An e-mail plea for help came to me from two of the most incredibly compassionate and dedicated advocates for animals I have ever had the honor to call friend. The story of what has happened at the All About Animals Rescue (AAAR) in Macon, Ga. is gut-wrenching and heartbreaking. Now, advocates are being asked to step up together and help the AAAR, and the animals who survived the carnage.
As reported by The Telegraph, as well as the e-mail sent to me, sometime during the night of October 16, 2013, vandals broke into the shelter. Once inside, they opened the kennels and released about 30 dogs. It appears the intent was to have a dog fight. During this night of horror, three innocent dogs were killed and 15 more were injured; some due to fighting, and others with evidence of intentional cuts. The ones who were not physically injured have suffered immense emotional trauma, as they were found cowering in terror in their kennels when workers arrived the next morning.
All About Animals Rescue is a no-kill shelter that takes in dogs who would otherwise most likely be euthanized. These dogs have had sometimes hard lives, been the victims of dog-fighting rings, been prior bait dogs, dogs with emotional issues, etc. These precious animals are given love and rehabilitation, to get them to a place where they can be adopted into a loving forever home. Until that day comes, they are lavished with love and adoration by the staff and volunteers at AAAR.
The police department of Macon is actively looking for the perpetrators of his horrible crime. A reward of at least $1,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the criminals. If you have any information whatsoever about this, please contact:
Macon Police Department
On Sunday, a candlelight vigil was held to remember the three lives that were lost in such a cruel and brutal way, and to help raise funds to help AAAR. The outpouring from the community was heartwarming, and it was clear that advocates want to see justice done for all the dogs harmed and killed that night.
Someone out there has to know who did this, and these monsters need to be brought to justice. Please circulate this story to all of your contacts on social media, and do what advocates have done so well in the past, which is to help find the monsters and bring them to justice.
The shelter is in desperate need right now of both monetary and non-monetary help. With so many injured animals needing treatment at local veterinary clinics, this shelter is stretched to the limit on funds. You can make your donations at the links provided below.
Also, if you live in the Macon, Ga area and can donate any of the items listed below, it would help immensely. The following is a list of the crucial things needed to help these precious dogs:
Tarps and poles
You can make these donations in person at 101 Riverside Drive in Downtown Macon next to the entrance of Central City Park.
If you have room in your heart and your home to foster one of these precious babies, or better yet, to adopt one of them, that loving forever home could change a life forever. The survivors are still very frightened, but will make wonderful family members for the right family.
In the e-mail that I received, the following beautiful statements were made about the three innocent dogs who died such a horrible death:
Rest In Peace
Butler - Our three-legged boy was so full of love and life. He just wanted you to hold him. Always. And he did not let the missing leg slow him down. He wasn't even with us very long, but our love abounded. We will miss this amazing soul.
Jack - Swann was his best friend and he will be sorely missed all of us but especially her. Jack had already survived being shot. He was very sweet. loving and gentle. We love you our petite little bulldog.
Flapjack - He was so, so skinny and timid when he first came to us, but we warmed up to all of us so quickly. He was so trusting and sweet. Although he was big and strong, he was just a big baby. Very submissive, playful, loving and funny. We will miss your sweet kisses Flapjack.
We love you all!
Please do whatever you can to help the survivors, and help to find the monsters who took such pleasure in the suffering and death of these innocent dogs.
Rest in peace precious Butler, Jack and Flapjack. Your lives mattered. You mattered. Advocates will do whatever is needed to hunt down the monsters who took your lives, and caused so much suffering.
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