|Who, age||What||Where||When||Last Known Address|
|Bernadette Vohs, 44 a/k/a Jackie Greatsinger||selling a deformed great dane, leads to seizure of some 60 dogs||
|June 21, 2007|
|Bernadette Vohs, 45 a/k/a Jackie Greatsinger||selling another dog in violation of her probation||
|September 24, 2008|
|Type of Crime||Other Crimes||#/Type of animal(s) involved||Case Status||Next Court Date /Courthouse|
|Felony||theft, unlicensed kennel, repeat offender, probation violation||
1 rat, 66 dogs, great danes, bull dogs, yorkshire terriers and daschunds
A dog breeder has been jailed after authorities raided her operation near Graham.
(Photo courtesy of KOMO 4 News) 44-year-old Bernadette Vohs, who went by the name "Jackie Greatsinger", was arrested and charged with theft following an incident with a California woman. That woman told investigators she came to Vohs' kennel to pick up the great dane she had bought online for $400. After seeing the dog, she realized the puppy was much older than advertised and was deformed, but Vohs refused to give her a refund, the woman told deputies.
The woman said she was kicked off the property when she complained, and a deputy was dispatched to investigate. When he found a large number of dogs, animal control officers were called. Records show Vohs' kennel license expired in February, but investigators reported finding 38 dogs of various breeds on the property.
Fifteen were seized immediately, mostly smaller breeds from what appeared to be an unlit basement reeking of urine and feces, according to court filings.
Six days later authorities returned and seized the rest of the dogs, some of them pregnant.
Deputies and Animal Control officers raided the kennel in part because of a separate pending investigation involving Vohs. Deputies also added that Vohs was operating without a license.
"If you have more than six animals, you have to apply to the auditors office to get a commercial license or an operating license. And there is not one currently at this location," said Tim Johnson with Animal Control.
But neighbors, past friends and breeders said they've been fighting Vohs for years over noise, animal waste, falsifying pedigree and the mistreatment of her animals. Tammy Johnson bred dogs with Vohs, but said she stopped working with her after she saw dead puppies in boxes and sickly dogs at Vohs' kennel.
"I watched dogs have multiple litters a year. Every heat she was breeding them," she said. "I'm glad that she has shut down and I hope they find good home. And I hope they don't ever reproduce again."
When deputies showed up Vohs' kennel, they found a dead rat that was left in the kennel. They said several of the dogs for sale had sores on them. The dogs have been confiscated by Animal Control officers and brought to the Pierce County Animal Shelter. It is unclear exactly how many dogs were confiscated.
Deputies said there have been several other past civil cases involving theft, fraud, sick puppies and supposed show dogs with no paper. One of the puppies even dropped dead and Vohs was told to stop breeding dogs last year, deputies said. Vohs is said to breed great danes, bull dogs and daschunds.
Vohs is in jail on two counts of second-degree theft. She is accused of taking money for purebred puppies, then failing to deliver on her promise. Her bail is $10,000.
An animal cruelty investigation, meantime, is onging.
Update 9/6/07: A dog breeder who lost ownership of her 35 dogs and was charged with animal cruelty pleaded not guilty in court.
Vohs' attorney insisted in court the Graham woman's dogs are healthy and should be returned to her.
Vohs' troubles began in June when, acting on a tip, Animal Control officers her home and found dozens of dogs of various breeds, from Yorkshire terriers to great danes.
"When they went in there, there was feces, strong smell of urine that burned their eyes," said deputy prosecutor Tom Moore.
But out of 35 dogs seized, the Pierce County prosecutor only charged Vohs with one single count of animal cruelty.
In court, her attorney insists the dogs were well cared for and should be returned. Right now,they're being held at the Humane Society.
"The vast majority of the dogs were found to be healthy. People commented that dogs were sweet and well-behaved," said Vohs's attorney, Chuck Johnson.
The prosecutors office says Vohs can't have the dogs, because she doesn't have a license to house more than six. And that's not all the prosecutor alleges. "It's a puppymill is the only way I can describe it," Moore said.
Back in June, a client accused Vohs of a bait-and-switch scam. She told police she paid for a healthy great Dane, but the dog she got had a bad hip. She accused Vohs of fraud.
Since her allegation, seven other customers have come forward to claim they too were victims of fraud. "She was selling dogs over the Internet. They were not as advertised," said Moore.
Vohs' attorney wouldn't let her comment. He wouldn't say much about the theft allegations either. "You are going to find out a lot about those eight counts," Johnson said.
In the meantime, what now adds up to 66 dogs - the 35 original dogs and their puppies - remain in limbo.
The case goes to trial in November.
Both sides agree a few puppies and one adult dog died after arriving at the shelter, but they disagree on what caused their deaths.
Update 2/22/08: dog breeder insists she didn't abuse her animals, but she pleaded guilty to the crime anyway.
(Photo courtesy of Komo 4 News) Vohs pleaded guilty to theft and animal crime even though she claims she didn't mistreat the dogs at her Graham breeding farm.
Vohs held her stance. "Absolutely not, absolutely," she said. "It's common sense. I had 45 dogs in this and (got charged with) one count of animal cruelty. It doesn't make sense. I'm not going to abuse one animal over the other 44 dogs."
When asked why she decided to plead guilty, Vohs said it was a matter of dollars and cents. "Because basically we're just common people. It comes down to money. We've spent thousands and thousands of dollars in attorneys," she said.
But animal control officers and some Great Dane breeders say the conditions at Vohs' home were bad, and the treatment of the animals even worse.
"Some of them were in very bad shape when we got them," said Stacie Knudtsen with Dane Outreach. When told Vohs insists she did not abuse her dogs, Knudtsen said,"the evidence wouldn't show that."
Most of the dogs are being taken care of by foster families and six still remain at the shelter. The cost of housing the animals has climbed past $100,000 for the county, and most of the animals will likely be put up for adoption per Vohs' request. "My main concern right now is that the animals get placed in their 'forever homes,'" said Vohs.
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).
Vohs was sentenced to 30 days of home monitoring and 30 days of community service. She's also not allowed to breed any more dogs, though she does get to keep her three pet dogs.
The judge initially wanted Vohs' dogs to be sold to help pay for some of the boarding costs, but the county said it is not set up to sell dogs and instead opted for adoptions. The judge said no matter what, no dogs are to be put to sleep.
Update 1/17/08: As of Jan. 1 the local Humane Society had billed the county $94,880 for the care of dozens of dogs in the case of Vohs who faces trial on nine counts of second-degree theft and one count each of first-degree theft, engaging in business without a license, second-degree animal cruelty and operating an unlicensed kennel.
With 51 dogs at a daily cost of $10 each, the tab is mounting at a rate of $510 a day, which is taking a big bite of the county's $1.1 million annual animal services budget, said Lisa Drury of the county auditor's office.
Most of the dogs, described as generally healthy by Denise McVicker, deputy director of the Humane Society, have been placed in foster homes but the county is still obligated to pay for all of the dogs' upkeep.
Drury has proposed that the County Council adopt an ordinance to make the owners of animals seized by the county responsible for their upkeep. "It's not right that the public is paying to care for these animals," Drury said. "If these owners are going to fight to get their dogs back, they should be responsible for their upkeep."
The county can seek restitution from Vohs if she loses in court, but she "has shown no ability to pay these costs," Deputy Prosecutor Tom L. Moore wrote in a memorandum filed in Superior Court.
Vohs' lawyer, Charles A. Johnston, said she tried to reclaim her dogs but was rebuffed by prosecutors. "We asked for them back a couple of times, and they wouldn't give them to us," Johnston said. "They've been sitting there running up a big bill for the county." He would not discuss the criminal case, saying plea negotiations were continuing.
Update 1/18/08: Vohs goes on trial next week on 13 charges, including theft and animal cruelty.
The county's case against the breeder appears strong. Animal control officers found many of her dogs living in substandard conditions in what had all the earmarks of a puppymill. And Vohs did not have a required kennel license, nor did she have a business license allowing her to sell her animals.
The boarding costs - most of which are over and above the county's $540,000 annual contract with the Humane Society - reveal a gap in the county code when it comes to recovering costs from people whose animals have been seized.
If Vohs were to voluntarily relinquish the animals, they could be put up for adoption - which would put an end to the boarding fees. But she's fighting the forfeiture and seeking return of at least some of her animals. So the dogs must be boarded until her criminal case is resolved one way or the other.
County officials suspect Vohs might try to sell some of those animals if they are returned to her - which she can't do legally without kennel and business licenses. And the county won't sell her those licenses while she's facing theft and cruelty charges.
The auditor's office - which handles animal control for Pierce County - plans to propose changes in county code that could require owners to post a bond if they fight forfeiture. The bond essentially promises that the owner will pay animal upkeep costs if the seizure is found to have been justified. Currently, a bond might be required only if the animals are seized under animal cruelty statutes.
The Vohs situation is unusual due to the number of animals involved. It might be difficult to craft an ordinance that strikes the right balance between being fair to accused animal owners and protecting the taxpayers. But the county should give it a try.
Update Roca's story: Roca, an unaltered female Saint Bernard was one of the dogs seized in the Vohs case.
(Courtesy Photo by Bob Walter/Humane Society)
This is about a shy, fearful, giant dog who has spent six traumatic months in a kennel, about 7 by 14 feet, at the Humane Society in Tacoma. This story tells how kindness, and caring by Bob Walter helped Roca survive the ordeal when she had someone to watch over her.
In early November, Walters', Director of Humane Education at the time, and for almost 26 years, first saw Roca after she was taken from the kennel and allowed some room in the customer service area of the Humane Society, in hopes she would perk up and begin eating.
By the time Bob met Roca she wouldn't eat and had lost 30 pounds. Saint Bernard's are named the heaviest breed of dog and the loss of 30 pounds was very significant. Walters' said her head looked outsized because of the weight loss.
Roca was so sad and confused. Not only was she refusing food, she would barely drink water. She needed one-on-one continued attention from a nurturing person.
So Walters' began to take her out of the small cage in the lobby and bring her into his cubicle. She was docile, but not excited, about being out of the kennel. Her very first day in the cubicle, when left alone for a few minutes, Roca tried to climb onto a desk and out the window. She's a huge dog and knocked a few things down trying to escape her situation. The second day Walters' had her in his office. Most of the dogs taken from Vohs' place had been taken into foster homes, so Roca was only one of about eight dogs in the group still at the shelter.
Confused Roca Ran Away in Tacoma
A kind volunteer went through the proper channels at the Humane Society and officially became Roca's foster "parent." Roca was taken to a home where she almost immediately escaped through a front door and gate accidentally left open by the volunteer's husband who was carrying in sacks of groceries.
Walters' was contacted at once, as was another Humane Society staff member, Cecily Joque, and Tacoma Animal Control. All of them, along with the volunteer's family, joined in the search for this panicked dog. After a half hour of searching, and with the sun setting, by a stroke of luck Walters' saw her in a driveway about eleven blocks from the volunteer's home. But Roca didn't know him that well and ran from him initially, hiding behind a garage.
As Walters' continued to sooth and coax her, Roca, with hanging head and cautious steps, inched her way toward him. She had ample opportunity and space to run, but at some point she made a decision to trust him and went to him so he could put a leash on her. Walters' said he was ready to "tackle her" if need be because she was in great danger if not caught.
Roca was taken back to the shelter and was deemed not a candidate for fostering. So Walter's began a ritual of getting her out of the kennel and taking her to his office. As time went by Roca realized Walters' would come back to her, and she began to enjoy a certain amount of peace and security, as she learned to wait patiently until his return. Roca didn't know how to play. She was a shell of a dog.
Many had attempted to entice Roca to eat. Her weight loss was disturbing. Walters' tried every manner of tempting treats, anything that would have such an aroma it would arouse her appetite. He tried cooked bacon, any number of commercial foods, even pigs' ears from the pet supply store. Nothing tempted her. But she was getting a little better as she began recognizing Walters' and showing her happiness, not in an exuberant way, but her tail wag and happy face tells the story.
Roca Finally Eats a Little...
Then one day Walters' heated up a can of highly palatable dog food, and Roca gingerly went for it. Walters' would come home practically every day excited about the baby steps this enormous dog was making. Walters' had been taking her outside to a small, fenced exercise area. She was so happy to be outside, Roca did a play-bow in front of Walters', and now runs to him. She is trying to be a dog.
One day in the office she gently put her massive front paw, then her muzzle, on his knee for a moment. After several weeks, she finally has begun to scratch the floor playfully, swing her head back and forth, and give out a "Wuff!" when Walters' appears. She keeps trying to reach out, and as time goes by she should have a fighting chance.
She has gained some weight and was on her way to becoming a much more well-adjusted and happy dog.
What is Roca's Future?
At this point we have no idea what lies ahead for Roca. The criminal trial of Bernadette Vohs is scheduled for Superior Court on January 23, in a jury trial.
We worry about Roca because she apparently was not well-socialized and perhaps was used as a breeder. If so, her puppies would probably learn to be fearful of humans and just about everything else. Pups do model after the mother, if given a chance.
Walters' explains, "Roca is terrified to the point of flinching and back pedaling at the slightest sound. She won't eat a meal with a human presence, if at all. She's learning to take treats. Roca is a bright, sweet-natured dog, who shows no signs of being previously socialized. Given the same setting indefinitely, she would never be able to cope in a social setting. Without gentle, guided confidence-building, Roca would never be able to adapt to a normal life."
The director of the Humane Society has asked both Walters' if we wanted to adopt Roca, saying she wanted us to get first adoption rights. Of course we don't know how the court case will go, so we don't know if the dogs will be up for adoption. At this time we don't have plans to adopt Roca, but we might be able to help her before adoption. Maybe Walters' could foster her for a little while until the right person comes along, who will give her the love and attention she craves.
Roca spends far too much time in small places. Her muscles must have become weak. She needs a safe place to run and build up her body. Then she would undoubtedly eat like a dog should, wolf like. Roca is estimated to be about three years old.
Update 1/24/08: Bernadette Vohs was scheduled to go to trial on January 23rd. But Superior Court Judge Ronald Culpepper put off the trial until Feb. 28 at the request of the attorneys in the case, who then filed notice that a plea date has been scheduled for Feb. 8. The terms of the plea bargain weren't disclosed.
Vohs is charged with 13 crimes in relation to her breeding business: nine counts of second-degree theft and one count each of first-degree theft, engaging in business without a valid license, second-degree animal cruelty and operating a kennel without a license.
Prosecutors allege she defrauded some of her customers and kept some of her dogs in inhumane conditions. She previously pleaded not guilty.
Vohs challenged that seizure, and taxpayers have been footing the bill to board the dogs - and the puppies some have since produced - for more than six months while the case plays out.
Update 2/2/08: A judge has ordered Pierce County to sell dozens of dogs seized last year from a Graham dog breeder, calling it a reasonable way for the county to offset the more than $100,000 in boarding fees it has paid to the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County.
"You could almost buy a condo for these escalating costs," Superior Court Judge Beverly Grant told the attorneys on the case before issuing her ruling. "The dogs are going to be sold. All of them."
Deputy prosecutor Tom Moore said the county doesn't want to get into the dog-selling business.
In addition, many of the dogs have been farmed out to temporary foster homes while the case winds its way through the court system, the deputy prosecutor told Grant. It seems unfair to ask the people who generously opened their homes to the animals to now buy them, he said.
The judge suggested using the Internet to advertise the dogs, which are mostly purebred Great Danes. A price per dog has not been set.
Moore stated that he'd be working with county animal control officials and the Humane Society to come up with a plan for selling the dogs, which, after Grant's ruling, now belong to the county.
Selling the dogs was the idea of Charles Johnston, the attorney representing dog breeder Bernadette Vohs. He said the county sells other items it seizes during criminal investigations boats, cars, Jet Skis, houses so why not dogs?
Selling the animals helps taxpayers, but also his client who faces the prospect of restitution if convicted.
The county will be forced to eat most of the boarding fees because Vohs doesn't have the money to cover her part of the bill much less the county's costs, even though the Humane Society has agreed to discount the bill by $60,000, Johnston said.
As a result of the case, county animal control officials are trying to change local laws to make it harder for pet owners to fight forfeiture of their animals.
Update 2/23/08: Pierce County has fallen victim to its own bureaucratic red tape in trying to comply with a judge's order to sell 57 dogs seized during a criminal investigation.
A deputy prosecutor who handles civil matters for the county told Superior Court Judge Beverly Grant that the county can't legally sell the dogs because it doesn't have the necessary county-issued commercial kennel license.
Obtaining such a license from itself would take the county weeks, Allen Rose told Grant. Applications would have to be made and plans reviewed, Rose said.
In the meantime, the county's tab for sheltering the dogs with the Humane Society of Tacoma & Pierce County - already at more than $100,000 - would continue to toll, Rose said.
Rose's comments did not sit well with Grant, who earlier this month ordered the dogs - mostly purebred Great Danes - advertised on the Internet and sold to recoup some of the costs the county has incurred.
Grant reiterated that directive "These dogs are to be sold," she said. "I don't care how we do it."
Deputy prosecutor Tom Moore, who is handling the criminal case against dog breeder Bernadette Vohs , told Grant the dogs are being "professionally appraised," so that when a plan is agreed upon, the value of the animals will be known.
Moore, Rose and Vohs' defense attorney, Charles Johnston, will meet to try again to come up with a plan for transferring responsibility for the care and upkeep for the dogs to private parties.
In the meantime, Vohs entered pleas to seven felonies and one gross misdemeanor in the case.
Grant sentenced Vohs to 60 days in jail, which the judge converted to 30 days of electronic home monitoring and 30 days of community service.
She also ordered that Vohs own no more than three dogs at a time and forbade her from selling dogs for 10 years. "I don't want to have to go through this process with you again," Grant told her.
Update 3/1/08: Pierce County's dog-boarding nightmare is over, eight months and nearly 127,000 taxpayer dollars after it began.
Superior Court Judge Beverly Grant abandoned a plan to try to sell dozens of dogs seized from a breeder during a criminal investigation and gave county officials the authority to put the animals up for adoption. "It's time to stop the hemorrhaging to the taxpayer," Grant said.The bill had reached $126,440, said Lisa Drury, supervisor of the animal control division of the Pierce County Auditor's Office. The county also is on the hook for a $500 necropsy performed on one of the dogs that died, Drury said.
The dogs' previous owner, Bernadette Vohs , also tallied a bill of more than $60,000 while her dogs were being held, but the Humane Society agreed to waive those fees if Vohs forfeited the animals to the county, McVicker said.
Grant had hoped to recoup some of the costs incurred by the county by ordering the dogs - mostly Great Danes - sold on the open market. But a report delivered by deputy prosecutor Tom Moore this week convinced her to give up that bid.
At Grant's direction, Moore had three American Kennel Club show judges evaluate the animals. The deputy prosecutor supplied them with color photos of the dogs and copies of their health records. Their appraisal was not good. The majority of the animals have health or behavioral problems that decrease their value, said Grant, citing the reports.
"The majority of the dogs should never have been bred," the judge said. "They recommend that six or seven of the dogs be euthanized. It's their assessment that these dogs are worth $200 each, if that."
Charles Johnston, who represents Vohs, disputed those findings in court. The vast majority of the dogs were in good shape when county animal control officers seized them, Johnston said.
He also argued that the experts picked by Moore did not research the dogs' pedigrees. A good pedigree would raise the value of the dogs, Johnston said.
The Tacoma attorney said outside court that he hopes to use the dogs' value to defray some of Vohs' restitution costs. He also said he's exploring "the legal ramifications" of how the dogs were seized. He declined to elaborate.
Grant wasn't moved. "I want the dogs out of the Humane Society and into good homes," the judge said.
In addition to the poor appraisal of the animals, other county officials have complained that the county is in no position to become a pet purveyor because it does not hold the necessary permits.
Deputy prosecutor Allen Rose, who handles civil matters for county government, also had questioned Grant's authority to order the dogs sold.
McVicker said that the Humane Society is making arrangements to ready the dogs for adoption.
Forty-four of them are being housed with foster families, whom the Humane Society has been reimbursing for costs incurred for caring for the animals, she said. Those costs then were passed on to the county.
Those people will get right of first refusal to adopt the dogs under their care, McVicker said. They'll have to have the animals spayed or neutered and implanted with a microchip first, she said.
Seven dogs being kept at the Humane Society's Tacoma shelter will undergo behavioral evaluations and be scheduled for spay/neuter surgery, McVicker said. Once fixed, they'll be available for adoption, she said.
Before issuing her ruling, Grant lamented that the county found itself in a situation where it was on the hook for boarding dogs for months on end. She encouraged county officials to rewrite laws so the onus of boarding confiscated animals falls on their owners. "Somebody needs to address it, and it seems there needs to not be all this red tape," she said.
Drury said her office is working to revamp county ordinances to address the judge's concerns.
Animal control officials are meeting with Pierce County Council members to talk about the proposed changes, she said.
Update 5/29/08: A Graham woman is on the hook for a large part of the $128,000 tab Pierce County taxpayers shelled out to board her dogs during a criminal case that dragged on for months.
Superior Court Judge Beverly Grant ordered Bernadette Vohs to pay more than $113,000 in restitution to the county, which paid to house dozens of her dogs while she was prosecuted for fraud and animal cruelty.
Deputy prosecutor Tom Moore, who handled the case against Vohs, said that he's not sure she has the ability to pay. Vohs derived much of her income from her dog-breeding business, which has been shutdown via court order.
In March, the County Clerk's Office notified Vohs that she was in arrears for $850 in other court-ordered costs.
During the hearing, Grant agreed to reduce the amount Vohs must pay the county by $15,000 after she argued that the dogs she forfeited were worth more than $60,000 in all.
Moore argued that the dogs were worth no more than $2,500 total, saying many were sick or had behavioral problems.
Grant also ordered Vohs to pay $6,000 in restitution to the people she was convicted of victimizing, Moore said.
Update 9/25/08: 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.
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.
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.
Update 10/24/08: Former Great Dane breeder Bernadette Vohs is back in the doghouse with Pierce County prosecutors, who've accused her of illegally selling a Chihuahua.
Vohs admits she messed up when she handed the tiny puppy over to an Oregon woman but says she only was trying to help a friend.
Vohs is to appear in court to be arraigned on the latest charge. "It's devastating for me," "I've been walking the straight line after all I went through last time."
Deputy prosecutor Tom Moore said Vohs hasn't held up her end of the plea bargain and now charges her with one count of second-degree theft.
Moore contends in charging papers that Vohs sold the Chihuahua puppy to an Oregon woman for $600. The woman later had to give the pup away when it got sick and she couldn't afford the veterinary bills, according to court records.
The woman claimed the dog came with paperwork certifying it had a clean bill of health.
The deputy prosecutor also requested a hearing before Superior Court Judge Beverly Grant to request that Vohs be declared in violation of her probation from her previous convictions. Vohs could be sentenced to 60 days or more in jail if found in violation of her probation. "She's not supposed to be selling dogs," Moore said. Vohs said she's not.
The puppy at the center of the latest charge actually came from the kennel of her friend, Tawnya Tucker, she said.
Vohs said she handled the sale at the request of Tucker, who was too sick to complete the transaction the day the Oregon woman drove north to buy the puppy.
"I was just representing her that one time," Vohs said. "Honestly, that wasn't the smartest move on my part. But I didn't get any money off of that animal. None."
Tucker told sheriff's deputies that Vohs helped her set up a website for her breeding business and that she paid Vohs $100 for each dog sold from the website, the records state.
Tucker said that on two occasions when she couldn't meet with buyers herself she asked Vohs to complete sales, according to the court documents. "Tucker also stated that she allowed Vohs to use Tucker's name as it was easier," the records state.
Update 3/28/09: Pierce County taxpayers who shelled out $128,000 to board former Great Dane breeder Bernadette Vohs ' dogs during a criminal investigation now are paying to house Vohs herself.
Vohs, 46, began serving a 30-day jail sentence after Superior Court Judge Beverly Grant ruled that she violated the conditions of the suspended sentence she received last year after pleading guilty to eight crimes related to her breeding business.
Vohs was prohibited from selling any more dogs as a part of her suspended sentence. Deputy prosecutor Tom Moore presented evidence during a hearing that Vohs violated that condition by selling a Chihuahua to an Oregon woman in September 2008.
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