Volunteers trying to save dog abandoned in cemetery
For almost two weeks this German shepherd has been wandering the grounds of Graniteville's cemetery. Back in March, a woman says she saw the dog being led into the cemetery by another woman, who unclenched its leash, then drove away. The cemetery has become a drop-off to abandon animals.
"It's an area where there's not a lot of traffic. And you can get away with dropping off a dog in a place like a cemetery," said Bobby Arthurs, a supervisor at the Aiken County Animal Control.
Abandoning an animal is a misdemeanor that could land an offender a $1,000 fine and up to 30 days in jail.
Right now a group of volunteers are trying to save the German shepherd they named Sasha.
"With a lot of dogs that are scared, which she is right now, she could be rehabilitated into a family and that's our goal," said Suzanne Rye, one of the volunteers trying to rescue Sasha.
Thursday Rye said she's been at the cemetery for hours, trying to get Sasha to warm up to her. She even created a Facebook page called "Sasha's Rescue," getting more than 100 Likes in one day.
Rye said Aiken County Animal Control told her she has until tomorrow to catch Sasha, at which point they'll put out traps to capture her themselves. She said Animal Control told her if the dog isn't socialized or has worms, they'll euphemize her.
"It makes me angry that we can't even be given a chance to succeed before it's like, ‘Nope, if we catch her, she's out of here," Rye said.
Rye said she'll be at the cemetery Friday hoping to find Sasha a loving home.
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