Monday, January 23, 2006

Bodies Of Malnourished Dogs, Puppies Found Dumped In Tifton, Georgia

Just to remind everyone that this type of behavior still occurs. As the story states below, all they had to do was find some sort of shelter to take them in. I know that’s not perfect either, but it beats starvation.

Published: January 20, 2006 09:49 pm

Bodies of malnourished dogs, puppies found dumped in Tifton, Georgia

By Angie Thompson

Local animal control officers were appalled Friday at a grisly sight where someone had dumped the bodies of two adult and seven newborn bulldogs into a small creek off Ty Ty-Sparks Road.

“All you have to do is bring them to the shelter,” said Regenia Wells, the director of the Tifton-Tift County Animal Shelter. “It doesn’t cost you a thing if you are a Tift County resident.”

The white male bulldog was obviously shot in the head by a high-powered weapon as evidenced by the large, gaping hole in his head. Animal control officers guessed that the brown female bulldog drowned because when they lifted her head, water ran out of her nose. Both dogs looks malnourished as their ribs were visible.

The puppies were evidently newborns because umbilical cords were still attached to a few of them. Their tiny bodies were wrapped in a sheet, but one fell out and apparently got snagged in the weeds. It remained suspended on the inside slope of the ditch.

Russell Gay, a code enforcement officer with Tift County’s Environmental Code Enforcement office, was also on the scene.

“We’re always concerned about the water in creeks and rivers being contaminated by the dead animals,” Gay said.

He said fines for illegal dumping range from $100 to $1,000. Wells said that if the person who killed and dumped the animals is caught, they will be charged with cruelty to animals.

Contaminated water can cause life-threatening illnesses in humans who come in contact with bacteria produced by the rotting animals.

For more information or to offer tips, call the Tifton-Tift County Animal Shelter at 229-382-7387 or visit the shelter at 278 U.S. Highway 125 South.

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