RURAL MAYOR PREPARING TO EVICT ANIMALS FROM LAND HE PREVIOUSLY DONATED …
|| By FITSNEWS || Ten days ago this website brought our readers the story of Wagener, S.C. mayor Michael Miller – who made big political hay last year when he donated five acres of rural land to the “L.E.A.S.H. Squad,” an animal rescue organization.
At the time, Miller told local television station WAGT TV 26 (NBC -Augusta, Georgia) that his “pure love for rescuing dogs” compelled the donation – and that “every single one of these dogs could do something for somebody, if given the chance … every single one.”
Well guess what … Miller is now evicting the dogs from his property. Every single one.
That decision has killed the rescue effort – and left its organizers scrambling to try and find homes for the animals.
“Our goal at this point is not to try and save the rescue, our goal is to simply get our remaining dogs to safety,” L.E.A.S.H. Squad founder Lars Swearingen wrote on the group’s Facebook page. “Once that happens my family will be stepping away from rescue. For three years we have sacrificed everything to try and do what others talk about doing and for three years we have fought against more than most will every know. We are burned out and our team is to small to keep it up any longer.”
Many South Carolinians are stepping up and offering their assistance. In fact after our story made the rounds on social media, we’ve heard from several individuals who have expressed a willingness to care for some of these animals.
Who haven’t we heard from? The mayor …
Anyway, the purpose of this post is to connect those willing to help these animals with the “L.E.A.S.H. Squad” leaders – Swearingen and his wife, Jess Swearingen.
Time is of the essence, too, as sources tell FITS the mayor will begin evicting the dogs beginning as early as next week (Monday, March 16, 2015).
Again, if you’re interested in temporarily or permanently offering a home to one of these dogs, go to the “L.E.A.S.H. Squad” Facebook Page or email your information to [email protected] so that the group’s organizers can contact you.