Thirty-five pit bulls – some very aggressive to each other, some with scars and old injuries, and some malnourished – were taken to the Bainbridge-Decatur County Animal Shelter Saturday after an alleged dogfighting ring was discovered.
Beth Eck, the director of the animal shelter, said the 35 dogs have filled the shelter up as the staff tries to deal with caring for dogs that have obviously been mistreated.
Eck said of the 35 dogs, one female dog was taken by a veterinarian to treat a bad injury that she said looked to be an old injury. There were dogs with injured or damaged eyes, some riddled with scars, some female dogs that showed signs of over breeding, and several that were severely malnourished.
“It was horrible,” Eck said of the condition of the dogs and where Bainbridge Public Safety Sgt. FULL STORY
Among the barks, wagging tails and licks of love, more than 170 dogs took part this weekend in agility trials at the Cloud Livestock Barn off River Road.
Bonnie Bailey, trial chairman of the Tallahassee Dog Obedience Club’s agility trials, which started Friday, July 27, and concluded Sunday, July 29, said this is the fourth year the club has come to Bainbridge.
Bailey said Decatur County’s livestock barn was the ideal location for the trials because it is big enough to accommodate the estimated 130 dog handlers, some who traveled from Florida, Georgia, Alabama and even South Carolina.
Linda Whitaker from Havana, Fla., said having fun is the reason she and her two dogs, 8-year-old Rojo and 6-year-old Risa, came to the event.
Bailey said there are three classes, ranging from the novice dogs and their handlers, open; and than excellence, the class for the top dogs. FULL STORY
Jack Wingate, the late fishing guide who helped launch bass fishing into the sport it is today and put Lake Seminole on the map, was posthumously inducted into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame.
Wingate’s daughter, Jacquie Wingate, and his grandson, Jackson, attended the induction banquet that took place on Friday, Feb. 22, in Tulsa, Okla.
In recognizing their major impact on the world of bass fishing, Wingate, tournament angler Mike Folkestad and fishing electronics innovator Darrell Lowrance were formally inducted into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame during the 2013 Bassmaster Classic.
According to a Bass Fishing news release, Wingate started out in the fishing business during Harry Truman’s presidency.
Well-known throughout the South, Wingate supplied the names of many bass anglers who fished Ray Scott’s first tournament in 1967. FULL STORY
A national initiative to restore the population of bobwhite quail is coming to the Silver Lake Wildlife Management Area in Decatur County.
Georgia Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologists and an environmental supervisor with Southern Company toured the Silver Lake and Hog Farm tracts on July 12.
The state’s plan is to convert some of the acres on the property into ideal habitat for bobwhite quail, which was designated by the General Assembly the state game bird in 1970.
Reggie Thackston, who is the project leader for the state’s bobwhite quail restoration project and the DNR private lands program manager, and Julie Robbins, Southwest Georgia supervisor for the Wildlife Resources Division’s game management section, said the sate’s bobwhite quail population has declined by more than 85 percent since the 1960s because of changes in the landscapes due in part from farming and forestry practices over the years. FULL STORY