Sunday, August 26, 2012

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Help Us Help a Veteran

Help us help a Veteran

Madigan alleges fraud on part of Autism charity

Madigan alleges fraud on part of Autism charity
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a lawsuit on Thursday against a woman who allegedly cheated families out of thousands of dollars in payments for service dogs to help children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Madigan filed the lawsuit in Sangamon County Circuit Court against Lea Kaydus and Animals for Autism, Kaydus' charitable organization. The lawsuit alleges that for more than a year, Kaydus solicited payments and donations from families throughout the country to match them with trained service dogs to act as companions for their children. The lawsuit alleges that none of the families who paid for the service received a trained dog.

Kaydus agreed to a settlement on Thursday. Under the terms of the settlement, she must comply with the state's charitable and consumer fraud laws in the future and must give the affected families restitution.

"Animals for Autism turned out to be a heartless scam," Madigan said. "The organization targeted parents of children with autism who hoped that adopting a service dog would help their child. But instead of receiving a trained dog to assist their child, these families lost thousands of dollars and worse, had their hopes for their child dashed."

Madigan alleged that Animals for Autism advertised that it would train Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Klee Kai puppies for between $3,000 to $8,000 and pair the dogs with families to help their children. Kaydus allegedly told families they would first be introduced to their dogs in person or via teleconference calls followed by frequent updates until the dogs were trained and ready to be put in the homes.

Families in Washington, Ohio and California sent payments to Kaydus and were allegedly led to believe over the course of several months that Kaydus was training dogs to place in the families' homes. Families allegedly received pictures of puppies that were taken years earlier and showed dogs that were not involved in the training program. One family allegedly received a photo of a puppy that was taken in 2007.

Kaydus allegedly collected at least $5,190 from families during the scam.

The lawsuit alleged that Kaydus and Animals for Autism engaged in numerous violations of the Illinois Solicitation for Charity Act and the Consumer Fraud Act.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Help us Help a Veteran

                         Help us Help a Veteran: Project HEAL© is a program offered by ECAD.

We are in full swing of our Help us Help a Veteran fund drive. The first 100 People to donate $5.00 or more will receive a "I Changed Three Lives" silicone bracelet. (picture below) When supporting ECAD you help change the life of an at risk teen who works with out dogs, the veteran and a service dog. Thanks for all your support!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Monday, August 13, 2012

Armani the SDog of many Talents

Robert and Armani are for sure going to be a force to be reckoned with. Our newest team seems like a match made in heaven. Robert served in Vietnam and was involved in heavy combat leaving him with chronic and delayed PTSD.

  A funny thing happened when Robert got to team training. Robert also suffers from Diabetes and must keep a strict eye on his sugars.

 While relaxing back in the dorms in between classes Robert noticed Armani would come over to him from time to time and lick his finger tips. After this randomly happened a few times Robert started testing  his sugar level. After three separate occasions his sugar was rising after testing.   Armani had not been worked with as an alert dog to diabetes but seemed to just pick up on his new partners issue. These animals are truly amazing. Way to go Armani !!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Lu and Shannon Demonstrate a Narcolepsy Response Dog

  • Cataplexy. This is a sudden loss of muscle tone while awake that makes you unable to move. Strong emotions, such as laughter or anger, can trigger this.
    • Most attacks last for less than 30 seconds and can be missed.
    • Your head will suddenly fall forward, your jaw will become slack, and your knees will buckle.
    • In severe cases, a person may fall and stay paralyzed for as long as several minutes

ECAD Open House Tonight

Please come by and say Hi and watch Service Dog Demo's, Meet Dog's in training and speak with some of our clients about Service Dog's. Lu and Dale Picard will be there to greet you !