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Augusta woman charged with taking neighbor's dog

Monday, Dec. 19, 2011 12:00 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011 1:38 AM
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A 61-year-old Augusta woman told authorities she “kidnapped” her neighbor’s dog because she believed it was being abused.

According to an incident report, deputies were called to the 2000 block of Greene Street around 1 p.m. Friday where a 50-year-old woman said her neighbor stole her mixed breed dog named Lucky from her yard and refused to give it back.

The victim’s neighbor, Karen Whitaker, of the 400 block of Tubman Street, has her own dog that she keeps in the house. She told authorities she believed Lucky was being abused because he lived outside and was kept on a chain.

Whitaker has called animal control several times to check on the dog’s welfare and was always told the dog was cared for and in good condition, the report said.

Whitaker was booked into the Richmond County Jail Friday on charges of theft.

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PUPPYMOMMA
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PUPPYMOMMA 12/19/11 - 01:52 pm
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I understand why the neighbor

I understand why the neighbor took the dog but it still doesn't make it right. I hate to see a dog on a chain. It makes a dog more aggressive. The article doesn't state if the dog's owner had a dog house, water and food located where the dog had access to it. Some people seem to think that if your dog isn't sleeping in the same bed as their owner they're being neglected. I have "outside dogs". I also have an "indoor" dog. He's a "special needs" dog-older and on meds.
There are some horses on the next street over from me. They have food and water but no shelter (barn,overhead cover). It has been like this for over a year. Animal control has come out and the horses are still there. These same people have a boat and lawnmower under covered areas but the horses are standing out in the elements. Animal control is a lot like DFCS, not enough funding and foster parents to go around. Many still fall through the cracks.

sassylassie
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sassylassie 12/19/11 - 02:44 pm
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You would think that those

You would think that those whoever are in positions to protect animals would do just that-look out for them and protect them. I am seriously wondering if anyone at animal control has any sense. Living on a chain is NOT a life for an animal. It is a pathetic way for an animal owner to deny their responsibility of providing a good home for them. And as for the horses, Puppymomma, keep calling. They deserve shelter too. They are suffering just like this individual's dog. I appreciate Ms. Whitaker taking an interest in the neighbor's dog. Perhaps her neighbor will learn a lesson and either find the dog a good home or treat it better. In many places in Tennessee and other states, chaining a dog is illegal. When is Georgia going to step up to the plate and enact the same laws? I wonder how long this lady would last out in the cold chained up like her dog.

sassylassie
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sassylassie 12/19/11 - 02:42 pm
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And how she could name the

And how she could name the poor thing "Lucky" is just sick. I think we are going to see more of this if Animal Control doesn't step up to the plate and actually do right by the animals they are supposed to protect.

itsanotherday
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itsanotherday 12/19/11 - 02:53 pm
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I'm at a total loss to
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I'm at a total loss to understand why someone even has a dog if they need to chain it. Our old neighbors across the street in Windmill Plantation had two dogs chained to the tree out back and the dogs barked 24/7 at anything that moved. They would periodically break loose and roam, so I started calling Animal Control in hopes that the cost of bailing them out would motivate the neighbor to get rid of them. Nada, as far as I know they are still there.

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corgimom 12/19/11 - 03:00 pm
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To Ms. Whitaker- You are

To Ms. Whitaker- You are right. The dog is being abused by being chained up 24 hours per day.

That is not "caring for" a dog.

Dogs do not necessarily have to live inside a house, but they deserve better than being chained. It makes them psychotic.

It's just plain cruel. Good for you, Ms. Whitaker!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/19/11 - 03:16 pm
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Chained dogs 24/7 makes for a

Chained dogs 24/7 makes for a mean dog....give the dog some exercise-love & attention......some just don't get it...some don't deserve a dog.

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augusta citizen 12/19/11 - 05:14 pm
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I hate to see a dog chained

I hate to see a dog chained up too, even though two wrongs don't make a right and Ms. Whitaker shouldn't have gone into the neighbor's yard and taken the dog. My spoiled dog is snoring at my feet as I type. He'll wake up when he's ready to be petted and fed a treat, haha!

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 12/19/11 - 06:46 pm
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I quite understand Ms.

I quite understand Ms. Whitaker's desperation and frustration. No way would I go on someone else's property to do that, though.

Sargebaby
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Sargebaby 12/19/11 - 07:41 pm
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Anyone who would abuse a pet

Anyone who would abuse a pet would suck eggs!

TheGeorgian
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TheGeorgian 12/19/11 - 09:03 pm
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Sargebaby, anyone who has

Sargebaby, anyone who has their dog live on a chain would suck toads! Somebody call PETA and ALDF

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Willow Bailey 12/19/11 - 10:46 pm
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I better warn my neighbor;

I better warn my neighbor; she's been planning a dognapping. Does that make me an accessory?

allhans
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allhans 12/19/11 - 11:13 pm
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A chained dog will go crazy.

A chained dog will go crazy. At least that is what a veterinarian told me.

TheGeorgian
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TheGeorgian 12/19/11 - 11:21 pm
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I dognapped once nearly 40

I dognapped once nearly 40 years ago. Neighbor's husband went away to a hospital for 'nervous reasons.' Wife and mother of a young girl, moved her boyfriend in with them. Guy kept kicking the dog off their porch when it would beg to come inside. One night this abused dog followed my dog home and I wrapped it up like a baby and took it to a lady across town. Eventually it became the pet of an elderly woman who doted on her. No, no one ever looked for their missing dog.

Remember the time during the Kennedy Admin when Ethel Kennedy stole a horse? Terrible, simply terrible. Getting caught, that is. And the poor horse died anyway.

By the way, I contacted PETA and ALDF in case no one else did. Didn't think it was legal to keep a dog on a chain any more.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 12/20/11 - 12:06 am
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Did Ethel actually steal a

Did Ethel actually steal a horse, or just paint one green?

TheGeorgian
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TheGeorgian 12/20/11 - 04:24 am
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Back when her brother-in-law

Back when her brother-in-law was Prez she had to go to Court on a charge of stealing a horse. If I remember correctly, she saw a horse in a lot along Georgetown Pike in McLean on her way to church. There was inquiry made as to why the horse was in such bad shape but the farmer did nothing to help the horse and refused to sell it. So someone who worked for her stole the horse and billeted it in her barn. But the horse was too far gone and soon died. JFK was not amused re. the horse stealing episode. Some people have NO sense of humor or understanding as to why the horse NEEDED stolen.

TheGeorgian
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TheGeorgian 12/20/11 - 04:29 am
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CABoatright
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CABoatright 12/20/11 - 08:19 am
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I'll bail Ms Whitaker out &
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I'll bail Ms Whitaker out & the animal abuser can take her place in jail. No animal deserves to be treated like that!

onlysane1left
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onlysane1left 12/20/11 - 09:09 am
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Just another prime example of

Just another prime example of how two wrongs don't ever make a right. Whitaker had not right to steal the dog, nor was neighbor just in keeping a dog chained.

What I find interesting is that some people will not admonish Whitaker for taking a dog that does not belong to her because she felt she was doing something civil for it, yet, some of these same folks will complain about how poor people are "taking" government funds so that they could survive. I guess a dog is more important than a human.

avidreader
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avidreader 12/20/11 - 09:44 am
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Many years ago, I stole a dog

Many years ago, I stole a dog from an adjoining neighborhood. He was a mess -- worms, mange, and one can guess the psycological condition. He spent most of his days in a 4X6 wire pen. The night that I rescued him, his water bowl was thick with mud. He bit me. I named him BigDog, and he lived for eight more healthy years with a huge pad in the basement and a fun backyard. However, he never did get over his aggressive nature toward strangers.

allhans
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allhans 12/20/11 - 10:16 am
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Onlysaneone..I think any

Onlysaneone..I think any child that is abused should be childnapped if there is no other alternative, it has nothing to do with government/taxpayers money

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