Woman warns pet owners of Albany Humane Society's policies

Woman warns pet owners of Albany Humane Society's policies
Mardi McConnell (Source: WALB)
Mardi McConnell (Source: WALB)
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Fireworks will be shot over the next four days across most of South Georgia, and pet owners need to know that some animals might be scared and run away in fear.

Pet owners need to have them chipped and keep the chip information up to date to have the best chance to recover them.

One South Georgia woman is having to battle to get her pet back.

Mardi McConnell said her dogs and her family haven't been the same without their beloved Roxy.

"They keep strays in the Humane Society for 30, 60, 90 days at a time but this dog she had a family," said McConnell.

McConnell was upset that her pitbull Roxy is now in the custody of Albany Humane Society.

On June 5th, two of her pitbulls, Roxy and Boss, got out of her yard, and Roxy killed a cat.

Animal Control picked both dogs up and took them to the Humane Society.

Boss was released but Roxy was put under quarantine for 10 days for rabies evaluation since it was considered a bite case.

"I had no objections to that I had no objections to the ticket," remarked McConnell.

Mardi claimed an Animal Control officer on the case said she would be given an extension to pay the $155 to pick her up and someone from the Humane Society would call her.

"I would have liked someone to just have called me," said McConnell.

She arrived on June 17th, two days after the deadline, to get her.

With the 4th of July around the corner, she warned other pet owners to be aware of the Humane Society's policies in case they get loose.

McConnell has a court date on July 27th to find out what happened to Roxy.

We reached out to Albany Humane Society and was told biting animals must be quarantined for 10 days.

On the date of the release, pet owners should pick them up.

If they miss the deadline, the Humane Society may dispose of the animal at the discretion of management.

Disposition can be euthanasia or adoption.

They also said it's the owner's responsibility to notify them of any changes.

Roxy's release date was 6/14 and McConnell came to claim her 6/16.

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