Spay your cat or dog for $35
Special to The Monitor
GUN BARREL CITY–How about $35 to spay your cat or neuter your dog?
If price has ever been a reason to not fix your dog or cat, you have not
been paying attention.
Friends of the Animals at Cedar Creek Lake, a non-profit charitable
organization, has done almost 10,000 surgeries.
We are not a veterinarian clinic – spay/neuter is all we do.
We have dozens of volunteers who coddle your pet, clean their ears, trim
their nails and watch them comfortably recover from surgery.
No animal clinic within three counties has the loving attention to
detail Friends offers. The professional staff?
Our surgeon is Dr. Glen Campbell, voted by ‘D Magazine’ as one of the
best veterinarians in Dallas.
Each Tuesday he spends the day operating and coordinating each animal’s
Fixing your animal will lengthen his life and will not change his
Spaying or neutering your pet can prevent the development of cancer and
other problems later in his/her life.
Prices for surgery range from $25 for a male cat to $65 for a giant
breed female dog.
If financial help is needed to fix a more than 45-pound dog, that is
available through either the Family Resource Center or Christian Life
Center Food Pantry, both in Gun Barrel City.
Surgery is by appointment only but this time of year, the wait for
surgery is usually very short. Call now: (903) 887-PETS (7387).
Victims of Domestic Violence to
receive grant assistance
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–The spirit of cooperation between Break the Chain Against
Domestic Violence and The Family Peace Project has resulted in a little
financial help for both groups.
The two groups recently received a joint grant from the Faith and
Community Technical Support (FACTS) program. FACTS is a joint venture
between Baylor University’s Program on Prosocial Behavior and the state
of Montana’s Office of Victims Services.
Both The Family Peace Project and Break the Chain help provide temporary
housing to women and children who are victims of domestic violence.
The Family Peace Project is dedicated to Henderson County while Break
the Chain helps victims from both Henderson and Kaufman counties.
The two agencies have cooperated on several projects in the past three
years, conducting fund-raisers together and providing shared services to
The $72,000 grant is earmarked for a very specific purpose, said Jan
Wood, director of Break the Chain Against Domestic Violence. The funds
will be used to expand the housing options available for area women
fleeing violent situations.
“We can only use this money for particular expenses and housing,” Wood
said. “The grant will help us continue to work together to build and
develop more safe housing options for families dealing with domestic
violence in the local rural communities.”
“However, support is always needed for other areas of our operation.
“This grant money will be very helpful in expanding our housing options,
but it is only through the kindness of local supporters that we can
provide not only housing, but school supplies, clothing, health items
and other accessories to those who may have nothing more than the
clothing on their backs.
“The grant money cannot go toward those everyday items,” Wood explained.
In addition to funding, those who receive the grant also get technical
assistance and training.
After receiving the grant, Wood and Marlena Taylor, director of The
Family Peace Project, attended grant training in Colorado.
FACTS oversees a national grant competition, which provides funds to
support small, rural faith-based and/or community-based programs that
provide services for victims of domestic violence.
Victims of domestic violence residing in rural communities face unique
challenges that are often times exacerbated by the geographic isolation
said Dr. Byron Johnson, professor and director of ISR.
“For example, the delivery of social services in remote communities may
be too late or even absent.
“This project is designed to be intentional in building capacity so that
appropriate social service delivery can be made available even in remote
places,” Johnson said.
The award is part of the federal support for faith-based organizations.
The Office on Violence Against Women, Department of Justice, supported
For further information on helping victims of domestic violence, contact
Wood at (866) 869-4663 or Taylor at (903) 477-5297.
Local businesses eligible for
USDA emergency loans
Special to the Monitor
KAUFMAN–Economic Injury Disaster Loans provided through the Small
Business Administration and the United States Department of Agriculture
are available to eligible small businesses dependent on farms and
ranchers in counties that received the disaster declaration.
The Secretary of Agriculture designated eight Texas counties as primary
natural disaster areas.
The counties are Dallas, Gonzales, Henderson, Kaufman, Neuces, Parker,
Rockwall and Van Zandt.
Also 29 contiguous counties are also eligible for help.
Those nearby counties include Anderson, Ellis, Freestone and Navarro.
The time period for drought damage began Jan. 1 and continues.
The deadline for filing a loan application is June 25, 2007.
Small, non-farm businesses can file for a low-nterest loan through the
Farm Service Agency, Texas State FSA Office, 2405 Texas avenue South,
P.O. Box 2900, College Station, TX 77841.
Loans of up to $1.5 million at an interest rate of 4 percent are
“They are based on financial impact only, not on actual property damage,
for a maximum term of 30 years, and restricted to businesses without the
financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship,” SBA
director of Field Operations Center – West, Alfred Judd said.
For information and applications call toll-free (800) 659-2955 or visit
the website at www.sba.gov/disaster. The hearing impaired may call (800)
Horse owners urged to implement
best management practices to prevent EVA
Special to The Monitor
AUSTIN–Texas equine producers, veterinarians and livestock health
officials have become increasingly concerned about Equine Viral
Arteritis (EVA), which has been detected in New Mexico and Utah this
A viral disease of horses, donkeys and other equine animals, EVA causes
mares to abort, can cause mild to severe respiratory disease in some
horses and may also cause some stallions to become chronically infected
and shed the virus in semen.
EVA is not a reportable disease in Texas. Regulations have been
implemented in some states, including Kentucky, New York and Colorado.
Owners should be alert and notify their accredited private veterinary
practitioner if horses or foals develop signs of EVA, including fever,
depression, diarrhea, coughing or nasal discharge, or swelling of the
legs, body or head.
Laboratory testing is necessary to confirm a diagnosis, as other equine
diseases can present similar clinical signs.
“EVA is not currently a reportable disease in Texas,” Texas’ state
veterinarian and head of the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC), the
state’s livestock and poultry health regulatory agency Dr. Bob Hillman
“However, we urge veterinarians and horse owners to report suspected and
confirmed cases of EVA to the TAHC to ensure we have the most accurate
picture of the disease in the state,” he said.
Horses can be infected through natural service of a mare by a carrier
Stallions that shed the equine arteritis virus in their semen can infect
unvaccinated mares, causing a respiratory disease and abortion.
Acutely infected horses spread the infection to other horses via the
Cleaning and disinfection of stalls, trailers and equipment can reduce
the risk of EVA exposure.
Know the EVA status of stallions, semen shipments and mares before they
are introduced onto your farm.
Consult your veterinary practitioner about vaccination protocols for
brood mares, stallions and colt foals.
“If you are shipping breeding horses out of state, check to determine
the entry requirements of the receiving state and allow time to comply
with any testing, vaccination or isolation requirements,” Hillman said.
Many breeding farms have implemented ‘best management’ practices,
testing and vaccination procedures to prevent the introduction or spread
“Although only supportive treatment can be provided, most affected
mares, geldings or sexually immature stallions will eliminate the virus
and recover,” Hillman said.
Sexually mature stallions, however, can become carriers of the disease
and shed the virus for long periods.
Shedding stallions should be isolated and bred only to vaccinated mares.
“It is very important to have breeding horses tested, and if
appropriate, vaccinated prior to the breeding season,” Hillman said.
“After vaccination, stallions and mares should be withheld from breeding
for at least 28 or 21 days, respectively.
“Vaccinated horses also must be maintained away from pregnant mares for
at least 28 days,” he said.
“EVA vaccine may be acquired only by veterinarians, with prior TAHC
approval,” he added
Additionally, mares vaccinated for the first time and bred to a carrier
stallion should be isolated from other equine for 21 days after
“Several horse breeders and a number of equine veterinarians have
contacted the TAHC about EVA and to urge Texas equine producers to take
all necessary precautions to prevent establishing EVA in Texas horses,”
Equine producers and veterinarians believe this disease can be handled
through judicious application of best management and biosecurity
practices, coupled with appropriate use of testing and vaccination of
“The current EVA situation will be reported to TAHC commissioners at
their meeting Tuesday, Dec. 5, in Austin,” he said.
Development of EVA rules is not anticipated at this time. Horse breeders
are urged to work with their veterinarians to institute best biosecurity
practices to protect their investment and the health of their animals.
EVA can be prevented and controlled by sound management practices and
selective use of the EVA vaccine.
Additional information about EVA may be accessed at the TAHC’s web site
Mabank man indicted for
Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENS–A Mabank man was indicted for aggravated assault with a deadly
weapon by the Henderson County Grand Jury.
Ronnie Lee Revis, 28, of Mabank was indicted for aggravated assault with
a deadly weapon, including a repeat offender enhancement.
The indictment against Revis was one of 45 True Bills returned by the
grand jury Tuesday, according to information released by District
Attorney Donna R. Bennett.
Other indictments were returned against:
• James Daniel Cole, w/m (white male), 51, from Athens, indicted for
Injury to a Child (habitual criminal enhancement).
• Timothy Eugene Ratliff, w/m, 17, from Gun Barrel City, indicted for
Assault on a Public Servant.
• Theresa Lynn Hambrick, also known as Theresa Lynn Andrews, b/f (black
female), 42, from Athens, indicted for Robbery (repeat offender
• Barry Steven Killingsworth, b/m (black male), 43, from Malakoff,
indicted for Assault on a Public Servant/Assault on a Public Servant,
and also indicted for Possession of a Controlled Substance.
• Haley Ann Reed, w/f (white female), 21, from Gun Barrel City, indicted
for Assault Family Violence with Prior Convictions.
• Kristy Gonzales, w/f, 32, from Mount Pleasant, indicted for Forgery.
• Cody Mitchell Kuykendall, w/m, 23, from Athens, indicted for Forgery.
• Kurtis Donivan McNary, w/m, 47, from Chandler, indicted for Fraudulent
Use of Identifying Information.
• Tracy Ann Reed, w/f, from Frankston, indicted for Fraudulent Use of
• Cory Dean Shelton, w/m, 30, from Trinidad, indicted for Theft Over
• Marcus Da’Wan Taylor, b/m, 20, from Athens, indicted for Possession of
a Controlled Substance (two indictments), also indicted for Unauthorized
Use of a Motor Vehicle, also indicted for Possession of a Prohibited
Substance in a Correctional Facility.
• Christopher Matthew Kuykendall, w/m, 32, from Gun Barrel City,
indicted for Theft Over $1,500 (two indictments).
• Bradley Wayne Taylor, w/m, 25, from Chandler, indicted for Failure to
Comply with Registration Requirements.
• Saul Alberto Salazar, w/m, 18, from Corsicana, indicted for Possession
of a Controlled Substance.
• Michael John Taylor, w/m, 37, from Brownsboro, indicted for Burglary
of a Habitation.
• Donald Ray Green, b/m, 44, from Malakoff, indicted for Possession of a
• Wendy Paola Velasquez, w/f, 26, from Athens, indicted for Burglary of
• Eddie Lee Crockett, b/m, 60, from Terrell, indicted for Driving While
Intoxicated (repeat offender enhancement).
• Billy Jack Lewis, w/m, 31, from Trinidad, indicted for Possession of a
Controlled Substance with Two Prior State Jail Convictions.
• Dason Leedantrelle Robertson, b/m, 17, from Brownsboro, indicted for
Possession of a Prohibited Substance in a Correctional Facility.
• Lisa Ann Waterson, w/f, 31, from Seven Points, indicted for Possession
of a Controlled Substance.
• Eric Charles Sevick, w/m, 34, from Dallas, indicted for Unauthorized
Use of a Motor Vehicle/Theft Over $1,500 (habitual criminal
enhancement), also indicted for Failure to Stop and Render Aid (habitual
• Shannon Wayne Smithers, w/m, 42, from Tyler, indicted for Burglary of
a Habitation (three indictments).
• Thomas Nathaniel Ross, w/m, 49, from Athens, indicted for Driving
• Anthony Danar Jordan, b/m, 35, from Athens, indicted for Failure to
• Debra Ann Khaswan, w/f, 36, from Athens, indicted for Possession of a
• Carl Eugene Julian, w/m, 46, from Malakoff, indicted for Possession of
a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver (repeat offender
• Many Nichole Riggins, w/f, 17, from Athens, indicted for Possession of
a Controlled Substance.
• Debra Ann Wade, w/f, 45, from Athens, indicted for Possession of a
• Connie Loraine Stokes, w/f, 39, from Athens, indicted for Possession
of a Controlled Substance (two indictments, with habitual criminal
enhancement on each indictment).
• Katherine Marie Goddard, w/f, 17, from Malakoff, indicted for Debit
• Brenda Jean Tennison, w/f, 43, from Dallas, indicted for Possession of
a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver.
• Amber Elaine Chewning, w/f, 27, from Trinidad, indicted for Possession
of a Controlled Substance.
• Christopher Leon Huddleston, w/m, 27, from Larue, indicted for
Burglary of a Building.