How Does ‘THIS’ Become ‘THAT’?!?

-a bit of jealously likely came into play…Instead of helping the no-kill to get of the ground, they raided her!!!


SMARTR saves South Mississippi animals

Posted: Jan 05, 2010 7:29 PM CST Updated: Jan 06, 2010 8:56 AM CST

LYMAN, MS (WLOX) – South Mississippi Animal Rescue Team and Refuge in Lyman is the only local animal shelter with an absolute “no kill” policy. Some of the pets they rescue stay there for years, but get trained and eventually many are adopted out.

The founder and her children run the open air refuge with virtually no financial assistance. So we honor the volunteers of SMARTR as South Mississippi Heroes.

Sitting at his microphone in the 105.9 WHGO studios, long time Coast radio personality “Weerd” Wayne Watkins talks about his favorite charity on the air a lot.

“Consider adopting and animal from this no kill shelter and drop off your bags of dog and cat food right here at the station,” Watkins told listeners.

He said the people who run South Mississippi’s only “no kill” shelter, SMARTR, are selfless heroes to the animals they save.

“SMARTR is a fabulous no kill organization,” Watkins said. “And as much as I am an animal lover, I think every innocent pet should have a chance at life.”

Watkins is talking about animals like Chester, who got adopted after four years at the no kill shelter. He has an almost knowing and grateful expression with his new owner. Time was something he needed and got, thanks to them.

Blondie was adopted after three years of training at the animal refuge. And Petey’s owner passed away knowing his best friend would not be killed, but rather, cared for.

“Can you imagine hundreds of animals and you’re keeping and maintaining, you know, and feeding them and loving them,” Watkins said. “And the amazing thing about SMARTR is most of it comes out of their own pockets because of the love for the animals.”

It all comes at the personal expense of about $40,000 a year to its founder, Jonean Crowle. She and her sons, Colt and J, spend virtually all of their time and money there. Even J’s fiancee, Roxanne, has dedicated her life to the animal refuge, sacrificing a whole lot.

Jonean Crowle said, “Three years in a row, they have postponed their wedding. They’ve given up every bit of money they could. They selflessly devote everything and they’ve even put college on hold.”

To care for the more than 400 animals, they even sleep in tents at night with no power or water on land generously leant to them by Cotton Fore.

“He’s our protector,” Crowle said. “He doesn’t know that, I don’t think, but he is our protector. Thanks to him, we have survived the past two years.”

Now they’ve found a flat piece of land they’d like to buy, where they can build and set up their animal rescue and refuge center for good.

“So that we can put in electric and water, cause we’ve trucked in water for two years and used little head lights at night to see what we’re doing, and a propane lantern in the tent where the kids stay,” Jonean Crowle said.

Their goal is a permanent “no kill” shelter. Wayne Watkins said most other states have federally funded ones, but with this community’s support, he feels Jonean Crowle could create one here and save countless more innocent lives.

“I would be ecstatic,” Watkins said. “It would be a dream come true.”

And more happy endings for pets like Chester who need the time to find their forever homes.


Became THAT!!! -3 months later

[blogger note: Seems someone from a KILL facility (the humane society) is suffering from a bad case of jealousy…contrived animal cruelty during a time when such charges were becoming rampant nationwide-interesting too, it should be noted that the claim of a community hero is left out of the following articles!!!]


HARRISON COUNTY — The director of a South Mississippi no-kill shelter could face misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty for each of the more than 300 animals she vowed to protect.

Harrison County deputies Tuesday arrested Jonean Crowle, 58, of Pass Christian, at the South Mississippi Animal Rescue Team and Refuge at a dirt pit on Wolf River Road. She was charged with several counts, and more are expected, said Sheriff Melvin Brisolara. Crowle was not taking adequate care of the animals in her charge, he said.

“What’s happening to my animals?” Crowle wailed as officers handcuffed her and placed her into the back of a patrol car.
AMANDA McCOY/SUN HERALD Jonean Crowle with the South Mississippi Animal Rescue Team and Refuge is handcuffed and taken into custody by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department after an investigation into animal cruelty complaints at the refuge.

Brisolara said authorities found about 225 dogs, 80 cats, some goats and a pony on the property, which is on less than an acre of land Crowle has been using while searching for a larger location. A possum and raccoon were turned over to the Mississippi Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Crowle was released from jail Tuesday night on her own recognizance after she released the animals to the sheriff’s department.

Jode’ Braxton-Hignight, development and PR director of the Humane Society of South Mississippi said HSSM will be taking ownership of the animals. “We’re very proud that she surrendered the animals over to us. From here they can get the treatment they need,” she said.

Braxton-Hignight said the animals today would be brought to the Harrison County Farm, which is operated by the Sheriff’s Department. The animals will be evaluated and some will be placed on treatment plans while others will be transported out of the area by the national organization American Humane Group, she said. “We want to make sure we can put any animal that can be adopted out into a loving home,” she said.

When authorities raided the refuge Tuesday, they found animals crammed into crates, a dog with a broken leg and the pony couldn’t walk because of its overgrown hooves, Brisolara said.

“This is not the way you take care of animals,” he said.

Brisolara said national animal rescue agencies had been called to find homes for a majority of the animals.

Ocean Springs resident John Maas a first responder with American Humane, called Harrison County Animal Control officers, Humane Society of South Mississippi and the SPCA on Friday after going to the site to volunteer and discovering the “appalling” conditions, he said.

“It’s abuse and neglect on a criminal level,” he said. “This isn’t smart and this isn’t rescue. This is warehousing animals.”

Maas claimed the refuge had no running water and no covered shelters, and said he found several animal carcasses in the woods nearby. He said 20 volunteers from a New York university who came to help Crowle move were in tears because of the animals’ plight.

But volunteer Peggy Worth said the animals she saw were fine. “They’re well cared for,” she said. “From what I’ve seen, it’s not as bad as they’re making it out.”

Before her arrest, Crowle watched authorities from behind crime scene tape.

“I’ve been doing this for 25 years and I’ve never had anyone accuse me of animal cruelty,” she said.

Crowle said the refuge has spent the past two weeks moving from one side of the property to another, at the owner’s request. Several dogs were in crates while 12-foot-by-12-foot donated runs and kennels were built, she said.

“We don’t give up on them getting homes,” she said. “We don’t put an expiration date on them.”


And THAT!!!

HARRISON COUNTY — The director of the South Mississippi Animal Rescue Team and Refuge faces 10 counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals after a raid at her no-kill shelter by Harrison County Animal Control.

An arraignment will be in about a month, said Harrison County prosecutor Herman Cox. Each count can carry jail time of up to 60 days and a $500 fine, he said. Crowle could have faced a charge for each of the animals authorities found Tuesday on the property — 205 dogs, 75 cats, five goats, a pony and a chicken, he said.

Crowle surrendered the animals to the Sheriff’s Department and the Humane Society of South Mississippi in exchange for release from jail on her own recognizance. [bloggers note-EXTORTION-ya think!?!]

Jode’ Braxton-Hignight, development and PR director for HSSM, expected the cats to be moved Wednesday to the Harrison County Farm, which is operated by the Sheriff’s Department. She was not sure when the other animals would be transported.

Braxton-Hignight said Crowle had good intentions, but the mass of animals became too overwhelming.

“She’s been wonderful, working with us. I think we all have the animals’ welfare at heart,” she said.

Representatives from American Humane are on their way to evaluate the animals and the national agency plans to transport the animals to other states for adoption, she said.

Media representatives touring the property Wednesday saw dozens of dogs, tails wagging, standing in mud and feces in small cages. Some cages held up to three dogs and a water dish. Just as many dogs were found in 12-foot-by-12-foot runs.

While there is no running water on the property, three 100-gallon plastic tanks were seen nearby. Crowle’s son, Colt Billingsly, said they filled the tanks each day from water collected with permission from a nearby truck stop.

A thick-coated white pony, in a pen with five goats and a rooster, paced on hooves so long they curved back up behind its feet.

Crowle said the animals were only in the smaller crates while they were reconstructing the runs, which she said were taken down within the last 10 days as they moved from one side of the property to the other. They had been at the previous location for about two years, she said.

She explained the pony’s hooves were twice as long when it was left with them, and they have gradually been cutting them down so it can walk.

Billingsly said they had talked to no-kill shelters in north Mississippi and Louisiana that were willing to take the animals. [bloggers note: wondering if more no -kill facilities were invaded following the dispersing on these animals-just saying!!!]

“We want to make sure none of them get euthanized,” Crowle said.


Disclaimer connected to this blog…Things said are of my opinion and the opinion of others…Stay tuned  Best -B

animal seizures and rescues are being conducted by a very sophisticated

network of 

organized crime who have developed a very sophisticated scheme by which

they are 

criminalizing longstanding animal and livestock owners; divesting them of

ownership of entire herds of livestock and commercially valuable animals.

all of it done at taxpayer expense and thru a highly developed scheme to

collect donations.

follow the animals ~ follow the money!!! 

~ by topcatsroar on May 15, 2013.

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