Thursday, June 20 2013 12:09 AM EDT2013-06-20 04:09:02 GMT
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards. WG&L leaders say the utility is paying $20,000 dollars a monthMore >>
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:41 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:41:18 GMT
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today. Century Pines Assisted Living Center threw a party for resident Charles Walker who turned 101 today. Walker wasMore >>
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:34 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:34:54 GMT
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing. A couple of businesses are thriving there. The new art park is open, and a sidewalk improvementMore >>
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:20:33 GMT
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come. Tonight, The Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority board began discussionsMore >>
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:51:07 GMT
Ravi Mikel Givens was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He is being held in the Dougherty County jail. Givens, who played ball at Westover and StetsonMore >>
Agents say that police responded to the apartment because of a burglar alarm. Officers found the back door broken open and went inside. That's where they detected a strong odor of marijuana, and saw pot in plain view.More >>
August 26, 2002
Dougherty County - Dougherty County leaders search for a way to control the pet population, without making owners pay a license fee.
For years, the Humane Society picked up stray animals in rural Dougherty County, at no cost to the county. But, the rising number of unwanted pets in need of care has driven the Humane Society to charge $40 for every animal brought to them.
Now county commissioners are considering paying the Humane Society to handle animal control, and that is expensive.
Leah Bird's home is quickly becoming a stray animal haven. She has 9 dogs, including one new puppy, two kittens, and even a pair of rats.
"Most of these dogs are abandoned near my home," said Bird. "They hear my dogs barking and find their way to my yard." In the past, she took the animals to the Humane Society, but now she can't afford the new drop off fee.
"It cost a lot just to feed the dogs and cats and nurse them if they're sick. I just can't pay $40 for every stray, especially since they're someone else's responsibility."
6,000 stray dogs and cats are put to sleep each year in Dougherty County. That number continues to rise, as does the cost to the Humane Society.
"We can't afford to pick up animals in the county for free anymore. We don't have any options but to charge for our service," said Donna Strickland for the Humane Society. The city of Albany has a $160,000 animal control contract with the Humane Society. But, county commissioners says they just don't have that kind of money in the budget.
"We had to tighten the budget, and we just don't have much money to allocate for animal control," said County Administrator Richard Crowdis. Until the County decides on an animal control solution, pet lovers like Leah Bird are left with few options. They must either pay for the pound or make room for one more furry friends.
County commissioners are considering using some of the revenue for the proposed property tax increase in the unincorporated parts of the county on animal control. But that would only generate a few thousand dollars.