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Sent: October 3, 2016

Telephone/Text: 256-302-3823
P.O. Box 1095 Dawsonville GA 30534-0022
All Donations Are Tax Deductible


"Like us, animals feel love, joy, fear and pain, but they cannot grasp the spoken word. It is our obligation to speak on their behalf ensuring their well-being and lives are respected and protected.”
― Sylvia Dolson, Joy of Bears

"Compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind.”
― Albert Schweitzer

Dear Friends,

We had a very exciting couple of days this month. Doing nightly rounds to check on dogs, I walked out the back door of the dog building to see a VERY large snake as it was uncoiling. It was as startled to see me as I was it. And, I don't mean your garden variety large snake. This one was bigger around than my arm and very long.

Running back to the cat building, I was shaking and could barely speak (a reason my helpers think we should keep the snake). Of course no one believed it is was large as I was saying. One even said, "That's in terror size, don't you think?"

Grabbing flashlights, we all went back to determine just how scared I was. But, there it was, a huge snake. Sort of a greenish, gold brown, with a large head and seemingly unafraid of people. It lay still observing us.

Kat said, "I feel like I'm being weighed for dinner." One of the people there at the time said, "Wow. Do you know what this is? It's a Boa." Words to send shivers down your back. He walked behind it, and very gently pushed his hands around it, lifting it from the ground. I nearly fainted. "Put it down, put it down" Kat was saying. "We can't leave it out here. It could eat the puppies" he countered. Carrying it into one of the rooms with a door that can actually close off a room, he laid it down. "Now what?, asked Kat. He answered, "Why--you sleep out here with him so he can use your body heat to stay warm." "Oh, no. I am not very warm-blooded. Not on my best day" she answered.

So the snake was given a very large, shallow bowl of water, and a whole bale of hay spread out for bedding. "What about food" came from someone. "You volunteering?" asked Kat. Shutting the door, we all trooped out.

About daylight, everyone was back to see the snake. Opening the door was exciting. Everyone was expecting to get another close-up look at the snake.....but he wasn't there! We turned over every inch of the hay, but no snake. We searched the yard, counted the animals to make sure they were all accounted for, then searched some more, including the woods nearby. Still no snake. All day, one of us was "on guard" just in case it came back.

Then, making the rounds that night, there it was. Right back in the same place it was the night before. This time we secured it in a very large dog crate. We went from door to door at all nearby houses, asking if anyone had lost this beautiful creature.

Finally, we found the owner. The snake is indeed a he and his name is Sir Charles. He is 14 feet long, but no one is sure of his weight." He is a "heavy" pronounced Kat. We accepted that as fact and we all petted Sir Charles, said good-night and went home to discuss our latest adventure.

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WISH LIST MOST NEEDED ITEMS—I know this sounds familiar--and it is because the need never abates. We desperately need laundry detergent, paper towels, Pine Sol and disinfecting wipes. And, of course, we ALWAYS need food. We came close to running out in September but several of you came through with extra support after we sent out a special appeal. Please help us make sure that the wonderful animals we share are never hungry.

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STAMP REPORT – Thank you to Lois Holbrook and Jamie Reagin for sending stamps in September. We can never have too many.

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THANK YOU—This list contains our appreciation for your support in September. If your name is not included, and should have been, please let us know. We want you to know how much we appreciate each and every bit of support we get from all of you.

To Vicky Murphy once again for your monthly on-line support. We appreciate being able to count on your support each and every month.

To Jamie Reagin for sending both dog food and Fancy Feast in addition to your monthly financial support.

To Robert Richie for sending a generous donation for Chewie, the black cat you rescued.

To Mary Jane Johnson for continuing to help both the shelter and me with your on line support each and every month.

To Walter Gordy for your especially generous support in September. We want you to know how much we appreciate your loyalty all these years. You are the one who suggested we tell the stories of all our animals in the newsletter. Great suggestion! A special Thank You!

To Gloria Overbey for your sending vet bill support twice in September.

To Kathy Beckman for sending us the very generous Lowes card. These are like “gold” to us.

To Kelly Meeks for your on-line extra support once again in September “to help with food for the sweet animals.”

To Avis Buchanan for your most appreciated support in September.

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ITEMS ALWAYS NEEDED AND WELCOME—Many items we use to care for the safety and comfort of our animals are available at either Home Depot or Lowes. Gift cards from either place are much appreciated.

Gift cards for any other store at which we can buy items needed at the shelter, such as bleach, detergent, tall kitchen bags, paper plates, Pine-Sol, brooms, scrub buckets, dishwashing liquid, dry cat and dog food, cat and dog treats, and paper towels. Walmart, Kroger, PETCO, Home Depot, Lowes and PetSmart cards are especially welcome.

Purchase of gasoline is a major expense. Gift cards would help a lot. Nearby stations include Chevron, Amoco, Conoco, BP, Shell and Texaco.

Any type of animal medicine.

A special gift designated to help with our veterinary bills.

Our utility bills vary from month to month but your help with paying them is always very much appreciated.

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STILL NEEDED: Electric floor cleaner. I understand Swiffer makes a very good one.

STILL NEEDED: Belt pulley for shelter lawn mower - $80. Mower will not start without this.

STILL NEEDED: Repair or replacement of truck transmission - $800.

ALWAYS NEEDED: Paper towels and laundry detergent. These are needed in large amounts daily.

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Until September 13, animal abusers in Ohio were never sent to jail for their first offense, no matter how horrible the crime. Even repeat offenders typically served little or no jail time.

Because of the state’s weak animal welfare laws, an abuser like Harley Paynter could brutally mutilate a pug yet face a maximum sentence of only 180 days in jail (Paynter was released after just 86 days). The judge called it the worst case of animal abuse he’d ever seen in his 24 years on the bench, but under the state law, it could only be considered a misdemeanor.
“If individuals know there is no possibility that there will be prison time if they commit egregious acts of cruelty against companion animals, they are going to continue to do those crimes,” Corey Roscoe, Ohio state director for the Humane Society of the United States, said in 2015. “They need to be separated from the rest of society that is adhering to the law.”

Fortunately, thanks to Goddard’s Law (House Bill 60), which was signed into law by Gov. John Kasich in June and went into effect this month, anyone who knowingly causes pain or physical harm to a companion animal in Ohio – including depriving the animal of food, water and shelter — will no longer be charged with a mere first-degree misdemeanor. Instead, it’s now a fifth-degree felony.

Goddard’s Law was named after Dick Goddard, a longtime activist and now-retired TV weatherman who for years advocated for tougher animal welfare laws in Ohio. It was introduced by Rep. Dave Hall (a Republican) and Rep. Bill Patmon (a Democrat), who said it was the toughest piece of legislation he’d ever tried to get passed.

Although the same bill passed the Ohio House of Representatives 84-8 in 2014, it died in the state Senate that year. This time around, thanks to the efforts of supporters like the Public Animal Welfare Society of Ohio (PAWS Ohio), the bill was passed unanimously in the state Senate.

The new law also imposes mandatory prison time for anyone who assaults a police or service animal. In addition, it requires state officials to make a collaborative effort to help veterinarians identify pet owners who may be using their animals to get opioids.
The maximum sentence for a fifth-degree felony in Ohio is six to 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine. Most fifth-degree felony convictions do not result in prison time, Steffen Baldwin, president and CEO of the Animal Cruelty Task Force of Ohio, told the Telegraph-Forum last year.

Yes, Ohio’s state’s animal cruelty laws should be tougher, but they’re now better than the slap on the wrist that they used to be.

To its credit, Ohio began taking steps toward strengthening these laws a few years ago with the 2013 passage of Nitro’s Law, which made it a felony on a first offense for kennel operators to commit acts of animal cruelty or neglect.

In 2014, Ohio enacted a provision allowing companion animals to be included in protective orders, helping to save the lives of pets involved in domestic violence situations. Currently 31 states, along with the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, have enacted laws with these provisions.

Ohio ranked at No. 27 in the 2015 U.S. Animal Protection Laws Rankings report published by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, putting it in the country’s middle tier. It has a ways to go before catching up to top-tier states like Illinois, Oregon and Maine that have the toughest animal welfare laws in the country – but the passage of Goddard’s Law should deservedly help it climb a couple of notches.

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