December 27, 2011
CONTROL OUT OF CONTROL?
If you have heard of the Linda Bell case that animal control
started in August then you know how there has been no justice for this
woman. Animal control with the help of our county manager and deputies
went to Ms. Bell’s home and strong-armed her into giving up ALL her pets and
her farm animals. They did all this without any warrant or
any previous warning.
It appears Ms. Bell was strong-armed into letting the Animal
Control Officer, Kelley Bowen, into her home where her registered pug dogs as
well as other dogs and cats, horses, chickens and a pig were taken. She had no warning to correct whatever it was
she was doing wrong. Ms. Bell still doesn’t know this as she has
yet to be charged with anything.
No one knows what has happened to her animals and the county
attorney and county manager have tried to keep records and information under
wraps since August. Nothing this county did to this woman was by the law,
and she does not have resources to get a lawyer to defend herself.
If you have read the letter to the editor in this past week’s
paper by Gay Morrison it touches on what has happened or you can read the
letter Ms. Bell put in the paper here. Jasper County,
represented by Kelley Bowen and Greg Wood, took every animal away from Ms. Bell
without ever filing any charges against her. She finally got 4 of her pugs
back, but the rest are gone.
Gay Morrison has opened an
account at Monticello Bank in the name of "Linda Bell Hoarding
Case" to help her get a lawyer. If you can help, and there is no donation too small, you can take it to the bank and all the money
raised is going to help her get a lawyer. She can not
afford to hire one on her own and everyone she has called has not offered to
take her case pro-bono. If you can help it will be greatly appreciated.
County animal control
officer, Kelley Bowen, has been allowed to take the county truck home every
day. She lives 30 or more miles away
from Jasper County.
The reason for this is to respond to calls, but we have found out that
on December 17th a dog was hit on Wild Rd. at Hwy 11. There were at least 2 calls to 911 and only a
deputy responded. The ACO officer refused to respond and a week
later the now dead dog was still lying off the side of the road where the
deputy left it.
Kelley Bowen makes
$17.00 an hour to ride around in the county truck and talk on the county cell
phone. How much is this costing the
taxpayers to provide gas and maintenance on this truck as our ACO drives it
back and forth to home and back every day?
Not to mention $17 an hour which is twice as much as our EMT’s are
making an hour.
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