German Shepherd Dog > FRAUD TRAINER KEA GRACE AND FAKE SAR DOG KARMA (5 replies)
FRAUD TRAINER KEA GRACE AND FAKE SAR DOG KARMA
by Vom Boyer Haus on 15 March 2012 - 02:38
|So I thought maybe I would ask some Knowledgable Folk on the forum about Search and Rescue: and the quailifications that go along with it. Here in Kentucky we were hit with some pretty serious storms and some areas were just destroyed. I have been following the news and media about a K9 Handler KEA GRACE that lied about her ties with FEMA and search and rescue as well as her qualifications to perform such duties with her Dog. I personally feel like if a dog is not tested to perform a job they should not try to get involved no matter what good intentions they may have. Quailifications and titles are given to hard working people and given by groups that know what the job demands are. Links for the news article and her response to it are attached. It seems to me that her response is geared toward word play and the meaning of terms as well as her last paragraph gives a sorry response..... if she wasnt in the wrong why say sorry is my thought. So I wanted to open this up for debate and public forum!!!|
by Ctidmore on 15 March 2012 - 03:13
|Several years ago, there was a lady with a Doberman that planted bones for her dog to find. She would go in and find all this evidence that other people "missed". A lot of the cases she worked on had to be retried because of her. This is some what different, but the same principle; some one wanting the recognition for doing something great when they haven't put in the hard hours for training and certification. Posing as something they are not. Sad, because then it makes the public eye skeptical of the true hard working dogs. IMO.|
by Cassandra Marie on 15 March 2012 - 14:01
|Vom Boyer Haus:|
Our SAR team certified with NAPWDA (North American Police Work Dog Assoc.). We only deployed K9 teams that were NAPWDA cert. NAPWDA is an organization that many of the LE K9 units cert thru and we wanted our dogs to meet the same stringent criteria.
The woman you eluded to gave SAR a big black eye. She served time in prison but that doesn't undo the damage that the "victims" families and possibly wrongfully imprisoned individuals suffered. It is my understanding that she certified her own team. Many of her team members and their dogs are hard working and have since sought certification from other legit organizations.
by cphudson on 15 March 2012 - 14:25
|Wow, she is lucky someone or dog didn't get hurt because of her actions. I couldn't imagined being trap in the rumble while she took her dog for a walk playing pretend SAR.|
I hope this won't reflect negatively of the SAR teams in the area that do work hard to learn & get certified.
by FlashBang on 15 March 2012 - 17:32
|Sadly, this seems to be a fairly common con, and I don't know why. Maybe the "handlers" want all the glory? Who knows. Reference: Kris Crawford.|
by Nancy on 16 March 2012 - 01:53
|I guess for some there is "glory" but how genuine can it be if it is not your own? These folks have no shame to ride on someone elses accomplishments. Most searches are long, tedious, and I would NOT say there is glory when a victim is found alive but a very deep communal sense of joy. ...... hard to describe.....it is a shared and deep emotion.|
Our team certifies dogs to NAPWDA and goes through all the other requisite training and certs but one challenge when someone goes missing is everyone and their brother comes out to "help" and folks who would not think about doing fire, EMS, or police work without training feel they are competent to search-and there are ways you can use untrained volunteers but they can often make a mess of things. It can get crazy when well meaning, untrained folks, go to desparate family members, sell them on their skills, and the family pressure the police to use them etc. Sure puts law enforcement between a rock and a hard place.
We stress the importance of training, certification, the fact that all our members have to clear an FBI background check, and that we carry liability insurance / workmen's comp for our members in case something does go wrong. I have seen a couple of "volunteers" leave a search scene on a backboard - fortunately none of ours [and several of us are trained a first responders though our main reason is if a team member gets hurt...when someone is found they usually get the paramedics to them very quickly.