BLAKELY, GA. (WTVY) - More than 20 stray puppies have been rescued near a landfill in just one week by the Blakely Animal Shelter.
Debbie McDonald is one of a few volunteers at the shelter, she says just this year, they've taken in more than 50 puppies that were found near the landfill in the woods.
"They were unwanted; they were born in a dump. I don't know if the puppies were dumped there or the mother was dumped there,” added McDonald.
Earlier this week they received a litter of 8 puppies, but the Wiregrass Humane Society took them off their hands. Just a few days later, the shelter saved 14 additional puppies covered in ticks and fleas. One died in the arms of a volunteer from dehydration and malnourishment.
"Dogs cannot survive on their own. They will die a slow, painful, starving death. That's the reality,” said McDonald.
She said the problem is people dumping their un-fixed dogs in the woods, down dirt roads and in other people's yards. The stray animals have no place to turn other than the Blakely Animal Shelter.
Most of the shelter's funding comes out of volunteers' pockets.
"We will never be able to adopt or rescue our way out of this mess. It's going to take time. We need to push people to understand the importance of spaying and neutering."
The 13 puppies are on their way to a humane society in Florida. If you are interested in helping the Blakely Animal Shelter with their expenses, you can send them donations to 1845 S. Main Street, Blakely, GA 39823.