Amicalola Deer Park scrambling to move animals - KMSP-TV

Amicalola Deer Park scrambling to move animals

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DAWSON COUNTY, Ga. -

A unique Georgia park that specializes in rescue animals is in danger of closing down. The Amicalola Deer Park is being forced to leave its property in Dawson County, and people running the park say the animals could be at risk.

Last week, the faith-based organization that runs the park was given 30 days to pack everything up and leave.  They've found a new home for the animals, but getting them -- and everything else -- to the new park location is not going to happen if they don't get help.

Glenda Stanley's grandson, Billy, is a regular at the park, where rescue animals from exotic deer to llamas -- even pigs -- live.

For 10 years, the Dawson County attraction has been open to the public, but the faith-based organization that rents the land and cares for the animals makes a point to reach out to children like Billy.

"It's important for these children who have special needs. They need to know they're wanted and needed and that's a big thing here," said Glenda.

But the park is now dangerously close to going away.

Sean Smith runs the park and says that the family who owns the land recently decided to do something else with the property, giving the park 30 days notice.

Smith said that the park has neither the money nor the manpower for such a quick move.

"Well, the animals, they still need to be taken care of. We have licenses to take care of them. We have got to provide shelter and protection, and there are some that have medical attention needs. So that's all going to have to be done," said Smith.

Smith has found a new home for the park, but it may not matter if he doesn't get the help he needs moving everything.

"It's going to be tough, but we have the Lord behind us and we're going to make sure it perseveres," said Smith.

Park leaders say they need donations and help taking all the fencing and buildings down from the current property and then putting them back up on their new place.

For info on how to help, visit the park's Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Amicalola-Deer-Park/138480742859253

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