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Dogs stolen from Sumter shelter

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

October 13, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Help from the community returned one of three dogs stolen over the weekend from the Sumter County Humane Society.     

It was the third time animals have been stolen from the shelter, and officials there say it's got to stop.     

You can see where vandals clipped the barbed wire from the top of the outside dog pens and made their way in. The thieves took a blind American bulldog, a red nose Pit bull mix, a shepherd collie mix, and several big bags of food.      

Someone spotted the bulldog wandering in a yard yesterday and called authorities who rescued the animal.      

Humane officials worry the dogs were taken to be fought or used as bait for fighting dogs. "We suspect that they're being taken for dog fighting because they are targeting Pit bulls, and Bulldogs, and Rottweiler type dogs," said Animal Care Supervisor Laura Powell.     

Humane officials hope once they move into a new building where all the animals will be kept inside the thefts will stop.      

They're still raising money for that new building.     

The Humane Society is participating in several contests to try to raise money to complete the building.     

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