Adoption Nightmare Update –It’s Even Worse Than We Thought


A couple of days ago, I brought you the story of Danny Dolneck and his girlfriend, Christina Mill. The couple adopted a pair of puppies, Fenway and Riot, from an organization called PawSafe in New York. This is an update to their story.

Click here to catch up with the previous article.

First, it is with the most profound regret and sorrow that I inform you that early yesterday, Fenway passed away. Last night, Riot took a turn for the worse. However, he was holding steady today and, so far, seems to be hanging in there.

This is Riot. He’s holding on, and his mom got to visit with him for a while today.


Readers, congratulations, you have helped spread the word far and wide, and PawSafe found out. The organization is attempting to shut us up and shame everyone from me, my editor, to Danny and Christina, as well as Carole, Christina’s mom.

They have sicced their sycophants on us, and it has been a stressful couple of days all around. However, we have some puppies to save, and we aren’t going anywhere.

After you read about what I learned today, you will fully understand why nothing is going to stop us from bringing this organization to its knees.


First, don’t let the words “non-profit” and “volunteer organization” fool you. Diane Scuderi, principal officer of PawSafe, earns a salary of around $55,000 for her “volunteer” work with those sick and dying puppies.


For those who cannot see the document, we have an enlarged version:

Scuderi is selling sick and dying dogs and earning more from that than a significant portion of people who live in this country.



On top of that, it also turns out that the list of people that PawSafe has sold dying dogs to is long and getting longer by the day.

  • Alexis Tribune and her husband adopted a puppy from Safepaws for their six-year-old daughter. Four weeks after they got her home, after paying $3,000 to a vet, they had to put the puppy named Sugar down. 
  • Sara Butler got a puppy from PawSafe, as well. Peanut died in her arms on the way to the vet. PawSafe simply offered her another dog.
  • Anne Schmidel and her husband adopted their five-year-old son two puppies. Ruby and Milli died within a few weeks of coming home.


PawSafe used to operate out of Massachusetts. Massachusetts has much stricter laws governing dog adoptions than New York does. After the state shut Scuderi’s operation down there, she took it to New York where it’s easier to skirt the law, and here we are.

New York did enact stricter laws recently, but Scuderi seems to know her way around those. She did post a “proof of vaccine” on a Facebook thread to prove that Riot and Farley were indeed vaccinated. But things are not always as they appear.

That brings me to a complaint I found filed on


A couple adopted a 10-week-old puppy from PawSafe. It fell ill with distemper and died four weeks later. 

“At time of purchase, we signed a contract with a picture of a dog on the contract and a handwritten dog name. We were also told we were receiving a copy of a vaccination record for the dog purchased and the dog contained a microchip.”

“The dog has since been euthanized but we have confirmed evidence that the dog contained no chip and the dog we adopted was not the dog represented on the contract or the health record. This is a clear breach of contract case.”

I do not yet have proof that they switched out the paperwork for Farley and Riot. However, that seems to be how PawSafe operates. The paperwork included with the animals does not belong to that animal.

Scuderi said that we were lying about her attempting to steal Farley and Riot from the vet. When the vet called to alert the family about what was going on, she left that information in a voicemail, which is saved for prosperity. The only person lying, in this case, is Scuderi.

Really, the only thing left to wonder is how in the world she is still getting away with it.

Please share far and wide, so everyone knows not to deal with this horribly dangerous organization. Hopefully, soon we can get her shut down entirely.

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  1. Have you actually stopped to think about the fact that you are attempting to shut down a RESCUE organization? Please take the time to check ALL the facts and verify ALL information. I have personally volunteered with PawSafe for years and the love and devotion to animals is what drives me along with all the other volunteers. We LOVE animals and strive to save them all. I have witnessed thousands of dogs and puppies adopted over the years. I have witnessed vet appointments and medical care administered. My heart breaks for this couple but this is an unfortunate situation and truly a rescue’s worst nightmare but illness in this world is a reality and nobody has a crystal ball that can prevent all problems. Shutting down a rescue that saves thousands of lives each year is not the solution. Please stop to think about the consequences of your actions. Obviously you love animals or you wouldn’t write about them. Stop and consider how many will be left to die if you ruin PawSafe’s reputation by claiming this is anything other than a rare yet disastrous situation for ALL involved.

    1. All we’re going to say is yes. Otherwise, we wouldn’t have done the story. If there was not ample evidence and truth behind our story we would not have written it.

  2. What’s your point about salary? Amnesty International is a non-profit and the people who work there get salaries. Every non-profit that has humans working for it, has volunteers and salaried employees. So Pawsafe has one person, who runs it, getting a salary. And only 55K…respect there. So, again I ask, What’s your point about Diane getting a salary?

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