Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:30:38 GMT
Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:26 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:26:38 GMT
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year. AAA says the average gas price in Georgia right now is about $3.46 a gallon. That'sMore >>
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:20:46 GMT
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear. Rangers expect a large number of boaters all weekend. They say they will strictlyMore >>
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:14 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:14:04 GMT
A Cordele woman and her father are leading an effort to send clothes and other supplies to tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma. Not only are a lot of people already donating items, but people are chippingMore >>
A Cordele woman and her father are leading an effort to send clothes and other supplies to tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma.More >>
March 29, 2006
Albany-- Six Atlanta pet stores were filled with sick puppies. Now, they can't sell dogs. The Georgia Department of Agriculture found more than 130 puppies infected with a serious parasite at six Pet Company stores. So how do you know if your pet is a healthy one when you leave the store?
With each game of fetch, golden retrievers Miller and Macintyre keep Carolyn Chitwood pretty busy at the park. "We run every morning and every night," says Chitwood. It keeps the dogs happy, so she doesn't mind keeping them entertained.
"You get very attached and you love them," says Chitwood. But Chitwood says she can't imagine how it would feel if these dogs she loves so much turned out to be sick when she first brought them home. 138 puppies were found infected with giardia at six Atlanta-area Pet Company stores.
"I think that's pretty bad. I think they should be shut down," says Chitwood.
At Panhandle Pet Supply here in Albany, it's hard for many to resist that doggy in the window so the store gets new puppies often. "Pretty much as fast as we sell them," says Keri Scott of Panhandle Pet Supply.
But selling isn't the most important thing for the store, it's safety of the animals. They get them from a trusted local breeder and then take them to the vet.
"They're checked for toxidia, parvo and distemper shots are given to them," says Scott. They also limit petting and touching and keep the puppies clean by regularly changing the paper and water.
"If your water bowls are not cleaned, they're drinking dirty water and that causes giardia," says dog breeder James Nesmith.
Dog breeder James Nesmith says he can't believe so many dogs were infected with the parasite. "Shocked, totally shocked because giardia is so easy to contain and treat," says Nesmith.
He feels that either the breeder or the store didn't take care of them properly but he's confident his dogs are safe and Panhandle says their pets are also healthy. That's good news for future and current dog lovers.
"A dog is like a family member," says Chitwood. They're a furry, friendly family member that wants the simple things like a game of fetch and a good bill of health.
Treatment for giardia can cost hundreds of dollars. Officials found out about the problem after a Hiram, Georgia woman who paid $800 for a puppy discovered it was sick with a parasitic illness. She then had to pay about $900 in veterinarian bills.
The Pet Company is still allowed to sell cats, lizards, fish and pet supplies but Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin says the store chain will face harsh penalties.