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Roomies in Hades

GARD was incredibly proud of its “A+” grade on the July 23, 2020 Georgia Department of Agriculture inspection. Inspector Beth Miller gave GARD “passing” grades on the first page of the report, but her notes are interesting. (08/07/2020: The photographs that went with this “inspection”)

nimal Protection Inspection 07/23/2020
July 23, 2020 Page 1
July 23, 2020 Page 2

Beth Miller indicates on the first page of the report that GARD had 145 animals on site and 75 enclosures on July 23, 2020.

On page two Miller writes there are 120 dogs and “approximately 60 enclosures.” That’s two dogs per “enclosure” and no definition of “enclosure” is offered. Based on what I saw both on site and in the drone video there are three types of enclosures: fenced sections with multiple small dog houses under tarps or metal overhangs, a large barn-type structure and sheds, some with very small fenced areas attached.

There’s also another mobile home that is reportedly used as a “hospital” and who knows what the inside of that looks like. Has it been gutted and rebuilt for the purpose? I don’t know. According to the county tax assessor’s office, the mobile home is 28 feet by 76 feet resulting in 2,128 square feet of total under roof space. Assuming 25 square feet per animal (5’x5’) and leaving at least 1,000 square feet for anything other than animal enclosure, that’s 45 enclosures.  Generous assumptions but let’s run with it since I’ve found no photos giving any indication what GARD’s “hospital” actually looks like.

Hospital aerial view

“Hospital” from the driveway

So how many animals are using the “hospital” enclosures? I’d assume only ill and injured animals are kept there so surely the majority aren’t there.

The tarp-covered dog houses are scattered all over the area and it’s hard to say how many dogs are in each of those.

Then there’s the “barn,” the “big shed” and the “red shed” as I’ve come to call them. The “barn” appears to have a wood floor, or at least a wood walkway in front of cyclone fence sections, and an outdoor dog washing station of sorts in back. It’s not all that much smaller in dimensions than the mobile home perpendicular to it but I haven’t found any specifics on that mobile home. It’s pretty large for a mobile home, though, so let’s be generous and say it’s 80 feet long and 56 feet wide (28’ per section, two sections.) Given the relative dimensions, let’s say the barn is 28 feet wide and 60 feet long and 1,680 square feet. One would expect much larger enclosures here than in the hospital so let’s say each enclosure is 5’x10’. Not unreasonable for an enclosure in which a dog lives. That’s 33 enclosures.

The Barn
Barn roof overlaid on mobile home roof

The “big shed” is smaller than the barn and it’s hard to tell exactly what size it is without pulling out some math, which I might do later but for now let’s take the separate enclosure to the back left of the big shed as indicative of how many enclosures are in the big shed. I’m thinking five to six? Let me know what you think in the comments. (Sure wish I knew a satellite photo analyst!)

The big shed

The red shed shows one enclosure to the right and three enclosures in the back with no apparent shade though perhaps the dogs can squeeze under the roof somehow. From another angle the red shed appears full of sections of cyclone fencing. So say four enclosures there. I saw this one from ground level. At least two dogs are kept beneath the overhang built off the shed to the right. The outside fence can’t be more than 5’x12’. I couldn’t tell for absolute certain and zooming in on the photo doesn’t provide a clear answer but I don’t think those two dogs could get inside the shed.

The red shed from above
Red shed from the gate, the big shed in the back left

Edit 07/27/2020: Examining the red shed closer from above it appears one of the dogs in the above photo may have access to shade. Look at the right side of the photo below. I can’t tell if there’s a fence between the two dog houses.

Note: Joy Bohannon claims to run her “rescue” on 35 acres. She may have her name on the deed to 35 acres but she certainly doesn’t have the “rescue” spread out across that area. The drone footage is clear on that. All activity is focused on perhaps two acres of that parcel. For scale, the structure circled in blue is a mobile home. A large one but a mobile home all the same so maximum length is what, 70 feet? Maybe 90 feet?

And this is the set up Beth Miller defines as passable for an animal rescue. Using her numbers, two dogs are in each “enclosure” of unspecified dimensions or locations. All but the “hospital” enclosures are outdoors in the heat. Summer in Savannah is hot as Hades and twice as humid.

Think about the Georgia Department of Agriculture report, the images and ask yourself if you consider this facility passable? Your thoughts are appreciated.

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