Although this is no longer news because it happened in May-June 2014, the sentence of 15 years in confinement handed down to this fraudulent and cruel shelter manager, which appears to be a fixed term with no parole, is very long. I welcome it but it seems to be unusual to me bearing in mind the general state of some shelters where animals are killed needlessly.
On release she’ll be on probation for 10 years. She also has to pay money back to the people she stole from and pay a $30k fine. There will never be restitution for the cats and dogs she killed.
Lowanda “Peanut” Kilby was convicted of taking donations from the public for the Lucky Dog and Lucky Kitty programs at the shelter she managed – Boggs Mountain Animal Shelter – and then euthanizing most of the dogs and cats in the program. She’d promised new homes for them on the website and took a special fee to guarantee rehoming and for the cat or dog not to be euthanized.
Heartless or what? She was charged with 60 counts of fraudulent behaviour, including theft and racketeering and was convicted on all of them. It sounds like she is a member of the mafia. She cried at the sentencing hearing (crocodile tears to try and get a more lenient sentence?).
She was caught out by a secret camera set up by Fox News (Fox 5). There must have been rumblings of wrong doing for a while and investigative journalists caught her out.
The trial took place earlier this year (May 2014) and the jury took a mere four hours to come to their guilty verdict, a sure sign that the evidence was overwhelming. He defence lawyer had said they would appeal but doubt that happened – total waste of time.
Ms “Peanut” (as I’ll call her) claimed in her defence that a co-worker stole the money.