BURKE COUNTY, GA (WFXG) - Animal activists and supporters went before Burke County commissioners on Tuesday night asking for their help to protect animals in the county.
The Girard Lifesaver group, run by Samantha Holton, has really been the only group dedicated to saving animals in the county. Holton revealed in the meeting that she cares for about 60 animals, many of which have been neglected or mistreated.
This push to get the county's help has been centered around a dog named Nitro, who Holton discovered months ago. Nitro was malnourished and had a thick chain around its neck. Holton counseled the owners to treat the dog better, but she says there are many dogs like Nitro in the area.
"I believe a lot of people were raised to think that this was okay," Holton said. "It's carrying over into their own children. They're going to think this way. We need some humane education here really bad, too."
"Aiken County gets about 10,000 animals through their shelters per year. Richmond County about 20,000," said Becky Peita, a member of Team Stinky Kiss. "There's no place here for those animals to go in Burke County. I just feel there is no good excuse the commissioners can give for not protecting the animals."
Commissioners said unfortunately it just wasn't in the budget, which was already passed for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. They said they are open to working with the groups to come up with a plan for the coming years.