Six Pit Bull are at the Rockdale Animal Shelter after being found tied up in a wooded area not far from an elementary school in Conyers, Georgia.
Rockdale County's Animal Control. Department of Natural Resource officers were called out to a property on Flat Shoals Road. The land is about a quarter mile down the street from Flat Shoals Elementary School, thus causing concern that the dogs might get loose or a child might wander into the property.
“It was called in, 'six dogs chained to trees,'” said Ciji Baker with Rockdale County Animal Control.
The property owners of the heavily wooded lot reportedly told DNR officers the dogs do not belong to them, although there were dog houses, water and many empty dog food bags.
But officers also found other suspicious items.
“Then there was some iron supplements, de-wormer, Ivermectin and things like that found on scene,” Baker said, Ivermectin is usually used for heartworm preventative and de-wormer; the iron supplements are known for energy and bulking dogs up.
The Rockdale County's Animal Control manager told Channel 2’s Wendy Corona that past cases of animal abuse and preparing dogs to fight have involved using those types of products.
There is notable scarring on a couple of the dogs' faces, but it's not certain if the animals were fighters or are being preparing to fight, he said.
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Strays taken in are guaranteed 72 hours, but the six will be given more time considering the circumstance.
“We actually do not adopt out pit bulls to the general public, but we do work with several rescue groups,” Baker said.
The six dogs will remain at the sheltering facility, giving the owner a chance to claim them. It might be wise to try to determine if they actually belong to the property owner and check the background on that particular person(s)..
Up to a $5,000 reward is offered by The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person involved in illegal animal fighting. Call 877-TIP-HSUS (877-847-4787). Callers’ identities are protected.