Animal welfare advocates in Georgia are frustrated. New state laws they had been pushing for went nowhere during this most recent legislative session in Atlanta. One bill would have made it a crime in Georgia to torture an animal even when no injury results.
Three dogs died and more than a dozen were injured at a downtown Macon animal shelter in October. At first, volunteers at the All About Animals shelter said it looked as though someone had broken in and staged a dog fight there.
Macon police say Crystal Gale Fessler acted alone in the All About Animals shelter break-in that resulted in the deaths of three rescue dogs. In a news conference Monday morning, Macon Police Lieutenant David Freeland explained what led investigators to Fessler, whom they arrested last week on one count of criminal trespass and 13 counts of cruelty to animals.