Augusta is a city of 200,000 located in the eastern part of Georgia. If you’re a golf fan, you’ve heard of Augusta- it’s where the Masters golf tournament is held each spring. The unemployment rate in Augusta as of August of this year was 9.8%.
Augusta’s animal shelter has a 70% kill rate.
It’s not that they aren’t trying to lower it. But a major problem is that 70% of the animals coming into shelter are strays that are not reclaimed by an owner and are not subsequently adopted. Current law allows for euthanization after an animal being held 5 days. It also doesn’t help that the city practices ‘trap-and-kill’ for stray cats, instead of TNR.
Some animal-loving Augustans got together and proposed changes to current animal welfare laws. Those changes include not tethering animals, licensing of animals, not riding dogs around in the back of a pick up truck unless secured, holding animals for 20 days before euthanization, and mandatory spay/neuter of all pets 6 months of age or older.
But the Augusta commission has decided there’s a problem with that last provision. Why? Strong opposition from the American Kennel Club.
So the commission has decided that perhaps the law needs “tweaking.” Meanwhile, the war rages on, with animal welfare advocates squaring off against breeders and show dog owners. The commission will discuss the proposed law Tuesday night, and indications are there are enough votes on the commission to squash the mandatory spay/neuter part of the law.
And,yet again, animals die needlessly while the desires of humans win out.
For more info:
The Augusta Chronicle, Strays offsetting efforts to curb animal kill rates in Augusta