Animal lovers expressed outrage on social media Thursday after a dog was found on a south Macon-Bibb County street Wednesday night with injuries so severe he had to be euthanized.
Several donors have come forward to collectively offer $1,125 -- including $1,000 pledged from Macon resident and animal activist Kerri Fickling -- for information leading to the dog’s owner.
A post on Macon resident Amanda Kilgore’s Facebook page, which included a photo and a description of the dog’s condition, had been shared 443 times as of Thursday evening.
In the post, Kilgore explained how Macon-Bibb County Animal Welfare drove the white bulldog to her home where it was determined he was “past the point of recovery.” Before he was put down, Kilgore and a friend named him Isaac.
“He was a sweet, gentle dog and despite being so severely neglected and hurt, he never once growled or nipped at us,” Kilgore wrote.
Isaac, who was found in the middle of the street at Feagin Road and Richardson Drive near the Middle Georgia Regional Airport, was starved and suffering, Kilgore said Thursday by phone. A bone was protruding from the back of one of his legs, and his injuries were infected.
Kilgore said the fact that his nails were severely overgrown and growing into the pads of his feet indicated he was in someone’s possession and confined to a small space.
When she heard about Isaac on Facebook, Fickling immediately offered to foster him in her home. When she found out he was euthanized, she pledged $1,000 to find his owner.
“I’d like to see the city bring down animal cruelty charges,” Fickling said.
Enforcement of animal cruelty laws has been spotty in the past, she said, but she thinks that may change as animal rescue activists apply pressure to the Macon-Bibb County Animal Welfare Department. At a meeting with Mayor Robert Reichert and county commissioners Monday, Animal Welfare expressed a commitment to follow up on tips and enforce laws on the books, she said.
“I’m trying to encourage people to rat on their neighbors, because this animal abuse has to stop,” Fickling said. “Many of us are willing to put our money where our mouths are.”
Kilgore will be working to pass along any tips she receives to Animal Welfare and will contact people who pledged reward money if there’s a break in the case.
She is asking people to search for “Amanda Kilgore” on Facebook or email her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To contact writer Andres David Lopez, call 478-256-9751.