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by The Press and Standard | May 29, 2016 5:00 pm
Last Updated: May 25, 2016 at 1:05 pm
Help with seized animals was incredible
As I sit here reflecting on the week past, my dogs lay on either side of me on the couch. This moment, along with the many times I come in after work and am greeted by unconditional love, I now realize are so often moments taken for granted.
As many of you probably know by now, local officials recently uncovered another case of animal hoarding/puppy mill. For those of you who are like me and try to leave the room when one of those ASPCA commercials come on and can’t listen to Sarah McLachlin now without almost coming to tears, I write this to give you hope. For those of you who think this is just animal lovers over-reacting, I write this to tell you that I now think the ASPCA commercials seem very “tame” to me and you should wake up to the fact that it is more common than a national commercial could ever convince you. I feel quite sure that the ASPCA knows that too.
I cannot go into any details of the case since, as I write this, it is on ongoing investigation. However, I will tell you that I have been overwhelmed by the support and teamwork that has gone on between all involved. I have been involved with two other hoarding cases in the past and, although a great effort was made from all involved and the animals were ultimately given a better outcome, I have never been a part of a group that has shown such unselfishness, teamwork, and desire to make a lasting change.
Colleton County Animal Control contacted me for a veterinary consult and, after visiting the property, we all quickly realized that the situation would overwhelm the resources of this county. Having previous experience working with Beaufort County on another project, I recommended them to Director McNeill. Calls were made and things were put in motion. Although I think we all thought our call would bring us help, I don’t believe any of us realized exactly how much help we would receive. Beaufort County got the Hilton Head Humane Association involved, and we have not lacked for one resource since!
From the time the animals were taken, Hilton Head Humane and the ASPCA have taken the responsibility for the cost of all their boarding and medical care. In fact, SNAC manager Nancy Foard even told us that euthanasia will only be performed after all resources have been exhausted, including referral to a veterinary specialist if needed.
I sit here wondering how I can possibly come up with enough good adjectives to compliment this group, as they have often left me speechless. With as many animals as we rescued, it was an overwhelming task to ask of them. But not one complaint did I hear. I watched them today plug along for yet another day continuing to accomplish all the documentation of the animals’ medical condition and perform the care to change that condition to a healthy one!
Thanks go out to all at Hilton Head Humane and SNAC but especially Nancy Foard, Tallulah Trice, Dr. Matt Dixon, and Dr. Laurel Berry! And to Frannie Gerthoffer at Hilton Head Humane, I hope to meet you soon, my fellow Pennsylvanian, because I know of all the support you are giving us. Many thanks also go out to the people at Valiant Animal Rescue and Relief. Although they prefer that specific employee names are not mentioned, I thank them for their hard work and guidance. Also, thanks go out to Dr. Marikay Campbell of Port Royal Veterinary Hospital for giving up time away from her busy practice to give back to the animals.
Last, but certainly not least, I want to send a heartfelt thanks to the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office. Without your support, this would not have been possible. Specifically I want to commend Sheriff Andy Strickland, Lt. Jodi Taylor and Officer Raymond Davis. Sheriff Strickland took time after a long day during the hunt for the car thief that day to come out and make sure we had what we needed. And to Lt. Taylor and Officer Davis, who suffered through ticks, mosquitoes, fleas and chiggers with the rest of us for two days, I send my sincere gratitude.
In the past it seemed as though these situations were ignored because there were “bigger” things to do. This sheriff and his staff made the statement in this situation that “the least of these” will get justice!!
Although I cannot possibly list all those who have volunteered their time, I just want all of you to know that you truly are my heroes! Now I give all of you out there reading this the opportunity to get involved and be heroes too.
The Colleton County Sheriff’s office will be setting up a fund specifically for these animals. Those funds will be used to help pay for some of the work being done for them and to distribute to the groups who have helped so much. Although we can never repay them in full for all they have done, let’s show them how much Colleton County appreciates them and help them to pass it on to other smaller counties that could never properly execute a task of this size.
The TV news channels always seem to recognize Colleton County for the bad things that happen. Let’s make them recognize us for pulling together to make something good come out of something bad!!!!
Dr. Lori Campbell
Just say no to theater plans
The old theater in Ivanhoe Shopping Center should not be financed in any form. I believe five or more commercial firms lost much money on it. City council is doing a great job of running the city and they should not pour money into a losing, poorly located theater that was a near disaster from the start.
I have lived in its neighborhood for 38 years — since before it was built. Parents dumped their teenagers there. They smoked and carried on or went to my house to the park to do much the same.
We have a great library and recreation area. Churches could push more sports too: volleyball, checkers, chess and other board games.
Let capitalist business find its own use for the old theater. It might be used for a Boeing bus depot.