The firm represents the estate of Mr. Johnny Scott (right), a local man who was paralyzed and later died from injuries sustained in an automobile collision. Even while hospitalized and fighting for his life, Scott’s main concern was making sure someone was caring for Gina and Luca, his beloved Cane Corsos. During their time of need, the Charleston Animal Society stepped up and provided care and shelter to the dogs, who were often seen playing together in the facility’s yard.
“For Johnny, like for many of us, his dogs were more than pets,” said Jeff Gerardi, the attorney handling Scott’s case and a fellow dog‐lover. “They were family. This contribution will go to help other families and pets during difficult times, which we feel is an appropriate way to honor Johnny’s memory and help preserve his legacy.”
After Scott’s tragic passing, the Charleston Animal Society made sure his two dogs would be re‐homed and well‐loved once more.
The firm’s $100,000 will go toward revitalizing the shelter’s play yard, the same area that was so special for Gina and Luca during their time there. The yard will be renamed in honor of Mr. Scott and his dogs.
“The Animal Society did so much good during such a bad situation,” said attorney Ken Harrell, managing partner of the Joye Law Firm, which sits just over a mile from the shelter. “The people of Charleston are extremely lucky to have a world‐class animal rescue organization right here in our backyard. Our firm has been a proud supporter of theirs for the past 15 years, but getting a firsthand view of how they went above and beyond under these tragic circumstances gave us pause. We knew we needed to recognize the good they did for our client and his dogs, as well as for the thousands of others in our community during their time of great need.”
The attorneys presented the donation to Joe Elmore and Kay Hyman of the Charleston Animal Society on June 8th at the shelter, which is located at 2455 Remount Rd. in North Charleston.
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