THE “GREATSINGER GREAT DANES” SAGA
Greatsinger-Vohs Case Update:
On Feb. 29, 2008 a Pierce County judge sentenced Bernadette Vohs, also known as Jackie Greatsinger, on several counts of felony fraud and barred her from selling dogs for ten years. (Case # 07-1-04405-3). Despite this order, Vohs
was again charged with theft, on Sept. 25, 2008, for allegedly selling a
seriously ill puppy. The new case number is 08-1-04896-1. See the report that KING 5 TV broadcast on Oct. 23, 2008.
The new trial date on this charge is July 16,
Because this sale was a
violation of the order banning her from selling dogs, Vohs'
suspended sentence was revoked and she recently
completed 30 days in jail. The Great Danes seized
during Vohs-Greatsinger’s first 2007 case are all doing well. Dane Outreach follows up on all our placements, so we get reports from their new families. We are happy to report that the Danes are having fun and bringing lots of love and laughter to their humans.
Background: In 2007, Pierce County
seized the dogs from Jackie Greatsinger (Bernadette Vohs) and brought criminal charges against her.
Dane Outreach ended up caring for 9 adults and
25 Great Dane puppies for over seven months,
while the criminal case against their “breeder”
wound its way through court. We are a small group with about five
foster homes. The needs of these dogs and
puppies came close to overwhelming us. Throughout
this major effort, Dane Outreach had to also
place the other Danes who of course continued to
come into our program the “usual” way, through
shelters or owner surrender.
We could never have done
it without the amazingly generous support of
dozens of people who gave however they could,
donating time, care, food, supplies, transport,
and money to help in this effort.
The Humane Society
remained responsible for food and basic
veterinary costs of the Danes, which totaled
over $14,000, while they were owned by the
County and were in Dane Outreach foster homes.
But Dane Outreach wishes to
thank the Great Dane Club of America, many local
veterinarians, and the many individuals who also
contributed to handle the “special needs” costs
incurred by these dogs.