What does it take? What kind of community do we have here? Earlier this month, one of our sterling citizens was charged with 13 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty and received 26 citations for failing to have his dogs and cats inoculated. He was an equal opportunity abuser -- from horses to donkeys to dogs and kittens -- even rabbits. He was also charged with two counts of felony cruelty to animals.
This week, sheriff deputies responded twice to addresses where they found dogs and cats surviving with no food or water or shelter. On the second call, deputies found a dog that had been injured by some sort of hot liquid. Its fur had been pulled away from the skin and maggots covered the wound. The poor dog had to be put to sleep.
We can get all worked up about what the Animal Welfare office is doing or not doing. Latest data given to county commissioners says they are doing a competent job. Adoptions are up and euthanizations are down. But how can any department deal with the human recklessness that leaves multiple injured and malnourished dogs and cats at its doorstep? Is there any answer for these acute cases of animal cruelty? People don’t have to own pets.
We don’t have an animal control problem in Bibb County. We do, however, have a human problem and that problem is beyond our capacity to control.