Bibb animal shelter refuses dogs left without food or water, then takes them in

Two dogs and a cage of puppies were taken to the Macon-Bibb County Animal Welfare shelter Sunday afternoon after Macon police found them outside a Dalton Street home without food or water, according to a police report.

An officer went to the house, in the 2800 block of Dalton Street, after receiving a complaint of animal cruelty. Two dogs were tethered. The puppies were in a cage.

The officer called an animal control officer who said he didn’t “believe that there was any animal cruelty case.” The animal control officer also said the shelter was full and couldn’t take more dogs, according to the report.

A police captain then contacted interim shelter director Deborah Biggs who said there was enough “probable cause” to take the dogs, according to the report.

The seized dogs were “all fine” Monday at the shelter, said Kevin Barrere, Bibb County spokesman.

It’s the shelter’s decision whether to take animals in emergency situations, he said.

Biggs said she was the one who called the police captain. She referred further comment to Barrere.