Owner of Pet Protection looks to protect and serve<BR>

Hillary Allison, the owner of an animal shelter in Golden Valley, said revocation of Pet Protection's special use permit is "probably not where I would head."

"I've seen worse (shelters), but that doesn't mean it's acceptable," she said.

Allison called for a "way to make the place a lovely place.

Those animals were left there in good faith that they would be protected."

Allison said animal shelters as a whole want to stop the over-breeding of pets, and she accused Pet Protection of breeding puppies and kittens.

"Never should there be 11 dogs in a 7-by-12 cage," she said.

Lottie Benker, who also operates an animal shelter, said she presented a plan to the county in January that would require animal shelters to spay and neuter their pets.

"We never heard back from you," she said.

There are 15 puppies and 45 kittens born for every baby that is born in the United States, she said.

"You have the power in your hand to correct this travesty.

It is morally imperative (for you) to make things better.

It's important to bring Mohave County into the 21st century."

Pet Protection director Diana Moll denied the charge that the organization operates a breeding farm.

"I spay and neuter.

I've endlessly spent thousands of dollars on spay and neutering," Moll said.

"All my documents are up to date, and all my animals are spayed and neutered.

"I'm proud of it, and I stand by what I do," Moll said of the shelter.

"Each day it gets better."

William Riehle said he has served as the treasurer of Pet Protection for seven years.

He said the organization must collect at least $25,000 annually from a thrift shop, adoption fees and donations in order to maintain its non-profit, tax-exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service.

Jim Palmiter said he volunteers at the shelter.

"It's just ridiculous some of the things that's been said (about Pet Protection).

"We don't breed dogs.

We don't make puppies."

Randy Warner, an opponent, told supervisors that the county's animal control department has received "hundreds of thousands" of complaints and hasn't done anything about them because of "the ridiculous limitations you have placed on them."

Pet Protection's supporters interrupted Warner and others as they spoke and had to be quieted by Byers.

Local teacher Cristina Curtis said she volunteered at Pet Protection and applied for eight grants for the facility.

She and a grade-school-aged girl saw seven loose dogs at the facility killing a kitten.

Curtis and students' parents observed "abject neglect of dogs and cats" at the shelter.

"Animal control needs to be investigating, as they do not do their job."

Curtis said Moll's mother, Freda McCoy, told her that a litter of puppies was eaten alive by ants at the shelter.

Cindy Pitcock confirmed this account when she said, "Diana Moll had something going, but it got out of hand.

… I've seen dead puppies that were eaten by ants."

Kim Stewart is a White Hills resident who drives by the shelter on her way to and from work in Kingman.

"Since it opened, I can't tell you how many times I've seen loose dogs on the highway, dead dogs on the highway." Stewart said she has seen "1,000 crows" in pens at the shelter.

"I'm wondering what they've been eating out there." Stewart said she has seen improvement at the shelter during the past few weeks.

Pet Protection volunteer Betsy Senn said the shelter's animals are properly watered, fed, spayed and neutered.

Only two of the shelter's dogs have been killed on the highway since 1996, she said.

"Diana is doing a great job with limited funding," Senn said.

Las Vegas resident Lisa Rood said she's been helping Moll spay and neuter the pets and has helped provide fencing, shade and water bottles.

KINGMAN – The controversial owner of an area animal shelter announced her candidacy for county sheriff Monday.

Kingman resident Diana Moll, 44, made the announcement during the Mohave County supervisors meeting as she was defending the Pet Protection shelter.

Moll said she has a background in law enforcement but didn't give details.

On Thursday, Moll filed paperwork with the Mohave County Elections Office to run as a write-in candidate.