One of Georgia's best no-kill animal rescue efforts and sanctuaries will be closed by the Georgia Department of Agriculture
A signer ici : http://www.petitiononline.com/neGAngel/petition.html
Leur site : http://www.negacanineangels.com/
Urgent : merci de faire circuler sur tous les forums internationaux
Ce refuge (sans euthanasie) fait l'objet de plusieurs persécutions ayant
un seul objetif : le faire fermer.
"All charges were later dropped but in the bargaining Canine Angels will
be forced to give up about 150 dogs and over a dozen cats by June 3 and
faces fines of $15,000". Si ces animaux ne sont pas placés avant cette
date, ils seront euthanasiés conformément aux souhaits des autorités
"the authorities plan to seize the animals and banish them to kill
shelters where their fate is certain"
Le follow-up de la pétition se trouve plus bas.
Juste une parenthèse ici pour présenter l'excellent livre : "Pieces of
My Heart" de J. Willis dont il est question plus bas.
Extrait : http://web.mit.edu/darviso/Public/Other/how-could-you.pdf
Je retiendrai le passage suivant :
" She gently placed a tourniquet around my foreleg as a tear ran down
her cheek. I licked
her hand in the same way I used to comfort you so many years ago. She
expertly slid the
hypodermic needle into my vein. As I felt the sting and the cool liquid
coursing through my
body, I lay down sleepily, looked into her kind eyes and murmured "How
Perhaps because she understood my dogspeak, she said "I'm so sorry." She
and hurriedly explained it was her job to make sure I went to a better
place, where I wouldn't be
ignored or abused or abandoned, or have to fend for myself -- a place of
love and light so very
different from this earthly place. With my last bit of energy, I tried
to convey to her with a thump
of my tail that my "How could you?" was not meant for her. It was you,
My Beloved Master, I
was thinking of. I will think of you and wait for you forever.
May everyone in your life continue to show you so much loyalty."
PRESS RELEASE -- For immediate release, May 22, 2006
International Effort Underway To Save "Persecuted" No-Kill Animal Rescue
and Sanctuary, Canine Angels in Georgia, USA
Dewy Rose, Georgia, USA, May 22, 2006 --
One of the most published animal advocates in the world is calling for
Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to intervene and save a well-known no-kill
animal sanctuary, Canine Angels in Dewy Rose from being shut down.
Author Jim Willis whose essay "How Could You?" has been published in
over 40 languages and whose best-selling book "Pieces of My Heart" has
been published in seven countries says the State's treatment of Canine
Angels and its founder/director Sue Wells is "criminal."
Wells and co-director Lynette Rowe ran into legal difficulties with
Georgia's Department of Agriculture and were charged with animal
cruelty. All charges were later dropped but in the bargaining Canine
Angels will be forced to give up about 150 dogs and over a dozen cats by
June 3 and faces fines of $15,000. Local animal welfare advocates say a
former animal control officer who was fired was instrumental in causing
difficulty for Canine Angels. Animal advocates from as far away as
Europe are gearing up for a protest action that could include asking
animal-lovers everywhere to boycott the State of Georgia and Elbert County.
"The charges were totally unfounded and caused them to lose donors and
volunteers and adopters," Willis said and stated he was flooded with
information that included eyewitness accounts and photographs about the
sanctuary and the excellent condition of the animals as well as
suspicious actions of the authorities, especially the former animal
"I think they have a real basis to sue for damages," he said. "Sue and
Lynette have driven themselves to exhaustion and the poorhouse saving
those animals, restoring them to health, and basically taking over the
responsibilities of the community and local government for animal care.
Instead of being praised for their efforts and assisted, they've been
persecuted. Worse, the authorities plan to seize the animals and banish
them to kill shelters where their fate is certain. The State browbeat
them into submission and forced them to accept a bad deal that Sue
agreed to as the only chance to save her animals' lives. Meanwhile,
there is illegal dogfighting going on down the road from Canine Angels
and the authorities are ignoring that situation!"
Animal advocates say if the State does not intervene and grant the
sanctuary more time to reduce its animal population by adopting out
animals and allow it to continue operating as a no-kill facility, and
drop the fines imposed on Wells, they will call for an economic boycott.
"Americans keep more pets and spend more money on their pets than any
country in the world," Willis said. "We pour over $38 billion per year
into the national economy. We vote our conscience and we have economic
might. Canine Angels has been spending money locally, struggling for
existence, and has been basically ignored, including by the media. The
allegations about the improprieties committed by some officials, the
lies and concerted effort to bring down such a fine animal rescue and
placement effort are out there and should be investigated."
"It is nothing short of scandalous what the authorities in Georgia have
done to these two women. And in the process they have put their animals
in jeopardy. We know from reputable sources that the animals at Canine
Angels are healthy and live in sanitary conditions. They are getting
proper care, exercise, love, and are able to live without the threat of
a premature death," wrote Mary Alice Pollard in Cornwall, England, to
the international animal welfare community. Pollard represents the
International Organization for Animal Protection, affiliated with the
United Nations Department of Public Information, and founded Cornwall's
Voice for Animals.
Willis, Pollard and other animal advocates are circulating contact
information for county and state departments and the media and asking
animal lovers worldwide to join the protest. He is confident the
Governor will respond.
"We're asking everybody to call Gov. Perdue at his office --
404-656-1776 -- Dept. of Ag. Commissioner Tommy Irvin at 404-656-3600 or
800-282-5852, the Animal Protection Division at 404-656-4914, and the
Elbert County Commissioners at 706-283-2000," Willis said.
He added, "Georgia has a governor who is also a veterinarian, he is the
father of a minister, he and the First Lady have been foster parents of
children and she has volunteered for a children's youth ministry. These
are compassionate, educated, sensible people of faith. Surely they can
see that what Georgia's Dept. of Agriculture and Elbert County are
trying to do to Canine Angels is criminal. Their actions are definitely
sending a wrong message about Georgia."
In her appeal for support for Canine Angels, Mary Alice Pollard stated
"Recently I've read increasingly more about animal shelters in the USA
where the animals are abused by their 'caretakers' and killed in the
most horrific ways -- and this in public funded facilities. I think it
is time the media demand that the authorities start cleaning up the real
problems over there!"
For more information contact:
Sue Wells and Lynette Rowe
2179 Pulliam Mill Rd
Dewy Rose, GA, 30634
Visit Canine Angel's website: http://www.negacanineangels.com/
See the animals available for adoption whose lives have been threatened
by the State's actions:
Contact all of the following and ask them to save Canine Angels:
Georgia Department of Agriculture
19 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr., S.W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
Tele: (404) 656-3645
Toll Free: (800) 282-5852
TTY: (404) 657-8387
Tommy Irvin; Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Agriculture
Contact:Michelle Carroll, Confidential Secretary
Tele: (404) 656-3600
Fax: (404) 651-8206
Mary Greene, Ag. Mgr. III
Tele: (404) 656-4914
Fax: (404) 463-8195
Email: Animal Protection Section
Elbert County, GA
10 W. Church Street
Elberton, GA 30635-1931