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Humane society wants security cameras to deter animal dumping

By: Brittany Pelletz Email
By: Brittany Pelletz Email

There are signs posted all over the property of the Franklin County Humane Society that read, "No dumping".

Staff say the signs are not working because animals are being dropped over in the overnight hours almost every week.

You can tell by her behavior that a black dog, now called Diamond is scared. She was dropped off last night and attached by a leash to the Humane Society's chain link fence.

"It was about 7:25 and she pulled up to find a dog tied to the gate outside. Of course, it was raining all night last night. We're not sure how long the dog had been out there," says manager, Angie Stewart.

According to Humane Society staff, Diamond is lucky to be alive,"Tied to the fence for one thing, they could strangle themselves."

While Diamond is a healthy dog just in need of a good home, there are other drop offs, like Zeus.

"Just last week, there was a puppy found in a trash can. He is nothing but skin and bones," adds Stewart.

Zeus is a survivor, but he's also part of a growing trend of animal dumping in Franklin County. Staff at the Humane Society are trying to raise the funds for security cameras to put a stop to the problem,"If we had some kind of surveillance it would deter people a little bit from dumping them. You just shouldn't be able to do something like this and not have any consequences."

Zeus and Diamond are now waiting each waiting for a second chance at a good home.

The Franklin County Humane Society no longer has a surrender fee for people that want to drop off their animals. Staff are frustrated that people would dump an animal when they can drop them off during business hours free of charge.

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