRACKED. , AND YES I WRITE TO MY DEAD VETERINARIAN. YOU KNOW EVEN TYPING THAT IT FEELS SO WRONG THAT HE MADE FUN OF THAT! JUST WRONG! CRAIG KNOW THAT AFTER I HIT SEND I WILL NOT READ ANY REPLYS, OR ANYTHING...THINK WHAT YOU WANT, WRITE LIES TO GET NOTICED AS A WRITER, AND DEFEND THE GUILTY WHILE ATTEMPTING TO HURT THE INNOCENT, WHATEVER. I AM DONE. THE ROCKY THING WAS A GOOD THING! I STAND BY ALL THAT I SAID AND ALL THAT I DID. God bless the liars, the haters, the kooks, and the back stabbers of the world!...when they get to heaven they will be dealt with, just like when i get there and am reunited with those i have lost, i will be thanked for saving them, and for being such a great mommie...even if it means nasty lies are actually written in a paper about me, i will not stop doing what i do!  for it is the right thiing to do!   SEND AND DONE!

michele
michele

SO WITH ANIMALS THAT HAVE CONDITIONS THERE IS DEATH. IT HAPPENS, BUT I KNOW THAT FOR HOWEVER LONG THAT I HAVE THEM THEY WILL GET A#1 VET CARE, EAT HEALTHY FOODS, GET LOTS OF PLAYTIME, AND PLAY BUDDIES, HAVE LOTS OF TOYS, GET ONE ON ONE TIME WITH ME, GET ALL OF THE ESSENTIAL CARE (FRONTLINE, AND HEARTGUARD)...AND JUST BE LOVED FOR WHOEVER THEY ARE!...FOR THE HATERS, CRAIGS, THE KOOK, AND DOCTOR MICHELLE, NO BIG DEAL I HAVE STATED ONLY FACT. AND IN TRUTH I DONT CARE WHAT A LIAR SAYS, WHAT A ROTTEN ONE SIDED REPORTER THAT IS LL WRONG AND LIES SAYS, OR WHAT A 2-FACED VET SAYS. I AM OK, BETTER THAN OK, JUST LIKE ALL OF MY PETS!

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