Rep. George Santos denies defrauding veteran over dying dog

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Newly elected Rep. George Santos (RN.Y.) denies the allegations of one disabled veteran who said the truth-disputed congressman conned him out of $3,000 intended for his service dog’s life-saving surgery.

On Tuesday, U.S. Navy veteran Richard Osthoff told Patch he was homeless in 2016 and was trying to find a way to fund surgery so his dog, Sapphire, could have a tumor removed from his stomach.

A lab technician helped Osthoff connect with Santos, who ran a charity called Friends of Pets United under the name “Antony Devolder.”

Osthoff told NBC News that Santos’ group set up a GoFundMe page that raised $3,000 for the surgery, but then the future congressman stopped responding to calls.

On Thursday, Santos took to Twitter and said, “This reports that I would let a dog die is shocking and insane. My work in animal advocacy has been the labor of love and hard work.

He continued, “In the last 24 hours I have received photos of dogs I have helped save over the years, along with messages of support,” before adding a pledge: “These distractions won’t stop me!”

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