New fines set for leaving animals in cars

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JASPER, Ga. – The Jasper Police Department is asking the city for more guidance and direction on its cruelty to animals ordinance as the agenda item came up this week during the council’s meeting.

According to Lonnie Waters of the City of Jasper, the city has already received calls this year about animals locked in vehicles in the heat of the day. This issue was addressed last year with an amendment to regulate this action if the outside temperature is over 70 degrees.

Wanting wording to add fines to a  maximum to the violation of this amendment, the police were seeking the council’s input and approval to make an addition saying, “A violation of section 14-12 shall carry of maximum penalty of a fine of…” With no specific amount set in their proposal, the city was left to set a maximum.

Jasper Mayor John Weaver asked the council to set a fine with regards to the differences between city and superior courts saying, “I think we should allow people to plead guilty to a Cruelty to Animals by leaving in the car when they run into the Walmart, so that we can deal with them in the courts of Jasper, Georgia, instead of making it so extensive that they don’t want to deal with us. They want to take it to Superior Court.”

The city approved a motion to set fines at $50 for first offense, $100 for second offense, and $150 for third offense. With this new addition, citizens who may make a mistake of this nature will face the $50 fine for violation. However, repeat offenders will face harsher fines.

Extreme cases and death of animals are separated according to Police Chief Greg Lovell who said during the meeting that animal deaths would still require their own response.

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Dog bit by rabid raccoon in Talking Rock

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Talking Rock, Ga – The North Georgia Health District, district office of the Georgia Department of Public Health, is warning citizens in both Pickens and Gilmer Counties to be aware of potentially rabid animals in the Talking Rock area.

The official statement by the office only reports of a dog bite sometime on September 4. While the raccoon was found and sent for testing, a positive return has officials in an alerted state. Since the animal has already been recovered, Gilmer County Environmental Health officials are simply urging pet owners to vaccinate their animals as it saved this dog’s life. He is currently under observation at home.

According to Andrea Mathis, county environmental health manager, there was no human exposure to the raccoon. She went on to say, “It’s imperative to maintain rabies vaccinations in our pets, not only for their protection, but to protect ourselves and our families from rabies. Once our pets are exposed to rabies, they can expose us, and rabies is virtually 100 percent fatal if not treated before symptoms begin.”

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Gilmer County Environmental Health officials are urging residents to ensure pets are vaccinated against rabies after a Talking Rock dog was bitten by a rabid raccoon.

The raccoon fought with the dog outside a home in the Ruby Ridge Drive/Highway 136 area of Talking Rock near the Gilmer-Pickens County Line on September 4th.

The raccoon was shipped for testing to the Georgia Public Health Laboratory and the positive rabies results have now been reported to the Gilmer County Environmental Health office.

According to Andrea Mathis, county environmental health manager, there was no human exposure to the raccoon, and since the dog was currently vaccinated against rabies, it only required a booster shot and at-home observation for 45 days.

“It’s imperative to maintain rabies vaccinations in our pets, not only for their protection, but to protect ourselves and our families from rabies,” said Mathis. “Once our pets are exposed to rabies, they can expose us, and rabies is virtually 100 percent fatal if not treated before symptoms begin.”

An opportunity to get rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats at the reduced cost of $10.00 will be at the Fall Vaccines Clinic hosted by VCA Animal Appalachian Animal Hospital on September 29th. Other vaccines will be offered, as well. Please click on the attached flyer below to view various times and locations of the clinic that are being held throughout Gilmer County.

To learn more about rabies and how to protect against the disease, call the local county environmental health office. The number for Gilmer County Environmental Health is (706) 635-6050.

Additional rabies information is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at www.cdc.gov/rabies.

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Would You Know How to Perform CPR on Your Pet? Watch the Training Video by Mountain Emergency Animal Center

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Mountain Emergency Animal Center is a outstanding emergency vet clinic located in Blue Ridge, GA. They have a full surgical room, ICU kennels, a blood bank, and they keep anti venom on hand at all times. They are fully equipped to deal with any medical emergency your pet may have.

In this video they do a CPR training to show you exactly what you would need to do if your pet goes into cardiac arrest. This is great information for any pet owner.

Mountain Emergency Animal Center

Serving the Tri-State Area (GA, NC, TN)
Call us at 706-632-7879

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Pet emergencies, like human ones, can happen anytime. Your pet’s injuries and illnesses may require immediate attention.

Pet Safety on the 4th of July!

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Clyde – Pet of the Week

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PCAS CLYDE kissing banditMeet Clyde, one of Pickens County’s Most Wanted Pets.
Clyde was a known accomplice of the infamous Bonnie, a former Pickens County most wanted that was recently adopted.
Clyde is 1 year old, very lovable, approximately 40 pounds, neutered, with no known distinguishing scars or tattoos.
Bonnie and Clyde served time for stealing hearts and dispensing affection without a permit or prior warning.
He is likely to re-offend but Clyde has expressed a readiness to settle down and not raise a family of his own.
If your family would like to adopt this cuddly criminal and help him assimilate back into mainstream society please bring $90 bail to the address below.

Visit the web site below for a complete list of Pickens County furry felons.
http://www.petango.com/PickensCountyAnimalControl
Pickens County Animal Shelter
3563 Camp Road
Jasper Ga. 30143
(706)253-8983
Hours- Tues thru Fri 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Sat 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

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Buck – Pet of the Week

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FullSizeRenderLadies do you have a soft spot for the strong silent type? Would you like a man that smothers you in affection and hangs on your every word, yet knows what it means to “just cuddle”?

65 pound, fully vetted Buck is your man. Buck will hardly notice that bikini sun bathing floozy next door and he’ll relish every meal you make, even if it’s burnt.

Yes ladies, Buck is the faithful, true blue, country fella of your dreams.

Get to Pickens County Animal Shelter before this one gets away……like that cute Proctologist your momma tried to set you up with last year.

Visit http://www.petango.com/PickensCountyAnimalControl to meet all of the PCAS available bachelors.
Pickens County Animal Shelter
3563 Camp Road
Jasper Ga. 30143
(706)253-8983
Hours- Tues thru Fri 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Sat 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

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Randy’s Last Dance – Pet of the Week

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pcas-randyRandy is running out of time.

5 year old Randy is a very trainable, very muscular boy with a big heart. He was surrendered to a kill shelter because his owner passed away. Randy cannot be adopted in this county due to a breed restrictive ban. Randy is not good with cats or kids. But he is house trained and knows the sit command.

Randy needs an experienced, firm, and patient hand to give him a second chance. Randy is free to qualified adopters & rescues. A local charity, Partners of Pickens Pets, has offered to pay for Randy’s spay surgery if he is adopted.

Randy’s time is limited. Please spread the word. Please rescue Randy before his time runs out.

Pickens County Animal Shelter
3563 Camp Road
Jasper Ga. 30143

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Pet of the Week, Boo

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Boo the 2 year old, 50 pound, bulldog mix was brought to PCAS after his military veteran owner passed away suddenly.

It is obvious that Boo spent a lot of time with his best friend and was well trained.

A certified dog trainer/behavior consultant concluded that Boo may do well with kids, other dogs, cats, or even as a possible service/therapy dog.

Boo is a dog that will give his new owner far more than he receives.

 

Note: Pickens County residents are not allowed to adopt this fine dog due to breed restrictions set in place by your Commissioner Jones.
Visit http://www.petango.com/PickensCountyAnimalControl to see all of the available animals at:
Pickens County Animal Shelter
3563 Camp Road
Jasper Ga. 30143
(706)253-8983

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