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PostPosted: December 11th, 2006, 7:59 pm 
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WRITERSWEEKLY HAS RECEIVED NUMEROUS COMPLAINTS ABOUT THIS PUBLISHER. THEIR LIST OF VICTIMS IS GROWING AND THEY DON'T RESPOND TO OUR INQUIRIES.

WE RECOMMEND *ALL* WRITERS AVOID THIS PUBLISHER!

From: Angela Hoy
To: mhammond@petpublishing.com, rdavis@petpublishing.com, editorial@petpublishing.com
Subject: COMPLAINT about Pet Publishing
Date sent: Wed, 06 Dec 2006 09:41:01 -0500

December 6, 2006

Mike Hammond - mhammond@petpublishing.com
Rita Davis - rdavis@petpublishing.com
Pet Publishing
7-L Dundas Circle
Greensboro, NC 27407
P(336)292-4047
F(336)292-4272
info@petpublishing.com
http://www.petpublishing.com

WritersWeekly.com has received a complaint about:
Pet Publishing / petpublishing.com - Publisher of
Dog & Kennel Magazine / dogandkennel.com, Cats & Kittens Magazine /
catsandkittens.com and Bird Times Magazine / birdtimes.com.

WritersWeekly.com is a publication that publishes information for and
about freelance writers. The publication is the largest-circulation
freelance writing ezine in the world.

As part of that information, WritersWeekly.com publishes a Warnings
section on its website and in its newsletter. This warning section
contains reports about publications that are unprofessional in dealing
with writers, have refused to pay writers money owed to them, who have
not
abided by their contracts, or who have unfair contract terms. These
reports are used by WritersWeekly.com's subscribers to decide which
publications they should and should not work with.

Your firm has been submitted to us for inclusion in the
WritersWeekly.com Whispers and Warnings section.

Step one of our investigation of this report is to gather all relevant
correspondence between your publication and the person submitting the
complaint so that we can piece together that person's side of the story.
Step one of our investigation has been completed.

[RR] (name not published here but was, of course, provided to the
publisher) alleges you owe him $70.00 and that you are
ignoring his correspondence. See complete allegation
under my signature.

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WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
-----------------

The second step in our investigation is to send this communication to
your firm to get its side of the story. If you have evidence disputing
these allegations, or would like to make your own statement about these
allegations for publication in our report, please email
angela@writersweekly.com within two business days.

***All correspondence for our investigations must be in writing and is
subject to publication.***

If you do owe this person money, we strongly suggest you read
this article before responding:
http://www.writersweekly.com/the_latest ... 8_09132006.
html

Our report on your firm is scheduled for inclusion in our publication
next Wednesday.

If there is no response to these allegations, WritersWeekly.com will
still publish this complaint, but our readers will not be able to read
your side of the story.

We appreciate your prompt response in this matter.

Angela Hoy
Publisher
WritersWeekly.com

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THE COMPLAINT
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

From: [RR]
To: <mhammon d@petpublishing.com>
Subject: Fw: Aug -06 Dog & Kennel
Date sent: Wed, 1 Nov 2006 09:23:23 -0600
Copies to: "Rita Davis" <rdavis@petpublishing.com>,

Dear Mr. Hammond:

I have not yet received payment for the article published in your August
issue of Dog & kennel titled "Can Blackie Read?".

If the check was mailed it was somehow lost. I have contacted you by
email before and did not even receive the courtesy of a reply; expedience of
this matter now would be common courtesy!

Please inform me as to the status of this situation; thank you, your
assistance is appreciated.

[RR]

----- Original Message -----
From: [RR]
Sent: Friday, October 20, 2006 12:36 PM
To: mhammond@petpublishing.com
Cc: me; Rita Davis
Subject: Aug -06 Dog & Kennel

Dear Mr. Mike Hammond;

October 20, 2006

Please read the message below, as it explains this email. Any help in
resolution of this matter, will be appreciated. Thank You!

[RR]

September 21, 2006
Mike Hammond
Pet Publishing

Mr. Hammond;

I will much appreciate your assistance in resolving a strange matter. I
am the author of "Can Blackie Read" that was printed in your August
2006 issue of "Dog & kennel".

I think that we may have accidentally shredded the check; if it was
mailed before or at the same time the copies of the magazine were. Because of
the HUGE number of credit card offers that we don´t want; and receive, my
wife shreds a lot of mail unopened. This is a strong possibility If the
check was mailed in Aug. we did shred it. If it has not been mailed yet;
Please inform me.

Your help and consideration of this are greatly appreciated, Thank You.

[RR]


From: [RR]
Subject: Re: Fwd: Article Payment help
Date sent: Sun, 3 Dec 2006 14:25:28 -0600

Hi Angela,

Thanks for the reply. It is not a lot; about $70 or so by their pay
guidelines. The whole idea irritates me; it appears to be a high
quality magazine and the business manager just doesn't respond.

At www.petpublishing.com<http://www.petpublishing.com/> they even have
a blurb for the article on the sample cover. The yellow BLACKIE on the
right side near the bottom of the cover.


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PostPosted: December 19th, 2006, 11:05 am 
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SECOND COMPLAINT ABOUT PET PUBLISHING

December 13, 2006

Mike Hammond - mhammond@petpublishing.com
Rita Davis - rdavis@petpublishing.com
Pet Publishing
7-L Dundas Circle
Greensboro, NC 27407
P(336)292-4047
F(336)292-4272
info@petpublishing.com
http://www.petpublishing.com

WritersWeekly.com has received ANOTHER complaint about:
Pet Publishing / petpublishing.com - Publisher of
Dog & Kennel Magazine / dogandkennel.com, Cats & Kittens Magazine /
catsandkittens.com and Bird Times Magazine / birdtimes.com.

WritersWeekly.com is a publication that publishes information for and
about freelance writers. The publication is the largest-circulation
freelance writing ezine in the world.

As part of that information, WritersWeekly.com publishes a Warnings
section on its website and in its newsletter. This warning section
contains reports about publications that are unprofessional in dealing
with writers, have refused to pay writers money owed to them, who have
not
abided by their contracts, or who have unfair contract terms. These
reports are used by WritersWeekly.com's subscribers to decide which
publications they should and should not work with.

Your firm has been submitted to us for inclusion in the
WritersWeekly.com Whispers and Warnings section.

Step one of our investigation of this report is to gather all relevant
correspondence between your publication and the person submitting the
complaint so that we can piece together that person's side of the story.
Step one of our investigation has been completed.

[JT] (name not published here but was provided to the publisher)
alleges you owe her $131.30 and that you are
ignoring her correspondence. See complete allegation
under my signature.

NOTE: WE ARE STILL WAITING FOR YOU TO RESPOND TO OUR PREVIOUS
EMAIL.

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WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
-----------------

The second step in our investigation is to send this communication to
your firm to get its side of the story. If you have evidence disputing
these allegations, or would like to make your own statement about these
allegations for publication in our report, please email
angela@writersweekly.com within two business days.

***All correspondence for our investigations must be in writing and is
subject to publication.***

If you do owe this person money, we strongly suggest you read
this article before responding:
http://www.writersweekly.com/the_latest ... 8_09132006.
html

Our report on your firm is scheduled for inclusion in our publication
next Wednesday.

If there is no response to these allegations, WritersWeekly.com will
still publish this complaint, but our readers will not be able to read
your side of the story.

We appreciate your prompt response in this matter.

Angela Hoy
Publisher
WritersWeekly.com

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THE COMPLAINT
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


From: [JT]
To: "Angela Hoy"
Subject: Whispers and Warnings
Date sent: Wed, 13 Dec 2006 10:36:59 -0600

Hi Ang,

I was absolutely shocked to see the Whisper and Warning about Pet
Publishing. Why? Because I am going through exactly the same thing, with
the same exact issue, as is the author of "Can Blackie Read?" I have
contacted Pet Publishing twice (once by fax and once by snail mail), and
have had no response. I have pasted my correspondence to them below.

Invoice

September 12, 2006

[JT]

Issue: August 2006; pp. 32-34

Article: The Arithmetic Teacher

Word count: 1313

Amount due: $131.30

My contract from Pet Publishing states, "Payment will be made within 30
days of date of publication." That has not been done. Please remit
payment of $131.30 as soon as possible.

November 25, 2006

The above correspondence was faxed to you on September 12, 2006. I have
received no reply and no remuneration. I respectfully request that you
take care of your obligation by December 12, 2006. If I do not hear from
you by Dec. 15th, I will be forced to submit this problem to
www.writersweekly.com for a review in their "Whispers and Warnings"
department. I have never found it necessary to resort to this method for
securing payment for my work, but I will do exactly that if push comes
to shove.

[JT]

My contract was signed by Rita Davis (Executive Editor)


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PostPosted: December 19th, 2006, 11:09 am 
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PUBLISHER RESPONDS *AND* WE RECEIVED A THIRD COMPLAINT ABOUT PET PUBLISHING

From: "Mike Hammond" <mhammond@petpublishing.com>
Subject: RE: ANOTHER COMPLAINT about Pet Publishing
Date sent: Wed, 13 Dec 2006 17:54:57 -0500

Hello Angela:

I will look into these problems you've documented by, and if I find
there are in fact monies due these contributors, checks will be issued and
mailed to them by next week. I will notify you and the contributors about my
findings no later than Monday.

Mike

Mike Hammond
President/Group Publisher
Dog & Kennel, Cats & Kittens, Bird Times
Pet Publishing, Inc.
7-L Dundas Circle
Greensboro, NC 27407
Phone: 336-303-7293
Fax: 336-292-4272
mhammond@petpublishing.com

WRITERSWEEKLY RESPONDS

From: Angela Hoy
To: "Mike Hammond" <mhammond@petpublishing.com>
Subject: RE: ANOTHER COMPLAINT about Pet Publishing
Date sent: Wed, 13 Dec 2006 18:03:25 -0500

Hi Mike,

Here's a third one we received today (below my signature). Please take
care of this writer, too.

Angela

Date sent: Wed, 13 Dec 2006 16:42:48 -0500
From: [AP]
Subject: Contact

I have joined your forum but I am awaiting activation.
I, too have a complaint regarding Pet Publishing.
My article "Second Chances" was published in the May 2006 issue and I
have not received payment.
My emails are not being answered, and no one is answering the phone.

Thanks!
[AP] (name not published here, but was provided to the publisher)


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PostPosted: December 19th, 2006, 11:11 am 
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From: Angela Hoy
To: mhammond@petpublishing.com, rdavis@petpublishing.com, info@petpublishing.com
Subject: FOURTH COMPLAINT about Pet Publishing
Date sent: Thu, 14 Dec 2006 13:22:52 -0500

December 14, 2006

Mike Hammond - mhammond@petpublishing.com
Rita Davis - rdavis@petpublishing.com
Pet Publishing
7-L Dundas Circle
Greensboro, NC 27407
P(336)292-4047
F(336)292-4272
info@petpublishing.com
http://www.petpublishing.com

WritersWeekly.com has received ANOTHER complaint about:
Pet Publishing / petpublishing.com - Publisher of
Dog & Kennel Magazine / dogandkennel.com, Cats & Kittens Magazine /
catsandkittens.com and Bird Times Magazine / birdtimes.com.

WritersWeekly.com is a publication that publishes information for and
about freelance writers. The publication is the largest-circulation
freelance writing ezine in the world.

As part of that information, WritersWeekly.com publishes a Warnings
section on its website and in its newsletter. This warning section
contains reports about publications that are unprofessional in dealing
with writers, have refused to pay writers money owed to them, who have
not abided by their contracts, or who have unfair contract terms. These
reports are used by WritersWeekly.com's subscribers to decide which
publications they should and should not work with.

Your firm has been submitted to us for inclusion in the
WritersWeekly.com Whispers and Warnings section.

Step one of our investigation of this report is to gather all relevant
correspondence between your publication and the person submitting the
complaint so that we can piece together that person's side of the story.
Step one of our investigation has been completed.

[AW] (name not published here, but was provided to the publisher)
alleges you owe her $76.30 and that you are
ignoring her correspondence. See complete allegation
under my signature.

-----------------
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
-----------------

The second step in our investigation is to send this communication to
your firm to get its side of the story. If you have evidence disputing
these allegations, or would like to make your own statement about these
allegations for publication in our report, please email
angela@writersweekly.com within two business days.

***All correspondence for our investigations must be in writing and is
subject to publication.***

If you do owe this person money, we strongly suggest you read
this article before responding:
http://www.writersweekly.com/the_latest ... 8_09132006.
html

Our report on your firm is scheduled for inclusion in our publication
next Wednesday.

If there is no response to these allegations, WritersWeekly.com will
still publish this complaint, but our readers will not be able to read
your side of the story.

We appreciate your prompt response in this matter.

Angela Hoy
Publisher
WritersWeekly.com

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
THE COMPLAINT
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

From: [AW]
Subject: RE: Pet Publishing non-payment complaint
Date sent: Thu, 14 Dec 2006 10:08:56 -0800 (PST)

Dear Angie:

I saw the Whispers and Warnings for December 13 re:
Pet Publishing. Mike Hammond owes me $76.30, which
I've been trying to collect since my article was
published in the June issue of BIRD TIMES. He has not
responded to any of my e-mails, nor returned any of my
telephone messages. I have spoken with Rita Davis on
the telephone and she promised to talk to Mr. Hammond
about the issue. That was a couple of months ago, and
I've still heard nothing from him.

The only conclusion I can draw is that the publisher
has no intention to reply to any messages (telephone
calls or e-mails) and doesn't intend to pay the
writers!

Pet Publishing's magazines are full-color glossy
publications, filled with beautiful photographs and
many, many advertisements from all the biggest
companies in the pet industry. Unfortunately, the
magazines also contain articles the company appears to
have no intentions of paying for. Their contracts
aren't worth the paper they're written on.

Sincerely,

[AW]


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PostPosted: January 23rd, 2007, 12:02 pm 
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From: Angela Hoy
To: mhammond@petpublishing.com, rdavis@petpublishing.com, info@petpublishing.com
Subject: FIFTH COMPLAINT about Pet Publishing
Date sent: Thu, 21 Dec 2006 12:59:51 -0500

December 21, 2006

Mike Hammond - mhammond@petpublishing.com
Rita Davis - rdavis@petpublishing.com
Pet Publishing
7-L Dundas Circle
Greensboro, NC 27407
P(336)292-4047
F(336)292-4272
info@petpublishing.com
http://www.petpublishing.com

WritersWeekly.com has received A FIFTH complaint about:
Pet Publishing / petpublishing.com - Publisher of
Dog & Kennel Magazine / dogandkennel.com, Cats & Kittens Magazine /
catsandkittens.com and Bird Times Magazine / birdtimes.com

WritersWeekly.com is a publication that publishes information for and
about freelance writers. The publication is the largest-circulation
freelance writing ezine in the world.

As part of that information, WritersWeekly.com publishes a Warnings
section on its website and in its newsletter. This warning section
contains reports about publications that are unprofessional in dealing
with writers, have refused to pay writers money owed to them, who have
not abided by their contracts, or who have unfair contract terms. These
reports are used by WritersWeekly.com's subscribers to decide which
publications they should and should not work with.

Your firm has been submitted to us for inclusion in the
WritersWeekly.com Whispers and Warnings section.

Step one of our investigation of this report is to gather all relevant
correspondence between your publication and the person submitting the
complaint so that we can piece together that person's side of the story.
Step one of our investigation has been completed.

[DG] (name not published here, but was provided to the publisher) alleges you owe her $100.00 (possibly $120.00) and that you are ignoring her correspondence. See complete allegation under my signature.

-----------------
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
-----------------

The second step in our investigation is to send this communication to
your firm to get its side of the story. If you have evidence disputing
these allegations, or would like to make your own statement about these
allegations for publication in our report, please email
angela@writersweekly.com within two business days.

***All correspondence for our investigations must be in writing and is
subject to publication.***

If you do owe this person money, we strongly suggest you read
this article before responding:
http://www.writersweekly.com/the_latest ... 8_09132006.
html

Our report on your firm is scheduled for inclusion in our publication
next Wednesday.

If there is no response to these allegations, WritersWeekly.com will
still publish this complaint, but our readers will not be able to read
your side of the story.

We appreciate your prompt response in this matter.

Angela Hoy
Publisher
WritersWeekly.com

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
THE COMPLAINT
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

From: [DG]
Date sent: Thu, 21 Dec 2006 00:46:26 EST

I'll be interested in the reply to the complaint re: Dog and Kennel. I
submitted an article to them which they accepted over a year ago. I
emailed the editor (Rita Davis) a few month ago, asking when it would be published.
She promptly replied that it was scheduled for "a fall issue." I emailed her
again a couple of weeks ago to ask if it had, indeed, been published, but have not
heard as yet. Based on their rates, it would be app. $100, and possibly
$20 more if they use a picture I included.

[DG]


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PostPosted: January 23rd, 2007, 12:05 pm 
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From: Angela Hoy
To: mhammond@petpublishing.com, rdavis@petpublishing.com, info@petpublishing.com
Subject: SIXTH COMPLAINT about Pet Publishing
Date sent: Fri, 22 Dec 2006 13:40:01 -0500

December 22, 2006

Mike Hammond - mhammond@petpublishing.com
Rita Davis - rdavis@petpublishing.com
Pet Publishing
7-L Dundas Circle
Greensboro, NC 27407
P(336)292-4047
F(336)292-4272
info@petpublishing.com
http://www.petpublishing.com

WritersWeekly.com has received A sixth complaint about:
Pet Publishing / petpublishing.com - Publisher of
Dog & Kennel Magazine / dogandkennel.com, Cats & Kittens Magazine /
catsandkittens.com and Bird Times Magazine / birdtimes.com

WritersWeekly.com is a publication that publishes information for and
about freelance writers. The publication is the largest-circulation
freelance writing ezine in the world.

As part of that information, WritersWeekly.com publishes a Warnings
section on its website and in its newsletter. This warning section
contains reports about publications that are unprofessional in dealing
with writers, have refused to pay writers money owed to them, who have
not
abided by their contracts, or who have unfair contract terms. These
reports are used by WritersWeekly.com's subscribers to decide which
publications they should and should not work with.

Your firm has been submitted to us for inclusion in the
WritersWeekly.com Whispers and Warnings section.

Step one of our investigation of this report is to gather all relevant
correspondence between your publication and the person submitting the
complaint so that we can piece together that person's side of the story.
Step one of our investigation has been completed.

[RJ] (name not published here, but was provided to the publisher) alleges you owe her $50 and that you are ignoring her
correspondence. See complete allegation under my signature.

-----------------
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
-----------------

The second step in our investigation is to send this communication to
your firm to get its side of the story. If you have evidence disputing
these allegations, or would like to make your own statement about these
allegations for publication in our report, please email
angela@writersweekly.com within two business days.

***All correspondence for our investigations must be in writing and is
subject to publication.***

If you do owe this person money, we strongly suggest you read
this article before responding:
http://www.writersweekly.com/the_latest ... 32006.html

Our report on your firm is scheduled for inclusion in our publication
next Wednesday.

If there is no response to these allegations, WritersWeekly.com will
still publish this complaint, but our readers will not be able to read
your side of the story.

We appreciate your prompt response in this matter.

Angela Hoy
Publisher
WritersWeekly.com

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THE COMPLAINT
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

From: [RJ]
Subject: Whispers and Warnings

Angela, I'd like to add my bit to the problem about Pet Publishing re
non-payment.

Here's a copy of my e-mail to them, which you are free to print as you
wish. It's OK if my name/address are used in correspondence to PP and/or on
your site. (I've never had any response and I'd complained to editor Rita
before this note.)

<<<<<
From: [RJ]
Date: 4/11/2006 8:21:50 PM
To: mhammond@petpublishing.com
Subject: late payment

Mr. Hammond, is there some sort of problem with issuing checks for the
Oct. 05 issue of Dog & Kennel?

I still have received no payment (Toby the Pancake Prince, $50). Would
you please have a look at your records and give me a quick answer as to the
status?

Thank you.

Kind regards,
[RJ]


What's sad is these people continue to ask for freelance writing by
publishing their guidelines. Judging from their Website, they seem to be
continuing business putting out their mags! Bunch of crooks, if you ask
me.

Kind regards,
[RJ]


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PostPosted: January 23rd, 2007, 12:06 pm 
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From: Angela Hoy
To: mhammond@petpublishing.com, rdavis@petpublishing.com, info@petpublishing.com
Subject: SEVENTH COMPLAINT about Pet Publishing's criminal activity
Date sent: Sat, 20 Jan 2007 15:24:04 -0500

January 20, 2007

Mike Hammond - mhammond@petpublishing.com
Rita Davis - rdavis@petpublishing.com
Pet Publishing
7-L Dundas Circle
Greensboro, NC 27407
P(336)292-4047
F(336)292-4272
info@petpublishing.com
http://www.petpublishing.com

WritersWeekly.com has received a SEVENTH complaint about:
Pet Publishing / petpublishing.com - Publisher of
Dog & Kennel Magazine / dogandkennel.com, Cats & Kittens Magazine /
catsandkittens.com and Bird Times Magazine / birdtimes.com

WritersWeekly.com is a publication that publishes information for and
about freelance writers. The publication is the largest-circulation
freelance writing ezine in the world.

As part of that information, WritersWeekly.com publishes a Warnings
section on its website and in its newsletter. This warning section
contains reports about publications that are unprofessional in dealing
with writers, have refused to pay writers money owed to them, who have
not abided by their contracts, or who have unfair contract terms. These
reports are used by WritersWeekly.com's subscribers to decide which
publications they should and should not work with.

Your firm has been submitted to us for inclusion in the
WritersWeekly.com Whispers and Warnings section.

Step one of our investigation of this report is to gather all relevant
correspondence between your publication and the person submitting the
complaint so that we can piece together that person's side of the story.
Step one of our investigation has been completed.

[BC] (name not published here, but was, of course, provided to
the publisher) alleges you owe her $723.40 and that you are ignoring
her correspondence. See complete allegation under my signature.

I'M SURE YOU REALIZE THAT CONTINUING TO HIRE WRITERS WHEN
YOU CAN'T PAY THEM IS A CRIME. YOUR LIST OF VICTIMS CONTINUES
TO GROW. IF YOU DON'T RESPOND, WE WILL BE FORCED TO ASSUME
YOUR CRIMINAL ACTIVITY IS INTENTIONAL AND I WILL FORWARD
ALL THE COMPLAINTS WE HAVE RECEIVED ABOUT YOU TO:

Timothy R. Bellamy, Chief of Police
Greensboro Police Department
300 W Washington St,
Greensboro, SC 27401
336-373-2222


-----------------
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
-----------------

The second step in our investigation is to send this communication to
your firm to get its side of the story. If you have evidence disputing
these allegations, or would like to make your own statement about these
allegations for publication in our report, please email
angela@writersweekly.com within two business days.

***All correspondence for our investigations must be in writing and is
subject to publication.***

If you do owe this person money, we strongly suggest you read
this article before responding:
http://www.writersweekly.com/the_latest ... 8_09132006.
html

Our report on your firm is scheduled for inclusion in our publication
next Wednesday.

If there is no response to these allegations, WritersWeekly.com will
still publish this complaint, but our readers will not be able to read
your side of the story.

We appreciate your prompt response in this matter.

Angela Hoy
Publisher
WritersWeekly.com

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THE COMPLAINT
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Hello, Angela,

I, too, am involved in the battle to get paid for articles printed in
Bird Times. I haven't been paid since June 2005 and have repeatedly
requested payment or an explanation from Mike Hammond. Because of an excellent
working relationship with editor Rita Davis and a belief that my
contracts were binding, I continued submitting articles. Mike Hammond had
occasionally been late with payments over the years, but usually a polite email
reminder prompted payment. Currently, he is not responding to emails or
letters.

I would be happy to supply more details if needed.

Mike Hammond owes me $723.40.

Thank you,
[BC]


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PostPosted: February 2nd, 2007, 4:07 pm 
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ATTENTION: Pet Publishing Victims
Since this publisher continues to hire writers, knowing they can't/refusing to
pay them, we STRONGLY recommend you now file a complaint about this firm
with their local police department. You can contact them at:
http://www.greensboro-nc.gov/Department ... tactUs.htm

and

Timothy R. Bellamy, Chief of Police
Greensboro Police Department
300 W Washington St,
Greensboro, SC 27401
336-373-2222 or 336-373-2496


Hiring people with no intention of paying them is a crime! Please
report your experiences to help stop the growing number of victims!


~~~~~

February 2, 2007

Mike Hammond - mhammond@petpublishing.com
Rita Davis - rdavis@petpublishing.com
Pet Publishing
7-L Dundas Circle
Greensboro, NC 27407
P(336)292-4047
F(336)292-4272
info@petpublishing.com
http://www.petpublishing.com

WritersWeekly.com has received an EIGHTH complaint about:
Pet Publishing / petpublishing.com - Publisher of
Dog & Kennel Magazine / dogandkennel.com, Cats & Kittens Magazine /
catsandkittens.com and Bird Times Magazine / birdtimes.com

WritersWeekly.com is a publication that publishes information for and
about freelance writers. The publication is the largest-circulation
freelance writing ezine in the world.

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[FP] alleges you owe her $393.00 and that you are ignoring
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THE COMPLAINT
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From: [FP]
Subject: Pet Publishing
Date sent: Thu, 1 Feb 2007 09:25:16 -0700

Dear Angela,

In January, 2005, PET PUBLISHING sent me FOUR (4) contracts for essays -
three (3) in CATS AND KITTENS and one (1) in DOG AND KENNEL. Each contract
is signed by the Executive Editor, Rita Davis. I had sold to PET
PUBLISHING several times before and the last few times I had to "fight" for payment.
Payment was eventually received, but it was well after the due date. With
these four articles, when they hadn't been used after several months, I
wrote to Ms. Davis. She told me according to the contract, they had no
specific publication date. When I wrote again about the four essays, I was
told by Ms. Davis that I could void the contract and sell them elsewhere.
I told her I chose not to do this - that I was holding her to her
contractual agreement to publish them. She wrote back and said I still could sell them
elsewhere. Several more emails were exchanged.

I had not submitted these essay elsewhere because PROFESSIONALLY I made a
commitment to PETS PUBLISHING. It was a principle for which PET PUBLISHING
does not understand.

Using my calculations of word count, if these essays were used - which in
good faith I had hoped for - at ten cents per word, PET PUBLISHING would
owe approximately me $393. (Word count is listed below although editor says
payment is based on adjusted word count - and she pays to the penny.) I
also submitted photos to be included with each essay which the contract claims
to pay $20 per and more if used on the cover.

Saving Smokey's Sight - 1190 words
Leader of the Pack - 680 Words
Ginger's Park - 1190 words
Is Your Cat Gifted - 875 words

I would like to be included in this complaint and have copies of
correspondences if you need them for the case.

Best,
[FP]


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PostPosted: February 2nd, 2007, 5:48 pm 
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IF YOU ARE OWED MONEY BY PET PUBLISHING, READ THIS:

From: "Vincent, Tebony"
To: Angela Hoy
Subject: RE: [Website Feedback] - Publisher in your city hiring people, not paying them
Date sent: Fri, 2 Feb 2007 16:02:17 -0500

Ms. Hoy:
Your message was forwarded to one of our officers in the Criminal
Investigation Division. Let the victims of this scam know that they can
call in to report this crime to our Communications Room 336-373-2222.
Once a report is filed, a case number is assigned to that file, and a
detective is put on the case. I hope this information was useful to you
and your colleagues. Thank you for using the feedback section of the
City of Greensboro's website.

Tebony Vincent
Greensboro Police Department
Office of the Chief of Police
300 West Washington Street
Greensboro, NC 27401
336.373.2222 office
336.333.6060 fax


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THE POLICE DEPARTMENT CONTACTED PET PUBLISHING AND IT LOOKS LIKE IT MIGHT HAVE WORKED!!

From: [AW]
To: Angela Hoy
Subject: Re: pet publishing
Date sent: Mon, 12 Feb 2007 09:20:32 -0800 (PST)

Hi Angela,

Here's an update on my situation: Mike Hammond called
me last Thursday and assured me a check was on the
way. Sure enough, it arrived via FedEx late Friday
afternoon. I haven't been able to get it to the bank
yet but will let you know if it goes through. I hope
the other writers are able to get their payments.

Thanks for all your hard work and dedication,

[AW]


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PostPosted: February 14th, 2007, 8:32 pm 
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Writer "[DG]" received a check from Pet Publishing on 2/14/07. She will let us know if it doesn't clear the bank. She did not, however, receive a copy of the issue in which her article appeared.


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Writer "[AW]" reports she received payment from Pet Publishing and that the check has cleared the bank.


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Writer "RR" has reported receiving a check from Pet Publishing.

However, another writer, "RA", emailed this to us this morning:

From: [RA]
Subject: Re: Bird Times
Date sent: Thu, 15 Feb 2007 17:52:29 +0000

I wanted to give you an update. He emailed me last evening to say he wants
to set up a payment program to pay me off in full. But, his former editor,
Rita Davis, says he phoned her last night to say he has no money, and
cannot pay any of the writers. The drama continues to unfold.


WritersWeekly has advised [RA] to contact the police department.


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PostPosted: February 22nd, 2007, 11:24 am 
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Email received by WritersWeekly on 2/21/07:

Hello Angela,

Seeing the posts regarding Pet Publishing, Inc, publisher of Dog & Kennel,
Cats & Kittens and Bird Times magazines, I felt it necessary to inform all
concerned, Rita Davis, former Executive Editor of these publications was
downsized as of December 15, 2006. If you have wondered why you have
received no response from her. The entire staff was downsized from the
publications leaving only the publisher himself and one part time clerical
person.

While I do not care to have my name published on your site, I don't mind
that a notice be posted so that these people are informed of the
situation. The downsizing included the Executive Editor, Rita Davis, the
Senior Account Executive, Janice Ridge, and the Creative Director, Scotty
Billings. All of these former personnel are still owed payroll for as much
as a full month.

Sincerely,
Concerned former employee.


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From: [BC]
To: Angela Hoy
Subject: First Payment Received
Date sent: Sat, 24 Feb 2007 18:58:36 EST

Hi, Angela!

The first of three payments has arrived as Mike Hammond/Pet Publishing
promised. I'll be leaving home before I know if the check cleared, and
won't know if I've received the next two checks until I return March 20.

I'll let you know.

[BC]


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