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Demonstration for Dogs in Dublin
Friday, 13 November 2009

November 13-- This account is furnished by a group in Laurens County trying to protect dogs rescued recently from a Laurens County man.

From: Animal Protection Watch Group

What: Rally in Dublin, Ga for 97 seized dogs that could be returned to cruelty/neglect and breeding for dog fighting

When: 8:30 a.m. until ??? Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009

Where: Laurens County Courthouse, Dublin, Ga

    Perhaps you heard about the recent seizure of 97 dogs from East Laurens County on Oct. 15, 2009. The sheriff’s department, assisted by private investigators from Norred and Associates and the Dublin/Laurens Humane Society, executed a raid at the home of Monty Loyd. They were looking for evidence of dog fighting and/or animal cruelty. What they found were 97 adult dogs and puppies – mostly pit bulls, hidden in the woods over about five acres, chained with heavy logging chains in mud and feces.

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  The dogs are being held in an undisclosed location funded by the Holland M. Ware Charitable Foundation. The Dublin/Laurens Humane Society is providing medical and emergency care.

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 However, not all of the dogs made it out. A two-month-old puppy was found dead in a dog food bag beside her siblings. The remains of three adult dogs were found scattered over the property. Near one skull was an empty shotgun shell; another skull was being used as a chew toy by chained dog.

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 Loyd is not a licensed breeder but has admitted selling some to dog fighters.

 Two veterinarians separately documented the conditions of the seized dogs:

  • scars consistent with dog fighting & skin infections from long-term bacteria exposure.

• neck wounds from the logging chains & embedded objects in their necks.

• all the puppies and some adults have severe intestinal worms and Coccidia.

• one of the young breeder females was nearly dead from Bebosia, a tick born disease that is prevalent among pits and fighting dogs with weakened immune systems.

    • acute malnourishment (muscle loss and deformed limbs). Puppies as young as two months old had started attacking each other for food.

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• most of the breeder bitches suffer from Entropion, a heredity eye disorder that causes the eyelid to roll inward causing severe pain and ulceration to the cornea. Consequently, some of their puppies have inherited Entropion.

 THE CIVIL CASE TO RETURN THE DOGS

Monty Loyd was charged with one count of animal cruelty and neglect, and more charges are pending as the Dublin District Attorney reviews the investigation.

However, Loyd’s attorney has scheduled a civil hearing on Nov. 19, 2009  to demand the dogs are returned to his client or he says he will sue the Sheriff’s Office.

      Laurens County Attorney Billy Kight is reviewing the case from a civil aspect to determine how many - if any - of the dogs should be returned. He said Loyd would have to meet state guidelines: adequate housing, food, water and veterinary care.

The members of the Animal Protection Watch Group (APWG) do not feel simply meeting state codes will correct the overall treatment of these dogs. Therefore the APWG will be holding a rally on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009 beginning at 8:30 a.m. in front of the courthouse during the civil proceeding.

      OUR MOTTO IS: WE ARE WATCHING

 Not only are we watching, but waiting to see who does right by these animals. We want the judicial system to know that we are counting on them to hold Loyd and others like him accountable for their actions to these defenseless animals. We want more than a slap on the wrist and a fine. The community and the animals depend on them.

 Won’t you join us? We’ll provide snacks & refreshments and the inspiration! All you need is to wear purple (the color symbolizing animal abuse) and bring your support to Middle Georgia to help us start a statewide message: “We are watching…”

      DIRECTIONS

     The Laurens County Courthouse is located on South Jefferson St. in Downtown Dublin, Ga. From I-16 take Exit 51 (Hwy 319/441) and head North. Go about 4.1miles and turn left onto South Jefferson St. The courthouse is three blocks on the left.

            To RSVP or for more information, email dublin@signarama.com or call Pam Smith at 478-275-5975 or 478-275-9267.
 
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