Local Community Looks to Stop Cases of Animal Cruelty

At first glance, Hope looks and acts like any other lab mix. She's full of energy and full of love, but take a look closer and you'll be shocked by what you find.

Melissa Alderman of the Cruelty Task Force says, "Hope was underweight; she had a gunshot wound to the leg; she was also blind in one eye."

A survivor of animal cruelty, unfortunately her toughest battle still lies ahead. Like many other victims of animal cruelty, Hope is homeless, her future uncertain.

Mechelle Sullivan, foster adoption coordinator, says, "We probably get 50 to 100 calls a week, and of course we don't have a sheltering facility, so we have to turn people away. It's overwhelming and we could help more animals if more people would volunteer and become foster homes."

The numbers are shocking. Animals abused in Lowndes County alone climb into the thousands. Whether it be lack of shelter, starvation, or physical abuse, animal cruelty is a crime.

Alderman adds, "Animals do not have a voice, so we need to be the voice for them so we can go out and help them. We need to get the community involved as well."

As for Hope, she's hoping her future family is watching right now and will pick her up very soon.