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LAKE: Lowndes County Animal Shelter


This is a collection of documents received by LAKE related to the Lowndes County Animal Shelter, mostly sent by Susan Leavens.

There are more LAKE blog posts in the animals category on the blog.


  • 2010-05-05 Ronnie Ganas Statement

  • 2010-10-15 Letter from Joe Pritchard, County Manager, to Mary Greene, GA Dep. of Ag.

  • 2010-10-20 Correspondence of Susan Leavens with GA Dept. Ag. about open records requests.
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    • The list from that correspondence of open records requests submitted by Susan Leavens, with answers from Shirley King of GA Dept. Ag. marked with "A:"
      1. "Any and all emails and paper from Pat Smith, Animal Protection Dept of Agr. in reference to Lowndes County Animal Services. Statements, cruelty investigations, interviews and/or meetings."
        A: "Items #1 & 3: Lowndes County Animal Services is currently under investigation. At this time, we are unable to release any information until the case is closed."
      2. "Any and all emails and/or correspondence, statements to and from Lowndes County Manager, human resources (Joe Prichard, Paige Dukes, Suzanna Pittman, Mikey Tillman) to the Department of Agr. Mary Green, Vanessa Smith and Pat Smith."
        A: "Item #2: The only correspondence that we have pertaining to the Lowndes County Animal Services is attached."
        Attached was this PDF of a letter from Joe Pritchard of 27 August 2010 telling GA Dept. Ag. all employees (presumably of the animal shelter) had been drug-tested and were being interviewed.
      3. "All Complaints to the department of agr. that went through Pat Smith to Dept. of Agr. Animal Protection"
        A: "Items #1 & 3: Lowndes County Animal Services is currently under investigation. At this time, we are unable to release any information until the case is closed."
      4. "All emails, paper and correspondence from the Dept of Agr to Lowndes County Board of Commissioners."
        A: "Item #4: Currently, we do not have any additional correspondence from our Department to Lowndes County Commissioners."

  • 2010-10-25 "Once the investigation is complete and closed all documents will be provided to you."

  • 2011-05-25 ORQ about the investigation done by Pat Smith

  • 2011-05-31 Scan Data from [DELL42D421]

  • 2011-05-31 ORQ for statements by herself and Ronnie Ganas, with response from Shirley King of the next day.

  • 2010-05 statement by Susan Leavens
    • 2011-06-06 Cover letter from Shirley King to Susan Leavens
    • PDF of statement by Susan Leaven
      “On 4/28/2010 I came in from checking traps around 1030 am, I was told while euthenizing a cat, the syringe I was draw pentosol out didn't matter what mattered was the 10cc syringe, so if it was not enough to euthenize the animal then set it aside it would die. But the 10cc one is the one that needed to come out right. I said "WHAT!" Tim Cook explained that to me he went and got Ryan Curtis and he explained the very same thing, he said even if you don't have a full cc of pentosol, say it's a cc on the log because the 10 cc syringe mattered not what we were using to euthenize with! It was very apparent that human[e] euthanasia was not important that the numbers were. This was very disturbing to know we were being made to make the animals suffer because the numbers might be off!”
    • 2011-06-28 blog post.
    • 2011-07-11 blog post.

  • 2011-06-12 ORQ about an investigation by Pat Smith and Bill McCrainey of 3 June 2011.
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      “On June 3rd an investigation was conducted by Pat Smith and Bill McCrainey at the Lowndes County Animal Shelter. I would like all statements, violations, notes, repercussions and emails pertaining to this investigation and if any contact (emails, statements, violations) with the county commissioners office these would includes but are not limited to Joe Prichard, Paige Dukes, Mickey Tillman, Suzanne Pittman. This investigation would include, Linda Patelski, Heather Terry, Tim Cook, Lynn Miller and perhaps Michelle Shultz. Any information pertaining to the investigation on June 3rd would be appreciated.”

  • 2011-06-16 ORQ response from Shirley King
    • 2011-06-16 cover letter from Shirley King
    • 2011-06-01 PDF attached to Shirley King's cover letter, containing
      • complaint from Susan Leavens
        “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”
      • 2010-08-26 Letter of euthanasia certification from veterinarian Timothy Thornhill annotated 2011-05-28:
        “Timothy Cook is no longer certified due to inappropriate [...] of euthanasia on 5-20-11, [...] 5-28-11 [signed]”
      • 2011-05-12 intake form for the dog
      • 2011-05-31 statement from Director Linda Patelski including:
        “Due to the serious nature of this offense, both Timothy Cook and Heather Terry received a written reprimand and Termination upon all details being brought forward.”
      • 2011-06-01 statement from Lenora Lynn Miller
      • 2011-05-20 statement from Heather Terry
      • 2011-06-03 statement from Michelle Shultz
      • 2011-06-03 statement from Shawn Chace
      • According to Pat Smith's writeup, Tim Cook refused to write a statement.
    • 15 July 2011 blog post: Somebody has gotten fired at the animal shelter

  • 2011-06-28 ORQ from Susan Leavens for pass or fail paper work from recent inspection
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      On June 21 Pat Smith and Bill Mcranney inspected the Lowndes County shelter, I would like all pass or fail paper work concluded on that day, any and all of pat smiths notes taken on that days as well. Thank you so much Ms. Shirley :)

  • 2011-06-28 Pictures from Susan Leavens of the horse in her statement.

  • 2011-06-28 Pictures from Susan Leavens of the horse Ruby

  • 2011-06-28 Pictures from Susan Leavens of the puppy

  • 2011-06-28 Pictures from Susan Leavens of Jarvis horse

  • 2011-06-28 drug test examples

  • 2011-06-28 shelter cat miss kitty

  • 2011-06-28 confusing humane care and euthanasia

  • 2011-06-28 These are crimes —Susan Leavens