Posted: Wednesday, September 4th 2013 at 8:26pm
Rabun Co. woman indicted on 60 counts of theft
CLAYTON - The woman responsible for the euthanization of 28 cats and dogs at a Rabun County animal shelter was indicted this evening on 60 counts of theft.
Lowanda Peanut Kilby was charged with counts varying from theft by deception, theft by taking, computer theft and racketeering. She was not, however, charged with any counts of animal cruelty, as the animals were put down and not tortured.
Kilby faces an arraignment on September 25th and has a $100,000 bond.
Fox 5 uncovered the operation last summer. Kilby told pet owners that their surrendered pets would be kept alive and adopted out, but only if they paid a fee for the animals to be included in the Boggs Mountain Humane Shelter's Lucky Dog program.
Instead, Kilby wired the money to her personal PayPal account. Donors received receipts and even photos and letters detailing their pet's new life.
Matt Rains told Fox 5 that his dog, Lola, had to be surrendered because she jumped his six-foot fence. "I have a $140 receipt where I paid to have her put in to that program, I have a thank you letter and a letter saying that she had been adopted out into a home... and they killed her."
The 28 dogs and cats euthanized, along with their former owners, were listed in the indictment.
Fox 5 contributed to this report
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