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Published in the Republican American Newspaper, August 11, 2011



"NAUGATUCK — It started with puppy love and ended with broken hearts.

Over the past two years, aspiring puppy owners have paid 36-year-old Angie Fish for little mastiffs that never arrived, local and state authorities say. Fish, who claims the address 11½ Mulberry St., lives with her husband, Scott Fish, in a
trailer at the end of a long gravel road near where Mulberry meets May Street, police said.

From their trailer, they ran Heska Mastiffs, an unregistered business that purportedly bred and sold mastiffs. The state Department of Consumer Protection is investigating seven complaints against Heska Mastiffs from in and out of the state and is expecting more, spokeswoman Claudette Carveth said. All involve puppy buyers sending Heska Mastiffs deposits, either through PayPal or wire transfer, of hundreds of dollars for puppies that never materialized, authorities said.

Borough police arrested Angelina Fish on Monday and charged her with fourth-degree larceny based on a complaint
they received in June from a New York woman who said she sent Fish $1,200 for a puppy that she was never given. The woman, like the other complainants, never got her deposit back, authorities say.

A day before the woman called, Capt. Jeremiah Scully, who oversees animal control in the borough, went to Fish’s trailer with a state animal control officer. The two had been notified that the state was receiving complaints of a puppy scam, Scully said.

“We made a decision to go up there and see if there were any puppies, and were they operating properly,” Scully said.

They found a black pug dog, a terrier, four mastiffs, a cat and two kittens, said Ray Connors, who supervises the animal control division of the state Department of Agriculture.

The animals seemed to be in good condition, Connors said. One female mastiff appeared to have recently had a litter, and Scott Fish told officers that all 14 of her puppies had died of herpes, Connors said.

All six of the dogs were unlicensed, and none of the animals were vaccinated for rabies, earning the couple a fine exceeding $1,400, Connors said.

The attorney general’s office first received a complaint about Fish in May 2010, spokeswoman Susan Kinsman said. In that case, someone from Maryland paid Fish $525 for a puppy but never got it or a refund, Kinsman said. The attorney general also received complaints from New York and Connecticut residents and has forwarded them all to the Department of Consumer Protection, Kinsman said.

Fish is also associated with a business called Lakeside Mountain Mastiffs, Kinsman said.

Heska Mastiffs’ website has been disabled, and message boards are littered with posts from puppy buyers complaining that Fish has defrauded them.

A couple leaving Fish’s residence Wednesday refused to identify themselves or comment. Gerald Lantieri, 60, who lives in several trailers at 13 Mulberry St., said he has known the couple for a long time. Both have chronic diseases and were breeding puppies for money, being unable to work, Lantieri said. They no longer keep animals, he said.

“All their puppies died on them,” Lantieri said. “They don’t sell dogs no more. They got out of that business.”

Police have released Angelina Fish on a $1,500 bond. She is due Aug. 17 in Waterbury Superior Court."


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And it's necessary to post this, why? Because she breeds better Mastiff's than you do and you're jealous so you're relishing this low point in her life? How bloodthirsty can you get? Jesus. You people disgust me. Why dont you post BOTH sides of the story instead of the incredibly ONE sided part? I own one of Angie's dogs, we had a VERY smooth transaction, she's been helpful and supportive ONE HUNDRED PERCENT of the time. If people BOTHERED to READ their paperwork - the damn deposits are NON-refundable. End of story. Angie is NOT a theif, nor is she a liar. But lets just think the worst of everyone with our catty little immature attitudes and throw someone under the bus. I hope Kharma comes back to bit you in the ass. Seriously. If you have ever met her IN PERSON - you'd know what a good soul she is. Yes, she's down on her luck, yes, she's sick - but you know what - she doesnt breed for the money (Like most of you do). She breeds for the love of the breed. To make it better. And ya know what....MY Mastiff doesnt look like a short great dane or beefed up boxer like most of yours do. Seriously...people that live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. You're a bunch of catty, obnoxious, immature, bloodthirsty bitches. I seriously hope, when she gets back into it after proving she wasn't at fault - that her line stands WAY above yours in shows. If I knew how to show...I'd shove her dog RIGHT in your face at shows, just so you can see what an amazingly beautiful line she has developed.


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Cari,
You are in the mminority from what I understand.  Very few people have had recent dealing with Angie that went smoothly.  As for this being petty and her dogs being better than other people's dogs how would anyone really know she hasn't actually bred any show quality dogs in quite some time.

Jann as teh owner of theis board can pin any post she wants anywhere she wants and if you knew her you'd know she pinned this to the top so new people searching would not get into the same horriffic sistuation as many other with deposits taken for puppies she hasn't even bred yet.  if you are comfortable paying in advance for a mybe puppy that is your choice but I am pretty sure most people don't pay in advance for a mayber unless it is a lottery ticket.

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No, I'm not in the minority - not at all. You make it seem like there were oh so many people "screwed" by her. There are literally only a couple unhappy people and then stories from others - AND you dont even know if there was truth or whether they're just running their mouth to join in on the gossip. In fact - she's sold to many more happy clients that upset. I know 2 people personally that have at least TWO of her dogs EACH and they're as thrilled as I am. It's just that the upset ones have a louder voice and I think it's about time the happy ones do too. It's not right to condemn someone without knowing BOTH sides. That's all I'm saying. 2yrs ago, as a new mastiff owner - I was learning about the breed. So I joined the forums to get an understanding of what his needs would be, health concerns to look out for, etc. All I saw (and this was WAY before this stuff happened with Angie) - was bickering and he said/she said drama. People talking about people and every other childish thing. Thats not helping a new owner. Thats scaring the crap out of them to a point where they dont come back for advice. I posted to a mastiff forum about 6mths after we got our boy asking about raw feeding and HOLY CRAP was I sorry I did that. I couldn't believe the posts and private messages I got about how ignorant I was to try that with a mastiff. I was defnitely turned off, and my taste for the mastiff community was completely soiled. So yes, when I see things like this, it really burns me up because she DOES have happy and satisfied customers...and it's not fair to post something like that without knowing BOTH sides. Angie gave us a break in price, she allowed us to do payments, she was 110% supportive and communicative from the day he was born. She has health issues, yes. Is she great about getting back to people right away? No, not really - but she DOES get back to you. I opted not to breed or show my boy because it seems like the mastiff community is way too catty, as I'm sure it is with other breeds. Plus, being a newbie - if it's anything like the forums were - why would I want to? However - that doesnt mean he's not show quality. He is a tremendous specimen for a mastiff and I honestly haven't seen one like him on these boards. She does breed good dogs, just because her owners are happier to have them as pets and not interested in the drama around showing doesnt mean she breeds non-show quality dogs. That is another inaccurate assumption. All I am saying is that it's not fair OR RIGHT to slander someone all over the place without knowing BOTH sides. What the newspaper reported was completely one-sided and thats not fair. Put yourself in her shoes...what if an upset owner started slandering you everywhere...now all the forums are jumping on the bandwagon and doing the same and no one stops to hear your side of things. It's just not fair. I think having her ousted like this has really done a disservice to the mastiff breed.


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If you'll notice, the only information that I allowed on this board was the actual newspaper article and the fact that she was arrested.  If you have an updated police/court report, you're more than welcomed to post it.  All of your other jibber jabber is just a waste of breath as far as I'm concerned.  If you have any facts to offer, we'd be happy to have them here.

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I know this is an old topic but I had a very rough experience with Angie. As far as the dog I received which was not her breedings, I cannot be more happy with him.

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Borough woman charged in puppy scam

                       
                               
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
                                                       
                                                                                       

Angie Fish

NAUGATUCK — After a months-long investigation, police charged borough mastiff breeder Angie Fish on Monday with scamming customers from Maine to Alabama out of a combined total of more than $5,000 in deposits for puppies they were never given.

The Better Business Bureau forwarded six complaints to the Naugatuck Police Department after borough officers arrested Fish in August on a charge of fourth-degree larceny. In that case, police said a woman from Chester sent Fish a $1,200 deposit for a puppy she never got.

Detective Ronald Blanchard contacted the Better Business Bureau’s complainants and asked for records of their financial transactions and correspondence with Fish. Since February, an Alabama woman paid Fish more than $2,000 and a woman from Woodstock paid $1,700 for puppies they never got, police said. The remaining money came from prospective puppy buyers in Maine, New Jersey and New York, police said.

Blanchard said he reviewed the documents and came up with enough evidence to charge Fish with five larceny counts. Fish surrendered to police Monday and was released in lieu of $5,000 bond to appear Nov. 30 in Waterbury Superior Court.

Fish, who is 36 and lives in a trailer at 11½ Mulberry St., declined to comment on the charges in August and could not be reached Tuesday.

Customers said they were enticed by Fish’s well-designed, informative website, http://www.heskamastiffs.com, which is now disabled.

“They were all exactly the same story,” Blanchard said.

Fish was warm and communicative, connecting with her customers on Facebook and posting often, customers said. She told each customer there was a long waiting list for puppies that were about to be born, but she would reserve them for a price. Once Fish got her money, she stopped returning phone and email messages, customers said.

Fish posted various excuses on Facebook, including health and family problems. She eventually posted that all the puppies had died, while continuing to advertise puppies for sale.

Bobbi Jo Haverly, 32, of Johnstown, N.Y., said she sent Fish a $600 deposit in February for a puppy for her family, which includes three small children. On a message board for mastiff owners, Haverly found others who said Fish had stiffed them, and they created a private Facebook group to communicate about taking legal action.

Haverly said she was happy to hear Fish was being charged in her case.

“That’s awesome,” Haverly said. “Every day I think about it, and I haven’t given up hope that she would be brought to justice.”

Haverly’s family ended up buying another puppy from a breeder who did not ask for a deposit. Their new brindle English mastiff, Ross, turned 5 months old Monday.

“We learned a lot from this experience, and as far as having a wonderful dog we couldn’t have had a better turnout, but we want to make sure (Fish) doesn’t continue to buy and sell,” Haverly said.

A woman from Marlborough told authorities she paid $1,800 for a puppy from Fish in 2008, which she received, but it became ill and died within months, according police. That case will not be investigated criminally, but can be pursued in civil court, police said.

Borough police are not currently investigating any more complaints against Fish, Blanchard said.


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