Abandoned animals is growing problem in Blakely

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BLAKELY, GA (WTVY) -- Workers at the Blakely animal shelter found a dog and her two puppies abandoned on the front step.

Debbie McDonald is part of the volunteer group, Friends of Blakely Animal Shelter, and this isn't a new problem.

"It hurts my heart to see an animal that's never had anybody to love it before, and when they come in and they're strays, they're scared of people, they shy away from us," she said.

For the past 2 years, people have been abandoning dogs and cats on the steps, behind the building or even down the road.

McDonald said "It's still considered domestic animal dumping. And in the state of Georgia and Alabama, it's against the law to abandon an animal anywhere."

If you're caught dumping an animal, you're charged with a misdemeanor, but can also be charged with animal abuse depending on their condition.

The problem doesn't stop with people abandoning dogs. It leads to overcrowding. There is no more room at this shelter.

"This is a public intake shelter, which means animals can be euthanized for space. We work constantly, begging people to help and right now, all the shelters in this area are full," said McDonald.

McDonald is working with the city of Blakely to make sure that the few shelters in Early County can not only save dogs from being euthanized, but find them forever homes.

If you would like to volunteer with the Friends of Blakely Animal Shelter or even adopt one of the dogs, you can find a link to their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/friendsoftheblakelyanimalshelter/