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New options may save condemned drug dog

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Mitchell County Administrator Bennett Adams Mitchell County Administrator Bennett Adams
Former SWGDTF agent John Uppole Former SWGDTF agent John Uppole

March 20, 2008

Camilla -- Earlier this week Mitchell County Commissioners voted unanimously to kill nine year old a Southwest Georgia Drug Task Force dog named Eagle.

Now there's new hope after three different cities and counties have come forward offering to give Eagle a good home.

Nine year old Eagle is being well cared for, despite a death sentence hanging over his head. Former Southwest Georgia Drug Task Force agent John Uppole took Eagle's fight to the media after Commissioners voted Monday to euthanize the dog instead of turning him over to his former handler, saying they had no other option.

"I assured him that nothing would be done with the dog until we had other options for the board to consider and that's exactly what's happened," says Mitchell County Administrator Bennett Adams.

And today there are options. "I have here in my hand, I just received today, a letter from the city of Boston asking that the county consider giving the canine Eagle to the city of Boston," said Adams

Boston's not the only one that's been affected by Eagle's barks. "I've also been contacted by the Meigs Police Chief who would like to have the dog. I've also been contacted by the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department who have a very active K-9 program who have offered to swap, to take Eagle. They're actively seeking dogs that are trained in patrol."

Commissioners will schedule a meeting to consider those options. Liability wise they're more confident if city or county accepts liability for Eagle over Uppole.

"Mr. Uppole stating he would be liable for the action is certainly not the same as a city or a county stating that they would be liable and I think that had a lot of weight with the board of commissioners," Adams said.

Now it's likely commissioners will reverse their decision and give Eagle a new place to soar.

Commissioners have scheduled a special call meeting before their work session Tuesday night to specifically discuss Eagle's situation. That meeting will be at six o'clock in the commissioner's meeting room.

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