Home for Good Dog Rescue co-founder makes accusations against director of Augusta Animal Services

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 5:57 PM
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A co-founder of an animal rescue based in New Jersey said that his organization has been blocked from getting dogs from Augusta Animal Services and that at least one diseased puppy died after the director refused to allow his group to take it to a veterinarian for treatment.

The Home for Good Dog Rescue pays full adoption fees to overpopulated shelters in Georgia and South Carolina and places the dogs into foster homes in New Jersey until they are adopted. Co-founder Richard Errico said that since his group’s foundation in 2010, he has found permanent homes for about 400 dogs from Augusta.

But since March, when the Augusta shelter lost its part-time veterinarian, who performed weekly spays and neuters, Director Sharon Broady has not allowed his rescue to take any animals, even after he offered to arrange and pay for the animals’ sterilizations, Errico said.

“We have said we would guarantee compliance, but they would rather euthanize than work with us,” Errico said.

Georgia law requires all animals to be sterilized before leaving a municipal shelter, but it also permits shelters to enter into written contracts with rescue groups or individuals guaranteeing animals will be sterilized within 30 days.

Broady, who has led the Augusta shelter since 2010 after 36 years at the Richmond County Correctional Institution, has said she will not enter into contracts with rescue groups because of low compliance in the past.

Broady on Monday declined to respond to Errico’s allegations, and did not reply to repeated messages requesting an interview Tuesday.

Errico said her decision is diminishing the chances of healthy animals being adopted, and in one case, guaranteed death.

According to a letter Errico sent to Mayor Deke Copenhaver and the 10 members of the Augusta Commission, his group tried to adopt an ill Labrador-mix puppy named Nicholas on April 3 but Broady refused to release the dog because it had not been sterilized.

Errico said he offered to have the puppy sterilized and to return proof it had been done as allowed by law, and offered to provide veterinary care and a local foster home.

After Broady refused, Errico said, he received a call from an animal control officer explaining the dog was ill with canine parvovirus and was not receiving medical treatment.

Errico said he offered to transport the animal at his expense to a 24-hour vet equipped to treat parvo, but Broady “claimed the puppy had to be treated by a veterinarian of her choice,” according to his letter.

The vet selected by Broady was not equipped to treat parvo, a contagious virus, but even so, Broady refused to allow Errico to take it to a 24-hour veterinarian.

Errico said he “went above Broady” and persuaded the vet to transfer the animal to St. Francis Animal Hospital for correct treatment. After the Home for Good Dog Rescue spent $3,000 at St. Francis on the animal, it died because “too much time had gone by,” Errico said.

“With parvo, speed is the key. If you can catch it right away, the dog stands a fighting chance,” Errico said. “We have an excellent, excellent record with bringing parvo dogs to survival. That dog would have stood a very, very good chance to survive if (Broady) had cooperated. Instead she chose to prove a point.”

On June 26, Broady presented the Augusta Commission with revised animal-related city ordinances but did not include a proposal to contract with rescue groups interested in adopting unaltered animals even after half of the local shelter’s advisory board suggested such an arrangement.

The commission directed Interim Administrator Tameka Allen to meet with the advisory board and Broady on the issue, which will take place this week.

Errico said that the Home for Good Dog Rescue has offered to meet with Broady to share details on its spay/neuter program but that she declined.

At the June commission meeting, Broady said she will not contract with rescue groups because Georgia law does not allow her to pick and choose whom she contracts with. Broady said that if she arranges contracts with rescue groups, she also has to provide that opportunity to private residents, who are even less likely to follow through with sterilization.

According to Mark Murrah, the companion animal manager for the Georgia Department of Agriculture, shelters can indeed adopt unaltered animals to rescues under contract and still refuse to contract with individual residents.

“How the shelter picks who they will treat how is their decision, just as long as the sterilization act is complied with,” Murrah said in an e-mail to The Augusta Chronicle.

Errico said rescues such as his have incentives to sterilize adopted pets because they could lose their licenses if they fail to comply with the law.

“By permitting adoption to animal rescue groups under such a contract, the county shelter will be shifting the financial burden from your tax payers to the privately funded rescue groups,” Errico said in his letter. “We are willing and able to rescue and adopt many more dogs and have them sterilized, inoculated and adopted, all at our sole expense ... if a dog or puppy has an offer for adoption, it is highly unethical and unnecessary to euthanize the animal.”

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TCB22
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TCB22 07/08/14 - 06:53 pm
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Sad.

I feel so powerless right now. If I did have any power in this situation, this "director" would be in the unemployment office tomorrow. Stand up straight, gentlemen and lady, and do what you know is right on behalf of these defenseless animals. Do it tomorrow.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 07/08/14 - 07:12 pm
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Director of local animal shelter has to GO

NOW!!!! I think too much time has been spent already piddling around to apease this woman who should be back in her former job - she has NO business whatsoever being in charge of an animal shelter. She should be excused from her duties for the time being until a permanent solution can be found. A person who has empathy for animals not one who insists on having her way, getting pets killed by the hundreds just because her mood says so. This pitiful excuse for a director???? of a shelter for animals needs to be given the boot. Folks, lets get together, I tried it once before - write to all the Commissioners - to the Mayor, anyone else you can think of - I know Obama can't help - but for the sake of those poor creatures that can't talk for themselves and those kind people in New Jersey that WANT to help and CAN'T because of this stubborn woman - see the example mentioned in the article, lets get together and help - to put someone else in charge may be the first step to a partial solution.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/08/14 - 08:05 pm
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Ms. Broady is DOING HER JOB

Ms. Broady is DOING HER JOB and complying with Georgia law.

Something is very, very wrong here. There certainly isn't a shortage of adoption animals in New Jersey. When something doesn't make sense, it's because it's not right.

Why would anybody transport mutts to New Jersey to be adopted out, when there are more dogs than anybody knows what to do with in nearby New York City?

Ask yourself this- why isn't this New Jersey organization taking in dogs from New York City? Why do they have to go to Georgia and South Carolina to get dogs?

Why not New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina?

Why would they get dogs from 600 miles away, when there are dogs that are much cheaper to transport close by? Is it maybe because nobody from Georgia or South Carolina is likely to go to New Jersey to inspect them?

Maybe Ms. Broady is DOING HER JOB and has the exact same questions that I do!

corgimom
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corgimom 07/08/14 - 08:09 pm
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http://www.ripoffreport.com/r

http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/home-for-good-dog-rescue/summit-new-jersey...

Now, I don't know who wrote this, or how accurate it is. Do they REALLY charge $335 for an adoption fee?

I think this needs to be investigated further before people condemn Ms. Broady. Something is very fishy about all of this.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/08/14 - 08:20 pm
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And I read the rebuttal to

And I read the rebuttal to the complaint. According to their contract, if you adopt a dog, you have 10 days to return it, but you have to foster it for an additional 2 weeks after you notify them that you are returning it.

WHAT??? So if a dog tries to bite somebody, or is fighting with another pet, or gets very sick, the person that adopted the dog is stuck with it for another 2 weeks?

Who would agree to that? Who would write a contract like that?

If you need to return a dog, why would you want to keep it for another 2 weeks if you are having serious problems with it?

Maybe the reason why it doesn't adopt dogs from those states that I mentioned is that there are laws in those states that prohibit that dreadful kind of requirement in their contract law.

Again, something is very wrong with this.

TCB22
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TCB22 07/08/14 - 08:44 pm
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Nope.

You can't deflect attention a away from the fact that this "director" has no management or cooperative skills. She isn't working with ANY rescue organization. I'm sure I could do searches that talk about how wonderful or terrible they each are, but don't get blurred vision about the fact that the first step is to un-employ the "director" tomorrow. Remember too that there are many more unwanted animals in the south due to freezing temps up north.

triscuit
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triscuit 07/08/14 - 08:57 pm
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Who is Broady related

Who is Broady related to/connected to diwn at The Palace to get this appointment when she had no prior exp with animals?

corgimom
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corgimom 07/08/14 - 09:16 pm
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Who says she has to work with

Who says she has to work with any rescue organization?

I don't recall any Augusta commission vote that said that, please let me know when they did.

But I'm telling you, she seems like a very savvy, smart woman, and if she worked in a prison, I think that she knows something wrong when she sees it, and I think she does. Because this doesn't make sense to me, and I think it doesn't make sense to her, either.

"Remember too that there are many more unwanted animals in the south due to freezing temps up north." So what? There are still thousands of shelter animals up there, why would they have to come 600 miles to find animals? Do you think that all the shelters in PA, DE, VA, and NC are totally empty?

corgimom
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corgimom 07/08/14 - 09:53 pm
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Well, triscuit, she worked at

Well, triscuit, she worked at a prison for 36 years, sounds to me like she has plenty of experience working with animals.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/08/14 - 09:24 pm
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Once those dogs are taken

Once those dogs are taken across the Georgia state line, a rescue group isn't obligated to do ANYTHING, because Georgia no longer has jurisdiction.

Which MIGHT be why they don't rescue New Jersey dogs, you think?

I think Ms. Broady is very, very, VERY smart, and I think that she knows way more than she lets on.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/08/14 - 10:00 pm
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Co-founder Richard Errico

Co-founder Richard Errico said that since his group’s foundation in 2010, he has found permanent homes for about 400 dogs from Augusta.

AC, now this is serious.

I looked at Richard Errico's site, and he said that he has found permanent homes for about 400 dogs.

Your story says 400 dogs FROM AUGUSTA.

So does that mean that he gets his dogs EXCLUSIVELY from Augusta, which would make absolutely NO SENSE WHATSOEVER, unless something very fishy was going on?

Like maybe his contracts aren't valid in the other states, but are in Georgia? Or there's something about Georgia laws that make it very advantageous for him to get Augusta dogs, and not other states? Like maybe Georgia doesn't enforce their laws, or the penalties are very small?

The more that I see of this, the more I think that Ms. Broady is on to something.

Her job is to protect those dumb helpless animals, and I think maybe she is doing just that very thing.

Her job is to also protect Richmond County, and I think maybe she's doing that too.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 07/08/14 - 10:58 pm
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to corgimom

if she is protecting Richmond County I am leaving!

corgimom
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corgimom 07/08/14 - 11:21 pm
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That's your choice, TW.

That's your choice, TW.

There are a lot of people that make money off of innocent animals, and there is something very disturbing about all of this.

Does anybody think that he couldn't find 400 animals in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, or North Carolina, in a 4 year period?

I'm hesitant to say more, but I don't like this at all.

THINK, TW.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 07/08/14 - 11:21 pm
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I doubt many of you have

I doubt many of you have actually made multiple visits to the Augusta Animal Services facility in the last few years. I can say from first hand observations that it is, and has been, in a downward spiral since Broady took over. Director Broady needs to go back to the prison system...preferably as a guest.

I know corgimom likes to rub against the grain on many issues but please tell us how many visits have you personally made to Augusta Animal Services before and after Broady took over. The difference in the operation and cleanliness and the number of dogs available for adoption is as noticeable as being hit up side the head with a 2x4. What we have out there is what was a fairly decent, fairly new facility that is being run very poorly. I don't know what kind of job Broady did at taking care of prisoners but she ain't worth a toot at taking care of the animals or getting them up for adoption.

I know you can't save all of them but you can save some of them and Broady ain't making an effort to save ANY of them. Broady is too dense to understand what the law ACTUALLY says and she is killing lots of animals that COULD LEGALLY be transferred to rescue groups under contract. The commission needs to be jumping up and down on Broady's head or replacing her with someone with a high enough IQ to be able to read and understand the law.

"According to Mark Murrah, the companion animal manager for the Georgia Department of Agriculture, shelters can indeed adopt unaltered animals to rescues under contract and still refuse to contract with individual residents."

Enough said. Broady ain't the brightest bulb on the tree. They need to replace her NOW and start transferring as many of these innocent animals to rescue groups as possible. They also need to get a full time or part time vet at Animal Services to sterilize some of these animals and get them ready for local adoptions. But Broady needs to GO.....NOW.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/08/14 - 11:40 pm
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http://www.gooddogrescue.com/

http://www.gooddogrescue.com/AdoptableDogs.htm

Take a look at Bella and Bing, they sure look like pit bull mixes to me!

amarie525
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amarie525 07/08/14 - 11:43 pm
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wow

corgi must be bff with the director....

corgimom
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corgimom 07/08/14 - 11:46 pm
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It's not Broady's fault that

It's not Broady's fault that there's no vet. The word has been out for years about RC Animal Shelter. It's also not her fault what Georgia law says.

She's not in charge of hiring a vet, that would be THE COMMISSIONERS, who would take 6 months to pick out a candy bar at Kroger's, after having a study done, argue about it, and then vote along racial lines. Which also may be part of the problem, is maybe the unspoken requirement that the new head of the facility possess a particular color of skin?

She can't go, by law there has to be an administrator, and it's such a thankless job, and a controversial one, and RC has a bad rep, I think they are going to have a hard time finding one.

She isn't doing anything criminal. She isn't breaking the law. There isn't any grounds to fire her.

And she has a point- if she lets some people take animals out without spaying, then she has to let all of them go- which means that there's going to be another wave of unwanted pets.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/08/14 - 11:47 pm
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Instead of calling for her

Instead of calling for her firing, what people need to do is pressure the Commissioners to HIRE A VET! That's where the problem lies, not in Broady!

IBeDogGone
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IBeDogGone 07/09/14 - 02:18 am
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WHAT YOU TWO GOT GOING ON CORIGMON?

It seems as you have a personal crusade going on for Broady and no sympathy for the animals.

curly123053
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curly123053 07/09/14 - 07:49 am
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Pathetic

Broady needs to go !! I have worked in a county animal shelter and most directors I know go out of the way to help the animals get to a rescue group which is trying to work with them. This zero tolerance policy of Broady's is KILLING animals.

Cameron Poe
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Cameron Poe 07/09/14 - 08:19 am
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I am pretty sure Mr. Murrah

I am pretty sure Mr. Murrah made it clear that Broady was/is not following the law, due to the fact that her interpretation is wrong.

While she may not be in charge of hiring a vet she is in charge of picking one when an animal is sick, and from what the article says she is accused of not even being able to do that properly.

Sounds to me like Ms Broady may not be where the entire problem lies, but she is definitely a significant part of it.

Sean Moores
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Sean Moores 07/09/14 - 09:27 am
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@ Corgi 10pm

I checked his web site and I saw this on the front page: "Since our inception in August 2010, we have rescued and adopted over 2,700 dogs into loving homes" Where did you see the 400 total number? I can check with Tracey if need be.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/09/14 - 09:37 am
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Sean, I saw a different page,

Sean, I saw a different page, I think an older one that wasn't dated.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/09/14 - 10:13 am
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But let's do the math for a

But let's do the math for a minute.

2700 dogs x $335.00 (minimum) = $904,500, roughly $225,000 per year. That's some rescue group.

And the taxpayers of Richmond County are the ones paying for the immunization of these dogs, for which Richmond County adopts out at $75 for a male dog, $85 for a female (and RC taxpayers would pay for the spay/neuter when there was a vet.) The rates in RC are very low, and are set at that point to encourage adoption, and aren't designed to make money. Anybody that can get a neutered male dog, with all their shots, for $75 is getting a very good deal. Maybe that's why they like RC, because the profit margin is higher.

That rescue group is making some serious money off of RC. I understand that there are transportation costs, but when you consider that the dogs are already vaccinated and spayed/neutered, paid for by the taxpayers of RC, I'd say that rescue has got a very, very, very good deal going. And the transportation costs aren't much, because they ship lots of dogs all at the same time.

And again, I ask- why would they choose dogs from Georgia, when there are so many in other states that are a whole lot closer, and would be cheaper to transport?

If they have placed 400 dogs from Augusta, that's $134,000 in gross revenue right there, and a good chunk of that is pure profit.

I don't know what the State of Georgia laws are, but I always thought that to transport a dog across state lines for commercial purposes, they have to be healthy and a vet has to certify that they aren't sick, and that you can't transport a dog with known parvo. Aside from the fact that it would be unethical to release a dog with parvo, a dog with parvo is very sick, and doesn't need to be riding for hours in a horse trailer. It would be cruel to do that to a sick dog. And with a dog that is sick with parvo, some pull through with treatment, but many of them die anyway, even with the best of care, there is no guarantee ever that they will survive. So how is Mr. Errico so sure that the parvo dog would've survived?

So how was Ms. Broady wrong in not allowing the sick dog to be released? What poor unsuspecting person would want to adopt a dog that had already had parvo? Why would any rescue group want a sick dog, that could infect other dogs? Why would the transport people be willing to transport a parvo dog, so that all the other dogs could be infected, and then have to sterilize their horse trailer? For a Pound Hound, a mutt?

corgimom
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corgimom 07/09/14 - 10:25 am
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IBeDog, I have never met Ms.

IBeDog, I have never met Ms. Broady. But I have a lot of fondness for RC Animal Control, they were very, very helpful to me several years back.

If RC wants to go into the business of supplying dogs for rescue groups to make lots of money, then let's cut to the chase and say so. But I think maybe there would be some taxpayers of RC that might have a problem with paying the costs involved for dogs that are then shipped out of state, for somebody else in New Jersey to make some very good money off of them. Because at $75 and $85 per dog, RC isn't even breaking even.

Go to a vet and see what they want to charge for a new dog exam, worming, vaccinations, and a spay/neuter, and it won't be $75 or $85. It'll be a lot more.

And one commissioner suggested that the adoption fee be cut in half, so that the rescue group could make even MORE profit while being subsidized by RC taxpayers.

And if that's what RC wants to do, then let the Commissioners say so. Let them give a clear directive to Ms. Broady, to release any and all of the dogs that rescue group wants. Let them say so publically, but let's not be coy, acknowledge what a fabulous deal that rescue group has got, and accept that the costs will be borne by the taxpayers and that RC will lose money on every single dog while that group rakes in the money.

historylover
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historylover 07/09/14 - 10:31 am
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@Corgimom

I usually really enjoy your posts and I certainly respect your right to your opinion, but I can't figure you out on this one. Why would someone whose name obviously shows love for dogs support such a broken system as currently exist at the RC Animal Shelter? I just don't understand your logic.

dogs4me
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dogs4me 07/09/14 - 12:18 pm
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Corgimom

All of Corgimoms comments are unfounded. They pay full adoption fee from RC. and much much more. "Rescue groups raking in money". OMG rescue groups live hand to mouth. We go into each month not knowing if we can pay any medical bills. A large portion of the cost comes out of pocket to continue saving dogs. "pound hound" "mutts" as you call them are living breathing loving animals. No matter the breed they are worth the best we can do to save them and allow them to live. You rant and rave pretending to care and then you use language like they are just pound hounds and mutts, why would anyone spend money on them? I can't believe what I am reading...By the way they are not transported in horse trailers. They travel better than I do in a nice new air conditioned van with two caregivers...geeze You are talking about things you know nothing about!

amers181
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amers181 07/09/14 - 12:55 pm
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corgimom

Thank you dogs4me. Corgimom has no clue!!!! Corgimom listed a link to Good Dog Rescue. Its Home For Good Dog Rescue! Wrong group…

A lot of Northern Rescue Groups pull dogs from Southern states because the stray population and euthanasia rate is much higher in the South.

Broady needs to be fired. She is killing innocent dogs when they can be rescued and have a better life elsewhere!

savethedogs
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savethedogs 07/09/14 - 01:24 pm
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Finally, a voice of reason.

Finally, a voice of reason. Rescue groups do what they do to save the lives of dogs not make money. Unfortunately, Southern states have the highest euthanasia rates in the country. The dogs being killed have the chance to go on and live wonderful lives once they are rescued. I have been to Broady's animal control. It is a crime they way the dogs/puppies are kept. Anyone who thinks differently needs to visit and see for yourself.

nicholas757
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nicholas757 07/09/14 - 01:42 pm
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Refusal to Adopt Animals to Rescue organizations

I am the former President and Vice President of Pilots N Paws, an animal transport organization. I live in the south more specifically, Virginia.

I have flown animals from all over the southern states to rescue groups in the north. The reason there is a shortage (yes shortage) of adoptable animals is most northern states have very strict spay and neuter laws. To indicate ("Remember too that there are many more unwanted animals in the south due to freezing temps up north") the weather has something to due with the shortage of adoptable pets is at best laughable. Is the author implying people in the north leave their pets out to freeze in the winter? And then run down south to get another?

One of the rescue groups I fly for is Home For Good Dog Rescue. I have been to their facility in New Jersey. They employ a full time vet tech, full time office support staff, as well as a host of dedicated volunteers. HFG not unlike other small rescue groups and even large groups like the SPCA rely on donations to stay afloat. To that end, they constantly hold fundraising events in order to meet the shortcomings from their adoption fees. To imply they have some sort of get rich scheme going on is ignorant, shortsighted and laughable. One need look no further then the $3,000 fee they paid to attempt to save the life of just one dog, Nicholas, should be all the evidence needed to attest to the kind of organization they are.

Oh and they don't just pull dogs from Georgia. I have transported animals for them from South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.

To give the likes of Sharron Broady the sole power to decide which innocent animals get to live and which animals die should never happen. Georgia law allows rescue groups to pull animals under contract. Think about the transformation that could and rightly should happen if the shelter was run by a compassionate Director who used killing as a last resort.

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