Lowanda “Peanut” Kilby, the former director of the Boggs Mountain shelter in Rabun Co, GA has been indicted on 60 felony counts for her part in scamming the public by using the no kill moniker:
Charges filed against Kilby include theft by taking, theft by deception, computer theft and racketeering.
The indictment accuses Kilby of funneling more than $10,000 of the Lucky Dog money into her personal PayPal account.
Regular readers will recall that Kilby bilked donors using a pay-to-play, mafia style scam where she would guarantee dogs at the supposed no kill shelter would be allowed to live if they received a sponsorship of $100. Kilby would pocket the cash, kill the “Lucky Dog”, then send the sponsor a yay-your-sponsored-dog-got-adopted letter. And on to the next.
To my mind, the first clue that something was amiss should have been the protection money the shelter was demanding in order to protect the pet’s right to live. No genuine no kill shelter would ever require such a payment to avoid killing a healthy/treatable pet. This is entirely different from requesting a donation at the time of surrender. Neither the lack of a donation from a surrendering party nor the lack of sponsorship from a donor should ever compromise a pet’s right to live. Full stop.
Sadly, since shelter pet killing is not only legal but widely accepted as standard practice, no animal cruelty charges are being brought against Kilby for all the healthy/treatable pets she needlessly killed in order to line her pockets. As was the case with Michael Vick, we can at least be thankful that racketeering is considered a serious crime under the law. If the state of Georgia had the Companion Animal Protection Act in place, Kilby could possibly have been charged for the killings as well.
The name Boggs Mountain is no longer used and Rabun Co has since contracted with a group called Paws 4 Life to run the shelter.