September's Six

UPDATE (October 3, 2020).  All donations to date have been paid to the vet for the care of these sweet souls, three of whom have recently gone into foster.  We still have a ways to go, especially with the care of Bryn and Bruce (who are heart-worm positive). 

Please consider a donation (no amount is too small) to help FACTS cover the costs of heart-worm treatment for Bryn (estimated cost $240) and Bruce (estimated cost $480).

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ORIGINAL POST (September 3, 2020)  The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (GEORGIA) was requested to investigate at a property in the north end of the county where one dog lay deceased, having been chained to a tree. The Sheriff’s Office discovered six other dogs surviving intolerable conditions. On a day where the heat index was in excess of 100 degrees, three of those dogs were tethered without access to water. Three others were locked inside of an abandoned trailer also without access to water.

Jefferson County Code enforcement condemned the property and the six survivors were impounded and taken to the McDuffie Animal Hospital for care.  Two of the adults are heart worm positive, which will require a costly and risky treatment.  All six dogs were undernourished.

The Sheriff’s Office issued animal cruelty warrants for the person deemed responsible for the care of these animals and those charges are currently pending.

As of September 11, 2020, the dogs remain in the custody of the Sheriff’s Office awaiting owner surrender or other action by the Superior Court of Jefferson County.  The projected cost of care, to heal these animals and get them ready for adoption (which shall include full vaccinations, elimination of all parasites – including heart worms, and spay/neuter) is in excess of $5000.

Although the State of Georgia will seek reimbursement to the Sheriff’s Office for these costs of care through any sentence imposed, the payment of those sums may take years.  Additionally, as is sometimes the case, the sentenced individual may willfully refuse to pay court ordered sums and will accept confinement sanctions in lieu of payment.

Ultimately, the Sheriff’s ability to respond to animal cruelty calls effectively – which means delivering those animals who suffer into humane care and adoptive homes – depends on its ability to keep up with the extraordinary costs of care and housing of live evidence.

FACTS was created and exists to raise money to cover these costs so as to enable the Sheriff’s Office to continue to do the good work its deputies are called to do.

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