Posted: Tuesday, October 2nd 2012 at 2:48pm
New charity to take over embattled Rabun Co. animal shelter
CLAYTON - Rabun County Commissioners are expected to approve a new charity to take over the embattled Boggs Mountain Animal Shelter.
Feed Store Owner Shannon Conrad organized a new charity, Rabun Paws 4 Life, to take over control of the facility.
"We are an entirely different group of people," Conrad told Fox 5. "We came out of a concern for the animals and for concern of how the situation was being handled."
The shelter came under fire after an investigative report by Fox 5 News in Atlanta found that shelter director Peanut Kilby had been taking donations to keep healthy pets alive, but had instead authorized the euthanization of those sponsored pets.
Some donors to the Lucky Dog program told the TV station that they had received letters claiming their sponsored pets had been adopted when, in fact, they had been put down.
Boggs Mountain was set to close its doors at the end of the month in light of a huge drop in donations amid the controversy.
Rabun County Commission Chairman Butch Darnell said he thinks the new leadership will be a positive change for the shelter.
"I think by them being more accessible through their businesses and people being able to get in touch and talk with them, I think they're maybe not nearly as isolated as the other group was," said Darnell.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Internal Revenue Service's investigation into Kilby is ongoing.
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