Page News and Courier

Dog rescue complete; animals up for adoption

LURAY — All 132 dogs and four parrots rescued earlier this month are now on their way to a new life and can be adopted at: The last of the transports completed their journey on Sunday — now all of the animals are in the hands of Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) placement partners. To find new homes, the animals have traveled as far as Nova Scotia, Canada to Nashville, TN with many already up for adoption, said Public Information Officer Michael Cunningham of ARC — a nonprofit animal protection organization based in Washington, D.C. Some will need additional medical treatments before they can be adopted.

Page County administrator gets 25-percent raise in 12 months

SHENANDOAH — Following a closed session meeting last week the board of supervisors effectively approved a 25 percent yearly salary increase for County Administrator Mark Lauzier. Last Tuesday, after a performance review by board members scored Lauzier at nearly 80 percent approval rating, the supervisors in a split vote of 3 to 2 agreed to increase his salary to $125,000 per year (Supervisor J.D. Cave Dist. 4 was absent).

Page Theater must go digital

LURAY — Jerry Spencer, 73, loves the theater business, but not the movie industry — or at least what it has become. Owner of the Page Theater since 1989, Spencer's livelihood is under threat from the movie industry's drive to push theaters in the U.S. to go digital. The choice: Go digital or go dark.

A Day No Pigs Would Be Chased: Virus cancels fair plans

FRONT ROYAL — A fatal virus infecting millions of baby pigs across the U.S. has caused the cancellation of the popular pig scrambles at area fairs this year.

Puppy mill discovered in Page

LURAY — What began as a concern for the Page County Animal Shelter in Stanley became a six-state mobilization of fifty volunteers from the Animal Rescue Corps (ARC). The Page County Sheriff's Office raided the Mill Creek Kennels owned and operated by Lennis and William Atkins specializing in breeding small dogs. “Operation Liberty Dogs” from resources provided by ARC arrived at 1608 Mill Creek Crossroads near Luray early Thursday morning with a search warrant. The first priority was to provide treatment to the most vulnerable animals. The Page County Animal Shelter, Virginia State Veterinarian, Dr. Carolyn Bissett, along with American Dog Rescue providing financial resources rescued 135 dogs and four parrots.

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