Connect Savannah's Jessica Leigh Lebos delves into her series of stories on Chatham County's troubled animal welfare system. Lebos has written a three-part series in Connect Savannah on the state of animal welfare, and she spoke to GPB about what's next for Chatham County's animals.
The reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in a fatal dogfight at a middle Georgia animal shelter has grown to $13,000. The Humane Society of the United States announced Tuesday that it would offer $5,000 for information leading to the person who broke into the shelter last week.
A middle Georgia animal shelter has been quarantined after five puppies were euthanized in response to the spread of a highly contagious virus. Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare Shelter Director Sarah Tenon said the dogs were euthanized to prevent Parvo virus from spreading.
A 14-day quarantine at the Savannah-Chatham animal control shelter is expected to be lifted early next week. Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police spokesman Julian Miller says the quarantine is expected to be lifted Tuesday after Georgia Department of Agriculture officials Wednesday extended an existing quarantine by 14 days.
State officials have halted public access to an animal control shelter in Savannah for two weeks after an outbreak of an upper respiratory illness was found among animals there. Miller said adoptions from the facility and the intake of most animals must cease during the quarantine.
Animal Control officials in Savannah are seeking homes for stray dogs in advance of renovations that will temporarily close a portion of the agency's kennels. The Animal Control center will have to close a third of its 116 kennels at a time for several weeks.
Organizers of an animal shelter in southern Georgia say many pit bull owners are parting ways with their dogs in the wake of a new county ordinance. Of the 32 dogs currently being housed in the Terrell County shelter, about 28 of them are pit bulls.
University of Georgia officials have created a facility to house pets in hurricanes and other emergencies. Many people refuse to evacuate their homes during emergencies because they don't want to leave their pets, putting themselves at risk.