Carol Whitehead stopped by the Holiday house to make sure the greyhounds had updated shots and tags.

Their owner yelled at her and ordered her to leave. Then he picked an argument with his wife about not having enough money to pay for the dogs' care.

The routine call to Animal Services in 2003 quickly escalated. The man drew back his hand to hit his wife. Whitehead warned him not to. So he stopped, turned to Whitehead and cocked his fist to punch her instead.

Whitehead quickly called a deputy, and the man was arrested.

Sometimes, it's not the animals that give Whitehead the most trouble.

It's the people.

It's not easy to deal with emaciated dogs, rotting roadkill or emotional pet owners. So why does Whitehead do it?

Because, she says, someone has to be a voice for the animals.


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