Vet volunteers to help homeless animals

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- When a News 12 investigation into Richmond County Animal Services had a lot of viewers talking, we found out that more than 100 dogs were being put to sleep every week because the shelter didn't have a veterinarian.

But now, a volunteer vet has stepped up to help the shelter spay and neuter their animals until they can permanently fill the position.

"This weekend we spayed and neutered about 15 animals," says Officer Edward Jefferson from Animal Control.

The shelter hasn't had a full-time vet in years and now, Jefferson said things are heading in the right direction.

"Between now and Monday, we had about 11 to 12 dogs that were adopted or reclaimed to their owners," Jefferson said.

But there's only so much that the vet can do. Jefferson said making sure all of the animals have homes will also take a push from the community.

"People need to take care of their animals. They've got to take care of their animals," Jefferson said.

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