Macon shelter break-in sets dogs on each other

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 7:38 AM
Last updated 6:51 PM
  • Follow Latest News

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.

Comments (5) Add comment
ADVISORY: Users are solely responsible for opinions they post here and for following agreed-upon rules of civility. Posts and comments do not reflect the views of this site. Posts and comments are automatically checked for inappropriate language, but readers might find some comments offensive or inaccurate. If you believe a comment violates our rules, click the "Flag as offensive" link below the comment.
deestafford
30433
Points
deestafford 10/23/13 - 07:34 am
6
1
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
93730
Points
seenitB4 10/23/13 - 08:22 am
6
1
What a shame

Real thugs did this to innocent animals.

dichotomy
36283
Points
dichotomy 10/23/13 - 09:35 am
6
1
We live in a time of mean,

We live in a time of mean, ugly people.....no respect for themselves, no respect for others, no respect for innocent animals.

We used to worry about feral animals harming innocent people. Now we have feral people harming innocent animals. It's a sad time in a sad country. Wish I could hang around and see how they act in the collapse.

Stunned 2
5871
Points
Stunned 2 10/23/13 - 06:33 pm
4
1
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
43949
Points
soapy_725 10/24/13 - 06:25 am
0
0
Was this a copycat of the recent Cherry Tree incident?
Unpublished

Was this a copycat of the recent Cherry Tree incident?

David Parker
7923
Points
David Parker 10/24/13 - 07:56 am
0
0
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!

Back to Top

Top headlines

Georgia Regents' hospital plan chosen

Georgia Regents Medical Center won a lengthy and hardfought battle over two other Augusta hospitals to build the first hospital in Columbia County, the Georgia Department of Community Health ...
Search Augusta jobs