Animal Activist Petitions for Change
Animal activist, Regenia Brabham, wants a no or low kill animal shelter for Bibb County.
"As of this morning, I have five hundred and something signatures," said Brabham.
Her petition is getting attention not just locally, but globally.
"As far away as England, Australia, all over the United States."
Brabham says she understands the need for animal control but no matter how big of a animal shelter the county builds the problem will remain.
"With the population of animals that are dumped at the pound, running in the streets, the over-breeding, backyard breeding. The pound is going to fill right up and we are back to killing again."
Her petition demands change and calling for pet owners to be more responsible. It lists 77 cities across the United States with animal welfare strategies to lower pet population which Brabham believes would work for Bibb County.
"We need low cost spay neuter brought in," said Brabham. "We need to give incentives to vets, and possibly some veterinarian schools to come here to offer those services to people."
In addition, the petition calls for owners to have their parent pet spayed as a condition for surrendering litters to animal control and to charge owners for individual surrenders rather than by the litter.
According to the Bibb County Animal Welfare's website, a spay and neuter pilot program courtesy of PetSmart Charity Foundation Grant will take affect November 1.
As for the progress of other cities operating under Brabham's proposed petition, she says it took time and many steps.
"Getting low cost spay/neuter, educating the public, it's definitely a big community effort and I think Macon's up to it."