This photo shows an almost 12-year-old “Bear” during his 1 1/2 days on the pile at Ground Zero. Old Scott and his old dog Bear were asked to leave then by Lt. Dan Donadio, head of the NYPD’s canine unit, due to their not being qualified.
It should be noted that dogs of this age would never be allowed into an urban disaster site, given the inherent danger of the situation. Urban Search & Rescue dogs must have specialized agility training and continually train to remain in working shape. They are typically retired as they approach 8 to 9 years of age.
I guess it is fitting that on this military holiday I would receive the following post from David Klein about the infamous Scott Shields ( Fraud Probe Hounds Rescuer; Author, Nancy West providing real facts )
I have only lately become aware of the claims made against Shields. Your article serves to shed greater light. Until the aftermath of 9/11 I had never had any contact with rescue or therapy dogs of any kind. I worked as a volunteer, for six months, at St. Paul’s Chapel, across the street, literally in the shadow of the site. When Shields came to the Chapel with Bear he was greeted as a hero and Bear, G-d love him, was showered with affection. I am embarrassed to admit to having several pictures of myself, my wife (also a volunteer) and my son with Shields and Bear on the Broadway porch of the Chapel.
My wife and I subsequently ran into Shields (and Bear’s supposed “offspring,” Theodore) at several post-9/11 themed occasions. By that time, his constant self-promotion had started to grate on us, but we never would have suspected the depth of this man’s dishonesty and his seemingly effortless willingness to profit personally from the tragedy of 9/11. Even when we tried (unsuccessfully) to mail to him copies of some of the pictures we had (at his request) to an address supplied by him and had them bounced back as undeliverable, we did not suspect. I guess we were not yet over the typical “honeymoon” period following our experiences at Ground Zero, and were still willing to believe the best in everyone. Well, the honeymoon has come to a screeching end. Thank you for your tireless efforts to expose this #$@!&*. Keep it up.