Augusta Commissioners approve rescue group work

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014


News 12 at 11 o'clock, Augusta, Ga (WRDW)-----------Augusta Commissioners voted 8 to 0 to start working with more rescue groups. Any group the city works with must be licensed by the state.
The city will release unaltered mother and dog puppies but the group must provide documentation that the dogs have been fixed.

"It was a step in the right direction. I have a more positive feeling now than I've had in weeks and weeks," said Stars Rescue President Willene Colvin.

The commission meeting was full of passion. Mayor Copehaver tried several times to get a hold of the crowd of those in attendance.
Animal Services Director Sharon Broady recommended neutering all other dogs before their released. The rescue organization will make an appointment with a Veterinarian or Spaying Clinic.

The city transports the animals to the clinic and the groups pick up the bill then the animals. City leaders are considering adding more staff to Augusta's Animal Services Department and possibly more money to their budget.

Right now the shelter has 390 dogs, but once the number reaches over 400, we've learned they will start back putting animals to sleep.

"We are going to have to put down some dogs. You have irresponsible pet owners who let dogs breed and once that happens the dogs have litters of puppies," said Commissioner Marion Williams.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------News 12 at 6 o'clock (WRDW) Augusta Commissioners approved doing business with rescue groups at Tuesday's Commission meeting.

Rescue groups with Georgia licenses can now take mothers and puppies who are not spayed or neutered.

Rescue groups can only make an appointment with the shelter or local vet to take all other dogs who are of age and haven't been fixed by county. Augusta will take the dogs to the shelter and the rescue group will pay the fee to get them spayed or neutered.

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