🔍 Investigation Called for Amidst Controversy: Noah’s Ark Founder Speaks Out
In the wake of recent controversies surrounding Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary, the founder, Jama Hedgecoth, has thrown her support behind State Senator Emanuel Jones’s call for a thorough investigation into the sanctuary’s current leadership.
📢 Shifting Mission and Financial Focus:
Hedgecoth, through a prepared statement by her attorney, expressed deep concern over the current leadership, particularly President Shelly Lakly. Hedgecoth alleged that the sanctuary’s mission, originally centered around providing a haven for all creatures, has shifted under Lakly’s term to prioritize financial gains over animal welfare.
“When Noah’s Ark was founded, the focus of our mission was providing a sanctuary for all of God’s creatures,” Hedgecoth stated. “When Shelly Lakly came to Noah’s Ark as President, she changed the focus of the mission from care for the animals to money.”
💔 Allegations of Neglect:
Senator Jones, in his letter to Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, linked the recent closure of Noah’s Ark to a severe avian flu outbreak and animal abuse allegations. Hedgecoth echoed Jones’s concerns, accusing Lakly of prioritizing money over the safety and well-being of the animals.
“Shelly Lakly is more concerned with money than she is with ensuring the safety of the animals in the care of Noah’s Ark,” Hedgecoth emphasized.
📜 Defense and Counterclaims:
Responding to these allegations, Noah’s Ark released a statement acknowledging the challenges but claiming “tremendous progress” since the bird flu outbreak. The sanctuary invited Attorney General Chris Carr to inspect the facility and asserted that the issues raised by Senator Jones had been resolved months ago.
“We feel it’s time for the Senator to stop dredging up issues that were resolved months ago and instead engage with the current Noah’s Ark team with an open mind for the evolution and future of what Noah’s Ark will become,” the statement read.
🚨 Calls for Transparency:
Despite the sanctuary’s response, Hedgecoth warned against what she perceives as a lack of transparency from Lakly. She accused Lakly of using prepared statements to deflect criticism and urged a more open dialogue about the current conditions at Noah’s Ark.
The controversy surrounding Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary continues to unfold, with community concerns and calls for investigation amplifying the need for a thorough examination into the sanctuary’s operations.
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