Thursday, July 19, 2012
Lucky Dog adoption scam Boggs Mountain Humane Shelter
An Undercover investigation shows that the Boggs Mountain Humane Shelter in Georgia has for years been running an adoption scam known as the "lucky dog" program. For a donation of $100 dollars or more, staff at the Clayton Georgia shelter told animal lovers that they could sponsor a dog or cat and promised them that their good deed would save the animal's life. For many years in the community, Boggs Mountain has told the public that it is exclusively a no-kill shelter.
This is directly from their website:
"Would you like to help an animal, but are not in the position to adopt? Give the gift of life to an old or less adoptable pet by sponsoring them. Our Lucky Dog/Lucky Cat sponsorships also make great gifts for the animal lover in your life.
Your sponsorship covers all shots, worming, spay/neuter, rabies and physical exam by a vet. We will also send you a photo of your sposored animal. LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS PROGRAM»"
The money was supposed to guarantee that the animal would not be euthanized. The shelter sent out letters assuring the sponsors that their "lucky dog." went to a loving home. Those were complete lies. Instead of finding homes, these animals were euthanized. Many of them within hours of obtaining the donation money. Lynne Cousins, a now former shelter employee blew the whistle on this scam and says that the director of the shelter, hand picks the animals to be placed on this bogus adoption program. Shelter employees were told to lie or else lose their jobs.
The shelter is located at:
261 Boen Creek Rd, Clayton, Ga
and also lists a contact of
P.O. Box 249 Tiger, GA 30576
Phone number: 706-782-5422 The Bogus Barrister applauds the Fox5 I-Team for their investigation and we hear that the local Sheriff has now opened a criminal investigation. We will keep you updated. In the meantime, we urge all concerned citizens to contact the Rabun County Sheriff and demand justice for these animals and the caring people who were lied to and scammed out of their money.
Please also take the time to read our report about additional cases of animal abuse in Tennessee.