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City of Fitzgerald explains their disposal of dogs

Photo of one of the disposed dogs (Source: WALB) Photo of one of the disposed dogs (Source: WALB)
The city of Fitzgerald admits no wrongdoings (Source: WALB) The city of Fitzgerald admits no wrongdoings (Source: WALB)
Fitzgerald says it is legal to drop the dead dogs (Source: WALB) Fitzgerald says it is legal to drop the dead dogs (Source: WALB)
The city's statement (Source: WALB) The city's statement (Source: WALB)
FITZGERALD, GA (WALB) -

A lot of folks in Fitzgerald are in uproar over a video and pictures of what they believe shows animal shelter workers dumping live dogs at the landfill.

City leaders say that's not what happened.

A roofing contractor was on routine trip to the landfill to make a drop off, but when he got there he was shocked to spot what he believed to be live dogs.

Billy Joe Rathburn said there were multiple bags filled with carcasses that smelled as if they had been gassed to death.

He posted the video along with photos to Facebook, and now the people of Ben Hill county want answers.

"There are a lot of people in Fitzgerald who are animal lovers and are very concerned over this," said Rathburn. They really want to see something done about this kind of inhumane treatment of animals."

No one with the Fitzgerald Humane Society or the city would do an interview with us, but the city did release a long written statement.

They say they have never gassed any animals.

They also say if the dogs appeared to be breathing, it was simply a release of gas or what is basically a reaction of the animal's nervous system after euthanization.

The city says disposing of animals in the landfill is a standard and acceptable practice.

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