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Puppy Scam Uncovered: Court Orders Restitution from Deceptive Sellers

Issue #012

In This Issue of the CucamongaConnect Newsletter

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📝 Puppy Scam Uncovered: Court Orders Restitution from Deceptive Sellers

📝 Standoff in Upland Ends with House Fire After Six-Hour Confrontation

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The Little Guy

photo by Unsplash - this is NOT the dog mentioned in the story

Puppy Scam Uncovered: Court Orders Restitution from Deceptive Sellers

A family in Inland Empire, California, has been ordered by the Los Angeles Superior Court to pay restitution and stop selling dogs after being accused of selling sick and falsely advertised puppies. The Kenney family allegedly ran a scheme selling unhealthy puppies online, misrepresenting their breed, health, and age.

Emily Tangorra's experience highlights the scam: she bought a supposed Goldendoodle for $1,100, only to discover the dog was severely ill with canine parvovirus and not a Goldendoodle, as its fur had been dyed. The illness led to nearly $10,000 in medical expenses.

Attorney Gary Praglin, representing the plaintiffs, indicated that several families suffered due to the Kenneys' actions, with some puppies dying. A 2018 search warrant at the Kenneys' home resulted in Rick Kenney's arrest on unrelated charges.

Initially, there was no criminal charge for the puppy scam due to lack of evidence, but a recent civil case verdict found the family guilty of fraud. The court issued an injunction against the Kenneys from selling dogs and awarded $10,000 to each plaintiff family for emotional distress.

Ontario Convention Center Hosts Joyous Adoption Finalization for 77 Families

The 23rd Annual San Bernardino County Children and Family Services Adoption Finalization Event, held at the Ontario Convention Center, marked a significant milestone for 77 families. During this event, 107 children, aged between nine months and 17 years, were officially adopted, leaving foster care to join their forever families. This event is particularly notable as it coincides with National Adoption Month.

One of the heartwarming stories from the event was that of 2-year-old Grace Moore, who was adopted by Marilyn Moore. Marilyn had been caring for Grace since she was a newborn, and the adoption was a joyous occasion for both. Similarly, the Weber family, who had previously adopted 2-year-old Levi, welcomed a little girl named Charlie into their family, expanding their love and commitment.

This event not only celebrated the new beginnings for these children and their families but also highlighted the importance of adoption in providing stable, loving homes for children in need. For many families, this was not their first experience with adoption, demonstrating their ongoing dedication to opening their homes and hearts to more children.

photo by cbsnews.com

Standoff in Upland Ends with House Fire After Six-Hour Confrontation

On Monday night, a standoff lasting six hours in Upland concluded when the residence where an armed suspect was barricaded caught fire, as reported by various media outlets. The incident occurred in the vicinity of 15th Street and Fairwood Way, located east of Benson Avenue and south of the 210 Freeway.

The Upland Police Department, along with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, were engaged in the standoff. The situation escalated when deputies, attempting to execute a search warrant, were met with gunfire from the suspect, leading to the barricade. The identity of the suspect and the reasons for the search warrant have not been disclosed by officials. Additionally, details regarding the suspect's condition, who reportedly engaged in a shootout with SWAT team members, remain undisclosed. There were no immediate reports of injuries among law enforcement officers.

Upland police announced on social media that the area had been secured and there was no longer a threat to the public, although the immediate vicinity remained closed for ongoing investigations. Residents were advised to avoid the area unless they lived nearby.

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Brews & Brushes: Paint Night
Last Name Brewery
Tue. Nov 21 - 6pm

The Original Paint Nite: Unleash your inner artist

$38 per person

Come out and join Christina's Calm Creations at Last Name Brewing in Upland for a night of painting and fun! Let's get creative for the holidays!

We will be painting the adorable, "Gnome for Autumn"

We encourage all ticket holders to be the required Legal Drinking Age to ensure all guests meet the age requirement of the brewery venue.

If you want to grab a tasty handcrafted beer especially made by Last Name Brewing or a quick bite to eat from the hosting vendor for the day I recommend arriving early. We do encourage that guests DO NOT bring their own alcoholic beverages as it violates the California ABC regulations.

Our Paint Nite event is the perfect way to relax and explore your creative side. No experience necessary! We'll provide everything you need to create a beautiful masterpiece, from the canvas and paints to the brushes and easels. Enjoy a delicious craft beer while you create your work of art with friends. We can't wait to see what you create!


Last Name Brewing
2094 Porterfield Way, Upland, CA 91786

For more details see the Facebook Events page by clicking here

Holiday Clay @ Rustic Modern Collective
Saturday, November 25 · 1 - 4pm PST

Join us for a fun-filled in-person event at Rustic and Modern Collective! Get your hands dirty and unleash your creativity with our Holiday Clay workshop. Located on North 2nd Avenue in Upland, CA, USA, this event is perfect for all ages and skill levels. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned artist, our talented instructors will guide you through the process of creating unique clay masterpieces. So, mark your calendars and don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to make memories and bring home your very own clay creations!

Rustic and Modern Collective, North 2nd Avenue, Upland, CA, USA
200 North 2nd Avenue Upland, CA 91786

Get more info by clicking here.

Pictures With Santa
Tue. Nov 21 - Sat. Dec 23

It's the most wonderful time of the year, Santa's here! Don't miss out on capturing tree-mendous family photos this year - make your reservation to meet and take pictures with Santa today!

Get more details on the Facebook Event page by clicking here

Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias
Sat. & Sun. Nov 25 & 26

For more info click here.

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