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SOAPS Hosts July 4th Event
Thursday, 02 July 2009
June 2-- July 4th will be a busy day in the local community.

The Sweet Onion Animal Protection Society is hosting a Foster Pet Showcase on Saturday in an effort to help decrease the overcrowding found at the Animal Control Shelters in both Vidalia and Hazlehurst.

Therisa Ingley, Chairman of SOAPS, says this event is necessary due to the drastic overcapacity that has occured during the hot summer months.

"We're having an adoption day at Big Lots at the invitation of the manager to highlight some of the animals from the Vidalia Animal Shelter as well as the one in Hazlehurst. We are doing this because there is such an overcrowding of animals in shelters at this time. The Vidalia Shelter has over 100 puppies and dogs, and because of this overcrowding, it is hard to maintain them during the summer months when it's hot. We're just hoping to get some of these animals out before the public and get them adopted and help them find good homes ," explains Ingley.

The event will take place in the Big Lots parking lot from 10:30am to 1:30pm, and Ingley wants the public to know that other groups will be there as well.

"We will be at Big Lots of Saturday, July 4. It's going to be a big extravaganza, there will be other groups there I understand, like the fire department. We will be there from 10:30 to 1:30. Also, that day, the Vidalia Animal Shelter will be open for anyone who doesn't find a puppy or a dog at our adoption event, they can go out to the shelter on Airport Road and look at the dogs," says Ingley.

In other news, as the July Fourth Holiday Weekend approaches, the Georgia Department of Public Safety wants to remind everyone to stay safe while traveling. The 78-hour holiday period began on Thursday, and will continue until midnight on Sunday.

Gordy Wright, Director of Public Information for the Georgia State Patrol, has insight into what exactly troopers will be looking for in order to pull people over this holiday weekend.

"Well troopers will be wathcing for violations that most commonly are contributting factors in fatal traffic crashes, not just during the holiday period but throughout the entire year and throughout the state of Georgia. Those factos are speed, alcohol impairment, and people not wearing seatbelts. Those will be the top three priorities for the holiday weekend.By intercepting those violations, hopefully it will keep down the number of traffic crashes and the resulting injuries and fatalities," says Wright.

The 2008 July Fourth Weekend claimed the lives of 22 people in the state of Georgia, so stay safe on the roads this weekend.
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