By Greg Gullberg
June 10, 2013
Valdosta, GA - Ellie is a four month old Shepherd mix who loves lots of attention. You'd never know she's a survivor of animal neglect if it weren't for two gaping scars around her neck.
The dog was found wandering around the Lowndes Human Resources building Thursday with an electrical cord embedded in her neck. It had to be surgically removed. She's now in the hands of the BARC Humane Society (Barc Area Rescue Club). Ellie didn't have any tags and authorities are looking for whoever is responsible.
"It really charges my battery as far as wanting to do something for the animals. I didn't realize how bad animal cruelty or how wide spread it was until I got into this movement about eight years ago," said Charles DeVane, BARC President.
When you put a collar on an animal you should be able to fit two fingers between the collar and the animal's neck comfortably. But you should never use ropes or cords because they slip and tighten around their neck every time it pulls.
"If people cannot afford to feed their animals or vet them there's no penalty for turning an animal in to the shelter. And when they turn it into the shelter we can pick it up," DeVane said.
Ellie is on her way to a full recovery. She's on antibiotics for now and as of Monday afternoon she has a new home, she's been adopted.
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To report animal abuse or neglect, citizens may call the Lowndes County Animal Shelter during normal business hours, (229) 671-2760. For after-hour emergencies, please dial 911.
You can call BARC at (229) 244-8500