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Keli Miller and Courtney Bellew are here from Carmen’s Rescue with a very special puppy, Andrea Grace. Together, they’ll help to bring some awareness to the states and communities’ abused animals.
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Cody Alcorn – Host of Auction For A Kaws
Cody Alcorn is the co-anchor of Lauren Elise on The Morning News weekdays from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Cody grew up in Sikeston, Mo., and went to school at The University of Tennessee at Martin, where he graduated with a bachelor’s of arts degree in communications.
Before moving to Greenville, Cody worked in Jackson, TN, where he was a co-anchor of the morning news at WBBJ-TV.
In July 2006, Cody joined FOX Carolina as a reporter and anchor. About four years later, Cody joined The Morning News team as an anchor.
Cody starts his day at 2 a.m. – that is if he remembers to set his alarm clock. The one question Cody said he frequently is asked is, “How do you do it?”
“You never really get use to waking up at 2 a.m. You just do it,” Cody said. “It’s so sad that my first instinct when that alarm goes off is to grab my phone check Twitter, Facebook and email to see what happened while I was sleeping.”
While Cody works the early morning hours he’s often seen around the newsroom throughout the day. He works on stories you sometimes see on The Ten O’Clock News, including his new series called “Inside The Investigation,” which takes viewers inside open, unsolved homicide cases across the Carolinas.
Cody has reported on some of the Upstate’s biggest stories, including a shoot-out between Greenville police and a carjacking suspect that put numerous area schools on lockdown and an hours long manhunt. He reported from Columbia when musician Travis Barker and DJ AM’s airplane crashed during take off. He also reported live from the scene of a 13-hour standoff at a Madison, GA, motel which stemmed from an Amber Alert in South Carolina. Cody was also part of the FOX Carolina team that reported live from Washington during President Barack Obama’s inauguration.
- Southeast Emmy Award Outstanding Achievement Television News Gathering Excellence “Feature News Report.”
- Associated Press Award for Series for his reports on “Operation Rolling Thunder”
- Associated Press Award for Investigative Reporting for his reports on “Online Prostitution”
On the weekends, I love to: Spend time with my child, which is a 90 pound pit bull mix named Gunther.
Hobbies: Before news consumed my life, I team-roped, calf-roped and just enjoyed taking an afternoon ride on my horses back home.
Most memorable story: I would have to say the search for 4-year-old Javeion Mayes near downtown Greenville in 2007 really sticks out in my mind. For two days, in 100 degree temperatures, I was out there, along with my colleagues, as hundreds of law enforcement and citizens searched for Javeion. I was actually in the woods filming search crews when they found his body less than a few hundred feet from where I was standing. I won’t forget the screams as law enforcement officers yelled, “We found the body!” To see a mother learn her baby has been found dead is unforgettable. No parent should ever have to endure that. It’s hard to separate yourself from stories when it involves innocent children who have their whole lives ahead of them. I just remember standing there and thinking how could anyone have killed this little guy. It’s a story I will certainly never forget.
Lilly – Another thrown away dog
Greenville, SC - In November 2011, Carmen Klapper discovered a Rottweiler/shepherd mix lying in the grass off of the interstate.
Klapper’s first thought was that the dog had been hit by a car. After approaching the dog and re-evaluating the situation, her thoughts changed.
The dog, whom Klapper has named Lilly, was terrified. So terrified that she screamed whenever anyone tried to touch her – her entire body quaked in fear.
She was writhing on the ground as is she were dying – completely and utterly terrified that those who were trying to help might hurt her instead.
Those who assisted the frightened dog believe that she may have been abused in the past – perhaps held or tied down in some fashion while someone beat her.
Or perhaps she was so incredibly distraught over being dumped by her family that she could not function.
Lilly isn’t able to accurately share her story – those who were trying to help can only surmise what may have traumatized the dog so greatly.
Though Lilly wanted help, the prospect of hands on her body left her a quaking mess.
Animal control was eventually contacted and a group effort ensured that Lilly would not be left alone on that grassy spot off of the busy roadway.
After being held at the shelter for a few days, Lilly was released to Klapper – who quickly got the abandoned dog to a veterinarian for care.
Other than a slew of maladies likely resulting from a less-than-stellar owner (parasites, cherry eye, un-altered, thin and heartworm positive) she is okay.
A few days have passed now – Lilly is realizing that nobody wants to cause her pain and she is revealing her sweet (albeit shy) self.
Klapper is no stranger to rescue – in fact, she single-handedly takes it upon herself to rescue unwanted dogs who have been discarded in and around Greenville – dogs just like Lilly.
But she desperately needs a foster home for this sweet girl.
Klapper recently had surgery on her foot and is unable to get around – as a result, Lilly is being boarded at a vet clinic.
Boarding is expensive and for a shy dog like Lilly, it is a less-than-ideal setting.
Will you take a moment to share Lilly’s story? She just needs a soft, safe bed to rest on until a home can be found.
One family or individual who can take her in and reinforce what Carmen Klapper has already shown her - that people can be good.
Facts about U.S. Animal Shelters:
There are about 5,000 community animal shelters nationwide that are independent; there is no national organization monitoring these shelters. The terms “humane society” and “SPCA” are generic; shelters using those names are not part of the ASPCA or the Humane Society of the United States. Currently, no government institution or animal organization is responsible for tabulating national statistics for the animal protection movement.
- Approximately 5 million to 7 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized (60 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats). Shelter intakes are about evenly divided between those animals relinquished by owners and those picked up by animal control. These are national estimates; the percentage of euthanasia may vary from state to state.
- According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP), less than 2 percent of cats and only 15 to 20 percent of dogs are returned to their owners. Most of these were identified with tags, tattoos or microchips.
- Twenty-five percent of dogs who enter local shelters are purebred. (Source: NCPPSP)
- Only 10 percent of the animals received by shelters have been spayed or neutered, while 78 percent of pet dogs and 88 percent of pet cats are spayed or neutered, according to the American Pet Products Association (Source: APPA).
- More than 20 percent of people who leave dogs in shelters adopted them from a shelter. (Source: NCPPSP)