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Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 12:00pm

Dead Dogs Prompt Investigation

Burke County sheriffs are looking for the person who killed 19 dogs and left them on the side of the road.

Many of the dogs had been shot while others were cut open.

Some of them were puppies too young to open their eyes.

The Burke County Sheriff’s office has offered up a $200 reward for information leading to the person responsible.

But Augusta area animal activist Lisa Williams says the incident points to a much greater problem. She sponsored a petition to bring animal control to nearby Burke County:

"This is highly common in Burke County. They’re killing them 365 days a year in their own pretense because there is no animal control and people don’t know what to do with all the animals that they have."

Williams says Burke County has a massive overpopulation of dogs.

Her petition got more than 1,000 signatures but she says county commissioners claim there isn’t enough money in the budget for animal control.