Identifying the Key Players
Atlanta, GA - Fox 5 News reports that Jere Alexander "released" the feral cats and that her rescue group, Nine Lives, offered no proof that the cats had been sterilized. (Feral cat programs, also called Trap-Neuter-Return, only "release" the cats after they have been sterilized). When confronted by reporter Randy Travis, Alexander, said she needed to "investigate" the allegations. Former employee, Myles Swain, surmises that the disappearance of the cats helped the shelter reduce its "kill rate."
From left: Jere Alexander, David York, Myles Swain and Sherri Self.
The Fox story also reports that Sherri Self is now the third former employee on record complaining of Alexander's questionable policies. David York, the owner of Barking Hounds Village Foundation, fired Self in October saying that she "falsified her time sheet." Self was one of the first hires of Alexander, served as the president of the Georgia APBT Association in 2007 when Alexander was the Vice President and whose husband last week pleaded guilty to a felony charge of transporting dogs for fighting.
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