First, thank you to every person who gives a damn! It seems the ball is finally rolling to stop this man's apparent abuse of animals. A former tenant of Billis' contacted me today after watching the piece on Channel 9 (see wftv video links below) and told me of how Mr. Billis' dogs attacked and killed his own dog Teddy(top pictures). When he reported this to animal control, Mr. Billis evicted him. He told me of how Mr. Billis left a Rotti (bottom pictures) chained to die a slow death from a festering fist-sized wound to his shoulder. He said Mr. Billis had covered the wound with a Wal-Mart bag and duct tape and when the dog tried to kick off the bag, he tied his back legs together with twine. The tenant said he called animal control several times, but the dog died before they came. You can read the tenant's statement in the comment section of the blog.
Mr. Billis told me today in a phone conversation that he is in no way responsible for Bear's death and that I am doing all of this for publicity -- I think the pictures speak for themselves -- these animals are the motive. Oh, he also said the Rotti had been bitten by a spider and that he sought medical care -- I guess that explanation excuses Mr. Billis for allowing the Rotti to die what was described as a slow death on a chain. Would it have been too much to hospitalize that poor dog?
Go to the following for wftv coverage and see for yourself how this man refuses to take responsibility. You decide who is deceptive!
WFTV explaining the course of events.
Billis' interview with WFTV. Note that he says Bear was only brought to the shop because he was traveling and didn't want Bear home alone, but, in the last video, he states while gesturing to the back cage that Bear was OK on Saturday when he states he last saw Bear at the shop. He goes on to say he traveled on Monday. So why was Bear there at all on Saturday if the only reason he was there was so he wouldn't be alone at home? I guess being caged with three known dog killers is nicer than being at home alone. Also please note, the ad on Craig's List never said anything about euthanasia. It simply said that time was running out for adoption -- we were discussing if it wouldn't be better to get Bear to a rescue group in hopes that he would have a better chance. We did discuss euthanasia among the staff SIX months ago when we first got Bear because of the possible risk to staff and boarders due to his aggression early on.
Mr. Falahpour completely contradicts Mr. Billis
Mr. Billis states Bear was ok at the shop on Saturday and that he traveled on Monday. Gotcha!