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We appreciate the support from Social Compassion in Legislation. Our dedicated work over the years has focused on raising public awareness and uncovering the troubling puppy trafficking operations led by Melissa Bacelar, the proprietor of Wagmor Pets Rescue and The Wagmor.
Accuracy is paramount in addressing the unethical activities of Wagmor Pets. The current class action lawsuit specifically pertains to allegations related to backyard breeders, not puppy mills. Clear and precise information is essential for effective resolution.
This has been a prolonged and arduous journey, marked by significant challenges. We acknowledge the attention our efforts have garnered from the press and the public, which underscores the magnitude of our mission.
The misrepresentation of "rescue dogs" as a commercial commodity diminishes the true significance of the term 'rescue.' The procurement of puppies from breeders incentivizes further breeding, directly contributing to the reduction of available homes for dogs in kill shelters. Despite being fully aware of the annual euthanasia of thousands of dogs in municipal shelters, Ms. Bacelar persists in pushing the puppies she has purchased, motivated by high profit margins.
The importation of dogs into California from breeders for profit further erodes the sanctity of the term 'rescue.' This practice exacerbates the crisis in U.S. kill shelters, where millions of animals are euthanized each year. Importing puppies perpetuates the problems in California while promoting designer dogs over mixed breeds commonly found in animal shelters. Furthermore, substantial funds raised under a fraudulent narrative, including the significant profits earned by Melissa Bacelar, could be redirected to address the plight of homeless animals in our local communities.
Over the years, we have observed the profound and detrimental impact of Wagmor's puppy trafficking operations on both animals and families. The relentless pursuit of justice and heightened awareness has demanded unwavering dedication, often in the face of persistent harassment and threats. In the course of this mission, we have also borne witness to the unfortunate circumstances of individuals who, unknowingly, adopted ailing puppies, many of which did not survive, further underscoring the urgency of our cause in preventing further spread of contagious pathogens and zoonotic diseases.
As we move forward, our commitment to eradicating this unethical trade and securing loving, responsible homes for shelter dogs remains steadfast. The work ahead is far from complete, but with continued support from the press and the public, we can make a meaningful impact on ending Wagmor Pet's Rescue.
Once again, we thank you for spotlighting our mission. Together, we can serve as a resounding voice for those who cannot speak and labor toward a world free from the atrocities committed by Wagmor Pets.
Melissa Bacelar and Wagmor Pets have more inventory of "surrendered" or "abandoned" puppies than the entire LA County Animal Service System.
Melissa Bacelar uses "rescue" as a commodity and 501 c 3 status to collect, literally hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations for her own personal use.
Please review court documents and lawsuit of 8 different people who adopted dogs that suffered from serious fatal & contagious conditions. All but one died.
ANSWER TO UNVERIFIED COMPLAINT (pdf)Download
JOINT STATEMENT CONFERENCE (pdf)Download
STIPULATION AND PROTECTIVE ORDER – CONFIDENTIAL DESIGNATION ONLY (pdf)Download
JOINT STATEMENT RE- INFORMAL DISCOVERY CONFERENCE [LOCATION OF PLAINTIFF’S DEPOSITION] (pdf)Download
PLAINTIFFS’ EVIDENTIARY OBJECTIONS TO DEFENDANTS’ DEMURRER TO FIRST AMENDED CLASS COMPLAINT (pdf)Download
PLAINTIFFS’ RESPONSE IN OPPOSITION TO DEFENDANTS’ DEMURRER TO FIRST AMENDED CLASS COMPLAINT (pdf)Download
Joint Status Conference Statement (1-4) (pdf)Download
Joint Status Conference Statement (pdf)Download
Reply in Support of Demurrer to First Amended Complaint (pdf)Download
Bacelar Served by Sheriff (pdf)Download
Intent to Suspend or Revoke AG of CA (pdf)Download
When Wagmor imports dogs from Mexico or gets dogs from a 'hoarding situation', Ms. Bacelar sends the older, less adoptable dogs to other shelters & rescues up north, keeping the puppies. Often these have serious medical issues and in bad condition.
After learning of their new puppy had Parvo severe that the pup had to be euthanized, the adopter spoke out on social media. Ms. Bacelar allegedly had one of her employees report the adopters to Animal Control for animal abuse.
Celebrities provide Melissa Bacelar credibility and cover for the fraud she commits. Ellen Degeneres, Chrissy Teigen, Kris Jenner, Maya Rudolph, & others. These dogs were purchased for you and not rescued from a neglectful situation.
a. dogs are being purchased and passed off as “rescues,” and dogs are notbeing seen by a licensed veterinarian prior to sale;
b. dogs are being medically treated by an unlicensed individual in her home in lieu of proper veterinary care;
c. puppies exposed to parvovirus and distemper are going home with unsuspecting new owners and immediately being diagnosed with canine parvovirus;
d. puppies are dying and BACELAR is placing blame on the adopters;
e. BACELAR is laundering money meant for WAGMOR PETS NON-PROFIT to her for profit business, THE WAGMOR, and living lavishly;
f. desperate owners who are seeking help from BACELAR to treat their illand dying dogs are being forced to execute non-disclosure agreements in order to receive assistance;
THE WAGMOR’s bank account and uses the funds for her personal expenses. For example, high end clothing and shoes for her and her children (Gucci included),gardening for her home, pool care for her home, tutoring for her children, trips to a MedSpa, LaMer skin products, video games from GameStop, a monthly Peloton membership, vacation
rentals with AirBnB, shoes from Nike, snowboard rentals, orders from www.getroman.com, toys for her children and meals while on vacation at Big Bear Lake, her husband’s Audi, school tuition for her children, barbershop haircuts, nail salons, dentistry, housekeeping for her home, camp for her children, and exorbitant monies have been spent throwing lavish birthday parties for her children.
Allegedly Wagmor Adopts Out Puppies with Parvo. When the adopter reaches out to Ms. Bacelar reporting serious medical concerns, she either pretends she doesn't know anything about it, states no other puppies show signs of illness, or turns around and blames it on the adopter. She continues to adopt out litter mates while exposing healthy puppies to puppies with Parvo. The majority of these alleged occurrences have a sad outcome resulting in the death of the puppy.
Desperate owners who are seeking help from BACELAR to treat their ill and dying dogs are being forced to execute non-disclosure agreements in order to receive assistance.
The more dramatic of stories, such as an animal is in immediate threat of euthanization, serious cases of abuse or severe medical conditions - the more donations come in. Ms. Bacelar exaggerates the backstory of a dog or outright falsifies stories.
A charitable organization that is not in good standing with the Registry of Charitable Trusts may not operate or solicit donations in California. (Cal. Code of Regs., tit. 11, § 999.9.4.)
Communication of Ms. Bacelar Negotiating Price for Puppies. By creating a market demand, puppy mill operators are incentivized by profit.
Review Court Records, Secretary of State Filings, IRS Records, Records from Attorney General, & Discovery from Litigation
In the state of California, adoption fees of rescue dogs can not exceed $500
Celebrities good intentions have also been taken advantage of.
SIX PLAINTIFFS (ADOPTERS) SUE MELISSA BACELAR, 5/6 DOGS DIED
Melissa Bacelar buys many of her puppies from puppy mills and adopts them out as "rescue dogs". She charges $650-$2000 per adoption. Many of the puppies are sick, many have died. Look up the lawsuits brought against her for negligence and fraud. LACOURT.org
CLASS ACTION COMPLAINT:
Violation of Bus. & Prof. Code $ 17200et seq. / Violation of Bus. & Prof. Code $ 17500et seg.
Violation of Cal. Commercial Code 82313. / Negligence Per SeFraud - Intentional Misrepresentation
Fraud - Concealment / Negligent Misrepresentation
In order to be fair and represent both sides of the story, we not only included the complaints filed against Ms. Bacelar in a court of law, but also the Defendants responses. Our credibility could be in question without providing both sides of the argument.
VERIFIED THIRD AMENDED COMPLAINT Case Number- BC598098 CATHY GREEN ET AL VS MELISSA BACELAR ET AL (pdf)Download
VERIFIED SECOND AMENDED COMPLAINT Case Number- BC598098 CATHY GREEN ET AL VS MELISSA BACELAR ET AL (pdf)Download
VERIFIED COMPLAINT Case Number- BC598098 CATHY GREEN ET AL VS MELISSA BACELAR ET AL (pdf)Download
ANSWER TO COMPLAINT (pdf)Download
Case Number- 15V00995 HENRIQUEZ, WILLIAM VS LUCKY PUPPY RESCUE AND RETAIL (pdf)Download
Case Number- 21STCV42715 ELLIE MOSSER VS WYLDERS HOLISTIC PET CENTER INC, ET AL. (pdf)Download
Case Number- BC598098 CATHY GREEN ET AL VS MELISSA BACELAR ET AL (pdf)Download
Case Number- LS026951 BACELAR, MELISSA VS. WRIGHT, KIMBERLY (pdf)Download
Case Number- LS027243 BACELAR, MELISSA VS. FLANNERY, AMY (pdf)Download
WYLDERS FOUNDATION TAX FILING 2016 (pdf)Download
WYLDERS FOUNDATION TAX FILING 2017 (pdf)Download
ANSWER TO VERIFIED COMPLAINT (pdf)Download
Case No- 21STCV42715 COMPLAINT FOR DAMAGES (pdf)Download
Case No.- 21STCV42715 PLAINTIFF AND CROSS-DEFENDANT ELLIE MOSSER’S ANSWER TO WYLDER’S HOLISTIC PET CENTER INC, WAGMOR PETS, AND MELISSA BACELAR’S UNVERIFIED CROSSCOMPLAINT (pdf)Download
Case No.- 21STCV42715 [Assigned to- Judge John P. Doyle, Dept 58] DEFENDANTS’ ANSWER TO PLAINTIFF’S COMPLAINT 1 (pdf)Download
Wagmor admits to getting puppies from Craigslist and calls them "rescues."
Melissa Bacelar perpetuates the homeless dog problem in Los Angeles.
Buying dogs from backyard breeders/puppy mills incentivizes these terrible breeders to keep breeding.
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IN HER OWN WORDS...BY MELISSA BACELAR
Communication between Ms. Bacelar and Adopters. 5 of the 6 DIED. Ms. Bacelar pretends she knows nothing of it, tries to blame it on adopter, denies any of the other puppies in the litter are sick, however she knows of another death, and uses the terminal medical condition to raise donations.
The hypocrisy is overwhelming, especially considering the allegations of misappropriate of donation funds for personal expenses and lavish lifestyle.
To educate the public.
YES! We spoke directly to Ms. Melissa Bacelar about our concerns; we wanted to give her an opportunity to clarify questions surrounding her rescue practices. She wasn't forthcoming. We expressed that we hope she takes time to consider the ethical implications and the long-term consequences of her actions.
No. We are not trying to bully or disparage Ms. Bacelar. Our goal to educate and inform the public.
The short answer is yes. It is similar to money laundering; mix dirty money with clean money. Same process is used at Wagmor. They mix legitimate dogs that require rescue in with paid for puppies.
Does Wagmor save dogs? The short answer is yes. That is the most difficult part of this. However, that doesn't excuse the reckless conduct that has been alleged. It is similar to money laundering; mix dirty money with clean money. Same process is used at Wagmor. They mix legitimate dogs that require rescue in with paid for puppies.
Yes. All dogs deserve good homes. The problem with buying dogs from puppy mills and backyard breeders is it creates a market demand therefore incentivizing the puppy mill operators through profit. This does not solve the root of the problem - it exacerbates it. Plus it just down right dirty predatory behavior.
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