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Individuals unite to help reduce the abandonment of puppies, kittens

Some Screven County residents who are fed up with finding puppies and kittens abandoned at dumpsters are banding together to do something about it.
They also want to see conditions improve at the county animal shelter, where one prison inmate and one animal control officer do their best to take care of the 1,500 dogs and cats that come through the open-air facility on Rocky Ford Road each year.
Sylvania Mayor Margaret Evans and Vickie Riley, a dog breeder and owner of the Pink Poodle grooming business, are spearheading efforts to form an organization to help animals in the county.
“We’ve got to do something besides talk,” Evans said. “I don’t know of anything that makes me angrier” than people dumping animals as if they were trash.
Riley said in the year-and-a-half she has run the Pink Poodle she has earned something of a reputation as a “soft touch” and has had more than 100 dogs and cats left on her doorstep, as well as rabbits, birds and squirrels.
She gives them shots, grooms and feeds them and finds them homes.
But the work has taken a toll on her and her business and is part of the reason she’s going to move out of the building she rents on W. Ogeechee Street and operate out of her house in Screven County.
She said many people leave animals with her because they hate to turn them over to the county animal shelter, with its 18 open-air cages on a dirt floor and shelters made out of drums turned on their sides.
Voters agreed five years ago that $75,000 in special-purpose local-option sales tax money should be used to build a new shelter. The money is available, but county commissioners must decide to “isolate” it and move forward with the project, said County Manager Rick Jordan.
“It’s on our front burner,” said Stan Sheppard, chairman of the county commission. He said the county has one construction crew that has been busy lately with projects including building a sign for the airport and helping the city paint the amphitheater.
Jordan estimated construction would take six months to a year once it’s started. Sheppard said the county would welcome help at the new shelter from any community organization that might be formed.
Plans call for the new shelter to be built near the old one and for it to have about three times as many cages, in a building 120 feet by 50 feet with concrete floors, said Thomas Lariscy, the county’s animal control officer. Lariscy said he eventually would like to see the shelter have a receptionist to field phone calls, help with adoptions and oversee volunteers.
“That’s what I’m praying for,” Lariscy said.
Lariscy said he can’t estimate the number of animals thrown in the trash in the county each year, but said it’s a common practice. “Every green dumpster in the county is a drop site,” he said.
He said he wishes people would learn to take care of their animals. And he urges people to make sure their pets have collars with an address or phone number so he can return their lost pets.
Even if the new shelter is built, county officials caution that it will not be for housing animals long-term. “This will not be a pet parlor, by any means,” Jordan said. “It’s a short-term adoption program. We’re not running a pet shop.”
Animals brought to the shelter are kept at least seven days so people can have a chance to reclaim lost pets. Lariscy said of the 1,500 dogs and cats brought to the shelter last year, a "handful" were reclaimed by their owners, 30 to 35 were adopted and the rest were euthanized.
Another issue volunteers may address is the cost of spaying and neutering animals. The cost is based on weight, but a neutering a small dog costs about $130 and spaying a small dog costs about $140 at the office of the only veterinarian in the county.