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I am asking for your help in trying to put a puppy mill out of business that we unknowingly purchased a Tamaskan dog from in 2009. The puppy mill is called Right Puppy Kennel, but they also have numerous names and websites (http://www.bluestagtamaskan.com/, and advertises puppies also on ) used to scam the public. The owner is Kevin Settineri, and his daughter, Nicole are located at: 2230 Old Union Church Road, Salisbury, NC 28146.
We original purchased Neko back in April, 2009. We are not 100% sure what he was, he was supposed to be a Tamaskan Wolfdog, but Kevin is famous for just letting his dogs breed with whomever and his emails to us, show he wasn't sure of what he was talking about with which litter on occasion. His ad stated "our Tamaskan Wolfdogs represent the best that the breed has to offer in terms of appearance, temperament, disposition & conformance." We picked up Neko mid-May, he was 6 weeks old & weighed 6.04 lbs. He had diarrhea for 3 straight months, which turned out to be giardia. His seizures started in February/March of 2012 (at 3 years old). I wrote to Kevin if he had any in his lines and knew what to do. He just replied, "only one customer had an issue with seizures in the past. I am not sure what she did to tream them. Have you taken him to a vet?" I replied, yes we have. He has had 2 seizures in the last 1-1/2 months, the vet put him on phenobarbital. Just wondered if it was in the Tamaskan/hybrid lines and what the treatment was". He replied, "Sorry, I am not sure what the treatment is". Then I never heard anything from him again.
We spent over $2,500 on medications, emergency & vet visits, trying to save Neko to know avail. Nobody should have to go through this with a pet! The ultimate decision to let Neko go was when he had over 20 seizures in a 24 hour period. It is horrible to see even one seizure in a dog, nevermind repeating ones! We just had to put our beloved "Neko" down (February 20, 2013) from a severe seizure disorder. He was only 3-1/2 yrs. old; he would have been 4 in April. This dog was the love of my life and he was taken away from me to soon because of an irresponsible careless person who doesn't care about people’s lives or the health of the animals they breed. I am 74 years old, this dog was supposed to be my last one. He went everywhere with me and loved everybody. Please see/read all the backup information on his vet records and notes I have included about him.
We want this puppy mill put out of business and the appropriate charges be prosecuted against Kevin Settineri & his daughter Nicole Settineri. Currently he is facing 9 felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense by falsifying veterinary health certificates for shipping and selling his puppies and his daughter is facing 5 counts as well (see Salisbury Post articles). These people do not have appropriate care for their dogs, which I estimate to have 100+ and they are perpetually breeding them every time they go into heat, healthy or not (until they die), to make money. Almost all of them are suspected to have disease(s) that is called Brucellosis and H3N8 equine viruses, which can be passed to humans as well.
I have attached numerous backup information for your perusal. I am not sure what you would like me to include further. We have notified a detective in this case with as much information as we could, to try and prosecute him. His name and information is: Detective Carl Dangerfield, Rowan County Sheriff's Office, (704) 216-8711, email address: I have also give some information to reporter Emily Ford who is the local paper in Salisbury Post, Salisbury, NC (704) 797-4264.
The thing now is that Kevin & Nicole appeared in court on 2/26 for the fraud charges and received a continuance until 3/13 or 3/14. The judge that he is going under for sentencing, as it turns out, is the one he always receives because he was a partner of his hired law firm! So there is no justice taking place... He just received another continuance until April so I'm sure he has time to sell more dogs, hide evidence, etc. The animal control office in his town always seems to push things through under the rug with complaints as well. We don’t' know what is happening on the animal cruelty cases nor if this is going to be just a fraud case where he gets a slap on the wrist and is let go to do it further.
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Recieved February 18, 2015
Saw a link on a face book page that I am apart of stating you were looking for possible testimonials. I would gladly give one if you would let me know what you are looking for. My Tamaskan came at 8 weeks an 5.1 lbs. She had severe diarrhea and 2 different types of parasites. Giardia and one other I don't remember off the top of my head. They were so bad that we had to keep her on the antibiotic and 2 other meds for almost 3 months. Even now at 15 months she tops out at 48 lbs. we were never able to get papers or proof of anything. Hope I can be of some help to future people who google them and find nothing real.
Recieved February 20, 2014
I bought a puppy from RPK and I had a negative experience. If you ever need someone for anything as far as personal testimony, I would love to help. I think the man is very dishonest. I can't say on the condition of his kennel, but I will say all the red flags are there for someone who abuses the system and people. So it would not be too far off to say he is animal abusive as well. Just wanted to let you know. Thanks.
Below are previous testimonials before 2014.
This is not maya and it is sick with Giardia, underfeed and had to eat it's own shit. What am I to do with the situation. well Love this pup for I can't return it but I will back you and say I am not happy with Right puppy, False advertizing false I paid 800.00 for this fish bate but I will love this puppy because it is what it is .
I bought my Tamaskan from RightPuppy Kennels and just found out now that they're a mill. Owen, the dog I bought, has an immune deficiency problem and he can only eat certain things. Once I got him, he had a parasite called Giardia. It all makes sense now...
I purchased one from Karen @ Icewinds and her partner Kevin for $1500.
They sold me a sick puppy and it died within a week accruing vet bills of $3000. They refused to compensate me.
I am now working with the attorney general of New Jersey and I am suing them civilly above and beyond the state of new jersey.
They will wish they never heard my name..
Thank you for getting back to me. I have since adopted a rescue puppy but I still am interested in getting a Tamaskan in the future.
I will gladly keep you apprised of all that happens. All the papers are with my lawyer I will make it available to any Tamaskan breeders when the case is over and I will gladly help you with anything having to do with keeping them from doing this to anyone else.
I'm not sure what he is up to!!! I think he may be wanting me to respond to it and then maybe say he has another dog named Tasha. He has tried his best to get me fired from the animal hospital! I'm sure he DOES not like me knowing some of his business when he brings in sick puppies! Now that he knows I am friends with all of his enemies! I really believe things are starting to fall around him!! He doesn't know that I have worked their for 25 years! I assure you those puppies are not the original Tasha's puppies! I watched her die in December and that is the best thing that could have happened to her since she would have gone back to RPK. She was in very bad shape! I hate to say it but I'm glad all 14 of her puppies died also, so they would not have to depend on KS or another lactating mother to feed them!! I do believe he will get whats coming to him!! Let's hope sooner than later!!! I also helped with the c-section the year before with the 14 puppies! It's true their were 14 in both litters, I'm not sure how many were in the litter in between those two, she must have had those at home or maybe miscarried them early, that's when the Brucellosis started showing up and causing him to lose multiple litters as Janelle witnessed!! SO SAD!!
Right Puppy Kennel has been infecting hundreds of dogs with Brucellious and shipping them all over. I am the former Business Manager of Right Puppy Kennel I was there when the animals where diagnosised and given treatment. There are multiple poeple being tested for and treated for this disease in Rowan County Right Now. Me and my son being two of them.. This man intentionally shipped infected dogs and gave the sterile ones away on craigslist for free. He is polluting the water near his home with this because he washes his kennel with a water hose and then it drains right into an illegal pond he built on his property. The owner Kevin Settineri stated to me, " that if enough dogs got sick no one would ever know it came from him". This treatment is exspensive and the illness sucks. I can confirm the diagnosis I was also at his kennel when he drew all the blood samples and was there while they were recieving treatment. I know he was ordered to spay, neuter, or uthanize the infeceted animals but he refused and continued to breed and ship out sick dogs.. We want someone to take action before more animals or people get sick.. Here are some links on this information and some extracts from other poeple..
This man commits multiple crimes including fraud, harrassment., intimidation, forges pedigrees, you name it but this one is serious we are sick no one else deserves to be intentionally inflicted with this disease
Anyone who got a puppy (or adult dog) from RightPuppy Kennel in North Carolina, from the end of 2009 until present day, should get their pup / dog tested for Brucellosis and should have themselves tested too just to be safe. Brucellosis can also cause long-lasting or chronic symptoms that include recurrent fevers, joint pain, and fatigue. Humans are generally infected in one of three ways: eating or drinking something that is contaminated with Brucella, breathing in the organism (inhalation), or having the bacteria enter the body through skin wounds.
B. canis is the species of Brucella species that can infect dogs. This species has occasionally been transmitted to humans, but the vast majority of dog infections do not result in human illness. Although veterinarians exposed to blood of infected animals are at risk, pet owners are not considered to be at risk for infection. This is partly because it is unlikely that they will come in contact with blood, semen, or placenta of the dog.
Right Puppy Kennel has multiple dogs infected with brucellosis be warned anyone who speaks out against him might be under immediate attack or worse, dont argue with him because he will resort to intimidation and physical abuse....
I have just recieved conformation from my bank as well as other facilities I use where he has tried to interfer with my personal data..........
He takes tons of infected needles and puts them in the dumpsters outside of American Airlines at the charlotte airport because he is to cheap to dispose of them properly......
Kevin Settineri makes thousands of dollars off of pups and claims unemployment and still recieves benefits someone else should report him..........
He puts dead puppies in his freezer till there is enough of them then he uses diesel fuel to make sure they are fully destroyed. For over 6 months every litter born died, around 20 plus litters. imagine.............
Someone should stop him from lying all his pups are registered with the United All Breed because half of the so called AKC parents are actually dead..............If you bought a pup from him have your animal DNA tested immediatly he ships his pups from other kennels and forges documents through United All Breed claiming his dogs are the parents.............
I warned him to leave me alone over and over and I still recieve threating phone calls and he often casually drives past my house. He is vicious always lying and always sneaky he's scared because i worked for him I will reveal his secrets but here they are all of them he is a puppy abuser no matter how you look at it.........
He'll have some one call you pretending to be a police officer but really he uses an internet phone program that changes his number to look like its really the sherriffs office calling. Impersonating an officer is agianst the law........
I just got wind that RPK is threatening to make police reports on people who speak out against him don't believe him, he will take your personal data and make anything he wants he worked in the computer field for years so all those poeple recieving threatening messages by him beware he is so scandoulous..........
When my husband deployed in July he agreed that I could get another shiba. This way our other shiba would have a playmate, my son would have something to keep him distracted and most of all so I wouldn’t think about the fact I was alone in a state where I had all of one friend and no family while my husband was gone.
I stupidly ignored looking to the AKC website, originally contacting Okami’s breeders to see about putting down another deposit through them. I’m not sure what happened but eventually they stopped replying and after a month I said fuck it. I began to scoure the internet again and eventually stumbled upon RightPuppy Kennel.
From first glance their website looks great! It’s well made, has tons of information. I saw they’d had cream shiba pups recently and was sold. Despite not being standard cream shibas are one of my dream dogs. I promptly emailed Kevin, the owner of RightPuppy Kennel about how often they had creams. By that night I had an email back saying they already has some! I called my Mother, freaking out and she talked to me on the phone the entire time. My Mother doesn’t always have the greatest advice but I should have listened to her better.
From the start, all Kevin cared about was my money. I told him I had another dog, a cat, a child. He didn’t even ASK. I was not screened, he didn’t care. He wanted my money. I was an idiot and sent him the $200 non refundable deposit, after he assured me he would post a picture of my pup up on the website. The next morning there was a photo of an incredibly young puppy, it looked too young for the estimated date he gave me for when I could bring her home. I wrote this off as it being an older picture and him having too many dogs to deal with at the moment to get a recent photo.
One glaring point of evidence about this place being a puppy mill is the sheer amount of dogs they have. Yes, they have a separate building that works as a kennel, but it is ill maintained and the dogs are kept in cages lifted above the floor. Kevin will also not let you come to the kennel before you pick up your dog, another known puppy mill tactic. I tried to keep in touch with Kevin, asking about my pup for newer pictures. I told him I would send a payment as soon as I got my next picture. I was told I would get it at the end of the week. By sunday there was nothing on the website and I even more foolishly sent my money. There was still no photo.
From the start I knew there was something off, the fact he didn’t ask anything about my background, the fact he blew off most of my questions and instead jumped to the issue of the money he would receive. But I ignored it, too distressed still from the recent deployment of my husband to notice.
I finally found this website on facebook, regarding the other breed of dog Kevin breeds, what HE calls Tamaskan Wolfdogs. These dogs are a horrible misrepresentation of actual Tamaskans. Along with his shibas, these dogs are not health tested whatsoever. He overbreeds them and then hides the evidence, deleting litters from his website. He also forges paperwork, giving parents that are actually deceased and therefore not actually registered anymore as well as mis-writing the names of ACTUAL registered Tamaskans so as to fool people into thinking they’re getting the real thing. The point of Tamaskans are a wolf looking dog, but with no wolf content. Kevin is actually breeding his ‘tamaskans’ with wolfdogs, so they DO have wolf content, all the while fooling people into thinking they’re getting the real thing.
When it came to giving him my final payment, before I would take the ten hour drive back and forth to receive my puppy, I could no longer take the feeling of guilt I had. I knew there was something wrong with him, I’d seen all the information posted by the Tamaskan group and could no longer go ahead with the purchase. The risk of the dog being sick or having something genetically wrong was a risk I was not willing to take. I told Kevin I could no longer go along with the deal and this was when his true colors started to show through.
Stupidly I put a dispute on my payments through paypal, to better get his attention. This made him flip out. Why? Because now he could no longer get money from other people until the dispute was dropped. Knowing that he has resorted to verbal abuse with other people he’s dealt with, I told him my husband needed a new laptop so the dog would have to wait. This WAS true, my husband’s laptop was acting up and being a motor pool sergeant, it is imperative that he has a working computer. He told me to drop the dispute and then he would refund me. After calling paypal and explaining the situation (puppy mill and all.) they told me to NOT drop it. That there was a refund button in the dispute that he could easily use. Kevin continued to inform me that my deposit was non refundable. Funny, that a man who offers a discount on his dogs to service members, he sure as fuck didn’t care about refunding me my entire amount so my husband could do his job. I’d just sold a doll so I told my husband I would eat the cost of my shame, as the amount I’d gotten just covered the deposit.
Kevin finally used the refund button through the dispute and I got all but my deposit back. I had issues dropping the dispute on the deposit, as the account is actually registered under my husband’s name (we made it before I was added to the bank account.) and the website was taking time to process me cancelling it. Kevin began to flip out through email, telling me how he had done HIS part of the deal, why wasn’t I doing mine? I calmly replied there was nothing I could do and he would simply have to wait for the website to process it. Finally it did, and I thought I had him out of my hair.
Since then I’d posted on the tamaskan facebook group, as well on their forums. Kevin, apparently, has an account on the forums and finally found my posts. He then emailed me to inform me of how me posting on the internet wasn’t hurting his business. Then before I even had a chance to reply he emailed me AGAIN saying how I should tell everyone I’d been in it to buy a non standard shiba. Something I’d said from the start when I always told my story. I told him to leave me alone, I wanted nothing to do with him and to harass someone else. He then emailed me again, saying how I should call him and we could settle this ‘like adults’. And even went as far as to say he could do a three way call with my husband! Again, for someone that supports service members he is one dumb mother fucker to assume that my husband who was IN IRAQ would be able to even get on a phone! I gave him a final warning of to harass someone else, and promptly blocked his email.
In the end, due to my rush assessment and want of a dog, I almost got a shiba from a puppy mill. I feel like I got my punishment in the loss of $200 and the shame I can never forget for almost falling for it. I feel all I can do now is inform other people about this man and hope they avoid what happened to me. As for people who have already gotten dogs from him, I have nothing against them. Please, as people that clearly like my blog enough due to my shibas, spread the word in the shiba community. Because if I’d known about this man from the start I would have never even emailed him.
Recieved February 20, 2014
To all be considering purchasing a "wolf hybrid from Yadkin Wolfden aka, Right Puppy Kennels, Blustag Kennels, or whatever they call themselves... Sorry, but these dogs are not what you think. No where near high or mid content. Trust me on this. I was warned by someone who had dealings with these people before and foolishly I decided to go through work the sale. All of these so called wolfdog hybrids are "83% timber".. it's total bullshit. I recently have been educated on real high and mid content wolfdogs and it's nothing like what Yadkin Wolfden is selling. These people have been under investigation for selling sick puppies, falsifying health documents, etc.. I am a living testimony. I purchased a pup from them months back under the same info much of you are getting now. I also live in North Carolina so I was able to pick him up. Once I arrived I noticed the make shift sign advertising the place as Right Puppy Kennel... struck me as a little weird but hey I was more excited about meeting my pup. When my pup was brought out my fiance immediately noticed he was very tiny for his claimed age and he looked very malnourished. To go along with that; he was filthy, his coat was damaged and covered with vomit stains... anyway as instructed I took him to his follow up vet appointment and where she confirmed all of my above concerns... days later I noticed my pup could not hold down any solid food... at all. Once again I'm back to the vet where the diagnosis was Megaesophagus. In short his esophagus is slightly pinched so it's pretty tough for him to hold down normal dog food. Which thinking back would explain why he was so damn underweight and sickly. My pup is doing great nowadays and is growing just fine under MY care. I will admit he's not at all what I paid for or what was advertised, but I love my little dude like no other. Folks I don't want to see you waste money or get deceived as well. I was warned and now I'm warning you. Do not buy dogs from Yadkin Wolfden, Right Puppy Kennels, or Bluestag kennels... FYI it's all the same scam. Look up the reviews and see for yourself.