Peach animal rescue volunteers fear dog fighters behind missing pets

FORT VALLEY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Volunteers with Peach County Animal Rescue want pet owners to be on the lookout. They say almost a dozen dogs have disappeared in the last month. 

Captain is in good hands and if he feels threatened, he’ll go out of his way to make you aware. 

It’s something he and his owner, Brittanie Gray, have practiced. She’s the manager at the Peach County Animal Rescue. 

“If they come in being aggressive or fearful, I change it to be a more balanced dog so that they’re more friendly towards everybody,” Gray said. 

She says her dogs are trained and will get aggressive if anyone tries to take them. 

“I’m here all the time, and I have four dogs that are very intimidating, so I’m pretty sure they’re going to walk away,” Gray said. 

Unfortunately, that’s not been the case in the Fort Valley area…

Eights dogs have been reported missing in the last 30 days. 

“It’s not lost in the woods, it’s not chased something out of the fence, it is the dog was let out to go potty, the owner was inside eating lunch, came out and the dog literally vanished,” Tammy Knowland from Peach County Animal Rescue said. 

Knowland runs the rescue group and says she thinks there’s someone behind it — possibly dog fighters. 

“They look for dogs of a certain build, of a certain character, of a certain size and they use them for bait dogs. Unfortunately, as sad as it is to say, we as rescuers here in Peach County truly believe that is what is occurring,” Knowland said. 

She says there are several steps owners can take to prevent their animals from being taken, like embedding a microchip. 

“If your dog is lost or stolen and someone recovers the dog, then it can be scanned for that microchip which then has all of your contact information associated with it,” Knowland said. 

Knowland adds don’t leave your dog unattended because you never know who’s watching. 

Knowland tells 41NBC one of the dogs was actually found several days after being reported missing. She says if anyone ever feels as though they’ve been taken, contact your local authorities. 







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