Thursday, May 23 2013 2:33 PM EDT2013-05-23 18:33:20 GMT
Three Albany men, charged with beating a man in a bar parking lot so viciously they fractured his skull. are found guilty of different levels of involvement in their trial. After three hours of deliberationMore >>
A guilty verdict after three hours of deliberation, as three Albany men are found guilty of different levels of involvement in their aggravated assault trial.More >>
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Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. Smith just returned from herMore >>
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:57 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:57:54 GMT
Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society Volunteer Lacey Williams and WALB's Stephen Abel drew the winning raffle ticket late Wednesday afternoon for a $100 gas card donated by Harold Jackson and PetroleumMore >>
A group of volunteers raised a total of $640 by selling the raffle tickets. The money will be used to fight animal cruelty through education and awareness.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:01 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:01:10 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
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 >>
DAWSON, GA (WALB) -
Owning a pit bull in Terrell County comes with a lot more responsibility than it used to. Earlier this year, restrictive pit bull ordinance went into effect in Terrell County after a deadly pit bull attack at a sheep farm.
Many owners simply let their dogs loose on the street or surrendered them. The county built a brand new 36 kennel shelter to handle all the strays, but even those cages are filled to capacity.
Unfortunately, if they can't find a rescue group or adequate homes, most of the dogs will be euthanized after the first of the year.
In just about every one of these cages, you'll find a pit bull. "We have 32 dogs at this point. All but probably four of those dogs are of pit of pit mix breed," said Martha Ann Coe of the Humane Society.
Because of their breed, these dogs don't have much to look forward to. "The pits have such a bad name, and are such a vicious breed that it's hard to place those pits anywhere," said Coe.
Nowadays, owning a pit bull in Terrell County comes with a lot more responsibility than it did last year, and some folks don't want it. "Sadly, a lot of the people just released their dogs on the street or surrendered the dog for one reason or another," said Coe.
After a series of attacks involving pits, a pit bull ordinance went into effect in Terrell County earlier this year. "There is a $100,000 insurance policy, they have to be in a certain sized pin, the dogs have to be micro chipped we have pictures of all the dogs in the county and city and they have to be registered with this office also," said Coe.
It's helped cut back on problems and issues they've dealt with in the past, but now, there is a new problem.Too many pit bulls, with nowhere to go. "We do try and hold them as long as we can especially while we are under this pardon with paws for hope, but sadly enough there will be some that will have to be put down eventually," said Coe.
It's an added expense as well. "The county cannot continue to feed an animal that won't be placed." If you care about your pit bull, make sure to follow the rules. "If you care about your pet enough, and you want to keep your dog; you will comply with the ordinance."
If not, your pit bull may join this growing group of dogs, that don't stand much of a chance.
If you have a pit bull, Martha Ann Coe says don't hide your dog, or let him lose out on the streets. You can call her and she will help owners Pit bulls to help get them in compliance with the rules.