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Local Rescues 70 Animals Over Holidays through adoption refunds

Two days before Christmas, Horry County Police arrested Garry Gause, the Director of Horry County’s Animal Care Center.   The arrest was confirmed by the county’s spokeswoman Lisa Bourcier. Bourcier also confirmed Gause resigned that Friday, December 23rd.

Garry Gause (source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Garry Gause (source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

A booking record from the county’s J. Reuben Long Detention Center shows Gause, 57, was booked at 1:42 a.m. on Friday. He is charged with 2nd-degree domestic violence, and bond was set at $2,500 the record showed. The record also showed Gause was released just before noon on Friday, December 23rd.

Rick Tebbs,  Director of Circle of Life Cat Sanctuary in Conway SC reached out to the Horry County Animal Care Center with an offer to pay the adoption fees of 70 animals so they would not be destroyed on December 26th.   While his offer was refused,  Tebbs made the same offer to the Marion County Animal Shelter who accepted his offer.  70 animals were adopted and saved because of Tebb’s effort.  His comments to the Horry County Animal Care Center are found here.

“In November and December, I made an offer to the local shelter to pay back all adoption fees, for an entire MONTH, up to $3,000. My intention was to get media attention, cook burgers on the grill, rent a bouncy house for the kids, and hold to a promise that if all shelter dogs and cats were adopted, as what happened in the story, I would spend a night in the shelter with any animal left behind. An incredible idea. All to find homes for Christmas for the lost and homeless dogs cats and other animals. In Horry County, this could have been us.

Instead, the Administration, out of fear of being proven as incompetent and at a loss for ideas that would encourage adoption, turned down my offer. Not just turned down but totally decimated my motives when they lied to everyone saying I was a “madman” “guilty of sending a violent threatening email to multiple public officials. And indeed it was a lie. An email has never been produced to prove their accusations as being correct. They said that because they knew I would be successful and prove they have no business in animal welfare. Instead, the cages were full. Unadopted animals were scheduled for December 26th and all because they turned down a very Christian offer to help find homes through adoption fee refunds. How evil can they be?

Fortunately, the Marion County Animal Shelter accepted the offer that the Horry County Animal Care Center turned down.  I still hold that it is a very Christian offer to help find homes through adoption fee refunds.

They have turned this offer down on 3 separate occasions. There will not be a 4th. If I am going to be put out there as a “madman” for offering to refund adoption fees, I will not make the offer again.

What’s in this story won’t happen at Horry County Animal Care Center.  They just don’t care.”

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