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Athens Animal Workers Oppose Georgia Pet Bill

The Georgia House is considering a new law to regulate the sale of pets in retail stores. The bill, introduced by Rep. Earl Ehrhart, of District 36, would prohibit local governments from preventing the sale of dogs and cats from any pet store in the state of Georgia. HB 144 would require pet stores to vaccinate their animals against certain diseases, and allow a 14 day return policy for owners. The idea of not prohibiting animals from being sold raises concerns for pet advocates on whether or not this leads…

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Harvest for Homeless

  The Athens Area Homeless Shelter will host its annual Harvest for the Homeless event Friday at the Classic Center. Gaylon Gene Vaden is a former cancer survivor and homeless man. He says he understands why people are homeless today, and he believes people have the wrong impression of homeless people. “I think the media…they’re wrong” – Vaden Vader says, that homeless people are good people. According to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs thousands sleep homeless each night, and the number is going down. ” On the night of…

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UGA Students Move In While Homeless Move Out

  Each bed of the Salvation Army of Athens will have someone in it tonight. The problem is that there will be more people than beds. The Homeless problem is getting worse in Athens, said Salvation Army Case Manager Mary Rosser. “These minimum wage jobs do not pay a living wage,” said Rosser. “So they have to get two or three jobs just to try to make enough to pay their bills.” When college students began moving downtown, rent increased throughout the downtown area, explained Katie Smith, Assistant Director of…

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North Avenue Bridge Burning

  -Athens, GA┬áHomeless people who live under the North Avenue Bridge are recovering from a fire that damaged the one place they call home. Emergency Response teams responded to a fire under a bridge on North Avenue late Tuesday night. “This is where the fire started, right here. It started right here and worked itself down and spread,” says one homeless bridge residence. The bridge is home to at least 8 homeless who say they almost lost their lives when one of resident decided to torch the place. If you…

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