George Santos Stole $3,000 From Homeless Veteran’s GoFundMe For Dying Dog

Posted January 18, 2023 by with 5 comments

The story of deranged ghoul George Santos has gone from being an amusingly disgraceful portrait of a typical Republican to a stomach-turning freak show about a psychopathic criminal. I’ve long predicted and hoped that Santos would be in prison (or at least expelled from Congress) before the end of the year, but now, I won’t even print where I really want him to end up. Via Patch:

In May 2016, Richard Osthoff was living in a tent in an abandoned chicken coop on the side of Route 9 in Howell, New Jersey, with his beloved service dog Sapphire. A veteran’s charity gave the pit mix to Osthoff, a disabled veteran who was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 2002, he told Patch.

When Sapphire developed a life-threatening stomach tumor, Osthoff, now 47, learned the surgery would cost $3,000. A veterinary technician took Osthoff aside and told him, “‘I know a guy who runs a pet charity who can help you,'” Osthoff recounted.

His name was Anthony Devolder (a.k.a. George Santos), and his pet charity was called Friends of Pets United, the vet tech told him.

Osthoff and another New Jersey veteran, retired police Sgt. Michael Boll, who tried to intervene to help Osthoff in 2016, told Patch that Santos closed the GoFundMe he set up for Sapphire after it raised $3,000 on social media and disappeared.

Read the full story on Patch, which has all the text messages showing how Santos stole the money.

A local news interview with the veteran whose dog died after Santos stole the $3,000 that was raised to save its life:

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