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Obion County Sherrif
Danny Jowers

Tell Obion County Sheriff Danny Jowers It's Not Ok To Let Animals Burn To Death

    1. Melanie ...
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      Melanie ...

      Fort Collins, CO

On September 29,  Gene Cranick of Obion County, Tennessee called 911 to report that his home was on fire and his pets, three dogs and one cat, were trapped inside.  Instead of responding, firefighters from the fire department from the nearby city of South Fulton informed him his home "wasn't on their list" and he was on his own. 

The problem? 

The county does not have a county-wide firefighting service, but South Fulton offers fire coverage to rural residents for a fee.  Mr Cranick had forgotten to pay the $75 yearly fee.  

Though he told the fire department he would pay whatever was required to have the fire put out, his pleas went unanswered.  According to MSNBC news (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39516346/ns/us_news-life), South Fulton's mayor said that the fire department "can't let homeowners pay the fee on the spot, because the only people who would pay would be those whose homes are on fire."

Mr Cranik's pets should not have to pay the price for his owner's forgetfulness or the local government's policies.  Tell Obion County Sherrif Danny Jowers, the main contact person for Obion County Office of Emergency Management, that letting pets burn to death over $75 is unacceptable. 

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      Stephanie Feldstein
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      Chances are, you've seen this story by now. A homeowner in Tennessee stands by helplessly as his house burns to the ground. The local fire department won't help, because the homeowner forgot to pay a yearly fire protection fee.
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