Possible animal control problem in Burke County raises questions

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News 12 at 11 o'clock / Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014

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BURKE COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW) -- The cuts will heal, but the fear will linger for a lifetime.

"These dogs didn't do anything to deserve this," said Samantha Holton, who runs Girard Lifesaver animal rescue group.

More than two weeks ago, two dogs were dumped into her yard, badly cut and scared. The images in the surveillance video that caught the act, have haunted Holton.

"There could've been mass chaos here," she said.

She's already got more than 50 dogs behind her fences. Many of them are strays, but most of them are dropped off by strangers, some left for dead.

"There have been several instances of them breaking up pit-bull fights right there in Sardis," Holton said.

Back in 2011, dog fighting was the talk around here. Holton believes the two pups dropped off, were part of another dog fighting operation.

"Dog licensing's would help," she said.

The city of Waynesboro has one animal control officer at their shelter, so help is limited. News 12 checked out the facility where some dogs weren't caged at all. The control officer said it's a task that's all on her shoulders.

Burke County officials said they're trying to work with the city to possibly upgrade the facility and possibly add another officer, only if needed.

It would help control other areas of Burke County like Girard and Sardis. In turn, helping Holton's rescue group take away some of the pressure of saving lives.

"Certainly am doing my part and I feel like the county should try to help us," Holton said.

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