While we are constantly bombarded with sad news that makes us doubt the goodness of humanity, it’s important to remember that there are people trying to make the world a kinder place. For instance, the recent story of two nurses who drove an hour and a half to reunite a patient with his dog. And we love this heartwarming story of a five-year-old boy who dresses up as a superhero and helps care for the feral cats in his area.
For every sad story, there are dozens of inspiring ones. That’s why when we came across the recent story of 70 starving dogs who were left tied up to trees on a foreclosed property in Georgia, we couldn’t help but be inspired by the dozens of animal lovers who dropped everything to help the dogs.
Polk County Police Department went to the property in Aragon, Georgia, about 50 miles from Atlanta, based on a tip. They found roughly 70 starved dogs in one of “the worst cruelty to animal cases” they have ever seen.
All of the dogs appear to be Pit Bull or Bulldog mixes, possibly used as bait for dog fighting. Most of the chained dogs had no food, water or shelter.
As word spread across social media, animal lovers have been stopping by the property and dropping off dog food purchased from local stores. The local fire department has also responded and has provided water for all of the dogs until they could be removed from the property.
“These dogs are not vicious. I have petted every one of them myself. This breaks your heart,” Chief Dodd said in a Facebook post.
Despite probably being thirsty, hungry, and hot, this dog is still smiling as someone approaches.
The Polk County Police Department is working diligently on removing the dogs from the property. Officers alongside animal control have stayed on the property all night with the dogs to ensure their safety. Heroes!
If you would like to donate food for the dogs, please contact Polk County Animal Control at 770-749-8908.
Devecio Ranard Rowland, the owner of the property has since been arrested and charged with numerous felonies. Animal abuse is strongly linked with other forms of abuse, such as domestic violence and child abuse. In fact, animal abusers are five times more likely to abuse people.
We are thankful to the Polk County Police Department animal control department that is diligently working on the scene to help give these innocent dogs a second chance.
As they say, it takes nothing away from a person to be kind to an animal, and in the case of the dozens of animal lovers donating food, many, many animals are lucky enough to receive that kindness.
We hope every single dog will be able to recover from their tragic past and will go on to find loving, forever families.
To stay up to date on the progress of this case, be sure to follow Polk County Police Department on Facebook.
Image source: Shannon Hicks/Facebook