Dogs left home alone in dirty cages without food, water cause a stir at Augusta apartment complex

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – A local animal rescue organization says an incident at an Augusta apartment complex is an example of problems with Richmond County’s animal regulations.

It started with social media posts about two dogs being left outside in cages in the near-record heat the past few days. A large group showed up at the apartment to check on the dogs. Neighbors say the dogs didn’t have food or water and that their cages were extremely dirty.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office was called out, but deputies said it was an animal control issue. Animal Control said it couldn’t come out until Monday morning. The owners returned home and, after a lengthy conversation with deputies and a heated exchange with the rescue group, were allowed to keep the dogs.

Rescuers say more needs to be done to allow them to help these animals.

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