The puppies receive justice from the unlikeliest source, the
United States Bankruptcy Court!
Trisha and James (Steven) Slack, proprietors of the former Keaton Kennels,
attempted to relieve themselves of their obligations to their puppy buyers by filing
for bankruptcy under Chapter 7 in the United States Bankruptcy Court, Central
District of California - Riverside Division on January 12, 2005. They claimed to
have received no income from the sale of import puppies! However, our California
attorney, John Hoffman, who has been so graciously donating his considerable
talents to FBRN at no cost (literally thousands of dollars of free legal services)
was able to bring over $400,000 worth of undeclared income to the attention of
the United States Trustee. Consequently, the Slacks converted their petition to
a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, which requires a minimum of 10% payback to unsecured
creditors. Nearly 200 unsecured creditors were listed on the creditor mailing list.
The bankruptcy court entered its order on May 2, 2005. The Slacks have been
ordered to reimburse their unsecured creditors at 100%. They have been ordered
to pay $957.00 per month for 60 months (5 years!) to the Chapter 13 Trustee's
Office in order to satisfy that obligation.
More important even than the money is the court's order that the Slacks "are
prohibited from buying, selling, or kenneling dogs, cats, or any other animals while
this case is pending." The case will be pending for five years unless the Slacks
manage to come up with the funds to pay off their creditors at an earlier date.