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December 17, 2010
Spread Some Christmas Cheer at the Shelter!
Fayette County Animal Rescue has Angel Trees at 4 locations so that you
can purchase a Christmas gift for one of our rescued dogs or cats.
Simply take an ornament off the tree and purchase one or more items
listed on it. Return the items to the location where you saw the tree
and feel free to keep the ornament as a token of our thanks. The Angel
Trees are located at: Image Salon, 7056 Hwy. 64, Oakland; Hollywood
Feed, 7085 Hwy. 64, Oakland; Animal Care Hospital, 8565 Hwy. 64,
Somerville; and Somerville Animal Hospital, 119 W. Court Square,
Somerville. At Three Dog Bakery in Collierville we have a wish list
posted so that you can buy items in the store and donate them to the
shelter as well. We will leave the trees up until after New Year’s.
You can also get your pet's photo taken with Santa this weekend at the Petsmart located across from the Wolfchase Mall. Santa and his elves
will there Dec. 18 and Dec. 19 from 11:00-4:00. The photos are $9.95 and
$5.00 from every photo is donated to our shelter. Santa will be
Thank you so much and Happy Holidays!!
Mail your tax-deductible contributions to FCAR, P.O. Box
44, Rossville, TN 38066 Tax ID# 62-1836008.
December 3, 2010
of 9 Seized Dogs Finally Gets a Home!
March of this year we seized 9 dogs in a cruelty investigation. Some of
them had a severe case of mange and it took them awhile to get better.
They were all very precious, small dogs and we expected them to get
adopted quickly. After all, a lot of people call requesting a small dog
to adopt. Well, it took longer than we thought for the last two dogs,
Scooby and Hot Dog, to get adopted. They are little Jack Russell mixes,
and we actually thought they would get a home before the other dogs.
They are so sweet and playful, too. Well, Scooby finally got adopted a
few weeks ago by his foster mom. That was completely unexpected because
she didn’t really want to even foster a Jack Russell! But, she fell in
love with him and had to keep him. So that left little Hot Dog. We had
him for a few more weeks after Scooby went to his home, and we couldn’t
figure out why no one was interested in him. But, fortunately, the right
family came along and welcomed him into their home, which is a great
place for Hot Dog. They have a huge backyard where he can run and chase
his new “sister”, Lilly, a beautiful tan boxer/lab mix. It was love at
first sight for the two of them and Hot Dog made himself right at home
that day and even slept in his new owners’ bed that night! What a happy
ending for a sweet little dog who came from such bad living conditions!
These happy endings could not be
possible without the support of so many people. To those of you that
support us financially or by volunteering or in any other way, we thank
you so much for giving second chances to our rescues who deserve a good
Mail your tax-deductible
contributions to FCAR, P.O. Box 44, Rossville, TN 38066 Tax ID#
Adopted Rescue Horse "Bandit" Update
In 2008 FCAR rescued 17 starving horses from a farm
in Williston, TN. One of those horses, Bandit, was adopted by
Priscilla Presley and Graceland Enterprises in December 2008.
To read the latest about Bandit in the MidSouth
Horse Review click
July 16, 2010
is a beautiful yellow lab mix that has been at the shelter for 10 years
and is 12 years old. Everyone loved her and loved to play with her. A
long time ago, we used to let her leave the shelter to explore for a
little while on the property. Then when it was time to go, we’d call her
name and she would come running back and go right into her kennel. We
couldn’t do that with any other dog! We called her “Queen of the
Shelter” because she had been with us so long.
Blondie developed a very large
fatty tumor on one side of her. It looked strange, but was not a health
concern. She also has a heart murmur and has to stay on medication for
the rest of her life. Given her age, too, she was not considered a
highly adoptable dog.
However, a wonderful couple saw
Blondie on our website and became interested in her. They met her at an
adoption day and decided to foster her. After having her in their home
for just 3 days, they called us and said they wanted to keep her! She
had made herself right at home and they just fell in love with her. The
couple takes her for walks every morning and told us that she is
“everything they ever wanted in a dog.” You couldn’t ask for more than
that from an adopter, and we couldn’t be happier for our “Queen.”
June 25, 2010
Memphis Polo Club Holds a Benefit for
Polo Club had their first match of the season on June 20 and will be
donating the proceeds to FCAR. Those of us that attended had never been
to a polo match, so we were really looking forward to it. The horses
were absolutely beautiful and very skilled. It was really fun watching
the match and everyone there was having a good time. Some agility dogs
also came and performed. Many people stopped by our booth for
information and made donations. We also brought some dogs for everyone
to see and hopefully adopt. They had a great time and even tried to
chase the horses when they got near us! We want to thank Memphis Polo
Club for thinking of and supporting FCAR.
Dogs Ready for Adoption!
A couple of weeks ago I told you
about 9 dogs that we seized in an animal cruelty investigation. All the
dogs were suffering terribly from scabies. They were constantly
scratching because of the mange, and therefore they had bloody scabs all
over their body, and a lot of hair loss. Two puppies were weak and
underweight and in a pen with no water. The other dogs that were running
loose also had no water available. Fortunately, they were all very
sociable and playful dogs, so we just had to tend to their physical
I am so happy to say now that the
dogs are looking great! The one with the most hair loss, Milky Way, now
has a beautiful and shiny coat. Lovey still doesn’t have all her hair
back, but she is also looking so much better. We owe a big thanks to our
wonderful staff and volunteers who have been medicating, bathing, and
playing with these babies. When we seized them they all looked so sad
and were so afraid the first few days at the shelter. But, that has
definitely changed! They are very happy and playful, and they are now
ready for adoption. They are all small dogs; some are puppies and some
are adults, and they are all looking for someone’s lap that they can
always curl up in! Check them out on our website, or call for an
appointment to see them at the shelter.
Nine Dogs Seized in Animal
cruelty investigators recently seized 9 dogs from a home in Oakland.
They had been to that house several times before in the last few years.
However, the owners kept getting dogs and kept neglecting them. Two 5
month old puppies were found in a pen littered with trash, including
broken glass. There was no water and the water bowl was dry and had dirt
in it, so no telling how long it had been since the two puppies had
fresh water. There was dog food scattered on the ground, but the puppies
were still very skinny. They appeared weak, too. The rest of the dogs
were running around loose. Water and food bowls were all around the
yard, but all were empty except for dirt. So these dogs had no water
either. There were two three month old puppies as well. One was thin and
had a terrible case of contagious mange. She barely had any hair and was
mostly covered in scabs from scratching so much. Another dachshund mix
had practically no hair on one of her ears due to all her scratching.
Her ear was like one huge scab. Actually, all the dogs are being treated
for mange and are receiving medication and baths in medicated shampoo.
Both 3 month old puppies also have entropian, which is an eye condition
in which the eyelids are grown inward, causing the eye lashes to come
into contact with the eye itself. It is painful and can cause corneal
damage and corneal scarring which can interfere with vision. Therefore,
both puppies will have to have surgery to correct the entropian. Animal
cruelty charges will be filed against the owners of these dogs.
Lotta Lewis Reaches Plea Agreement
instead of going to Trial
In August of
2009, Lotta “Laddie” Lewis was arrested for animal cruelty and for two
counts of violation of probation, just 6 months after being convicted of
animal cruelty for the third time. He was first arrested and found
guilty in 2000, then 2003, and March of 2009. Fayette County Animal
Rescue has taken in over 50 animals from Mr. Lewis over the years has
and spent between $10,000-$15,000 rehabilitating them. Fortunately, we
have found forever homes for all of them.
In March of 2009 we seized 3 horses,
3 kittens and 8 dogs. The horses were underweight and did not have
access to fresh water and food. The dogs were sickly and living in
deplorable conditions. The kittens were living in a filthy rabbit hutch
with no air circulation and were given bread to eat. We also found 4
dead horses on his property. Mr. Lewis pled guilty and was given 8 years
probation. He was also ordered to pay restitution to us in the amount of
$4,000, of which we have received none. In addition, he was not allowed
to own animals for the length of his probation.
Mr. Lewis did not learn his lesson
from his 3 previous arrests. Nor did he follow the terms of his
probation. In August of 2009 we discovered that he had several horses,
all of which are underweight, and dogs living in unacceptable
conditions. The horses were very skinny, with rib bones showing and hip
bones protruding. I also checked one of Mr. Lewis’ properties to see if
there were animals there. I found a dog in a kennel in the backyard.
Therefore, Mr. Lewis was arrested for two counts of violation of
probation (for possessing animals) and for animal cruelty because of the
conditions of the horses and dogs. He was indicted by a grand jury in
November of 2009 and a court date was set for April 6 of this year.
About a week before the trial date, I
found out that a plea agreement had been reached between Lewis and the
District Attorney for the State. He was facing 29 counts of animal
cruelty and pled guilty to 6 of them. He has been sentenced to a total
of 1 year in jail and must pay FCAR $103.04 in restitution. Lewis will
also be on probation for 2 years after his release from jail and will
not be allowed to own any animals.
I was really looking forward to
seeing Lewis go to trial. I wanted other people to see the atrocities he
had committed towards animals. Only a few of us at FCAR experienced the
sights and disgusting smells of these poor animals’ environments. Only a
few of us saw and smelled the decomposing bodies of horses. Only a few
of us had to bathe dogs that had mange and look at the many bones
showing on the live horses. I wanted the word to get out that we need
stronger laws for animal cruelty to stop repeat offenders. (I must
emphasize – he’s been arrested 4 times!) He has already been sent to
jail, been on probation and ordered to not own animals. However, that
hasn’t stopped him from doing it over and over. What will it take for
this man to learn his lesson and stop abusing animals? If he gets
arrested for a 5th time, and a 6th time, will his
sentence be any harsher? We at FCAR hope so because the sights, smells
and sounds of what we have seen from his actions will never leave our
memories. However, they don’t seem to bother Lewis, and I feel he will
be back at his old habits when he is released from jail.
February 18, 2010
is Living Like a King at Graceland
Gilbert and Gina Thweatt went to finalize another rescued horse’s
adoption last week, but this was no ordinary horse and has no ordinary
home. We went to see Bandit, who was rescued in the George Blackburn
Animal Cruelty Case in 2008. He had been adopted by Priscilla Presley
and Elvis Presley Enterprises. There are three other rescued horses he
shares his home with, but his favorite is Max. Actually, Max gets very
upset when Bandit is taken out of their pasture. We saw that first hand.
Then, he got very excited and started running around when Bandit was
returned. They are best buddies and definitely have the easy life.
When we rescued Bandit, he was a
skinny 3 month old colt. His momma, Secret, was also very skinny, as
were the rest of the 15 horses. All the horses were not socialized, and
it took a long time to get them used to people. Bandit really had a hard
time since no one had been around him since birth. He was put into a
foster home and volunteers worked tirelessly with him and helped him so
much. He later received a terrible injury to his leg, which eventually
healed. He had such a rough start in life, but now life couldn’t be any
better for him. He is spoiled rotten, according to his caretakers. And
you know what, we wouldn’t want it any other way!