Carole Bukis says Casper, her 4-year-old
Great Pyrenees, wouldn't be alive if it wasn't for the woman behind Happy Tails
"Barbara Gleitsmann actually
saved his life; he was in the Columbia, South Carolina area. They were going to
put him down," Bukis, said.
Gleitsmann got Casper out of the
shelter and covered all of his medical expenses.
But her work with animals at Happy
Tails is done for now. The Georgia Department of Agriculture suspended their
operating license for various violations.
To show their support for what she's
done for their dogs, the Bukis and dozens of other people rallied in front of
the Columbia County Government Center Tuesday afternoon.
Her supporters also followed her into
the Commission meeting; where she told Commissioners what the rescue has done
for the community.
Even though Commissioners don't have
jurisdiction, Happy Tails advocates asked Commissioners if there was anything
they could do about the rescue's suspension.
After Gleitsmann spoke to
Commissioners, Tiffany Vernier, a former volunteer at Happy Tails, had her
She claimed she saw animals living in their
own feces at Happy Tails and she says several animals even died.
She didn't speak to the media, so we
asked Gleitsmann about her claims.
Fox54's Mark Barber asked, "She
showed six animals that passed away, she said they were animals at Happy Tails,
what's your response to that?" Gleitsmann said, "You can believe me, please
Mark, I'm the one whose run this for 10 years."
Vernier didn't present any evidence to
back up her claims; Gleitsmann says the condition of her animals is her
"Look at all those pets; does one
of them not look like they're well cared for?" asked Gleitsmann.
Commissioners had an opportunity to
make a motion about Happy Tails but no one moved to find a way to keep the
"I'm very disappointed that they didn't have
anything to say when the opportunity was presented to the councilmen to make a
motion; to me they are cowards," Bukis, said.
Commissioners didn't speak to the media.
Gleitsmann says her hope for Tuesday's rally was to make
Commissioners and the community aware of what Happy Tails has done for the
community and she believes they accomplished that.
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