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A south Georgia author details the plight of abandoned animals

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

October 3, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - One of the many lessons from Hurricane Katrina was the need to include your pets in your disaster plans. Thousands of pets were abandoned.

A south Georgia woman is calling attention to the issue in a book about her dog Jack. In 1994, Jack was rescued from the Flint River during the flood. He was flea-bitten and matted, but he caught Laverne Spivey's eye at the Humane Society. Despite having two other dogs, she took Jack home. She has strong words for anyone who considers leaving their pet to survive on their own during a disaster.

"Please don't do that. Take them to a shelter or take them to some where or take them with you if you can," said Laverne Spivey, Jack's Story Author.

Friday, Spivey held a book signing at Lee County Health Care. She and Jack also have plans to tell their story at the Youth Detention Center later this month.

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