Animal Control in Oglethorpe County

Lexington, GA- Oglethorpe county is the only county in the Athens area without animal control. According to Sheriff Mike Smith at the Oglethorpe County Board of Commissioners, his department has handled over 200  animal complaints. Reporter Pauline Villanueva explains what the Oglethorpe County Board of Commissioners is doing to try to get an animal control team. More on the story tonight at 5.

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  • Dr Paula Loniak

    I am a veterinarian who has worked with animals (various species, curently dogs & cats) for approximately 50 years. I am a recent resident of Oglethorpe County and was appalled to learn that there is no animal control system in place in Oglethorpe County. I used to live in Madison County (Danielsville) and a similar situation was the status there. When I called the Sheriff’s office about how stray animals were handled I was told, “Just shoot ’em”. I was shocked at that attitude & lack of any kind of responsibility the gov’t officials took over this problem.

    I soon met with some like-minded Madison County citizens and the result was the Madison-Oglethorpe Animal Shelter (MOAS), which took seven years to get built (it would have taken much longer if we hadn’t foud a very generous benefactor). Residents of Oglethorpe County can take animals to MOAS themselves, but the elected officials on Oglethorpe County don’t believe it’s necessary to reduce the nuber of dangerous (killing livestock AND human beings! as well as possibly spreading rabies to other animals & humans) animals who are contributimng to the pet-overpopulation in our county…continuing the cycle of more stray, dangerous packs of dogs and feral cat colonies.

    If you believe that stray animals being responsible for the DEATH of two Oglethorpe County citizens (who were simply out for a walk) IS a serious risk/problem, PLEASE contact Jay Paul who is Commission Chairman at this time and insist that you, your pets, your livestock are not safe and that animal control should be enforced in our county right away.

    That job should NOT be given to a high school student with no experience with dealing with potentially dangerous animals. This job comes with serious risks to whoever takes it on—-Jay Paul claims that HE is now rsponsible for animal control, but I think he’s simply making it look like the problem has been dealt with—and the officer could be badly injured or, at least, unsuccessful in controlling any animals who are roaming loose and causing serious problems in our community. Your child or pet might be the next one to be mauled or killed by a stray dog…with Rabies. Dr. Paula Loniak (April 26, 2021)

  • Faith campbell

    I am a citizen of Lexington Georgia and very interested in the story covered with Mike Smith in 2014 the of the 200 animal complaints covered by Pauline Villanueva and plans County commissioners have to address this issue. If there is a possible reporter I could speak with in follow up to this story. The issue has yet resolved in our County and we have issues with now rabies control enforcement. We have had in the recent months a rabid attack on a human from a domestic species it was tested positive via autopsy. Since the 2009 mulling deaths of 2 citizens we have yet to see responsible pet ownership, code enforcement and rabies control. I believe there is an additional need for this story to be covered.
    Thank you for your consideration
    Faith campbell

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