This is such a long story, so I will try to condense it.
I raise and show dogs as a hobby, and am a professional groomer by profession. I allowed a woman to move in with me, as I had known her for many years from dog shows. She lived with me, paid virtually no rent and contributed nothing to the household, for 3 years. Then she took two dogs from my home without permission, under the guise of going for a holiday visit. It took me almost 2 years to locate a physical address, with the assistance of a PI. During those two years she posted derrogatory comments and statements about me on message boards, going as far as to post a photo of one of my dogs and discussing what I paid for the dog. She made many untrue statements about the care I provide my dogs, etc. As soon as I was able to verify her address, I served her with a summons for small claims for replevin of my dogs. I won the case, and after being awarded a writ of replevin and getting a sherrif's bond, I was able to recover my dogs.
Immediately after losing the case, she embarked on an even bigger smear campaign, going as far as creating a blog about it, stating I lied in court and stole the dogs. (The link to the blog is : http://howmydogswerest... --I post this so you can get the whole picture of what she is saying)
With regard to the comments about me selling her the dogs back, her attorney offered my attorney the $2000 the day of our final court date. I did reject the offer. After several posts on various message boards by her, I wondered to myself if she might quit the attacks if I did sell her the dogs back. After totalling up all of my expenses and legal fees, time, etc, I did tell her that I would sell them to her for $3000, which she refused. After another 5 months of abuse and harrassment on message boards, and via e-mail and posts on her website, I have really had enough. The dogs are not the same dogs I used to own....I don't know how she cared for them, or what she did, but they just are not the same. Two and a half years away from me, and they are not the dogs I owned.
My worry is that, because I am in a "dog-related" profession, her blog and other attqcks may be harming my business. Statements that I do not vaccinate could scare people away from bringing their dogs to me. I have no way of determining this for sure, but it does cause me concern. I am licensed and inspected, and provided a copy of the inspection report, documenting the rabies certificates on every dog on my property, to her attorney, so she knows that she is making false statements.
Again, this is 3 years of continual crap from her, and really, I just want it to stop. I want to move on with my life, and she seems to want to wallow in this. Do I have any recourse??