Macon-Bibb Animal Shelter at maximum capacity after 4th of July holiday
LIZELLA, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Just one week after 4th of July, the Macon-Bibb County Animal Shelter is at maximum capacity and expecting more coming in according to officials running the shelter.
Since last Tuesday, dozens of animals have come into the shelter–-many of them dogs startled by loud fireworks during the holiday.
“We’ve probably got in 30 animals since the 4th of July and it’s still counting,” said Interim Shelter Manager Tracey Belew.
The paperwork just keeps piling up along with dozens of dogs, lost and missing, now inside the shelter.
“Animals are terrified of fireworks, they get out of their yards and once again we end up getting them,” she explained.
They’re taking up space Belew says they don’t have.
“If 10 animals come in today, well then they’re off their ‘stray hold’ in seven days. So, I know seven days from now, if they pass their behavior analysis 10 dogs are going to need to move over to adoptions. If I don’t have ten cages, I have to make room,” she continued.
Room for animals like Vernon Middleton’s dog, Hillary. “She has been missing since the 4th of July,” Middleton told 41NBC.
After days of searching and a visit to the shelter, he says she still hasn’t turned up. His family is now desperate to find her.
“She’s just a part of our family and we want her back. If anyone should find her, we ask that you bring her here,” he pleaded.
Belew says picking up strays can be dangerous from her own personal experience, so she suggests leaving it to the professionals.
“It got aggressive. It would not let me in my vehicle, so we always advise to let animal enforcement do their jobs and let them handle the strays,” she added.
As days go by, the list of dogs scheduled to be euthanized will be the next stack up papers to pile up. That’s unless owners and residents step up.
Middleton says his dog, Hillary, is about 7 years-old. She’s a black lab born without a tail. She was last seen wearing a bright orange collar. If you see her, you can contact Animal Enforcement at 478-621-6291
Belew says she’s hoping that owners will claim their pets soon. Some have been in the shelter for several months. If not, she’s hoping rescue groups will help step in to assist with the influx of dogs.