Update on Canine Angels — Georgia Officials Working with Jim Willis

The Canine Angels dogs are safe for the moment, but the moment cannot last too long. Jim Willis wrote in to let us know what...

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The Canine Angels dogs are safe for the moment, but the moment cannot last too long.

Jim Willis wrote in to let us know what is happening with the dogs.

For immediate release – Cross-posting appreciated.

Author & Animal Advocate Jim Willis Pleads For Help for Former Canine Angels Dogs,
Dewy Rose, Georgia

The catalog of dogs still in need of adoption or transfer to qualified no-kill rescues and shelters is at this link.

For more information and to arrange for an individual adoption contact:
Jim Willis c/o The Former CANINE ANGELS
2179 Pulliam Mill Rd
Dewy Rose, GA, 30634

(Due to the volume of calls, please be patient; please leave a message and an authorized representative of Jim Willis will be in contact with you shortly.)

Groups and shelters offering help for multiple dogs should contact Jim Willis directly: tiergartenjim@yahoo.com

Due to the generosity of a Georgia businessman, plans are being made to transport a quantity of dogs from Georgia to New England in a temperature-controlled tractor trailer sometime during the first week of July. Jim Willis and his representatives especially hope that groups in the Northeast can offer to take dogs and can meet that transport.

Please disregard any request for donations to the former Canine Angels. By order of the GA Dept. of Agriculture, the former Canine Angels is not allowed to solicit or accept donations; any website containing the outdated information will be updated soon. However, the dogs and the adoption effort for them are still desperate for funds and at this time Jim Willis is making arrangements with his legal counsel to receive funds for that purpose. For more information, please contact Mr. Willis’s attorney, Jim Gray and his paralegal Marla Gray, mrsjgray@aol.com

The following article appeared in a local Atlanta paper.


Shelter fined after missing state deadline
Canine Angels

By Merritt Melancon | juliana.melancon@onlineathens.com | Story updated at 12:54 AM on Thursday, June 22, 2006

The state Department of Agriculture will fine the owners of an Elbert County animal shelter for missing a deadline by two weeks to remove some 130 dogs from their 19 acres, but officials are allowing the dogs to stay at the shelter for now.
The dozens of dogs at the Canine Angels shelter in Dewy Rose now are owned by Jim Willis, the director of a North Carolina no-kill shelter who adopted the dogs en masse May 30. Since the dogs are owned legally by Willis, agriculture department officials don’t plan to seize the dogs and move them to new shelters.

Nevertheless, Canine Angels owners Sue Wells and Lynette Rowe agreed in May to give up the dogs as condition of a settlement with the state.

The dogs remain at the shelter and under Wells’ and Rowe’s care, and Willis is negotiating with the agriculture department for a temporary shelter license that would allow him to keep the dogs in Dewy Rose until they are adopted, said state Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin.

“We think that things are beginning to move now,” Irvin said. “He’s applied for a temporary shelter license, and we’re inclined to approve it because we want to make him legal since he has the animals and he’s working to find them homes. There’s really no time limit on the license he’ll be issued. We’re just taking it day by day, as long as they keep making progress.”
Under an agreement Wells struck with the agriculture department in early May, the shelter operators were required to remove all but 15 dogs by June 2 and give up her and Rowe’s right to apply for a shelter license for five years. In return, the department agreed to suspend 62 citations and $15,000 in fines the agency had racked up for unhygienic and inhumane conditions at the shelter from the Department of Agriculture’s Animal Protection Division since 2004. But Wells and Rowe gave up the agreement when they refused to let agriculture department workers enter the shelter June 2, said David Gunter, the agriculture department’s attorney.”

“Everything that was negotiated in that consent order is off the table,” Gunter said. “We’re going back and continuing with our original investigation, and they will be an issued an administrative order (detailing their charges) by the end of the month.”
Meanwhile, Wells, Rowe, Willis and volunteers that emerged after the June 2 deadline are working to find homes for the dogs. Willis is not able to take the dogs to his shelter in North Carolina because of a lack of room.

“The thing is that the dogs must be moved off the property because (Wells and Rowe are) not in compliance with the state’s regulations there, and they’re not in compliance with the county ordinances,” Willis said. “However, we are only looking for no-kill solutions for (the dogs).”


One Canine Angels volunteer, Don Hill, said that progress is being made, but there still are more than 100 dogs that need homes. “Anyone who is considering adopting a dog should help them out now,” Hill said.

Published in the Athens Banner-Herald on 062206

Follow this link to read the most recent article on the Canine Angels dogs on the Legal Animal site.


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