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franklin county times

Local animal lover dies after battling brief illness

By By Melissa Cason
The animal kingdom lost an ally yesterday as an attorney with Franklin County ties and a love for animals, died after a brief illness.
William "Bill" Bouldin, age 69, was known in Franklin County as an attorney, but to animals he was more than that – he was their friend and ally.
Michelle Ray said that Bouldin was active in the PAWS or Pets are worth saving organization, which is dedicated to finding saving abandoned and stray animals by finding them foster homes as well as permanent homes.
"He was a great friend to the animals, a great volunteer, and a good person," Ray said.
She added that Bouldin was also active with the Bassett Hound Rescue for many years. He joined the PAWS cause in 2004.
"We could always count on him to be there for everything," Ray said. "He only missed our adoption day one time in three years."
She added that Bassett Hounds were his passion, and that he resided with several hounds along with a few other dogs at his home in Lauderdale County.
During his time with PAWS, Bouldin would help find homes for Bassett hounds, and other dogs in need. When there was a Bassett hound in need, he would work with both organizations to bring aid to the animal, Ray said.
"The last Bassett Hound he helped rescue, he ended up taking her home with him instead of turning her over to the Bassett Hound Rescue," Ray said.
Besides being a friend to his furry friends, Bouldin worked as an attorney in Franklin County for 43 years.
Pinkard Funeral Home of Russellville is directing funeral services for Bouldin.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers that a donation be made in his memory to PAWS, 2701 Mall Road, PMB 277, Florence, AL 35630.