As many as 30 dogs were released from their pens in what appeared to have been a break-in at the shelter. It’s not known if the dogs at the rescue facility, a no-kill shelter, attacked each other when they were released, or if other dogs were brought in to attack the rescued animals to prep them for dogfighting.
Three dogs were already dead. Fifteen dogs were treated for serious injuries, and one, a female bulldog mix named “Belle”, was treated for what appeared to be knife wounds. Eight of the wounded dogs are reported to be “in bad shape” at local area vets. The rest of the injured dogs were treated and released back to the shelter’s care.
Amanda Reed, one of the volunteers, said Bella’s wounds included a deep, straight cut across the front of her body that left the dog fighting for her life.
“All down her legs are straight-line slices,” Reed said. “These are clean cuts. ... It’s really bad.”
Additionally, four dogs were missing when workers arrived. Two of those dogs made their way back to the shelter on their own, one dog was returned when she was spotted on a local street, and the last dog was picked up and returned safely.
Many of the dogs at the shelter, even those that were unhurt, were reported to be visibly in shock Thursday morning. Workers said that normally happy, friendly dogs were found cowering and shaking in their pens, clearly traumatized by the events of the night.
The facility does not have a security system in place, but All About Animals says they are maintaining a 24-hour security watch, and will be installing permanent security measures.
The break-in occurred sometime between 8:00 p.m. Wednesday night, and 7:00 am Thursday morning. A $1,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest of those responsible. Anyone with information about the break-in is asked to call Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at 877-68-CRIME.
All About Animals is a 501(c) 3 organization that helps animals in high-kill local animal shelters. The organization offers low, or no-cost, spay and neuter clinics, and holds adoptions at the local PetSmart in Macon, GA on Sundays from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and during the week, by appointment. The shelter is also open every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
“How human beings can do this, I don’t understand it,” Jones said. “These are docile and sweet animals, and for them to be subjected to this kind of violence is unconscionable. ... It’s a sad day for the animals, a sad day for those of us who love them, and it’s a sad day to be once again faced with the reality of how evil some people can be.”
Even so, All About Animals is incurring significant expenses for veterinary care and boarding of the injured dogs, and donations in any amount are needed, and will be appreciated. Additional needs are:
-Fosters for the injured as they recover
-Adoptions for the ones who are safe but scared
-Donations for vet care/medications
-Tarps and poles
-Sponsor(s) for monthly monitoring fee of donated security system (approx $25/month)
Donations can be made in any of the following ways
1) Paypal: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=VWMCSSUUSGSB2
2) Network for Good:https://www.networkforgood.org/donation/MakeDonation.aspx?ORGID2=550803888
3) Mail donations to: P.O. Box 4331 Macon, GA 31208
4) Stop by the shelter at 101 Riverside Drive in Downtown Macon, next to the entrance of Central City Park.