Macon shelter break-in sets dogs on each other

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 7:38 AM
Last updated 6:51 PM
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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.

Dog at shelter where fights took place  Woody Marshall/ Macon Telegraph
Woody Marshall/ Macon Telegraph
Dog at shelter where fights took place

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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deestafford 10/23/13 - 08:34 am
Whoever is responsible for this should be put away for a term

that stretches into decades. This is the work of someone who is sick but that should not spare them the full punishment of the law. Maybe putting them in a cage with a rabid 100 pound dog for a while would be an alternative form of punishment which I would find acceptable.

seenitB4 10/23/13 - 09:22 am
What a shame

Real thugs did this to innocent animals.

Stunned 2
Stunned 2 10/23/13 - 07:33 pm
Wow! It's great that even the Mayor is supportive

Wow! It's great that even the Mayor is supportive. Our community suffered a great loss 7 months ago with the forced closing of our largest rescue shelter by arrogant State officials & NO public/elected officials in the community supported the rescued dogs/cats. This State made great missteps and became & remains spite full, instead of correcting it's self and the incompetence of it's managers. The actions of GA DOA and their expenditures need to be investigated.

soapy_725 10/24/13 - 07:25 am
Was this a copycat of the recent Cherry Tree incident?

Was this a copycat of the recent Cherry Tree incident?

David Parker
David Parker 10/24/13 - 08:56 am
Dichotomy, U heading abroad

Dichotomy, U heading abroad or somewhere tropical? Can't say I blame you. Seeing more and more folks looking at options? Seeing behavior that resulted in the death of these animals doesn't make me feel so at home either. Good luck!

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