Originally Posted by newdobermanmom View Post
Good day everyone I am brand new to this world of dobermans and I need help in shutting down a puppy mill, abusive, lying, dishonest man. I purchased a "trained" doberman from Steve Parsons at FamilyDobes and now he has moved from AZ to Utah, this is a long story I told him I was interested in doing schutzhund work he said the 8500.00 doberman was ready for his BH and Sch1, he just wanted someone else to have the glory of titling the doberman, and he did not have time to do this, well I bought the doberman in May and we are no way near the time for a BH, then he said I had NO restrictions on the dog and he would send me the transferred AKC reg papers, which came with restrictions, he sent me a puppy at 6.5 weeks that is infected with demondex, and he knew the mother had demondex when I asked him about her spots he said it was from rubbing?! I know that I am uneducated consumer and this is my fault but I must say I feel sorry for the puppies he is flying all over the world at such a young age falsifying the travel cert, he also placed a service vest on my adult male so he could fly the dog. I have LOTS more, I just need help to report him. Thank you.
Welcome to the forum.
I'm sorry to hear you've had such upsetting experiences with Steve Parsons and Family Dobes. There has been much discussion about this business on DT, and every now and then you will find one or two new posters defending this person and/or singing his praises, but most of what we "hear" is similar to your experience.
It's good you own your part in it--by saying yourself you were an uneducated consumer.
I think at this point you're left with damage control, and trying to educate others, to keep them from making similar mistakes to yours.
If you could share with us...what exactly appealed to you to purchase from such an operation? Were there any red flags or bad gut instincts, and if so, why did you ignore that?
It sounds like you purchased two animals from him, an adult male, and also a pup? Why did you repeat your business with him? Was it that the purchases were simultaneous, or what?
Anyway, as far as "shutting him down," that is probably very unrealistic. If a business that deals in animals is providing minimal shelter, food, and water, they will likely not be "shut down."
There are ways that are legal and legitimate to you, to seek some sort of recompense, but you may need the advice of an attorney. A civil suit may be in order.
As far as the alleged fraud, contacting BBB and more especially, the State Attorney General is a great first step.
It may be that an inquiry to the IRS, to see if he is reporting the income from his business, would be productive.
Any health code violations could be reported. I don't know your state's laws, and I'm unsure of the extent of enforcement of impersonating a Service Animal, but that is certainly fraudulent and despicable. If you know which organization he certs his Service dogs with--I would sure be reporting this infraction to them. (The misleading information on his Service dog page on his site has long been a thorn in my side, btw.)
Often, over the years, in rescue work, I've found that "going thru the back door" with other agencies, such as the AG, BBB, and IRS, is more effective than trying to just "shut down" a place where animals are not treated correctly. Understand--I have not seen Family Dobes' operation, and I am not referring to them specifically, just as a general statement.