HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
AND I'M FRANK MALLOY..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.
AN INTERNET CAMPAIGN HAS DRAWN ATTENTION TO THE STORY OF A TOOMBS COUNTY DOG WHO LIVED IN A BOX.
ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS ARE SPREADING DETAILS OF HER STORY ON FACEBOOK.
BUT THE DOG'S OWNER SAYS SOME OF THOSE FACTS AREN'T RIGHT... INCLUDING THE DOG'S NAME.
BRITTINY BARBER WENT TO TOOMBS COUNTY TO GET BOTH SIDES.
<<NATS OF BARKING.
THIS SIX YEAR OLD PIT BULL IS AT THE CENTER OF A MASSIVE WEB CAMPAIGN... LAUNCHED TO GIVE HER A SHOT AT A DIFFERENT LIFE.
Sheriff Alvie Kight, Toombs County: "We had a lot of phone calls and a lot of concerned people and of course I can understand that."
SCOTT BENNET WITH SOUTHERN COMFORT ANIMAL RESCUE SAYS HE FOUND THE DOG IN THIS WOODEN PEN ... AND NICKNAMED HER ALICE.
BUT HER OWNER CALLS HER LIL MAMA.
Brittiny Barber: "Had she always lived in that pen? Delois Hayward, Lyons: "No." Brittiny Barber: "How long would you say she lived in that pen?" Delois Hayward: "She may have been in that one about 2 1/2, 3 years."
Delois Hayward: "I didn't see anything was wrong with it. I mean cause we was out there. We took it out, exercised it, this an that, fed it. I mean played with it. "
THESE PICTURES... TAKEN BY BENNETT ON JANUARY 29TH.. SHOW THE CONDITIONS INSIDE THE PEN AT HAYWARD'S FATHER'S HOUSE.
HE ALERTED THE TOOMBS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE.... WHICH INVESTIGATED ON FEBRUARY FIRST....
Sheriff Alvie Kight, Toombs County: "If that dog that night had been say bones sticking out, not fed well, you know the dog appeared to be sick, feverish, we'd of removed the dog that night. No problems. But the dog seemed to be in pretty good shape."
BENNETT SAYS HE SAID HAYWARD SHOULD DO SEVERAL THINGS TO KEEP HER PET.
Scott Bennett, Southern Comfort Animal Rescue: "First thing she had to get the dog out of the box and into proper shelter. She needed to start it immediately on proper food, and get the dog to the vet."
WITHIN A FEW DAYS... HAYWARD TOOK THE DOG TO THE VET AND GOT A NEW PEN.
VET RECORDS SHOW THE DOG DID HAVE HEARTWORMS.... BUT WAS IN OVERALL GOOD HEALTH...
THE RECEIPT SAYS HAYWARD BOUGHT HEARTWORM MEDICINE.
Brittiny Barber, Eyewitness News: "This is where Lil Mama, also known as Alice lives now. You can see it's an open chain link pen, complete with a dog house. But some animal rights activist say that's not enough."
Scott Bennett, "There's a number of violations in the Toombs County ordinances alone that Ms. Hayward should be charged with. But the officials take a lax attitude towards animal cruelty and animal abuse in that county"
SHERIFF ALVIE KIGHT DISAGREES.
Sheriff Alvie Kight, "When it gets down to animal cruelty, what's cruelty to you may not be cruelty to me. We are not going to harass her like I wouldn't anybody else. She has rights also."
Delois Hayward, "There's no reason to worry about my dog. I mean they got the facts and everything. Why is they still bothering us?"
AND A TOOMBS COUNTY MAGISTRATE JUDGE DECLINED TO ISSUE CHARGES....SAYING HE FOUND NO EVIDENCE OF ABUSE.
BENNETT SAYS HE'LL CONTINUE THE WEB CAMPAIGN UNTIL THE DOG GETS JUSTICE.... HE CREATED A FACEBOOK PAGE FOR THE DOG....AND SO FAR MORE THAN A ONE THOUSAND PEOPLE HAVE "LIKED" IT.
Scott Bennett, "We're going to keep the pressure on until we get what we want which is a day in court. We think the minimum amount has been done just to appease everyone and to get us off of their back. But the point is a crime occurred. There needs to be a charge."
Delois Hayward, "What I want to say is we just want it to come to a stop."
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HAYWARD SAYS SHE LOVES THE DOG AND CHECKS ON IT EVERY DAY.
BENNETT SAYS HE BELIEVES THE DOG WILL END UP IN THE SAME CONDITION ONCE ALL OF THIS ATTENTION DIES DOWN.
TOOMBS COUNTY CHIEF MAGISTRATE JUDGE JOHN MATHESON SAYS ANIMAL CRUELTY IS A MISDEMEANOR AND PUNISHMENTS FOR A FIRST OFFENSE COULD INCLUDE12 MONTHS IN JAIL OR A $1,000 FINE.
LAURENS COUNTY'S LAST TEXTILE PLANT IS CLOSING....
MAKING IT THE END OF AN INDUSTRY THAT ONCE EMPLOYED THOUSANDS.
LAUREN DISPIRITO WENT TO THE MOHAWK INDUSTRIES PLANT IN EAST DUBLIN...
AND HAS MORE.
Lauren DiSpirito, Eyewitness News: "According to Laurens County Development Authority President Cal Wray, Mohawk officials met with their 173 East Dublin plant employees this morning, to let them know the plant would close its doors for good on April 26. Wray provided us with a copy of the letter Mohawk faxed to Dublin City Mayor Phil Best this afternoon, by law, Wray says they're required to do that. He says the letter did not give a reason for the closure. The carpet company has been in East Dublin for about 50 years he says and in 2009 they announced 400 layoffs. He says since then, the development authority reached out to them to help find ways to boost production at the East Dublin plant, he says they were not receptive to that. While he didn't know they would announce a closure today, he says the 2009 reduction was an indication that they didn't plan to stay in Laurens County for long."
Cal Wray, President, Laurens County Development Authority, 50-55: "It's always disappointing, we would love for Mohawk to be here for another 50 years, so while it's disappointing, they must have made a business case for it, we obviously feel it was a mistake, but they have to make their business case, and we'll replace the jobs, we'll find industries that can take that workforce, and get them back to employment."
Lauren DiSpirito, Eyewitness News: "Wray says he's encouraged that in the last year he's seen more national and international companies consider moving to Laurens County. He says he could know about some of those prospects in the next six to twelve weeks. I spoke with a Mohawk employee who says officials told them they could apply for jobs at other Mohawk locations. At the Laurens County Development Authority in Dublin, Lauren DiSpirito, 13 WMAZ, Eyewitness News."
LATE THIS AFTERNOON.... MOHAWK INDUSTRY OFFICIALS RELEASED A STATEMENT SAYING THEY CAN OPERATE MORE EFFICIENTLY BY MOVING WORK FROM EAST DUBLIN TO OTHER PLANTS.
BUT THEIR LOCAL EMPLOYEES HAVE BEEN ...QUOTE...EXEMPLARY.
THEY'RE WORKING WITH THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR TO SET UP JOB FAIRS TO HELP THEM.
IF YOU'VE VISITED THE CITY OF MACON'S BOWDEN GOLF COURSE IN THE PAST SIX MONTHS... YOU' MAY HAVE NOTICED SOME CHANGES..
PARKS AND REC DIRECTOR DOC DOUGHERTY SAYS HE'S MADE TRANSFORMING BOWDEN A PRIORITY... AND THE HARD WORK IS PAYING OFF.
HE SAYS THEY'VE INVESTED IN LANDSCAPING AND DECORATING THE CLUB HOUSE... LEVELED OFF AND RE-SODDED TEE BOXES... AND SPRUCED UP WALKWAYS... AND BRIDGES.
DOUGHERTY SAYS HE USED CITY RESOURCES ... AND PRISON DETAIL LABOR... TO KEEP THE COST DOWN.
WILLIE BROWN HAS PLAYED AT BOWDEN FOR FIFTEEN YEARS... AND SAYS HE'S SEEN A BIG IMPROVEMENT.
"I'm happy with whats going on on the course. Makes it a better place for us to play and give the public some where to come and helps them feel good about their day."
THEY'VE ALSO RE-IRRIGATED PORTIONS OF THE COURSE THAT HAD PROBLEMS WITH FLOODING.
DOUGHERTY SAYS THE RENOVATIONS COST LESS THAN THIRTY THOUSAND DOLLARS AND HE SAYS THERE'S MORE TO COME.
YOU MAY BE LOOKING TO GET OUT AND GRAB A BITE TO EAT THIS WEEKEND.
IF YOU'RE PLANNING A DINNER OUT... YOU MAY WANT TO SEE HOW YOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANTS DID WHEN THE HEALTH INSPECTOR DROPPED IN.
AMY AUBERT JOINS US WITH THIS WEEK'S RESTAURANT RATINGS.
WE'RE BACK IN HOUSTON COUNTY THIS WEEK...STARTING OFF WITH OUR LOWEST SCORES FIRST....
HONG KONG EXPRESS ON WATSON BOULEVARD IN WARNER ROBINS... GOT A 51... THAT'S A "U"... AFTER GETTING A 99... AN "A"... LAST TIME.
THE INSPECTOR SAYS EMPLOYEES WERE HANDLING FOOD WITH THEIR BARE HANDS... AND ADEQUATE HANDWASHING FACILITIES WEREN'T SUPPLIED AND ACCESSIBLE.
CHURCH'S FRIED CHICKEN... ON NORTH DAVIS DRIVE IN WARNER ROBINS... SCORED A 77... A "C"... AFTER AN 86... OR A "B"... LAST TIME.
ACCORDING TO THE INSPECTION REPORT... FOOD WAS NOT PROPERLY SEPERATED AND PROTECTED... AND IT WASN'T BEING STORED AT THE RIGHT TEMPERATURE.
BOJANGLES ON BOOTH ROAD IN WARNER ROBINS... GOT AN 80... A "B"... AFTER SCORING A 94... AN "A"... LAST TIME AROUND.
THE INSPECTOR SAYS THERMOMETERS WEREN'T ACCURATE... AND WIPING CLOTHS WERE NOT PROPERLY USED AND STORED.
HE ALSO MADE A NOTE OF THE STAFF NOT HAVING ADEQUATE PERSONAL CLEANLINESS.
NOW FOR A LOOK AT THE TOP SCORES OF THE WEEK..
LARRY'S GIANT SUBS ON HIGHWAY 96 IN BONAIRE... GOT A PERFECT 100... AFTER GETTING A 98... AN "A"... ON ITS LAST INSPECTION.
OLE TIMES COUNTRY BUFFET ON RUSSELL PARKWAY IN WARNER ROBINS... GOT A 97... AN "A"... AFTER AN 85... OR A "B"... LAST TIME.
TOP CHINA... ON HIGHWAY 96 IN KATHLEEN... GOT A 99... AN "A"... COMING AFTER A 99... LAST TIME... AS WELL.
JOIN US AGAIN TONIGHT AS WE AVERAGE OUR NOMINEES PAST FIVE SCORES... TO GIVE YOU THIS WEEK'S GOLDEN SPATULA WINNER....FRANK...LEAH?
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CLICK ON THE FEATURES TAB... THEN THE RESTAURANT RATINGS LINK.
BASEBALL SEASON IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER... AND THE ATLANTA BRAVES ARE TAKING ON THE NEW YORK METS IN A SPRING TRAINING GAME TOMORROW.
SO TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL QUESTION ASKS... HOW WILL THE BRAVES DO THIS YEAR?
SO FAR 12 PERCENT OF YOU SAY THEY'LL GO ALL THE WAY.
55 PERCENT SAY BETTER THAN LAST YEAR.
AND 33 PERCENT SAY... JUST WAIT UNTIL NEXT YEAR.
VOTE RIGHT NOW... VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM AND LOOK FOR THE QUESTION IN THE "DON'T MISS" BOX ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HOMEPAGE.
A GROUP OF YOUNG PEOPLE FROM MACON ARE SET TO GO HUNGRY FOR THIRTY HOURS.
IT'S PART OF AN EVENT CALLED LOVE HUNGER.
MEMBERS OF MARTHA BOWMAN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH ARE LEADING IT...TO HELP EDUCATE PEOPLE ABOUT WORLD HUNGER.
THEY'RE ALSO WORKING TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE 30 HOUR FAMINE EVENT WHICH IS A MINISTRY OF WORLD VISION.
YOUTH DIRECTOR ELIZABETH HAMMOCK SAYS THEY FIRST HEARD ABOUT THE MINISTRY LAST YEAR AND DECIDED TO BE A PART OF IT THIS YEAR.
HAMMOCK SAYS THE GROUP AT HER CHURCH WILL FAST FOR 30 HOURS. "Everybody has seen the commercials on television that have the children who are malnourished and to recognize that they can do something right here in Macon, Georgia to make a difference."
HAMMOCK SAY ONE DOLLAR WILL FEED ONE HUNGRY CHILD FOR A DAY.
SO FAR... THE GROUP HAS RAISED MORE THAN FIFTEEN HUNDRED DOLLARS FOR WORLD VISION'S "30 HOUR FAMINE" EVENT.