Former Boggs Mtn. Shelter Director Found Guilty

By Craig Salmon, WRBN Radio, Clayton

A jury has convicted the woman accused of stealing money from the Boggs Mountain Animal Shelter in Rabun County.

Former Boggs Mountain Animal Shelter Manager Lowanda “Peanut” Kilby was found guilty on 60 counts, including charges of theft and racketeering, on Thursday after less than four hours of deliberation.

Kilby was charged with fraudulently taking donations intended for the shelter’s “Lucky Dog/Lucky Kitty” programs.

Prosecutors say she took the money and then euthanized most of the dogs and cats in the program, animals she promised on the shelter’s web site would be placed into new homes, and transferred money donated into the program into her personal bank account without the knowledge or approval of the Boggs Mountain shelter board.

Kilby claimed a co-worker was the one who took the money instead.

Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney Brian Rickman said he was not surprised by the jury’s decision.

Meanwhile, Defense Attorney Tim Healy says they are planning to appeal the verdict.

Kilby was taken into custody following the verdict.

Sentencing will be held at a later date.

(Information also provided by MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia)