MACON, GA.-- - The Peach County Animal Rescue group says they are picking up more and more pets left on the side of the road. They say with no animal control facility in the county, they are at full capacity.
Buck looks healthy and happy now, but just a few months ago he was left for dead and dumped on the side of the road.
Tammy Knowlind, founder of Peach County Animal Rescue, says she remembers the woman who found Buck.
"She was crying on the phone saying the dog was extremely emaciated and wasn't sure how he was alive,” says Knowlind.
But Buck did live and soon recovered, thanks to the group. They say they get at least 5 calls a week from the sheriff's office about animals being dumped in Peach County. Knowlind says without an Animal Control facility in Peach County, it is hard for the sheriff's office to punish those who are doing it.
"But they're so inundated with, I hate to say it this way, true criminals that this gets pushed under the rug,” explains Knowlind.
She says the Peach Commission should make the issue a priority.
"Unfortunately, county commissioners say it's not even in the books even though we have proven that there has been SPLOST money collected. There are over $700,000 in an account right now for Animal Control, but they still say they can't afford it,” says Knowlind.
Peach County Commissioners say more than $381,000 from 2008 SPLOST funds are available to build an animal control center, but they say they do not have the $140,000 to cover annual operations costs.
"It's going to take the county and Byron and Fort Valley coming together and making it happen. I think there's a lot of Peach County citizens that want to see it and it'll make them feel good to know our canine friends are taken care of,” says Peach County Commissioner Wade Yoder.
Peach County Commissioner Roy Lewis says they had designs drawn up and planned to create the Animal Control center near the Sheriff's Office, but he says that would mean increasing taxes and Lewis says they just do not have the funds to make it happen right now.
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