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November 11--  The lack of spay-neuter laws in the area leads to overpopulation of dogs and cats and the practice of dumping animals on the side of the road.

{mosimage}For the second time in two years, David and Patti Winge have found puppies near their home on Ferguson Road in Montgomery County.  This time they rescued a litter of six which they took to Dr. Chuck Faulk at Four Rivers Veterinary Clinic.

"They were all rail skinny, covered in fleas and full of hookworms.  Five of them, once we got them dewormed and seen to, started bouncing back immediately.  One little girl was having some pretty major issues and starting seizuring and we were really afraid we were going to lose her.  Fortunately, she's turned around," Dr. Faulk reports.

A passer-by took the tag number of the person who left the puppies and Montgomery County Deputy Sheriff Justin Fountain is investigating under the county's nuisance law which prohibits the abandonment of animals.

Sheriff Ladson O'Connor says it's an all-too-frequent occurrence.

"It was an exception that somebody actually picked them up and took them to the vet.  Most people are like me.  I've had them thrown out at my house and they wind up homesteading.  We really don't have a lot of options for the dogs and animals around here," he reports.

In David Winge's opinion, "People are just crazy for dumping them off.  Cruel, just cruel, no heart."

And Dr. Faulk thinks increased enforcement could help the situation.

"I think if they could make an example of some of the folks who are doing this, I think the word would get out and it would make a big difference," he says.

{mosimage}Jazmin Walker and Dr. Faulk with the little girl who bounced back from near death after being abandoned in a cage with her littermates on a dirt road in Montgomery County.  They named her Matilda meaning "Strength in Battle."