Augusta Animal Director receives death threats over euthanasia

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After hundreds of calls flooded the municipal building, commissioners took action saving the lives of healthy animals for a week.
Director Sharon Broady feels her life could be the one in danger.


She tells 12, she's been getting death threats after a newspaper article told people to voice their complaints about her department not working with rescue groups.

We caught up with the president of one of those rescue groups while she was lending a helping hand rescuing puppies. "It's not a personal thing with me. I'm all about the dogs. I'm really not in it for people," said Stars Rescue Group President Willene Colvin.

Colvin runs STARS and also sits on Augusta's Animal Advisory Board. She wants Augusta leaders to let certified groups like hers take animals that haven't been spayed or neutered.

"I think it's sad that this is the only county that I can't get unaltered dogs from. I work with Americus and Columbia County, Georgia."

News 12 made calls and found Macon, Columbus and Columbia County, Ga allow rescue groups to take unaltered dogs.
In Muskogee County, only licensed and state certified groups are allowed to take unaltered dogs while families wanting to adopt can't.

"We need a lot of change. We need a vet out there. We'd love to get a full time vet doing that," said Willene Colvin.

For more than a month, the city has been advertising for a full time vet.
So far only one person has applied and we're told that person is not qualified and may have applied by mistake.

City leaders will vote on Tuesday on whether to allow Rescue Groups to take unaltered dogs.

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