That’s when one or more of the five dogs in her care attacked and killed the 23-year-old woman at her home in Decatur, police say.
Despite that, and the euthanization of all the dogs, her family has set up a fund in her name to support rescue efforts at Loving Hands Animal Hospital, where Carey worked.
“Since the second grade when she read the book ‘Throw Away Pets,’ she vowed to be a voice for all animals,” her parents, Greg and Ellen Carey, said in a statement. “Upon placing her first abandoned animal in a permanent loving home in 2003, she volunteered countless hours with rescue networks and animal shelters. There she did what she loved the most: rescuing animals from untenable situations to find them safe, loving homes.”
LuAnn Farrell, the co-founder of the non-profit Angels Among Us Pet Rescue,” said Carey was known for taking in hard to place animals.
“She was one of the good ones because she did take in the ones nobody else would help,” Farrell told 11 Alive in Atlanta.
Farrell said the young woman’s death “kind of makes us all slip back just a little bit and say this is something that can actually happen,” but that she hopes it doesn’t dissuade people from helping animals in need.
“You know that’s the one thing she wouldn’t want people to do, shy away from rescue. It’s already hard enough. We’re already having thousands of them being put to sleep every day. There’s only so many of us that can do it,” said Farrell.
Carey had one of the rescue organization’s animals, a boxer mix, living with her at the time of her death, as well as two Presa Canarios and two pit bulls, one of which, Napolean, she had adopted six years ago when he was eight weeks old.
She was dogsitting one of Presa Canarios, and it was that dog’s owner, Jackie Cira, who discovered Rebecca’s body after she failed to show up for work at Alpharetta’s Loving Hands Animal Clinic.
Police originally investigated her death as a homicide, but last Thursday they announced she was killed by multiple dog bites.
The dogs were all euthanized Wednesday, with the consent of Carey’s parents, a police spokesperson said.
Cira, in remarks to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, questioned whether it was necessary to put all the dogs down, and why animal control officials made no apparent effort to determine which dog or dogs inflicted the bites leading to Carey’s death. Cira’s dog, Danai, was also euthanized.
Tim Medlin, interim director of DeKalb Animal Control, said public safety was the priority: “I won’t put another person at risk,” he said.
Donations in Carey’s name can be made to www.angelsrescue.org, by putting Carey’s name in the remarks section. They can also be mailed to Loving Hands Animal Hospital, 13374 Hwy 9, Alpharetta, GA, 30004.
Posted by jwoestendiek August 20th, 2012 under Muttsblog.
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When you get off the Interstate Highway system, the country becomes a far more interesting place.
We finally did that today, for the first time on this trip, leaving behind all the monotonously lookalike exits to get a taste of yet-to-be homogenized America, where some character still exists.
Our drive across Alabama from Huntsville to Florence on Highway 72 — less than two hours — took us through Decatur, where we noticed this establishment on the side of the road.
I didn’t have time to drop in – I’m not sure I’m ready for that kind of makeover, anyway – because I had to get to Florence, get checked in and get myself gussied up for my son’s high school graduation tonight.
Ace won’t be attending that function. He’s more than content, I’m sure, to stay in the air conditioned room, even if it means he’ll be by himself.
The Knights Inn in Florence allows dogs, with a an extra $10 fee, but has a weight limit of 20 pounds, which wasn’t pointed out — neither the fee nor the limit — on the website where I made the reservation.
“What kind of dog do you have?” the desk clerk asked.
“A big mutt,” I answered.
“We have a limit of 20 pounds,” she said.
“Okay,” I said, “then he’s 19 and a half pounds.”
I’m not sure how I will handle it if I get confronted about my 130-pound dog — nearly seven times the limit:
Maybe, “He’s grown a lot since I checked in.”
Or, “He’s actually very small, he just has a lot of hair.”
Or perhaps, “Praise the Lord! He was a Chihuahua yesterday. It’s a miracle!”
Posted by jwoestendiek May 28th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
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The Decatur Correctional Center in Illinois is looking for a dog groomer, willing to work behind bars.
The center runs a dog-grooming training program, and Kim Schwalbach, the woman who has led it since 2002 is stepping down, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The program is known as CLIP, which stands for Correctional Ladies Improving Pets.
Thirty-six year-old Katrina Williamson went through the program and says it changed her life. She landed a job grooming dogs right out of prison. Prison official Mike Dooley says few of the women who have worked with Schwalbach have returned to prison.
Posted by jwoestendiek July 15th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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