Tuesday could be day of reckoning for RUFFF

Hillarie Allison and Bubba at RUFFHouse, before  health issues led the county to intervene in her animal sanctuary in Golden Valley.

JC AMBERLYN/Miner Hillarie Allison and Bubba at RUFFHouse, before health issues led the county to intervene in her animal sanctuary in Golden Valley.

KINGMAN – Mohave County Board of Supervisors may authorize staff to revoke the zoning use permit for the Rescued Unwanted Furry Friends Foundation at Tuesday’s regular meeting if certain health and building code violations have not been rectified.

The board meets at 9:30 a.m. at the County Administration Building, 700 W. Beale St.

Anyone wishing to address the board must fill out a request form prior to the meeting. Comments on regular agenda items are at the discretion of the board’s chair.

The animal rescue sanctuary in Golden Valley was shut down by the county’s Public Health Department in December, and Director Patty Mead outlined a host of problems at the board’s Dec. 19 meeting.

RUFFF was given until Dec. 30 to resolve the issues, which included no handwashing sink with hot water, improper plumbing, no bedding sand in the kennels and open bags of animal feces.

Supervisor Buster Johnson wanted to immediately close down the animal rescue. He said RUFFF has been a “thorn in our side” since it opened in 2002, with the county spending thousands of dollars investigating complaints about the 40-acre property.

County officials inspected the rescue operation on Dec. 7 and began taking action regarding the health and welfare of the animals under RUFFF’s care. Several departments are involved in the situation.

“We’re allowing them time to improve sanitation,” Mead said. “All we can do is enforce sanitation issues on the property.”

Some 130 dogs and 70 cats remained on the property after it was condemned.

Christine Anderson took over as president of RUFFF after founder Hillarie Allison encountered health problems that prevented her from caring for the animals. She said about 40 dogs were adopted out.

The fate of the other animals is unclear.

According to a 2012 county resolution, the zoning use permit for an animal sanctuary on that parcel is subject to revocation upon 60-day notification if, in the opinion of the board, continued use of the property would be contrary to public health, safety and welfare.

Other items on the board’s agenda:

• Acquisition of land and a well in the Wikieup area to be used for road maintenance purposes.

• Authorize Public Works reorganization to distribute essential job functions and subordinate staff of the engineering manager, Tim Walsh, who is taking over as director of Development Services.

• Request the Mohave County Treasurer to provide an investment update to the board on a quarterly basis or some other timeframe.

• Approve the appointment of Capt. Dean McKie as chief deputy sheriff at an annual salary of $113,000.

• Revenue sources, including HURF, sales tax, jail tax and overrides, and expenses for county roads and criminal justice.

• Appointment of board members to regional, state and county boards.


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G_Miller 2 weeks, 5 days ago

So another reorganization in another department that will save the county and the taxpayers thousands of dollars. Apparently they found an engineering manager in the county that really wasn't needed so they are going to reorganize and give more raises.

For years our supervisors have been telling us that they had "cut to the bone" to save money. Apparently this was not true.

Maybe the next time they discuss raising taxes they should take a closer look at these in-necessary positions that they keep finding.


AnimalRescuer31years 2 weeks, 4 days ago

You people are a piece of work, Hillary Allison begged others to get involved and help with the animals for years she gave all that she had to save the lives of animals that would otherwise have been killed in shelters.

It is a money issue believe me when she had lots of money and put her own half of million dollars into the shelter it was in wonderful condition. Her husband died and economy changed she needed help. Were you people there to help? No But you're certainly there to point fingers.

Just watching this unfold after all the years that she has given it's heartbreaking. Any of you to point fingers how dare you! You sit at home on your Lazy Boy chairs on your computers never lifting a finger to do anything but the first to claim foul.

The community could have donated and helped by volunteering But instead you wait until she can go on no longer and then attack her. There's so many people just like you around the country attacking good Americans doing the best I can to save lives. Hilary Allison would never harm an animal and rescues getting messy and they get dirty it's a lot to deal with something most of you will never understand.

Hillarie Allison is an animal Advocate and a great one at that she has helped thousands and thousands of animals she has pulled out of most from the streets she is taking animals when owners have died she took animals from disasters that hsus was going to kill,

Shame on all of you for sitting by and pointing fingers and never doing anything to truly help animals as this woman did for 51 years!

Shame on all of you! God bless Hillary Allison for the work that she's done all these years to help animals!

And while you sit by and scream foul note that the animal shelter in Lake Havasu has been investigated by many Animal Advocates for animal cruelty and animals are killed by intracardiac stick it is a very cruel method of killing animals.