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January 1, 2014

Animal advocate Stringer 2013 Person of Year

Animal shelter director promoted tougher animal protection ordinance


Daniel and Carrie Ault, who are co-defendants in the case, were charged with 96 counts of improper disposal of a dead animal, a Class D felony; 15 counts of cruelty to an animal, a Class A misdemeanor; and two counts of neglect of a dependent child, a Class D felony.

It's hard for Stringer to fathom how anyone could expose animals to such miserable conditions, and more difficult yet to know that animals are living in similarly inhumane conditions elsewhere. But the experience on the Ault farm has also given her hope.

“Because we were able to do something that was that huge and seemed that impossible and that overwhelming ... that we were able to come out on top of that, it kind of took my limitations off of my possibilities.”

Stringer said she’s always amazed by the kindness of others. She’s often surprised by monetary and supply donations the shelter receives. That support helps her deal with the emotional trauma of seeing animals suffering from abuse.

“I think it’s real easy to put yourself in the negative, because that’s what you see,” she said. “But almost every day we have somebody do something nice.”

Graham said Stringer’s leadership skills and passion brought people together and helped rehabilitate the shelter’s image.

Before she took over, Stringer said, people who loved animals had a hard time coming to the Anderson shelter because of the conditions there and only went to the Humane Society of Madison County facility. Now, people go to both shelters.

Stringer joined with others in the aftermath of the Ault animal farm rescue to push for stricter local animal protection laws. As a result, county commissioners signed a new ordinance in October that more clearly defines the responsibilities of those who own or board animals. The new ordinance also established more severe punishments for those who run afoul of the law.

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