Augusta animal activist Willene Colvin jailed on cruelty charge

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The head of an Augusta animal rescue was sentenced to 10 days in jail and several dozen dogs were removed her home Thursday after an emaciated, sick dog was found in her care.  Willene Colvin, 75, who ran Save the Animals Rescue Society in Hephzibah, had been on probation since […]

The head of an Augusta animal rescue was sentenced to 10 days in jail and several dozen dogs were removed her home Thursday after an emaciated, sick dog was found in her care. 

Willene Colvin, 75, who ran Save the Animals Rescue Society in Hephzibah, had been on probation since April on a prior animal-related charge. One of the conditions of her probation was not to be cited again, but on July 1 she was charged with animal cruelty.

Alyssa Shelton, a senior animal control officer with Augusta Animal Services, testified she found a dog named Cinnamon unable to walk, emaciated, missing fur and covered in fleas in a doghouse at Colvin’s home.

The dog appeared about 20 pounds underweight, but has gained 10 back since Animal Services took her in, Shelton said.

Willene Colvin stands at the gate of her Hephzibah-area home as rescue workers remove dozens of dogs from her care. Colvin was jailed Thursday on a probation violation stemming from an animal cruelty charge.

Shelton said Colvin continued to advertise puppies online and had given inspectors a runaround when they tried to check conditions at her home, another condition of her probation.

Animal Services estimated some 60 or more animals are at Colvin’s property but had not been allowed to enter the home, Shelton said.

Attorney for Colvin, Angela McElroy-Magruder, questioned Shelton about her documentation of the case and asked Colvin about the photos.

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