Georgia stray dogs getting shipped north

Some Georgia dogs will soon become northerners. That's because rescue groups in Central Georgia joined forces. They pull together dogs that'll soon get new homes out-of-state.

Fort Valley State University Veterinarian George McCommon said there's not as many stray dogs in the North, as there are in the South.

In the north, he said spay/neuter laws are more strict and enforced and pets are widely considered part of the family.

"Where here, we come from somewhat of an agrarian background and we sometimes see animals, as even dogs and cats, as almost livestock," said McCommon.

That's why groups like the Central Georgia Rescue Coalition are sending around 50 of its furry friends, every two weeks, to a shelter in Salem, Massachusetts. Where organizer Kerri Fickling said they can find loving homes.

"It's well-funded, it's a great shelter, it gets great reviews and it's 100 percent no-kill," she said.

But before the canine's hit the road they must get checked out by a vet and be in good health. "Heartworm tests, fecal exams," said McCommon.

Shots and spaying and neutering too. He said there's different health laws state-to-state. "They want you to have a rabies shot if you're at 12 weeks in the State of Georgia, and in Massachusetts where these dogs are going it's 16 weeks," said McCommon.

Vetting is costly. Fickling said up north it can be around $300, but down south, it's a lot less. "We can fully vet a dog for probably about 80 to 90, maybe $100," she said.

She said the new shelter will reimburse health costs and pay for transportation.

The dogs head to the Northeast Animal Shelter Monday.


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