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01/26/05

Former Deputy Remains in Coma, Pets Need Care

Daisy Daisy
Peppe Peppe

Former Effingham County deputy Laura Rahn remains in a coma more than two weeks after police say her fiance shot her, and then shot himself. And now her family is asking for help, but not for the kind of help you may think.

Rahn took in abandoned pets, and now her sister Vickie Fox is taking care of them. But she says there's just too many of them for her to handle alone.

If you'd like to help take care of the pets, call Vickie Fox at 912.826.1018 or 912.660.5474.

"She was moving the guy out, she found out he was stealing from her and doing a lot of drugs and she decided he needed to go," Fox told us of Rahn's fiance.

Fox said her sister told her she'd changed the locks. Rahn's son told police his mom was out walking the abandoned dogs she cared for, then came back home and must have forgotten to lock the door behind her.

Police told Vickie Fox what happened next. "He came in, caught her packing up the rest of his things, cornered her in her bedroom and he shot her twice in the chest, then went in the bedroom and shot himself in the head," she said.

Fox spends a lot of time traveling to the hospital just to be at her sister's side, and while she's away, Rahn's pets, who have special needs of their own, are left alone. The cost of kennel care is more than Fox can afford, and she needs help caring for the animals.

"Peppe here, he was abused and abandoned, Daisy, she's deaf," Fox said, introducing us to the animals. "They were going to put her down and my sister said she was too beautiful of an animal, so she decided to keep her. Then she has her cats."

Knowing these pets mean the world to her sister, Fox struggles to care for them and is doingevery thing she can to keep them. "I can't get rid of them because these are my sister's babies, and they've got to be here when she wakes up."

If you'd like to help take care of the pets, call Vickie Fox at 912.826.1018 or 912.660.5474.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen, nteigen@wtoc.com

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