No animal control means Burke Co. swamped with strays

By: Jessica Floyd Email
By: Jessica Floyd Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock, July 31, 2007

BURKE CTY, Ga.---Dogs on the loose in large numbers are a growing problem in Burke County. Some people even say the strays have been attacking livestock. And the problem is, nothing's being done.

There's no Animal Control in Burke County, so that means the dog population is increasing by the day. Some of these dogs are so vicious that they've attacked goats. Burke County citizens are anxious for something to be done.

"This is happening all over Burke County right now," said Lisa Williams, who works with animals all day. She's pushing for an animal control facility in Burke County because the dog population is overflowing, leaving many dogs with no food or water.

"With all the legal aspects and routes that I'm taking, I'm not being heard," she said. "I've never had such a brick wall presented to me before."

If one female dog has a litter of puppies, and those puppies reproduce and so on, it could mean over 11,000 new dogs in one year. Just imagine what 11,000 dogs could do to a county.

That's why residents in Burke County have started a petition to get local government to approve funding for an animal control facility.


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  • by Rick Location: Burke on Jul 11, 2008 at 12:58 PM
    Me=animal lover, tree hugger, liberal, democrat. Animal shelter is NOT the answer. Education on neutering. Inexpensive neutering clinics. ARRESTS on animal abandonment. Burke now receives truckloads of old tires dumped by residents in richmond, jefferson, screven, etc. Same IS now happening with dogs. It's easier to abandon when you think someone will take care of them. I've taken in 2 myself, and fed more. The recent increase is stray dogs in Girard, I believe is directly related to the fact someone here is town has opened a shelter/clinic/something. I've lost 39 chickens to a pack of strays. People are dumping dogs off now near who they think will take care of them. Burke is around 900 sq miles. Do you really think we'll become nothing more than the caregivers for other counties? Make arrests, don't spend millions encouraging people to abandon animals.
  • by Nola Location: North Augusta, SC on Aug 16, 2007 at 05:29 PM
    The paper clips may have been inventive, but it fails to show the realization of poor innocent animals being left for dead on the side of the road, and how people are mistreating animals and getting away with it. The police there don't think an animal cruelty issue is important and don't have the time to investigate. The residents of Burke county really need to push their commisioners to get animal control, the animals can't do it themselves!!!
  • by Kendall Location: Colorado Springs on Jul 31, 2007 at 07:16 PM
    I think the 11,000 paper clips were very inventive.
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