Macon shelter break-in sets dogs on each other

Dog at shelter where fights took place

MACON, Ga. -- Less than a week since a fatal dogfight at a Macon rescue shelter, the potential reward for tips that lead authorities to the culprits has grown to $13,000, The Telegraph of Macon reports.

When All About Animals volunteers arrived at the shelter last Thursday, they found a bloody scene. Dogs that were in their cages just a few hours before were running loose. A handful were missing, and two were dead. A third died soon afterward.

Volunteers suspect that other dogs may have been brought in specifically to fight the rescued dogs from All About Animals, although police don’t agree. As many as 15 other dogs were injured in the melee, several of them severely. Other dogs that were not physically injured showed signs of psychological trauma, with many of them cowering in fear in their pens, volunteers said.

Mary Crawford, director of the no-kill shelter, said Tuesday she’s been overwhelmed by the flood of local support. A community vigil last Sunday drew more than 100 people, including Mayor Robert Reichert, to the shelter to remember the three dogs killed -- Jack, Butler and Flapjack.

Besides donations of a security system, cash, blankets, dog toys and medical supplies, All About Animals has a stack of dozens of applications from people who want to volunteer with the group.

“We’re getting support like never ever before,” Crawford said. So much so, she said, that the rescue group plans to share some of its overflow of supplies with other local animal rescue groups.

On Tuesday, the Humane Society of the United States announced up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the break-in at All About Animals, a rescue organization that primarily saves animals from the Bibb County pound. That money is on top of $8,000 in reward cash offered through Macon Regional CrimeStoppers.

 

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