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|Posted: Fri May 20, 2011 8:27 am
|By Crystal Bruce
Published: May 18, 2011
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A gruesome discovery at a rescue shelter in Long County.
One of the owners, Christiane Judd of Loonie farms, called a rescue group and told them she was leaving town.
When they arrived to take care of the animals left behind, they found a bunch of animal carcasses.
Long County Sheriff's Lieutenant, Tom Sollosi says if he had to give an estimate, he thinks there were up to 50.
In April of this year, authorities along with GBI and the GA Department of Agriculture went to Loonie farms and removed two horses and a donkey.
They also warned the Judd's about improper disposal of animals.
Authorities say the smaller animals didn't appear to be in bad shape, so they left them in care of Loonie Farms.
The Department of Agriculture was supposed to make a follow up visit. News Three is waiting to hear back to confirm if that visit ever happened.
Lieutenant Sollosi says Christiane Judd could face cruelty to animal charges.
He says he personally saw one dog carcass and it was still tied down.
The other animals have been removed from the property.
Kim Hankerson, from a group called Animal Haven of Hope says she had the misfortune of finding several dozen dead animals Monday morning at the Loonie Farms in Long County. She called it a gruesome discovery. "There dead cats and dogs that appeared to be locked in cages," she told News Three's JoAnn Merrigan.
She also showed her a dead dog about fifteen feet in back of the trailer where the owner lived. Hanson says the dog appeared to have been shot in the head.
The property is filled with a rancid smell and animal lovers here say it's a shocking and sad case.
More tonight on News 3 at Six.
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--- On Fri, 5/20/11, Jill Carson <email@example.com> wrote:
From: Jill Carson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: GA. Yet Another Rescue Gone Bad in Georgia...
To: J2468@webtv.net, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, "BERNICE" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, "Sheila V" <email@example.com>
Date: Friday, May 20, 2011, 8:44 AM
--- On Thu, 5/19/11, Lesha Martin <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
From: Lesha Martin <email@example.com>
Subject: Yet Another Rescue Gone Bad in Georgia...
Date: Thursday, May 19, 2011, 8:14 PM
Disgusting? Absolutely! Why am I sharing this? Because there has been one horrific case of severe animal hoarding and neglect after the next, from within places that operate as "rescues" . Don't get me wrong... they are so many awesome, responsible rescue groups that do everything right. Sadly, this is an example of one the rescues in which animals were "saved/pulled" from shelters, only to suffer the most inhumane suffering and slow demise. We cannot continue to turn our heads at these cases.
This is WHY we must always know WHERE we are sending animals, do your ref. checks, do all necessary before you ever release an animal to this fate. This is NOT the answer to our severe pet homelessness and by far, the WORST ending for these discarded souls.
We have had discussions with other groups, rescues, etc. that are talking about starting a "rescue accreditation" of sorts, it has been so bad that sadly, lots of man power will be needed to oversee such an operation, to govern ourselves and end this terrible cycle. Kimberly (below) has some good tips on things we can do on our end, before releasing any living being into this. If you EVER see "red flags" speak up... weather you are a volunteer, help with transport, etc.
From: Kimberley Alboum [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Subject: Credentialing Rescue Groups - Another bad one
Good afternoon. There has been yet another discovery of a “rescue” gone horribly wrong. Loonie Farms of Long County, Georgia, has pulled many animals from NC shelters. This attached video footage shows the horrible nightmare that they were transported to. It is hard to comprehend how things like this happen. Our pet overpopulation makes us a national target for unscrupulous “rescues”.
I have attached the credentialing materials that I sent out at the end of last year. I think that Joe Bloomquist also sent some information out around the same time. In light of this terrible situation, and the fact that most of you are understaffed, I wanted to provide some additional resources that you can take advantage of to credential rescue groups and transporters:
1. If you would like me to help you organize a few local animal advocates in your county and share the credentialing process and materials with them I would be more than happy to do so. Many of you are already working with animal advocate volunteers and some may have the skill set we are looking for.
2. If you have one or two groups that you are a bit concerned with and want them to be researched by an outside party I can also arrange that for you. I have two interns for the summer that would love to help. We also have 40 State Directors at this point which makes it a smaller world. I have the ability to check out groups domiciled in other states.
3. Susan Barrett (animal advocate) called me yesterday and offered to have her small group do the credentialing from A-Z of all of the groups that you are using. She is offering credentialing services for anyone that is interested. You can email your entire list to her and her group will credential them all and return a working spreadsheet to you of the groups that check out.
4. I was also thinking it would be great to pull together a list of some large shelter rescues that you all are successfully working with. If any of you are willing to share I would volunteer to create one spreadsheet to send to the list.
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