Rabun County animal shelter director fired

Rabun County animal shelter director fired

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RABUN COUNTY, Ga. -

The Boggs Mountain Humane Shelter board of directors voted unanimously on Thursday to fire the woman caught by the FOX 5 I-Team lying to donors.

A former Boggs Mountain employee told FOX 5's I-Team that the shelter's director, Lowanda "Peanut" Kilby, deceived pet lovers through a program called Lucky Dogs. In the program, customers paid at least $100 to ensure that their donated dogs and cats would not be euthanized. However, the I-Team obtained records showing a dozen such animals killed at Boggs Mountain since May.

Boggs temporarily closed after the I-Team caught director Kilby lying about what really happens to some animals put into the Lucky Dog program.

The GBI and local authorities have opened a criminal probe.

The state Department of Agriculture counted 109 dogs or cats at Boggs, so they gave immediate permission for them to be transferred to legitimate rescue groups so they could find good homes. That means for many of them, it really was their lucky day.

"We knew with what they have going on, they wouldn't have time with nine puppies, that's a lot for them to care of, considering they have as many dogs as they do now," Jaime Henry of the Chester County Animal Control.

Chester County Animal Control originally transferred a black lab and nine puppies to Boggs earlier this month, sold on the shelter's supposed no-kill policy. The South Carolina county shelter says they've already found foster homes for the animals.

FOX 5 saw others retrieve dogs or cats from Boggs as well.

The chairperson of the Boggs board of directors, Penny Burkitt, also showed up as the I-Team was taping. A whistleblower who alerted the Fox5 I-Team says she originally told Burkitt about troubles with director Kilby, but the board didn't announce an investigation until our stories created an international uproar. People from across the United States and other countries were stunned by the audacity of what we uncovered.

Burkitt has now resigned from the board.

In her resignation letter, Burkitt said she hopes that "as a result of my resignation that the organization can move forward and heal in a more expeditious path."

In the meantime, volunteers spent the day at the now-closed shelter making sure that the animals left behind get regular walks and loving attention.

"I do think there are a lot of good people still there and hopefully they can turn it back around, I really do. And in the future, I hope that we can work with them again, but it will be a while and they'll have to prove to us that they can do what's proper," said Henry.

Protesters are still planning a big rally Saturday at noon at the Rabun County Courthouse in Clayton. They hope to help donors find out whether the animals Boggs Mountain promised were adopted to other homes are really still alive.

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