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.
It’s rather hard to read, so here’s a transcription of what I think it says. -jsq
On several events I have observed the euthanzing being falsied and redone so the amounts should be correct.
This records was redone by Michelle Shultz and she was approved to tdo this illegal action by Linda Patiskie.
They both know this a controled substance accountability log.
The euthanzing log and the bottles have a DEA number.
This act of falsifying records have been seen by other Animal Control Officers
and Shelter Attendants.
I do not remember dates but euthanzing logs and tracking
sheets and work schule and time sheets will prove the falsifing. Linda Patiskie has full Knowlegde and approved this illegal actions.
Shelter Attendents and Animal Control Officers have reported cruelty to
animals and abuse
Mr. Prichard has made many comments
in reference to several of his employees; in recent news paper
articles and on the evening news indirectly of course that “they”
had bios opinions and even questioned my character in one article.
Mr. Prichard also informed everyone
there were no inhumane treatment issues other than the pot belly pig.
Well I believe in this document from County Manager Joe Prichard to
Ms. Mary Green with Department of Agriculture animal protection says
otherwise. I believe Mr. Prichard’s recent statement to the media
was though our investigation we found no wrong doing… lets list
“You won’t receive an open-records request if you answer questions
honestly and in accordance with the law.” What an honest statement;
perhaps some of this too.
ARTICLE IX. COUNTIES AND MUNICIPAL CORPORATIONS
SECTION II. HOME RULE FOR COUNTIES AND MUNICIPALITIES
(c) The power granted to counties in subparagraphs (a) and (b) above
shall not be construed to extend to the following matters or any other
matters which the General Assembly by general law has preempted or may
hereafter preempt, but such matters shall be the subject of general law
or the subject of local acts of the General Assembly to the extent that
the enactment of such local acts is otherwise permitted under this
(1) Action affecting any elective county office, the salaries
thereof, or the personnel thereof, except the personnel subject to
the jurisdiction of the county governing authority.
(2) Action affecting the composition, form, procedure for election or
appointment, compensation, and expenses and allowances in the nature
of compensation of the county governing authority.
(3) Action defining any criminal offense or providing for criminal punishment.
There is no question how the Law reads; the only question is who indicated
there no wrong doing? And they were questioning my character? I
question those people who indicated I had a bios opinion to read the
laws of Georgia. I am aware you can mirror laws and even add to them
in county ordinances but you cannot take away from the law in anyway.
United States Department of Agriculture Web Site on Euthanasia
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.