Owner of hit dog yet to respond to authorities

ALBANY -- When animal cruelty calls come in, animal control officers check and at any indication of sickness or injury they take the animals to veterinarians, an Albany Police Department spokeswoman said.

"Our first concern is to ensure the health and safety of the dog," said Phyllis Banks, police spokeswoman. "To do that we make sure the dog is examined by a vet."

The same is true of cats and other pets, Banks said.

A Monday police report on a visit to 1515 Evelyn Ave., the site of a reported cruelty to a black, white and tan border collie, was clarified Thursday by Banks.

The report's timeline of the incident was unclear. Banks straightened it out after speaking with Sherman Capers, the Animal Control supervisor who signed the report.

The dog, which had no tags with her name or rabies information on them, was hit by a car on Sept. 11, Banks said. The call from neighbors to dispatch about the injured dog came on Sept. 12, she added.

"I checked with dispatch, the call came in on Sunday (Sept. 12)," Banks said. "Animal control responded the same day."

After seeing the border collie's "pelvis fracture and severe swelling to her posterior region" an animal control agent took the dog to a veterinarian for diagnosis the same day.

It wasn't good. "Because of the severity of its injuries" the border collie was euthanized.

While all this was happening, police were trying to reach the owners of the dog, but couldn't get a response from anyone who may have been at home in the residence.

An agent "left a warning note on the front door (9/12) advising the owners to call me and that their dog had been injured. I went back on 9/13/10 to make contact," the report stated.

"My warning note from 9/12/10 was gone," the report added. There was still no answer to the door at the residence.

Another warning note was left advising that the agent would "come back each day until I made contact with them concerning this matter."

When contact is made, the owners of the dog face charges of an animal running at large, not wearing a valid rabies tag and inhumane treatment of an animal, the report stated.

Another report filed the same day in an unrelated case stated Jenny Mae Belyea, 22, was arrested for cruelty to an animal on the 1400 block of East Roosevelt Avenue.

The report stated, an animal control agent arrived at Beleya's residence and observed "a small dog (pit bull) that was badly injured, sick and malnourished in the rear of the residence."

No mention of what happened to the dog was in the report. Banks said that the dog was taken to a veterinarian, diagnosed and put down.

"The dog had no tags," Banks said. "We had no way to know its name."

Upset by cruelty to pets, Lynn Kennedy, a member of the Albany commission crafting a cat ordinance, said she wants everyone to know the numbers to call.

"Animal control will come out any time to help," Kennedy said. "They come out on weekends, too."

The phone numbers, according to the website albany.ga.us, for the city of Albany and Dougherty County's Animal Control are (229) 431-2132 or 911.