The Society of Humane Friends of Georgia was one of four rescue groups that volunteered to help 162 dogs rescued from a home in Rockdale County. The organization took in nine dogs.
Photo: Society of Humane Friends of Georgia
Photo: Society of Humane Friends of Georgia

4 rescue groups step in after more than 160 dogs found in Rockdale home

Authorities received a 911 call about possible dogfighting inside a Rockdale County home Wednesday.

When deputies, animal control and code enforcement officers showed up at the home off Lance Circle, they didn’t find any mistreated animals, but they did find 162 of them.

Rockdale County spokesman Jorge Diez told they found the small dogs being kept inside the house, and none of them were malnourished. A county ordinance, however, restricts the number of pets to five per household.

As a result, the homeowner was cited by code enforcement, meaning she could pay up to a $1,000 fine and spend up to 60 days in jail, Diez said. He said the owner cooperated and voluntarily gave up all but five of the dogs.

He said none of the dogs were spayed or neutered, so they kept having puppies, which is how so many dogs ended up in her home.

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That left the county with 157 dogs to house, which would have overwhelmed Rockdale’s animal shelter. Thankfully, Diez said, several metro Atlanta rescue groups stepped up to house the dogs and find them new homes.

The Society of Humane Friends of Georgia in Lawrenceville, Paws AtlantaPerfect Pet Rescue of Atlanta and Pregnant Dog Rescue in Griffin all assisted to pick up nearly all of the dogs. 

As of Wednesday evening, Diez said only about 20 dogs remained. He said people interested in adopting should reach out to any of the four rescue groups.

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