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Reporter Confronts Woman Running Military Dog Charity Scam

July 13th, 2012

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/cnn-reporter-confronts-woman-running-military-dog-charity-scam-cnn-feels-like-we-were-lied-to/

For the past few years, the charity SPCA International has been running a program called Operation Baghdad Pups. The goal of the program is to take dogs who join soldiers in combat zones and work on getting them to good homes in the United States. Last year, CNN’s sister network HLN featured the program to bring more attention to it, but last month it was discovered that of the $27 million raised for the program, “nearly all of that money” was spent on fundraising expenses. CNN reporter Drew Griffin confronted a spokeswoman for SPCA International today about the scam, telling her directly that “CNN feels like we were lied to.”

http://www.spcai.org/index.php/programs/operation-baghdad-pups.html

Griffin explained that last year, HLN anchor Robin Meade hosted Terri Crisp from the organization on her show and raved about the program for her audience. Crisp explained that the two dogs she brought into the studio, Ivy and Nugget, were stranded, but Griffin explained that they were, in fact, donated and taken from adoptive homes after SPCA International asked for them. Griffin said for weeks CNN has been trying to find Crisp, but haven’t been able to until this week.

Griffin found Crisp at her home and tried to confront her about the operation. Crisp first told him “this is not the place to do an interview,” to which Griffin said that he’s been trying to set up a proper interview with her for weeks. He asked her why she “lied” on HLN about where the dogs came from. Crisp repeatedly referred Griffin to her director of communications, but Griffin pressed on and called Crisp out for using CNN to promote what looks like a scam.

“You’ve been on our air, ma’am. You’ve told our viewers that Ivy and Nugget were abandoned military contract dogs, which we’ve confirmed they were not, basically lying to our viewers. And I know you got an outpouring of support and, most likely, money after that appearance. I mean, our viewers feel like they, and so do we, CNN feels like we were lied to. Do you have any explanation for how that happened?”

Crisp continued to dodge the questions and insisted Griffin schedule a proper interview. Griffin explained to viewers that over 85 percent of the money collected for the operation went to direct-mail provider Quadriga Art.

Watch the confrontation below, courtesy of CNN:

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Added: Jul-16-2012 Occurred On: Jul-13-2012
By: gorillabiscuits
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  • I hate it when scum use our Veterans to scam people. I was leaving Santa Monica one day, and I saw a middle age black man standing at the turn signal light with a sign that read. "Veteran...PLEASE HELP". When I pulled up to him at the light, I ask him what Unit he was in, and guess what? He had the fucking nerve to tell me he wasn't a Veteran.
    Man...I was furious! Called him some names and flipped him off. He thought I was crazy, which I am, and he turned and walked away like the lowl More..

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  • It amazes me how many people can be suckered into giving their money away to complete strangers. Donate only to your local groups after you check how they operate!

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    • @downhill2400 Couldn't agree more. I do volunteer work for the 'Wounded Veteran' program...but..it's all volunteer work.

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    • @downhill2400 Its unfortunate to get scammed, but it does show there are a lot of caring people out there. Which is a good thing.

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  • She's a sleazebag.

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  • Numb cunt....

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  • Money grubbing, beeeatch! She has the nerve to hold that poor dog like a shield. I hope some inquiry removes all layers of her skin and letting the IRS know about her activities would be in order.

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  • there is a group called nowzad that actually does this ,check it out

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  • hang the bitch

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  • That's fucking sick, this bitch should be chucked into Iraq to fend for herself.

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  • This is the reason I don't donate to charities.
    An awful lot of them are scam-artists, leeching cash on the side.

    The next time you see a 'adopt this' or 'help give them water' advert, search them up. There's definitely not what they seem.

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