ALBANY, Georgia (WALB) — Researchers want your help with information about two dogs they believe were dumped in the same area and found a few days apart.
On Saturday around 5:30 p.m., Dougherty County Animal Control picked up a brown pit bull at the intersection of Hardup and Wildfair Road in Dougherty County. That’s where they say many dogs have been dumped in the past because it’s a remote area and it’s harder for them to see it done.
“I think people think if I put the animal on a country road, the animal will find that perfect farm scenario, but when they do, they’re leaving the animal to desperate measures,” said Kelly Ryals Merritt, vice president. Chairman of the Board of the Albany Humane Society.
The dog they named Wildflower was found in poor condition. She had what looked like a chemical burn, ruptured eyes, a urinary tract infection, and heartworms. Animal control also says that she has been used for breeding several times.
After speaking to Merritt, she says shelters are over-capacity, so there’s really no need to breed dogs or spend a lot of money on dogs if you can get purebred dogs from your local rescue services, shelters, or humane societies.
“They should probably consider that when they breed these animals, they probably won’t know where all those puppies or kittens are going. They also come in 8 and 10 puppy or kitten litters and then they basically give the animals to people that they don’t know how they’re going to treat, they don’t know what they’re going to do with them,” Kelly said.
On Wednesday, a blue pit bull was found in the same area they named Bluebell. She has a large and deep cut on the side of her mouth along with several puncture wounds. She also had ticks eating away at her ears, heartworms and had been used for breeding. Something Merritt wanted dog owners to consider spaying and neutering animals.
“If people would do that one simple thing, we would see a huge reduction in suffering. It’s just such a simple answer. It’s such a simple answer, just spay and neuter,” Kelly said.
Many people on social media suspect that the two dogs could have been used for fighting, but animal control said at this time that the scars do not appear to be from dog fighting. That’s because dogs that get fought tend to have small holes all over their bodies and this one doesn’t.
“If someone notices that an animal has been there, after a year of what seems like training, the animal has suddenly disappeared. Or they see a pattern of these really tough husky strong looking dogs being bred and then all of a sudden they just disappear, this could be an indication that they are fighting or bred to fight,” Kelly said.
Overbreeding and dumping of dogs is a major problem for pit bulls causing homelessness, full shelter and other problems.
If someone would like to donate to help Wildflower or Bluebell please call Philema Road Animal Clinic or Westover Animal Hospital directly.
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