Confiscated pet food to be given away to needy families

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 14, 2013



Pet food confiscated after the arrest of a local woman who used Facebook to allegedly scam pet lovers will now be used for its intended purpose – to feed local animals.

Debra Evans of the Andalusia Area Humane Society said a Saturday event, which is hosted jointly with the Andalusia Animal Shelter, will offer free pet food local senior citizens, low income families and those who have fallen on tough times. Supplies are limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. the AAHS building at 411 Pearl Street.

This is the second event of its nature hosted by the groups.

Evans said she “wouldn’t hazard a guess as to how much” food is available, but said there is a large quantity of cat and kitten food.

Evans said the food was discovered in a rental storage unit and is not part of the criminal case against 30-year-old Sharlotte Adams. Adams, the operator of Animal Aid and Rescue Resources Inc., was arrested in November after she allegedly scammed more than $25,000 in cash and thousands more in pet supplies from people nationwide. She was arrested after a Georgia resident filed a complaint about the organization’s business practices, and records showed Adams used a Facebook site to set up an account for the Rescue, police said.

Evans said Adams was renting a local storage unit, but when she failed to keep the rental fee current, the contents became the property of the unit owner.

“And he was gracious enough to donate it to us to help area pets,” she said. “This is not food that was entered as evidence in the trial, but a city officer did come over and take photos of it before we moved it.”