Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare fights animal cruelty
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Two animal cruelty cases this week ended with the same charges, but with much different situations.
loves her job because she gets to protect the animals she loves.
Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare Director Sonja Adams says animal cruelty goes on all the time in Bibb County.
There are a lot of dogs at Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare.
“We’re always overcapacity. We’re overcapacity now,” said Adams.
But that’s not a problem for her.
“You have to be able to go out there and regardless of how full we are, still bring animals in,” said Adams.
She can do that because of the shelter.
“People call because they want help, and we want to offer that help,” said Adams.
Her help doesn’t always get accepted though.
In particular, one animal cruelty case that just happened Tuesday–Kimberly Alderman and Eric Hollingshed had more dogs than they could handle in their home on North Confederate Drive.
Animal Welfare checked it out.
“(We) told them at that point what they needed to do to be in compliance this is what we need you to do we’re going to do a welfare check in the next day or so, nothing’s changed,” said Adams.
Alderman and Hollingshed got charged with animal cruelty.
In another case on Thursday on Perdue Drive, Timothy Dunn’s hoarding wasn’t healthy for him or his dogs.
“We look at those as special cases because those are not people that need to spend time in jail,” said Adams. “They need mental help.”
Adams cases are usually 50/50: People who simply don’t know how to take care of their animals, and people who don’t do it on purpose.
Either way, call if you see an animal that you think might need help.
“By the phone or by social media or whatever, please just contact us any way you can and we’ll make sure to get out there and help you out,” said Adams.
Adams says her officers are trained to do animal cruelty investigations.
After they’re done, they usually hand it off to the Bibb County Solicitor General’s office for prosecution.