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Director finally gets pardoned after raising funds
by Neill Calabro
Jun 06, 2013 | 1177 views | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jennifer Giddens watches as her pardon rests in the hands of Shane Smith.
Jennifer Giddens watches as her pardon rests in the hands of Shane Smith.
Jennifer Giddens is dog tired. After spending 48 hours in the slammer – actually one of the canine cages of the Jones County Animal Control where she serves as director – Giddens was glad to see Shane Smith arrive.

Smith, who travels around the country convincing shelters to allow his network of internet friends find homes for strays, signed the official pardon at 5 p.m. Sunday. Giddens was then sprung from her two days of incurring the locked-up life, all in order to have experienced walking in someone else’s shoes. Although this time it was more like pacing in someone else’s paws.

Normally, when Smith, from Byron, comes to a shelter, it is to convince the staff in charge to pardon the animals for a week. This has been met with incredible success, but Giddens added a caveat.

She herself would have to be pardoned, and this over a period beginning Friday where she wouldn’t leave her doggy domicile, except for bathroom breaks, until Smith arrived during the waning hours of the first day of the new week.

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