I've been active in the dog rescue world for almost 30 years. Back when I began rescuing Pit Bulls, there was no one else in Los Angeles County doing it. They were still considered the "devil dogs" and shelters would not even release them for adoption. But after proving myself with my experience in the world of exotic animals (specifically wolves and wolfdogs), animal shelters all over California began giving these dogs a chance with me and trusting in my judgement. So to be blunt, I was a Pit Bull rescuer before it became "cool."
Then the Michael Vick case broke. Society began to finally see the other side of what these dogs were put through. Animal shelters everywhere eased up on their restrictions and as more rescuers began to emerge, so did the desire to "save the Pit Bull." And while this was a great thing, it also brought out some unscrupulous characters who began to prey upon the emotions of the women who stepped up to protect the most maligned breed of dog in the world.
Currently the criminal case involving self-proclaimed "Pit Bull Guru", Steffen Baldwin takes center stage as one of the "alleged" predators who took advantage of not only these rescuers' hearts but also their bank accounts. These at least are the allegations by the state of Ohio and the hope is that California will follow suit. But Steffen Baldwin is simply the one that got caught. For years I have been watching other "trainers" just like him, destroy the lives of fellow dog rescuers all the while draining their finances. It was painful to watch but back then, I was just another dog rescuer myself.
I'm not here to create a "blacklist" per se but you do need to know how to protect yourself AND the dog(s) that you are trying to save. Time to throw that Kool-Aid back in their face!