Title: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Promulgate Rules Governing Eligible Telecommunications Carriers 515-12-1-.35
There was lengthy discussion about the database provision and the
$5 minimum charge in those rules.
Commissioner Wise didn’t like the database as proposed and asked
for an indefinite hold until they had a database that was verifiable.
Commissioner Echols asked whether the current proposal would be like
a hold anyway, since it would involve another hearing. Staff said yes.
Commissioner Everett asked Continue reading →
The county-funded Savannah Chatham Animal Control Shelter was found
to have repeatedly violated animal protection requirements in two
state inspections last month, and its practices are being criticized
as inhumane by four local animal professionals.
One professional criticized the shelter not only in writing,
but also by revoking the shelter’s permission to use her
The Chatham County Commission says it’s dealt with the problem. We’ll see.
CHARLESTON, WV – West Virginia’s largest church group has asked
U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd and the rest of the state’s congressional delegation
to oppose funding a private prison for undocumented immigrants in
Pendleton County near the Virginia border.
The Council of Churches is
one of several groups discussing immigration reform ahead of expected
congressional action on the issue. The Council has asked federal
lawmakers’ help in the effort, arguing private prison operations have
been rife with abuse. GSI Professional Corrections is seeking county
commission approval to build the detention center near Sugar Grove to
house 1,000 nonviolent immigrant detainees awaiting possible deportation.
Rev. Dennis Sparks, the Council’s executive director, complains private
prisons operate outside the mainstream legal
Methodists lobby private prison companies CCA and GEO
as shareholders about human rights issues.
Seems like this doesn’t help with the 2008 United Methodist Church
Resolution 3281, Welcoming the Migrant to the US, which advocated the
“elimination of privately-operated detention centers,”
but at least they’re doing something.
I expect what they’ll accomplish by such lobbying is to demonstrate
that private prison companies have no intention of addressing
human rights issues, because that would cut into their profits.
In 2011, members of the United Methodist Interagency Task Force on
Immigration approached the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits
(General Board) with concerns about two private prison companies in
the General Board’s investment portfolio: Corrections Corporation of
America (CCA) and The GEO Group, Inc. The United Methodist Interagency
Task Force on Immigration was created following the General Conference
of 2004. Membership includes representatives from the General Board of
Global Ministries (GBGM), the General Commission on Religion and Race,
the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS), Methodists Associated to
Represent the Cause of Hispanic Americans (MARCHA) and two bishops. In
addition, GBCS has shared its concern that CCA and The GEO Group have
been accused of human rights abuses of young people, immigrants and
people of color.
CCA and The GEO Group are the two largest private prison companies in the
U.S., operating and/or owning, respectively, 111 and 118 correctional,
detention and/or residential treatment facilities. In 2010, CCA earned
nearly $1.7 billion; The GEO Group, $1.3 billion.
From: SUSAN LEAVENS
Sent: Tue, July 26, 2011 2:31:16 PM
Subject: Your attention would be grateful in regaurds to the Lowndes
County Animal Shelter
To the Honorable Agriculture Commissioner Mr. Gary
July 26, 2011
I would like to introduce myself, my name is Susan Leavens I currently
live in Quitman Georgia and I am an employee with Lowndes County,
formally as an animal control officer with Lowndes County Animal
Services. In June of last year I turned in three statements to Pat
Smith who is no longer with the animal protection division she is
currently running the Thomasville Animal Control. After speaking with
Ms. Pat an advising her of the situations that have occurred and are
currently occurring in the Lowndes County Shelter; she advised me to
have statements written by individuals that were willing and not afraid
of retaliation. Two current employees myself and Ronnie Ganas wrote
statements, one previously employee Amanda Jordan. The issues were
heard before Vinessa Sim-Green and several other animal protection
employees along with Ms Cora Potter. An administration hearing took
place an several “options” were offered to the Lowndes County
Manager Joe Prichard. These were things that would help the shelter run
more efficiently and perhaps come up to date with the Georgia Dept. of
Ag. standards; but the issues of animal cruelty, inhumane treatment and
practicing veterinarian medicine (surgery by castration of a 2 young
adult pot belly pigs). My concern is that the director was never
charged in any criminal court of law for her actions regarding the
animals at the shelter.
“Whatever problems there are, they’re going to be resolved.”
2011-05-24 The VDT quotes County Manager Joe Pritchard
“It’s no longer a case of an individual making a claim, as it will be evident by the physical evidence provided by the security cameras.”
“You take that policy, coupled with the updated standard operating
procedures, added to the technical verification and I think that
addresses the issues. My purpose is to eliminate any problem or potential
2011-05-31 statement by Director Linda Patelski saying two people fired for euthanasia violation of 20 May 2011
Improper use of drugs for euthanizing animals is apparently
enough to get someone fired from the animal shelter,
at least if there is a parade of witnesses and paperwork,
but only after someone files a complaint with GA Dept. of Ag.
On 16 June 2011 Susan Leavens got
a letter from Shirley King, with attached
complaint from Susan Leavens (unknown date):
“Employee working with Lowndes County Animal Services euthanizing animals wihtout certification.”
2011-06-03 PDF notice of violation from Ga. Dept. Ag. to Lowndes Co. Animal Services
a long handwritten statement by Pat Smith, also annotated:
“Copy of report received by [signed] Joe Pritchard 6-3-11”
Blogger Rattlin’ Georgia’s Cages wrote at some unknown date about
The author of this website is NOT an attorney, nor is attempting to
provide legal advice to ANY person or organizational entity. The author of
this website does not, nor does this website, represent, nor is affiliated
with, the Ga. Department of Agriculture Animal Protection Division. The
author of this website is a previous employee of the Ga. Department of
Agriculture, employed as an Animal Protection Inspector, from Dec 2003
until July 29, 2004.
The Ga. Department of Agriculture Animal Protection
Office was audited in 2000.
This office was also reviewed, by the State Audit Office, in 2003,
for a follow up – to determine if this office was adhering
to the state auditor’s recommendations.
* My comments are in red text.
I’ve included here a couple of examples from that audit,
with that blogger’s comments in red. -jsq
The Department has the authority to suspend or revoke a facility’s
license. If a facility is found to be operating without a license, the
Program notifies the facility of the licensure requirement, provides a
copy of the standards that must be met to obtain a license, and schedules
a pre-license inspection.
* Unlicensed breeders found to be operating unlicensed were not, during
my employment, monetarily fined for violations. Under the authority of
the Ga. Admin Procedures Act, Ag AP could, but rarely did, fine a person.