Dogs At Macon-Bibb Animal Shelter Face Possible Euthanasia
A Middle Georgia animal shelter is overcrowded and faces a deadly decision to free up space by next Tuesday.
The Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare has 12 dogs that need to be adopted or face being euthanized.
"Our shelter is overflowing and we really don't have enough room to save other dogs," animal shelter attendant Kristal Mahoganey said.
The dogs that need to be adopted have been in the shelter for more than 30 days and in the case of Bindi the bulldog mix, six months. Employees said Bindi was involved in a court case after being neglected, but is now available for adoption along with other dogs like pit bull mix Cartwright, who has been in the shelter since the beginning of November.
"We're putting the pressure on the community and the rest of the groups,” animal shelter director Sarah Tenon said over the phone. “We need their help now."
Dogs like Bindi need a home or else she and eleven others face the possibility of being euthanized.
"What we're doing is making a plea to the public to help,” Tenon said. “If anyone can, help give them a home."
If not, they might be put down next week because employees said the shelter is at capacity and at risk of overcrowding.
"We know we have at least between 13 to 17 dogs that we have to work with next week,” Tenon said. “So in looking ahead of the calls that we will be working (with) that I know, we will be picking up stray animals."
Employees said euthanasia has been down recently due to rescue groups helping to take some of the animals. From the 12 dogs that need to be adopted, 10 are pit bull mixes and despite the bad reputation the breed receives, Tenon said these dogs are friendly.
"They're all sweet dogs, we wouldn't have them up for adoption if they weren’t,” she said.
If the dogs don't have a home, shelter employees said they will face a difficult decision.
"We don't want to have to euthanize any healthy animals," Tenon said.
The shelter will be open on Tuesday at 11 a.m. Adoption fees for dogs costs $80 which covers the spay and neuter as well as some shots.