Adoptable Georgia Dogs for July 22, 2013


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for July 22, 2013

The first two dogs we’re showing you today are repeat visitors, whom we ran about one month ago, but they’re still looking for homes. Flat-coated retrievers are beautiful dogs with wonderful temperaments and make great hunters, family dogs or both.

Jasmine Cartersville Jasmine is a young, adult female Flat-coated Retriever who is ready for her forever family and home; she is available for adoption from the Etowah County Humane Society in Cartersville, Ga. Visit their website at

Ebony CartersvilleEbony is another female, adult Flat-Coated Retriever, who hopes you’ll adopt her from the Etowah Valley Humane Society in Cartersville, Ga. she is available for adoption from the Etowah County Humane Society in Cartersville, Ga. Visit their website at

Benny GoodmanBenny Goodman is a young male Boston Terrier who weighs in at about 17 pounds; he’s available for adoption from Boston Terrier Rescue of East Tennessee, and his foster home is in Cartersville, Ga.


The North Carolina State House of Representatives passed legislation that gives rescue workers explicit authority to break into a car to rescue a pet that is endangered.

The amended animal shelter bill, which now goes to the state Senate, would allow animal control officers, law enforcement officers, firefighters and other rescue workers to enter a vehicle “by any reasonable means” when they suspect an animal is at risk because of heat, cold, inadequate ventilation or other circumstances. It would become law once the governor signs it.

At least 14 states have laws that specifically prohibit leaving an animal in a parked car under inhumane conditions, and most of them allow some kind of officer to use reasonable force to enter the vehicle, according to the Animal Legal & Historical Center at Michigan State University.

[State Rep. Pricey] Harrison had hoped to add North Carolina to that list but her initial legislation failed, and she settled for the provision allowing officers to enter vehicles. The state does address animals in vehicles within its existing animal cruelty statutes, making it a Class 1 misdemeanor to intentionally injure, torment, kill or deprive an animal of sustenance.

Bob Marotto, the director of the Orange County Department of Animal Services, praised the legislation.

“I think that’s a valuable tool for local animal control agencies to have to deal with animals that are in vehicles and distressed,” he said. “Our animal control officers don’t have the explicit power to do that,” and often have to call in police, he said.

Marotto said his department gets about 100 calls about animals in vehicles during the warm-weather months, or about five per week.

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