We have been provided a new address for Tracy Hosfelt;
Bloomingdale, Ohio 43910
This is Brandi's story; these events began August 31, 2013
I Just wanted to give everyone a heads up about a local business owner. Please note, everything that I type is information that I have got from real people who I personally had contact with, police documents and court documents and letters that I have received from the people that I spoke too. This women harassed me and threatened me along with writing a false report on ripoffreport.com which I had to file a police report with the Steubenville City Police Department. I will have a copy of that Tuesday and will be going for a restraining order.
When Maestro was taken from my yard, I immediately posted it on facebook. It was amazing how many people responded with kind words, help with information or just added me to keep tabs on if I had found him yet. One of the persons who added me was a local Cattery owner Tracy Hosfelt. She remained on my list because I just didn't take her off after I found him, just like I didn't take others who added me off.
Her and I talked a few times. One time she messaged me after I posted about finding a certain perfume that I liked, another time was when I fell at work she sent me a message saying "Tracy Hosfelt: If you get hurt at work and even if you don't miss a day our entitled to a money award as well care. I would go to er and start a medical claim. My foot got stuck in escalator at sears and I got 4000 all my medical is paid then when they settle the claim 10 years from now I will get big money. Call Tina and Andrew bainbridges office in cbus they are the best and ask for Tina she can get your information." (copied and pasted from my messages).
At that point I thought it was odd that she would even suggest that. I fell, it was my fault and I would never in a million years go after a company I work for because I was clumsy. I didn't respond to her, just let it go at that.
Please keep in mind that I have never met this women before, I have nothing against her and she has never been a real friend of mine outside of her being on my friends list because of the Maestro issue.
Saturday I got an email from a scammer. I googled the name that was on the email, just because I was trying to see what type of scam it was. Ripoffreport came up in google search and I looked at it. I than became curious about our area and so I did a simple search for the area on the site. I noticed that there were a ton of entries. I than came to facebook and made a comment that "Wow, things you learn about people in your area when you go to ripoffreport.comlol". There were a ton, was not pointing one out, just making a generalized comment. I than went looking at them all, reading them. While I was reading them, I saw her name. I immediately took her off my facebook page because of the things I read. As I am reading them I get a message from her on facebook. This is what it said "That site is a bunch of lies. Anybody can post anybody about anything. I have competing breeders writing a bunch of fake shit about me. Only a fool believes everything they read on the Internet. Anybody can write anything about anybody. They don't ask for proof or an id I have had people harassing me for years going as far as saying I was a child molester and was in prison all that is 100% false". I ignored her, because the things I saw on ripoffreport along with other sites http://tracyhosfelt.com/ andhttp://www.drumhorses.biz/tracyhosfeltadvisory.html were just ridiculous and I didn't want to give her fuel for her fire. She than sent me three more facebook messages, one of me and my children saying that "I can show u" and "You will see that anybody can write anything about anybody does not make them true". I ignored her. Granted, anyone can write anything about anyone, but on these sites there were a ton of proof, with one being a letter written by the humane society officer before the current one and harassment reports by others against her. I also spoke to some of these peoples, one being Gwen Arnold, who is the owner of one of the sites I posted who was scammed by this person.
A few minutes after getting the last facebook message and ignoring her, she than started to send me emails. She sent me 5, me responding to three telling her to leave me alone. I did not harass her, egg her on, just asking her to leave me alone. In one message she stated that she knows where I live and she will not tolerate a 400 lb janitor harassing her. The last message she wrote was "you are no better than I am". I instantly knew what she was talking about so I went to ripoffreport.com and searched my name. I found a new entry about me, with my name, the pictures she took off my facebook that she sent me in the messages and a report saying that I approached her to have a pampered chef party, stole from her, molest my children's friends and she caught me molesting a 10 year old boy. You can find it by doing a simple search on ripoffreport.comwith my name. It also has Dennis's name on the report and she used a fake name to do so.
I personally don't care if the women makes fun of my weight and my appearance but DON'T ever take a picture of my children and put it in something like that saying that I molest children. I tried to contact ripoff but because it is the weekend and Labor day I can not get a hold of anyone. I am trying again in the morning. I also placed two rebuttals on the report explaining that it was a false report, hoping that I can save face in my community and so my children are not harmed by the disgusting lies she told.
At that point I decided to take screenshots of EVERYTHING that she had sent to me, the rip off report, print out the restraining order that someone had placed on her because she harassed them, the letter written by prior humane society worker in the Jefferson County stating that she harassed them and their family and I took it to the SPD. I filed a police report against her and Tuesday when I go pick up the report I will be going to get a restraining order against her and also see what I can do to get the IP address of the report writer on ripoff report and then see what can be done criminally. I am not sure if spreading the rumors that I am a child molester is against the law, but I do have a feeling that it is and I will not allow this to happen without her learning a lesson.
This women seems to have made a habit and a living off of ripping people off, sending sick cats and harassing others. Many of the claims are people out of the state who she has sent cats to, because that is how she sells her kittens, out of the state. I have a feeling it may be because it is easier to rip others off when they are further away. Many of the customers of her that I spoke to stated that they have been screwed out of as much as $5,000 plus dollars. Many are looking into a class action lawsuit against this women.
I would never post anything here without having proof of it. If anyone would like screenshots of everything that I have said that she sent to me, please get a hold of me. I have them, and so does the Steubenville Police Department. If I can help just one person not be harassed by her by making this public, I will feel better. AND I also wanted to bring it to the attention of those on my list (because the only ones who can see this is those who are on my friends list because I am private from others who are not) so if what she wrote on ripoffreport is made public in my area I want everyone to know that none of that garbage is true and if you know me I would hope that you know that anyways.
You can see also a lot of the evidence in those sites that I posted. You just have to navigate a little. The second site http://www.drumhorses.biz/tracyhosfeltadvisory.html has all of the letters, reports and such one page, to make it easier to find. What ever you do, if you have her on your friends list, DO NOT share this because she will harass you and your family like she has done to me and to many others before me. Be aware and if you adopt a cat from a Cattery in this area, make sure you do your homework to make sure you are not getting a poor kitten that is going to die and cost you a ton of money.
Hello my name is Sara Nilges.
I came across Tracy's website GroovySphynx in 2011, at first talking to Tracy I feltlike she was my friend. I had no idea about any of the sick kittens she had been selling. I never even thought to googleher name. That was my first mistake! For a while I was oblivious to all the drama, I was so happy I was supposed to be gettingmy little seal point girl in May. I started receiving mesages from people warning me about her, but I only ignored themat first because I thought Tracy was my friend. She would lie and make up excuses that at the time were convincing.
In may 2011my little girl came to me, she was everything I hoped for she was so cute and little, but when she came out of the carrier atthe airport she had some mucus coming from her nose. I assumed it was just from her flight. The next day I called and made her a vetappointment to make sure she was in good health. That same day I recieved a mesage from Monica telling me about my girlssister Opal, Who she recieved around the same time I got my girl. Her kitten was sick and died shortly after that. I was contacted by a few others, and this is when I started to fear for my little girl who had been getting sicker since I got her home. She had aURI, I had to put her on atibiotics a few different times to get rid of it. Tracy offered to send me antibiotics and told methere was nothing to worry about. After a few weeks my kitten still wasn't better, she was still sneezing and mucus was running from her nose,I contacted Tracy again and she stated that she should be better by now and that I should take her back to the vet, so i did.The vet gave her different meds and sent us home. Tracy assured me that she was fine, which eventually she was.
After Stella finally got betterI put a deposit on a boy kitten from Tracy... mistake #2 on my part. She told me he was doing great and would be ready to come homesoon. I sent her money for this kitten. Then I recieved a message from Tracy stating that the brother of the boy I was supposed to get had diedand that my boy was sick. After this I was so scared that if I got this kitten from Tracy that he woulddie or be sick.
Tracy Refused to send me money back and at this point became a different person. She began harassing me sending me mesagesand contacted another breeder I had been talking to about getting a kitten. I may not have lost a kitten to FIP, but this womento this day continues to harass me and my husband and anyone she can. She even is getting nasty and commenting on my job andthe way I look. This women is desperate, evil, and cruel. She should be in jail because she continues to knowingly to sell sickcats, she is greedy and will do anything to get her hands on money.
I'm writing this becuase my heart hurts for all those people who havelost cats and have had long standing issues with her. My girl luckily made it however, lots of kittens have died at her hands becauseshe continues to breed sick diseased cats, only to get money so that she can go to the horse tracks and gamble it away.
I hope that these warnings reach peoples eyes so that we can put an end to all this. I dont want anymore people going through this.
Samantha Tate's statement;
My FIP kitten from GROOVYSPHYNX. Not only did she sell me a sick cat that died after a very short time she did me other 'favors'. She called my daughters school to tell them that my daughter had MRSA. She took out an add in my local newspaper listing my daughters name (which she got wrong) looking for my daughters dad. She wrote a letter to my boyfriend telling him I was cheating. She made a ripoffreport page for me. She never payed me back the money for sick kitten or replaced it. She harrassed me for years! She harrassed other catteries acting as if she was me. SHE IS INSANE.
My name is Michael Mayo. I am a victim of Tracy Hosfelt's. I'll give you a brief version of my story so if you would like to use it on the Tracy Hosfelt section of your web site, please do so. Your web site and information contained is invaluable. Hopefully more people will see it and we can stop this evil woman.
My story is a little unusual and embarassing. On March 13, 2012, I learned I was going to be locked away. I was incarcerated on a victimless drug crime involving 20 schedule 3 narcotic pain killers. I take full responsibility for my actions and in no why feel like a victim of the justice system. I did it to myself and I was ready to deal with whatever punishment the law saw fit to sentence me with.
I purchased a sphynx from Tracy Hosfelt in December of 2009. My kitten came and I was very happy. Unlike many of the stories from other people, my kitten was healthy apart from a pretty bad case of diarhea. After a few months the diarhea subsided and my kitten Butterball was happy and healthy. I was a satisfied customer. He was a good kitty.
In March of 2012, after learning of my incarceration, I began making arrangements to foster Butterball. I found many people who were more than happy to take care of him during my absence. I had a very good friend named Cathy in Colorado who I was planning to send Butterball to. She rescues sphynxes. She has five or six sphynxes currently and gives them all a loving and wonderul home. Cathy was very excited when I asked her if she could foster Butterball. We were both looking forward to Butterball's new temporary home.
Tracy Hosfelt found out about my plans and demanded I send Butterball back to her. She was very insistant and even became irate and confrontational. She even started sending nasty emails to Cathy and Cathy's Facebook account. But, she promised to take care of him and return him when I was released. She was being so confrontational, I just wanted to avoid any further problems so I reluctantly agreed. As long as Butterball had a good home, I was satisfied.
I was released in September of 2012. After two days I contacted Tracy and started trying to make arrangements for Butterball's return. The original plan was that she would send him back to me via the airlines. I was only too happy to pay for his flight and health certificate plus $200 for Tracy's trouble. I missed him tremendously and couldnt' wait to see him. Tracy advised me that she would not let him fly. She claimed he had an ear infection several months earlier and didn't feel comfortable letting him fly. I wasn't very happy at finding this out but what could I do. So I started looking into ground transportation. Tracy and I traded several emails and it soon became evident she had no intention of returning my cat. She threatened to call the police if I, or anyone else, showed up at her house looking for Butterball. She has since sent me dozens of emails claiming I abandoned him or that I surrendered him. She also sent me emails claiming he had been re-homed. She also claimed he was dead. Then she sent me emails asking for an exorbitant amount of money. She wanted over $5,000. I was amazed at her audacity. I responded to every single email letting her know that I still intended to retrieve my cat and that no fee schedule was part of our arrangment.
I am at a loss. I don't know what to do next. I am thinking I might have to file a small claims disupte in Ohio. I am also considering filing a criminal complaint for extortion and theft. I have all the documentation necessary to win the case but it frustates me to no end that I have to "do it the hard way".
If you could see the exchange of emails from Tracy and I, you would be amazed at her bad attitude and confrontational ways. She has resorted to insults and threats. Her emails indicate she is extremely disturbed and confused. She really needs help. I'm still hoping and praying for a peaceful and favorable resolution. I'll keep you and the readers updated as things progress.
As of August 2013 Tracy Hosfelt is still holding this ButterBall hostage. Refusing to return him to his loving owner.
Tracy Hosfelt is once again filing false rip-off reports against good, honest breeders. She has ramped up her harasment against everyone she can possibly think of. Your children and parents are even targets. I would guess in anticipation of more claims regarding fraud since she is selling kittens again. I have been promised that by November of 2013 Tracy Hosfelt will be criminally charged. The investigation is currently nearing completion.
April 13, 2015
Tracy Hosfelt is continuing to harass people she has ripped off. She will even harass / stalk the children and family members of her victims. She is already harassing Cassie Howell, the new humane officer investigating her.
She is currently holding a cat hostage that belongs to another person; and she obtained this cat under false pretenses. She insisted on caring for the cat while the rightful owner was away and now is refusing to return the cat.
Heard you were talking about me on your wall tonight. Flattered.
I do not care what you sell your cats for I think you should give them all away for free.
Everybody is laughing at your poorly written hoobly with all your tasteless remarks.
Please keep my name out of your mouth.
New ripoff reports. New investigating Humane officer. New TICA complaint response.
Please scroll all the way to the bottom of the page - THERE'S A LOT OF INFO.!!
Please - if you are considering a purchase from Tracy Hosfelt or Groovysphynx.com - please checkout rip-off report etc. She is a for the money only breeder. Ripped off several people tens of thousands of dollars. Does not care about anything but $$$. PLEASE investigate her before you send her any money. Her cats are infected with FIP and she doesn't care. She'll ship em out fast when they get sick. She'll stalk you if you dare to stand up to her. Call Animal Planet = they are concered after finding out that she is using their name to look legit.. Call other breeders. Just don't send her any money!!! If you have had similar dealings with her please e-mail me there are several of us working on lawsuits right now. It's well past time for this person to be penalized for her fraud and cruelty.
Tracy Discusses her hacking other victims FB and emails
Statement from Humane Officer currently investigating Tracy Hosfelt
You can also call the Humane Officer from her county - Cassie Howell, who has promised to prosecute Tracy. She is taking over for Beth Fulton who had been investigating Tracy Hosfelt for over three years.
Angela Orton's statement:
On March 15, 2011, I contacted Tracy Hosfelt about adopting a Bambino kitten from her. At that time, I picked out a little seal point girl whom I nicknamed Coco. At that time, I talked with Tracy about some of the rumors I’d heard about people who’d bought kittens from her and had bad interactions, and she blew it off as “some breeders are just spiteful”. Knowing what a tough industry this is, I believed her. She sounded youthful, sincere, even sweet. I tried making the deposit for Coco via Paypal to Tracy’s boyfriend’s account. Nino_ohio@yahoo.com. Tracy told me that Paypal had shut down her personal account because someone had demanded their money back and because of the mess they made she lost her account.
Paypal immediately refunded the amount and said the transaction was not permitted. Tracy texted me and said, “Why did you reference that the deposit of $300 was for a cat! Paypal saw that comment in the Note line and closed Nino’s account down.” I actually felt bad for causing him inconvenience, completely ignoring the red flag right in front of me.
Tracy told me to just send the whole amount, which I did in the form of a personal check. (Check #105 for $1800 plus a kitten back.) Tracy always came up with excuses why she wasn’t sending the contract that I requested. She said her computer had crashed and that she lost her contract. So I wrote one up using the contract I use for adoptions. I sent her the contract with a self-addressed stamped envelope. The contract still didn’t come in the mail, so I inquired about it and she said she sent it. I asked her to fax a copy or scan one and send it. It never did arrive.
On June 6, 2011, Tracy emailed me and told me about a little calico Bambino that she had, and I was more than excited to adopt her too. I set of little shorties…I was thrilled at the thought! We named her Margo. So I mailed Tracy…per her request…a money order in the amount of $1500.00. The agreed upon asking price was $1500 plus a kitten back, which was a discount of $300 from the first kitten, as I’d be buying a set and the shipping would be less. The money order was drawn off of my personal bank.
As June approached, when Coco was supposed to fly home, Tracy told me she wanted to keep Coco a little while longer as she was a little thin and had been fighting a cold. I didn’t have issue with her waiting. On June 17, 2011, right before Coco was anticipated to come home, Tracy emailed me saying that Coco had choked to death on Nutrical. My entire family was devastated, but we also felt badly for Tracy. She seemed to have had a lot of tragedies lately, with kittens dying from septicemia, having a kitten die after she’d delivered it to a new family (supposedly the family’s dog attacked and killed the kitten named Sprite) and she’d had personal health problems.
On June 21, 2011, Margo was supposed to go to the vet to get her health certificate to fly home the following day. Tracy said she did not have time to take the cat, so she paid her mother “in Ambien” to run this errand. (This is documented in an email received from Tracy.) Tracy sent another email later that night that said, “Sorry about her eye lids it was just a little red & I think when he pulled them back to look at them he made them more irrated (sic) but they are not bad. Just her lids. Always something isnt it??” Another email from her on the 21st said, “Health certificate says 5 months. Yes, march till june & he is a dr wtf” Yet another red flag I did not see. Again later on the 21st, she emailed stating, “Her one eye lid was a little red last night & I used tobramycin. He looked at it & said they were a little irritated & looked & there is no problems or scratched (sic) just inflamation (sic). He gave me flying papers but said he would give her three days with the steroid crème so it is up to you let me know.”
On June 21, 2011, Tracy shipped out the Calico named Margo via Continental Airlines. She said she- didn’t have time to go to the airport, but that her neighbor, Jody Morse, 26 Byron Dr., Wintersville, OH, 43953, 740-275-2690, was taking the cat for her. This information is on the Continental Airlines Quickpak form.
When Margo arrived, her eyes were so red and swollen that I could not see the color of her irises. Knowing how stressful shipping is on animals, I thought she’d just relapsed on her cold. However, I immediately emailed Tracy about Margo’s eyes and expressed my concern. Again, she denied that anything was wrong. Not knowing exactly what was wrong or if Margo was infectious, she was isolated from my other cats staying in either my or my daughter’s bedroom.
Margo seemed fine, other than she slept a lot, seemed to have a slightly elevated temperature, and her eyes were still swollen. I used an eye wash to wash out any irritants that may be in her eyes. Unlike viruses or bacterial infections I’ve seen in cats eyes, I did not see any discharge other than being a little watery. There was no cloudy or opaque discharge.
As time went on, Margo seemed to sleep more. I thought she was just recovering from the stress of flying, a new home, new people. She still ate and drank. She loved to play fetch. I noticed her losing a little weight, but her belly was nice and full.
On July 11, 2011, Tracy emailed and said the sale of a seal point Bambino had fallen through and that she had one available. She said she needed to ship the baby immediately as it had already had its flight certificate issued when it was supposed to go to this other buyer. (According to the flight certificate, the cat had been to the vet on 7/9/11.) She charged me $2200 plus a kitten back for this cat as she said it was “much nicer than the original seal point” I was supposed to get. Honestly, I wondered if this was the kitten I was originally scheduled to get. Whether it was or not I’ll never know.
When the new kitten, named Pipsqueak came in, she was big, fat (all over, not just in her belly), she was vivacious and playful. Her eyes were clear. Her temperature appropriate. I compared her to Margo and my biggest fears were confirmed. Something was seriously wrong with Margo. I couldn’t deny it any longer.
On 7/19/11 I took Margo to an emergency vet as my vet was on vacation. VCA El Mirage Animal Hospital, 12940 W. Elm St., Surprise, AZ 85378, 623-583-9335. The vet “tapped” her belly, removing fluid, and confirmed the fluid was yellow and sticky, indicative of FIP. Margo had “wet” FIP, and was slowly drowning in her own fluids. To spare her any further agony, we did the humane thing and put Margo to rest. Part of me died along with her. I held her little body in my arms, watching her struggle to get comfortable, to be able to draw in a full breathe, and watch the life slip out of her. My baby was dead.
Knowing that Margo’s long-legged sister was sold to a lady named Lucy Cieri-Acosta, whom lives in New York, I started watching Lucy’s posts via Facebook. I kept looking for pictures and updates, hoping that her kitty named Pandora didn’t suffer the same fate. It was clear that Lucy was head over heels for Pandora, even having Pandora’s image tattooed on her body. I never said anything to Lucy…but just watch and hoped for good things. About ten days after Margo’s death, Lucy asked how Margo was doing. I would never lie to her, so through tears I told her about Margo’s tragic passing. My heart sank as Lucy started to tell me how Pandora had had a fever, how she slept a lot, and wasn’t nearly as playful as she’d been when she arrived. On July 29, 2011, Lucy had Pandora tested for FIP at Yonkers Animal Hospital at 525 Sawmill River Rd., Yonkers, NY 10701, 914-965-0567. The results came back as positive and on 8/2/2011, Pandora was laid to rest. To this day, Lucy still cries over the loss of her little Pandora.
In the ensuing weeks, I requested that Tracy refund my money as I did not want another cat from her. She had already blamed me for Margo coming down with FIP, even though Margo’s sibling died from the same disease 2,495 miles away. Tracy refused to refund my money. When asked about the contract, she said she never worked with contracts. All of a sudden, her story changed dramatically. She became so aggressive and harassing that I had to get an Order Against Harassment against her. Filed in Surprise, AZ. Case #CC2011183699. Served on 9/24/11 by private investigator Michael Antonoff, PO Box 3804, Youngstown, OH 44513.
About a month later, I was contacted by Beth Fulton of Jefferson County Humane Society. She had been trying to close Tracy Hosfelt down from breeding for years. Tracy had her cats boarded up on a warehouse. Without probable cause pertaining to that property, a judge would not issue a search warrant. I gave all my information to Beth Fulton and her supervisor, as well as to the HSUS. At this time, they are still trying to shut Tracy down and get her on animal cruelty.
Also during the ensuing months, I spoke with Dr. David Z. Brown at 301 Cadiz Rd. , Wintersville, OH 43952, the doctor that issued the health certificate. From looking through his records, he was not even sure if the calico kitten that Tracy’s mom had brought in was actually Margo. He said the cat that was brought in was told it should not fly due to the amount of inflammation in its eyes. Tracy had been a new patient with his office, and based on some sub-par treatment that he’d witnessed, and the fact that she had shipped an ill animal, he had decided he would no longer offer his veterinary services to her.
I recommend anyone considering buying a cat from Tracy go to RipOffReports.com and search via her name, her cattery Groovysphynx.com, and her alias Tracy Hoss. There are also RipOffReports related to fraud prior to getting into breeding.
The information I had for Tracy Hosfelt was:
3808 Bristol Ave., Steubanville, OH 43952
PO Box 2336, Wintersville, OH 43953
2808 Sunset Blvd.
2506 Chestnut St., Steubanville, OH 43952-2418
250 S. Court (Warehouse)
Boyfriend = Nino Santarelli, 271 Beech Dr., Delaware, OH 43015-3229, 740-369-0171 his wife = Amy L.
Free Range Sphynx
Vanyar Elf Cats
Restraining order against Tracy Hosfelt
page 2 restraining order
Tracy Hosfelt is currently harassing this breeder.
Statement form Forest Wallace:
My situation with Ms. Hosfelt is different. I put a deposit down on 1 female breeding F1 Bambino cat. Later I choose to take both the 2 litter mate kittens. A boy and my girl. I have all my email corespondance stating that I bought the cats as breeding. Very quickly after they arrive I started asking for the papers. Ms. Hossfelt started sending me weird emails saying that I lied and bought the cats as breeding after telling her they were for pet only. She refused to give me the papers on either of the cats stating this as the reason. It just made no sence to me as I had dozens of emails clearly stating I wanted a breeding female, I am breeder and own a cattery. I sold the male kitten and he was eventually neutered. I sent her the nueter certificate and tried again to get my queens paperwork. Still no luck and in fact I started recieveing crazy, threatning,baligerant, hostile and accusatory texts from her on my phone. I never got the papers for my cat, which of course upset my entire breeding program. I am still working with TICA to record my kittens from this queen. TICA told me that they had already 1 official complaint on her reguarding no papers. I wish you the best of luck. It was very upsetting.
Ms. Hosfelt is not a stable person. I was as patient and kind as a person could be. I really made every effort to resolve the issue. It started off that she was so pleasant and nice. After I got the cats she went crazy. Made statments that made no sence and then started texting me very mean spirited emails. I don't want anything to do with her and her nutty ways. I am so sorry for your loss. I am on baord to help another, less savy buyer avoid that pit fall.
Statement form Stephanie Osborne - Harassment Victim;
Tracy Hosfelt has sent me harassing emails and spread lies about my cattery and me personally. My husband passed away in 2008 and she has used this to try and torment me as well. She has told people I am cheating on him, having an affair even though he has passed away. She has sent me emails stating he is burning in hell. She has then sent emails addressed TO him, like he is still alive saying that I should be in hell with him. She has told people that I take money for cats and never send them and that I steal. She has emailed nasty emails to my mother and to my teenage daughter saying I should never have had a child as well as sending nasty emails to friends and other family members. She has taken pictures from my Facebook / myspace of my teenage daughter and myself and emailed them to me to try and intimidate me.
Tracy can be very sweet and convince you that she is your friend. She actually befriended me after my husband passed away. She would call several times a day “to check on me.” After several months she would get mad if I did not answer her calls. This turned into an obsessive behavior. After she began slandering another cat breeder that was a mutual friend; I took up for this person and that is when she started harassing me. She has a cat I placed with her when she befriended me. I have received emails stating this cat has been sold as a breeder (against her contract), that the cat has HCM, that she had a litter just a few short months after her last litter and also have received text messages stating that the cat is with my husband in hell - meaning she was dead. I have filed a police report on Tracy. She has sent packages through the mail to my address. I refused it and then I received emails stating she was “delivering it in person” and that she had the physical address of where I was staying even though I had never given it to her. The postal and police departments were afraid that it might be a dead cat in the package since she had told me that the cat had died and she had threatened to mail a dead cat to a breeder before.
I did design her website and hosted it as I have owned a website design company for 10 years. I did many changes and was not paid for them. When she began to harass me I cancelled her account. She is now telling people that I stole from her because I did not refund her money. She filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau and they found in my favor. Tracy then registered a domain using my cattery name under the .net version and forwarded it to HER website. She then put up ads on Hoobly with my cattery name and her website. Lately she has signed me up for singles websites. I received emails from various people and when I checked into why I was receiving these emails, I found that she had used my email address, the user name “patswife” and the password “dead” (once again referring to my husband who passed away) to sign up an account stating I was looking for girlfriends. This is just a portion of the horrid things she has pulled. She has signed other breeders up at bestiality and porn sites.
Someone Tracy sold a cat to turned her in to Animal Control. Animal Control in her county has tried for years to get her to let them see the condition of her cattery and cats; they have been refused. She will not give them a legitimate address and she claimed the Animal Control Officer harassed her because she called her at work and asked for her cooperation. I was asked by the officer to provide pictures of sick kittens that she had sent to me and I complied.
After Tracy started cyberstalking me, I found out that there are many others with stories similar to mine. She has filed fake rip-off reports on them. She has signed their emails up to porn sites. I have been emailed by pet buyers stating she has sold FIP kittens that have died and others stating she will not provide papers for kittens that were sold as registered.
Statement from Nina Adkins-Kruzan;
I've been breeding cats for just over 11 years, always mutation and / or Hybrid breeds. I've imported cats, exported cats & traveled across the country to show cats. I've met some really good people in my walk through the fancy, some that weren't so nice....and a few that I thought were total lunatics. This post is in regard to one of the latter.
In the beginning of this aquaintanceship with this lady, Tracy Hosfelt, she introduced herself on the Sphynx Breeder list. The Sphynx breeders, all breeders I guess, are notoriously gaurded, thus unfriendly to a "newbie". Eleven years into this, I still don't approve of treating new people as if they are dirt beneath one's feet. When Tracy introduced herself & received the standard hostile reception, I defended her right to a chance. This is one that I will have to admit to making a horrible mistake on.
Tracy has become known for harassing breeders, pet buyers & the friends & family members of each of those in every way possible. She uses email, text & phone. It seems that nothing is beneath her, including but not limited to, defaming the dead & blaspheming God. When I defended a fellow breeder friend, she struck at me through emails filled with nastiness & untruths. My encounter with her was brief, probably because I just flat don't care what she thinks or has to say. Her mission is to get under the skin of her intended target. I've spent too many years in the cat fancy showing mutation breeds & introducing new breeds for her petty nonsense to get to me. I was not a fun target so she left me alone after a brief period of sharing her psychotic way of thinking with me through email. I do know that I am possibly opening a can of worms here, where her harassment will begin again by posting this...but again, Tracy, I don't care so give it your best shot if you feel so inclined. I will delete any harassing emails without answer. It's a simple thing, you've shown me who you really are & I don't care what you think.
"Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive!" - Sir Walter Scott...that apparently is a lesson that Tracy Hosfelt has never learned. No good will come of an association with this woman. Buyer beware, fellow breeders beware! This person is good at this, she can make you think she's your best friend, just open your eyes before you get sucked into that fantasy. Just my opinion... one that I can back with solid evidence. ;-)
WavorgoNaked & HoBBiTcaTs Cattery
Thanks for replying and showing an interest in my story :)
I'll start from the beginning. A year ago, my husband and I were looking for a present for my 21st bday :) We decided on a sphynx because we didnt know wether our toddler would have an allergy to a cat so we wanted to take the route.. plus sphynx are so cute. We are both still in college and raising a little boy so it was hard for us to save up the money.. but my lovely husband managed.. and I was to do the research.. we ended up going with Tracy Hosfelt at groovysphynx because she had a "pretty cat" and I was a little naive to the fact that breeders came in good and bad categories. When we got charlie, he was terribly ill... didnt know how to use a litter box and had crazy crazy diarrhea. I rushed him to the vet and they said he had feline herpes and that his neuter was done wrong and he would live his life with no bladder control. He was given to me with his stitches fresh. Being a breeder im sure you know how bad kitty pee smells..especially in carpet!! but he was my baby and I didnt mind cleaning up after him.. ALL DAY. so this passed summer I finally got to travel to see my mom.. it had been ages and she finally got to meet her grandson :) Tracy wouldnt house my cat and so I left him with my neighbors.. all of the food and litter and my credit card number was given to them and they were happy with keeping him. A month into my vacation I recieved an email saying that my cat was lost. I flew from accross the world within 2 days. When we reached the house my son was looking for "teety" (he never could say charlie or kitty) and I was heart broken.. I did everything in my power to find him.. EVERYTHING.. i'm crying as I type.. so I told tracy what had happened and she sympathized.. and that was that for a while.
I then decided my son really missed our cat and after about 8 months I was looking to purchase another cat.. I found an ad on hoobly for a kitten from a breeder named Shannon. I discussed it with Tracy because I didnt want it to get in the way of our "friendship". She offered me a cat for free called Karma. She said she would giver her to me for xmas. So my husband son and I were super excited. She proceeded to tell me not to buy from shannon because she was desperate for money and that she was a "Jesus freak" (which freaked me out because I LOVE GOD and I'm proud of that) so that freaked me out. She even went as far as reading me shannons facebook posts via telephone. My husband was very irritated by this, because we very much dislike talking behind peoples backs.. She then sent me photos of other breeders in THEY'RE SWIMSUITS and THEIR WEDDING PHOTOS.. i still have her creepy emails.. she was saying how they were slutty and ugly. I brushed it aside thinking that maybe she was acting wierd coz she's stressed out.. but my husband warned me not to believe her. My husband works at a cell phone store and she kept asking him for a droid phone and if she could purchase one.. He told her he had one and he would try to get his boss to give her a discount. He got it down from 350to 250 and she gave him her credit card number (which was fake but we didnt know at the time) and info and such to activate a line. I drove to cambridge 2 hrs away to pic up the cat and give her the phone (she told me to withdraw money later that week). OH Gosh! this cat was anorexic.. and sooooooo sick it was projectile pooping. So i said well she's a gift and I can take her to the vet and get her all well again. a few days later.. on the 23rd of december she emailed me saying that I was evil and I didnt pay her.. which made no sense to me. She had her boyfriend call me and try to threaten us to give the cat back. I told her I am not a thief and would return the cat to her the next day (she wanted me to drive it back to her xmas day.. can you imagine????) I took the cat back to her boyfriend (because i refused to drive on xmas) and was expecting to get back the phone she didnt pay for. He said that it was in the mail. I figured ok.. maybe it was. They took that cat and I never got anything. so my son was just a mess on xmas day when the cat was gone.. I am still so heart broken. The state of that cat was beyond cruel. If i picked her up she would poop mucous out. WHen my husband confronted her about the phone payment she said she would not pay and that there was a 350 holding fee for the cat. WHAT?! We got soooo angry. My husband had to pay the 300 out of his pocket and lost his job due to her. We were so upset but have a lot of faith in God thankfully and trusted Him to deal with her. She continued to send emails to my husband about how i was a bad person and "apparently" our son wasnt ours hahahah our names are on the birth certificate.. and im pretty sure i'm his mom being pregnant with him and all hahahaha. We still get the odd phone call from her and some emails.. but she'll get whats coming to her.. if i knew where she lived i would call the humane society on her. That's my story. Its quite sad. But its ok now.. I've started to heal and learned about the fact that not everyone is as nice as i'd like to think they are. Its my 2 year old i feel bad for sometimes.. he still misses charlie.. but I take him to the pet stores to play with kitties sometimes.
Thanks for reading this looooong letter and thanks for being and ethical breeder. God Bless Zahra
Thank you so far for the overwhelming response!! She has broken more hearts and caused more suffering for these tiny kittens than I could imagine. She has reached the end of the line - it may take a while but she'll do the time for the crime!! I will be posting stories and names as soon as possible. Some victims are reluctant to reveal their names online because Tracy Hosfelt can be quite the cyberstalker! Once again if you have been victimized by Tracy Hosfelt of Groovysphynx please e-mail me. I will get back to you ASAP!!
So..... Tracy Hosfelt starts bombing my phone this morning at 0435 AM PST with her psycho babble text messages. I informed her that it was 435 in the morning and that she needed to seek help; she replied well "it is 8 o clock here and what do I need help with.?" TIME ZONES for one psycho - the time difference = you are 3 hours ahead not 3 hours and 25 minutes ahead. After I informed her that she was no longer allowed to text me and that she should only contact me by e-mail (or else I would get a restraining order against her like Stephanie had to), she replied "your calls and e-mails are now both blocked." WOW - Tracy you can't hide from the federal government like you've been hiding from the Humane Officers. Kittens are dying every day!! My advice - STAY AWAY FROM TRACY HOSFELT AND GROOVYSPHYNX !!! Your heart and your bank account will regret it.
Partial list of victims - stories to follow;
Jeanette (Africa - International fraud)
On October 16th 2011 I sent Tracy Hosfelt a deposit to hold a "newborn" Bambino kitten - she never would give me an exact DOB for the kitten. She told me the kitten would be able to fly out between 12 and 16 weeks of age (mid January to mid February 2012.) We kept in touch through, Face Book, e-mail and texts. On December 14th she told me the kitten was ready to go and she had already obtained a health certificate which was only valid for 10 days. She stated at that time that there was not enough time to send the final payment I would have to wire it to her bank account - the additional amount was wired on 12/16/11. When I pressed her on the DOB for the kitten she said "I'll have to look that up" and proceeded to claim that "some kittens mature faster than others."
She booked the kittens flight for 12/18/11 - arriving @2320 into SMF (Sacramento,Ca.) We received the kitten @ 2317 and noticed that it had a cloudy / watery eye. We took the kitten in to our Vet the next day and she was diagnosed with Conjunctivitis. We started her on eye drops at that time. When I contacted Tracy Hosfelt about the condition of the kitten she became belligerent and texted me all night long, she also deleted me from her Face Book. The next day the kitten started having diarrhea and running a fever so we took her back to our vet. The kitten was never well while in our possession. We took her to the Vet 2 -4 times a week. I pushed Tracy Hosfelt for the kitten's DOB repeatedly during this time and she never would provide that information. Over the course of 3 weeks the kitten slowly died. We had a necropsy performed and tissue histology which diagnosed FIP. Tracy Hosfelt was very hostile and texted all hours if the night (including Christmas Eve & Christmas) during the entire three weeks the kitten was alive and in our possession. Once the results of the necropsy and histology confirmed the diagnosis of FIP she started backtracking and became sympathetic assuring me she would replace the kitten.
It is my belief that she recognized the symptoms and hurried the kitten out to me - knowing full well that it was sick. The health certificate dated 12/13/11 states the kittens age as 8 weeks, this means that she sent the kitten 4 - 8 weeks earlier than she and her policy on her website stated.
Over the next 6 months I have picked out three replacement kittens. Two have "died" & one developed "a behavior problem". When I pressed her to give me a kitten or a refund she stopped communicating with me. She sent me a text stating "your e-mail and your texts have both been blocked".
This ordeal cost us over $5000.00 - not to mention the heartache of watching a 1.8lb kitten slowly die over the course of three weeks.
Health Cert. shows kitten is 8 weeks old when sent on a flight across the country.
Kitten arrived at 11:17pm (2317) on 12/18/11
Kitten taken to the Vet the next morning. Letter from my Vet re; treatment and necropsy.
TICA Response to complaint filed against Tracy Hosfelt
In November of 2011 I sent Tracy Hosfelt a deposit of 300.00 to an address of 3808 Bristol ave,Steubenville Ohio,43952. The deposit was for a newly born elf kitten born in November that would be ready to come home in February. During this period of the kitten growing we emailed a couple times a week,she would send pictures of the kitten and we talked on facebook on a a regular basis.On occasion her emails were erratic and she told me she was on prescription meds,which was demonstrated in several emails. We discussed when the kitten would come home and she brought him to vet to have him neutered and emailed me and said she had done that,so I promptly send the remaining 1500.00 to her by money order. I asked if he could fly home the following weekend and she replied she wanted to keep him an extra on the side of caution,I said ok.The following week she said he had become ill and with in a couple days later she told me he died but never told me the reason.I asked for my money back cause she could not provide me with an elf kitten,she said no i do not give money back ,I would have to pick another kitten ,so she sent a couple pics of other available kittens and I choose a male sphynx who was still a month before he could come home. 2 weeks later she said he was having to take antibiotics cause he had a cold,I kept in contact with her but at this point felt odd about the whole situation,like she did not want to send me a kitten. At the point when he would be coming home she said he had not gained enough weight and it would be several more weeks before she could send him to me,again I asked for my money back and I told her I was tired of picking kitties,she offered me a female seal point kitten that could go home that week,so at that point I did not care,I wanted my money back or what I paid for which I was never gonna get cause my elf had died( or that is what she said happened).She told me she took my kitten to vet on Tuesday May 1st, on Thursday she emailed and said she was worried about sending her that weekend cause Houston temps were gonna be in the 90's,I responded it was cloudy this weekend and if she had a problem with Houston heat send her on a night flight,again I was feeling like I was not going to get the kitty,at that point I noticed she had put restrictions on me on her facebook so I could only see certain posts,so I tried to be as nice as possible to her. I was sent confirmation email for flight on Friday to pick her up on saturday at 4:30.On Saturday midday she sent me a message the flight was cancelled due to equipment failure so she had to put her on the Sunday flight,I said ok,I got confirmation to pick her up on Sunday at 1 :15. We got to cargo and 10 minutes later she came off a van and we got her ,she was beautiful but immediately was coughing but being very loving . We drove home she seemed fine the 35 minute trip home,I took a pic of her to send to Tracy to tell her she made it home and this beautiful kitty we named Opal shortly started having eyes watering and fever within 2 hours of having her home. By midnight we were in the emergency clinic with 106 fever,she was given fluids, under skin, blood tests and 3 antibiotics. Tracy had posted the pic I sent her on my facebook wall and asked what her name was, I replied Opal and when I commented how sick she was ,she deleted me off her facebook but we did keep in touch by text.I guess she did not want anyone to know the cat was sick. By Tuesday we had to go back to the vets for more fluids under skin and pain meds.On Wednesday my bambino was sick with 106 fever and we were in emergency room for antibiotics,and by Friday my sphynx was at the vet with 106 fever ,she got fluids and antibiotics,and on following Monday the sphynx was back at the vets for more fluids and different antibiotics. Opal was not getting any better so we got a different blood test done that did not show much different than the first one we took ,Said upper respiratory(uri) and a virus of unknown origin, a week later she got a red eye and vet sent us to specialists which gave her human antiviral meds,10 days later she stopped walking and eating,took her back to specialists and they gave her anti inflammatories but at this point we could tell it was over ,but we tried to force feed her thinking she was just weak from being sick,but by June 13th she was tuning yellow and she was shutting down,and I could do no more for her,the vet told me the last blood test shows dry f.i.p and I was doing the right thing,it was the most devastating thing I ever witnessed. I loved Opal with all my heart and for 5 weeks we all suffered trying to keep her with us,not to mention the 3000.00 in vet bills along with what I sent Tracy. I was contacted by several breeders about Tracy and they have told me horror stories they have been through with her. We are still in touch by text ,she wants to send me a kitten that was just born yesterday from a different bloodline,I will try to stay in touch with her to see where this goes. THIS IS THE PHONE NUMBER I HAVE FOR HER- 740-275-2690 VET INFO ON MY FLIGHT FORMS-DR. SCOTT PENDLETON CADIZ ANIMAL CLINIC (740-942-3267) 43255 AIRPORT RD CADIZ OHIO I HOPE THIS INFO WILL HELP