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Macon-Bibb animal shelter holds holiday adopt-a-thon

Macon-Bibb animal shelter holds holiday adopt-a-thon

 

By Ashley Gadson

Pre-Thanksgiving adoption event

Pre-Thanksgiving adoption event

Vigil Held in Macon for Dogs Killed After Shelter Break-In

An animal shelter held a vigil in Macon Sunday to honor three dogs that were killed after a break-in.

People gathered at Central City Park to remember the dogs that died after someone broke into the All About Animals shelter, released "aggressive" dog breeds and made them fight.

Those attending the event say the vigil has brought the community together and started the healing process, because to them they weren't just dogs, they were family. "They are just so loving. They hug you, kiss you. Just to know the pain they went through tears me up," says volunteer Mendy Harrison.

The Macon Police Department is still searching for the burglars.

Macon Animal Shelter Reports Break-in, Dogs Killed in Fight

Volunteers at the All About Animals Adoption Center on Riverside Drive near Central City Park say the shelter was broken into sometime before 8 a.m. Thursday morning.

They say pens were found unlocked, and that mostly "bully breeds" like pitbulls and bulldogs were let out and fighting, leading three dogs to be killed, and 8 others injured and sent to the vet.

Volunteer Lacey Templeton says she estimates whoever broke in caused around a few thousand dollars worth of damage.

She says around 25 of their 65 dogs were let out of their pens. 

She says in the past, people have left unwanted pets tied to the gate , but this is first time someone has broken in and let dogs loose. The incident has them concerned about security.

No one called the police but a police officer stopped by and issued a report, took a statement and categorized the incident as "criminal trespass."

PETA Uses Different Tactic For Spay, Neuter Message

If you rode past the corner of Cherry and Third streets in Macon on Monday, you probably saw two eye-catching objects.  

The PETA Organization used two, giant condoms to represent spay and neutering for dogs and cats.

The campaign, also called PETA's Condoms, is nationwide in efforts to keep animals from being euthanized in shelters due to overpopulation.

Why condoms you ask? According to Katie Arth, the Campaign Manager for PETA, condoms are a "fun and unique" way to get people's attention and draw them in to learn more about the over population of dogs and cats.

"For the millions who need birth control the most, they cant even open a condom wrapper." says Arth. "We have these giant condoms here because dogs and cats can't choose to use birth control like we can. That's why it's up to us to always spay and neuter to prevent more unwanted animals from being born and then dumped into our local shelters that are already overcrowded."

National Dog TV winner resides in Macon

AC Pup, the mascot for central Georgia Cares, is the winner of the national Dog TV competition.  Judges selected the dog from Macon from over 3,000 dogs.  Not only was AC the judges' favorite, but the dog received the most votes online as well.

AC Pup is the national mascot for homeless pet clubs and was rescued as a four week old orphaned puppy.

Van Vandewalker is proud of the recognition AC brings for the entire central Georgia community. AC Pup will also be featured on Dog TV, which is television designed especially for dogs.