Atlanta Reporter Exposes Shelter Scam
July 19, 2012
The Boggs Mountain Humane Shelter in GA advertises a “Lucky Dog” sponsorship program on its website. Donors can send in $100 to sponsor a dog or cat at this so-called “no kill” shelter and will receive word when the sponsored pet is adopted or transferred to rescue. It sounds great but Randy Travis, an investigative reporter with the Atlanta Fox affiliate, discovered the whole thing is a scam.
In his report, Mr. Travis provides evidence that Boggs Mountain would pressure donors to send the money quickly in order to save the pet then, with cash in pocket, would take the “lucky dog” to the county pound to be killed. During his first visit to the Boggs Mountain facility, he obtained undercover video of 2 healthy, adoptable dogs in the program only to find out they were killed the same hour he left the place. He went back, determined to get the truth. Watch the video at the link as the director attempts to physically shut him in the doorway, trying to prevent him from accessing the dog kennels.
Just another reminder to perform due diligence when donating money to save shelter pets. If you can personally visit the facility or at least get a recommendation from a trusted source, that’s better than blindly mailing out checks. As the no kill movement continues to grow, there are bound to be scammers out there who will attempt to use the terminology in order to make a buck. We want to believe everyone in the shelter business feels as we do, that the lives of pets are worth protecting, but that is all too commonly not the case, regardless of what claims a facility makes.