Newly elected Rep. George Santos (RN.Y.) denies allegations of a disabled veteran who said the truth-challenging congressman conned him out of $3,000 that was earmarked for his service dog’s life-saving surgery.
On Tuesday, US Navy veteran Richard Osthoff told Patch that in 2016 he was homeless and was trying to find a way to fund surgery for his dog, Sapphire, to have it removed. a stomach tumor.
A lab technician helped connect Osthoff to Santos, who ran a charity called Friends of Pets United under the name “Antony Devolder.”
Osthoff told NBC News that Santos’ group created a GoFundMe page that raised $3,000 for the surgery, but then the soon-to-be congressman stopped returning calls.
Osthoff said he never received any money from the charity and had to “reduce” to pay for Sapphire’s euthanasia and cremation.
On Thursday, Santos took to Twitter, saying: “The reports that he would let a dog die is shocking and insane. My work on behalf of animals was a labor of love and hard work.”
He continued: “Over the last 24 hours, I have received photos of dogs I have helped rescue over the years along with messages of support,” before adding a pledge: “These distractions won’t stop me!”
However, considering that the animal charity scam allegations come as Santos faces multiple federal and local investigations for fabricating his record and campaign finance violations, it’s no surprise Twitter users were skeptical of his claims. of innocence.