News 12 at 6 o'clock / Jan. 28, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Extreme weather can be deadly for pets but the frigid temperatures did not stop someone from leaving a dog to possibly die in the cold at an Augusta park.
A News 12 TV crew was diverted from a story on protecting pets from the cold after it discovered the abandoned and frightened dog alone with no owner.
"I don't know what goes on in other people's minds. It's beyond my ability to even think about," said Wes English. He could not believe his eyes when he arrived at Pendleton King Park in Augusta to walk his dog. "I think it's atrocious. You don't abandon members of your family and that's what a pet is," said English.
But it appears someone did abandon the pit bull in the frigid cold. Hughes McGlone visits the park often and said he was surprised that anyone would abandon their pet in the cold.
Burke Agee and his friend Grayson Beverige are wondering too why anyone would leave their dog to fend for itself without food or shelter in this kind of weather. "There's always dogs in there with their owners. This is the first time I've seen a dog in there without an owner," said Agee.
The park rules require handlers to stay with their dogs at all times. Georgia law makes it a crime to knowingly and intentionally abandon any domesticated animal on any public or private property.
"I don't know if I'd leave it outside especially right now or drop it off at a dog park," said McGlone. Meanwhile English said he plans to rescue the pit bull from the frigid weather even if it means taking it home for the night and he is hoping someone saw something. "This is a public park don't ever believe this day and age, don't think nobody sees what your doing," said English.