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ORIGINAL CONTACT – 20 December 2006: original email used by Animal SafeHaven is through a service where anyone can create an email address.

From: Animal SafeHaven
To: heavenlyacrespetrescue
Sent: Wednesday, December 20, 2006 1:55:22 AM
Subject: Help Puppy Mill Rescued Dogs.
Animal SafeHaven
Email – animal_refuge@
http://www.zyworld.com/safehaven/Home.htm

Hi, My name is Christy Lee co-manager of the Animal SafeHaven,we currently have adorable bulldog in our shelter looking to be adopted into a forever loving homes.

Our mission is to provide temporary care and shelter for stray, abandoned and relinquished animals, and to place as many as possible into responsible and caring homes.

The Animal Refuge Center also works to create awareness and support for the humane treatment of all animals and to end animal overpopulation through education and the promotion of spaying and neutering.

Please click on our website above to visit us and view pictures of available dogs.

For adoption please contact us with the above email address.

Thank you,

Christy Lee
Online Animal Adoption.
The Animal SafeHaven



Reply after original contact – 20 December 2006: email address being used by Animal SafeHaven changed from first contact; Sea World Drive Main Beach is an actual street on Main Beach but postcode is 4217 and while Gold Coast is in Queensland it is NOT in the Maldives, it is in Australia; 61 is Australia’s country dialling code, 07 is Queensland’s state dialling code but phone numbers in Main Beach start with 55 and so the phone number should look more like +61-7-55**-****, all Australian phone numbers consisting of 8 digits after the state dialling code


From: ANIMAL REFUGE
To: heavenlyacrespetrescue
Sent: Wednesday, December 20, 2006 2:12:31 AM
Subject: Hi *****
Animal Safehaven
Address: Sea World Drive Main Beach , Gold Coast QLD 4317, Maldives.
Fax – + 617-439-5852
Email – animal.refuge@ (Email address being used changed)
http://www.zyworld.com/safehaven/Home.htm

Hello,

Thank you for emaling, we are located at the above given contact address and we are happy to know of your interest in adopting some of the adorable bulldog puppies in our shelter,puppies are male and female and they are 12 weeks old and above. We currently have 8 puppes looking to be adopted. They come with up to date shots and wormings . They are all products of a recent puppy mill confiscate from different puppy millers. Our mission is to provide food, vetinary care and shelter until they are placed into a forever loving homes. Puppies can be shipped to your destination along with complete paper work.

Animals are shipped between comfortably temperatures of degrees Fahrenheit. There are no quarantine as long as Primary vaccinations is given to an adopted dog,microchip identification and definitive blood testing for disease recognition and prevention,health certificates, proof of immunization, import permits, etc. – are essential for pets leaving one country and entering the next.

Adoption Fee is $300 and shipping is $350.

Adoption Fee Covers

Primary vaccines for an adopted dog
Microchipping
Spay or neuter for the adopted (adult) dog.
Health and veterinary care costs for any needy dog within
Cost of housing, taxes, and utilities used to keep the shelter warm and running properly
Feeding costs for animals.

If you want to take all puppies and assist us in placing them into a forever loving homes, then you will only have to pay for shipping fees while we take care of the adoption fees.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Thank you,

Christy.



THE PUPPIES ARE DELAYED AFTER PAYMENT HAS BEEN MADE:


Global Shipping Agency.
Asia & Pacific Office..
Millinium Towers, 32nd floor, Bangna Road,
Bangna Soi 43. Bangkok 10540, Thailand.
Tel/Fax – +66(0)********
global.shipping.agency@

Attention – *****

Dear Madam,

We have received on your behalf 8 crates containing 10 bulldog puppies from the Animal Safe Heaven in Maldives for shipment to united states, please confirm that these puppies belong to you and please do send us the below information immediately.

1) Your contact telephone number.
2) Your full names and contact address.
3) Local or major airport.

The above information is for confirmation and verification of your shipping.

Thank you very much for your anticipated cooperation,

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Yours in service,

Jimmy Hong.



Dear *****,

This is to inform you that the animal health control unit has demanded that you contact them immediately for clearance of your crates and puppies, Please do clear all requirements with them to enable shipping approval.

Find below the contact info of the Animal Health Control Unit and do contact ***** for information regarding your crates and dogs.

*****
Animal Health Control Unit.
Health Check & Clearing Dept.
animalhealthcontrol@ (generic internet email address)

Thank you very much for your anticipated cooperation and do get back us to as soon as you clear matters on ground.

Yours in service,

Jimmy Hong.



Animal Health Control Unit.
Health Check & Clearing Dept.
animalhealthcontrol@ (generic internet email address)

Email informing that the puppies have not had their Avian vaccinations that are now mandatory and asking for more money to cover the Avian shot being given to the puppies before they can be shipped and also requesting two more crates to meet shipping regulations that all puppied be shipped in seperate crates

Your’s Faithfully,

*****
Animal Health Control Unit.
Health Check & Clearing Dept.



Animal Health Control Unit.
Health Check & Clearing Dept.
animalhealthcontrol@ (generic internet email address)

To All Concerned,

This is to inform you all that the vaccination shot has been given to the puppies 6 hours ago, they will be due for release at 6.00pm local time.

Thank you,

*****
Animal Health Control Unit.
Health Check & Clearing Dept.

Cc – Animal SafeHaven ( animalrefugecare@ (Different email address for Animal SafeHaven AGAIN)



Global Shipping Agency.
Asia & Pacific Office..
Millinium Towers, 32nd floor, Bangna Road,
Bangna Soi 43. Bangkok 10540, Thailand.
Tel/Fax – +66(0)90131107
Office Hours : 0900 – 1900
global.shipping.agency@

Email informing of airport workers trade union strike over requested salary increase. However, no fees will be charged for extra kenneling of puppies due to the strike

Yours in service,

Jimmy Hong.



Dear *****,

This is to inform you that the strike has been agreed to be called off on tuedays as the port authority agreed to meet with terms and demands, we will be in contact with you again as soon as it is called off and re-schedule your flight/shipping info.

Thank you ,

Jimmy Hong.



Dear *****,

Like I said your dogs will be re-scheduled for take off on wednesday or thursday, I will try my best to see if they can leave on wednesday as all cargo flights are also rescheduling flight operation, lastest they will leave on thursday.

Thank you ,

Jimmy Hong.



Email informing that puppies will now be sent with a 6 hour transit at Qatar and providing exact flight information

Yours Faithfully,

Jimmy Hong.



Doha International Airport Qatar
Customs Control & Inspection.
Sat/Tel/Fax/ 974 *** ****
customs_control@ (generic internet email address)
doha.customs@ (generic internet email address)

Email saying puppies in crates have been received for shipping to (full contact details), wanting those contact/receiving details to be verified. Email mentions adjusted security safety demands following Sept 11. Crates and containers now have to be checked and crates are now under detention at the Qatar animal hotel for “possible checking and safety clearance”

Yours in public service,

*****
Doha International Airport Qatar
Customs Control & Inspection.
doha.customs@ (generic internet email address)



Email saying it takes 4 days to review a crate for clearance due to high volume of work at airport. “We’ll get back to you on a due date”

Yours in public service,

*****.
Doha International Airport Qatar
Customs Control & Inspection.
doha.customs@ (generic internet email address)



Email informing of the use of a “non inspection certificate” which ensures regular shipments are normal without any form of security threat. There is also now administrative, clearance and kenneling fees due upon clearance of container

Yours in public service,

*****.
Doha International Airport Qatar
Customs Control & Inspection.
doha.customs@ (generic internet email address)



Email saying there are over a million cases to deal with, similar to this one, so they don’t accept phone calls on a regular basis as every staff is involved in field work rather than office work. The required admin fee is now $65, plus clearance fees, plus $15 per day for food and kenneling

Yours in public service,

*****.
Doha International Airport Qatar
Customs Control & Inspection.
doha.customs@ (generic internet email address)



Email verifying containers are now evaluated and cleared. A total of $1375 is requested for admin, clearance fees, kenneling and food

Yours in public service,

*****.
Doha International Airport Qatar
Customs Control & Inspection.
doha.customs@ (generic internet email address)



Attention -:*****,

Dear Sir/Madam,

This is to confirm the receiept of your mail as regards to payment, we will keep you posted as soon as we get payment confirmation from our public office, please be informed that the administrative and kenneling fees does not include then non-inspection certificate, we cannot guarantee that these containers will not be stopped for inspection and checking in the next port of call, if you want the non-inspection certificate to be included along with your shipment, then you have to come up with $300 as that will ensure that your containers are not stopped in the next port of call. This is only an advice, you can decide wheather or not to get a non inspection certificate. I am explaining to you because you requested for it and I dont want you to get things mixed up again, the administrative and kenneling does not include the non-inspection certificate. I will include this in your shipment if you want the containers attached with the certificate as this will ensure that your containers are not stopped for inspection and checking in the next port of call. The cost for the inspection certificate is $300 and it will cover for all 11 containers.

Yours in public service,

*****.
Doha International Airport Qatar
Customs Control & Inspection.
doha.customs@ (generic internet email address)



Attention -:*****,

Dear Madam,

This is to confirm that our public office in Thailand has confirmed payment of $1375 for administrative clearance and kenneling, we will again keep you posted as soon as we confirm the non-inspection fee, your puppies will not be charged for kenneling at this stage until we confirm the non-inspection payment.

Yours in public service,

*****.
Doha International Airport Qatar
Customs Control & Inspection.
doha.customs@ (generic internet email address)



Attention -:*****,

Dear Madam,

This is to confirm that our public office in Thailand has confirmed payment for the non-inspection certificate by your shipper, Please be informed that as of now there are no connecting flight until monday, I have applied on your behalf and also applied for non kenneling charge until they leave our port,I will pass on the clearance approval to the appropraite department. Finally animals will be checked by our vet doctors before shipping. We will keep you informed as soon as protocol is conducted and a connecting flight is available.

Yours in public service,

*****.
Doha International Airport Qatar
Customs Control & Inspection.
doha.customs@ (generic internet email address)



Dear Madam,

This is to inform you that the last week florida storm blast has caused delay for international connecting fligts going to florida this has also affected tourism, travel, airlines and aviation. We’ll update you as soon as we get a connecting flight to your zone. We are sorry for the delay caused by this natural phenomenon.

Yours in public service,

*****.
Doha International Airport Qatar
Customs Control & Inspection.
doha.customs@ (generic internet email address)



A number of emails informing that there are still no connecting flights to Florida

After an eternal time of emailing re hold ups, requests for more money and shipping delays, HAPR phoned Qatar airport to find out what was happening. An airway bill was requested. As no airway bill was ever supplied to HAPR, a manual search for the puppies, supposedly being held up now at Qatar airport, was undertaken. No puppies were ever found to have been shipped at this time

After much jumping up and down, emailing, phoning and investigating, it was found that Mr Jimmy Hong quit his supposed job and couldn’t be found by Christy of Animal SafeHaven (the safehaven on the Gold Coast Qld, Maldives?) and the puppies couldn’t be found either. It was assumed Mr Hong was in possession of the puppies. However, the gentleman from Qatar airport did confirm that puppies were at Qatar and being kenneled at the animal hotel, hence requesting the $1375 admin, clearance and kenneling fees to be paid. Mr Hong was in Bangkok

HAPR went to contact Global Shipping but found the phone number on the emails from Mr Hong was one number short, therefore couldn’t make contact. After investigation through Christy, HAPR was informed that Mr Hong had quit his job with Global Shipping and couldn’t be found. No real phone number was supplied or could be found for Global Shipping at the address on the emails OR at any other Thailand address

Today, March 2007, Christy from Animal SafeHaven maintains contact with HAPR regarding the disappearance of the puppies and replacement puppies that can be expected.



Update 20th March 2007

Christy seems to have gone into hiding, all contact ceasing. The situation has been reported to US authorities, the FBI being included, and the scam is under investigation. Another two people who were almost victims of this scam have been in contact with HAPR and their stories will be added shortly.