COLTON - Temporarily barred from doing business in New York, seizure dog trainer Jon C. Sabin has sold his company to a Canadian and is training dogs across the border.
Mr. Sabin denied the move was an end-run around the order signed by Supreme Court Justice David R. Demarest that prevents him from operating Seizure Alert Dogs for Life while allegations filed by the state Attorney Generals Office that he misled customers are settled. Instead, it is a way for him to continue to help people, Mr. Sabin said,
Many people want these service dogs, Mr. Sabin said. If Im able to help one person, thats great.
Mr. Sabin would not reveal the name of the person to whom he sold for $1 his company, website domain and business name because he did not want the individual to face the media, but that he would tell Judge Demarest if asked.
Thats up to the court, Mr. Sabin said. No one wants to be harassed. It was a legal transaction. Everythings legit.
Mr. Sabin said he is training a handful of dogs in an unidentified location in Quebec and is considering shipping the animals once his former company sells them out of either Montreal or Burlington, Vt. No dogs have yet been shipped and Mr. Sabin said he is not being paid.
Were waiting for some of this to be over in court, he said. Well see what the judge says.
In the lawsuit, the attorney general claims that Mr. Sabin advertised that his dogs could detect seizures before they occurred, and that in some cases the dogs had received inadequate training or were aggressive.
Mr. Sabin denies claiming the dogs could warn of impending seizures and that some owners did not follow through with obedience training.
Mr. Sabin, who has filed a motion to dismiss the states case, is representing himself and said his former attorneys, Charu Narang and David P. Antonucci. and the assistant attorney general handling the lawsuit, Deanna R. Nelson, may be called as witnesses if the case continues.
The attorney generals office gave him legal advice about service dog licensing, so Ms. Nelson should be disqualified, Mr. Sabin said. Her office declined comment.
Ms. Narang, who was not available for comment, and Mr. Antonucci have intimate knowledge of how the dogs are trained, Mr. Sabin said.
Mr. Antonucci said he had zero involvement in the day-to-day operations of Mr. Sabins company but had seen him with his dogs.
Ive seen him interact with them, he said. I guess thats training.
Ms. Nelson and the state do not have global jurisdiction over him, Mr. Sabin said.
She cant control me working in a foreign country, he said.