Lo­cal stu­dents, teach­ers res­cue aban­doned dogs

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Teach­ers and stu­dents at New­ton Col­lege and Ca­reer Academy (NCCA) joined forces last week to res­cue three aban­doned dogs who were found wan­der­ing the area of the school en­trance, and school per­son­nel were fear­ful they were in dan­ger of be­ing hit by a ve­hi­cle.

Mar­cus Pol­lard, an agri­cul­ture teacher, Kayleigh Plum­mer, a Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia stu­dent teacher, and Heather Pol­lard, a fashion de­sign teacher, re­trieved the dogs and im­me­di­ately took them to Beth Gal­loway’s class­room, a vet­eri­nary science teacher at NCCA. Stu­dents helped to wash the an­i­mals, and Ash­ley Vil­menoy, New­ton High School’s FFA vice pres­i­dent, used her dog groom­ing skills to clip them. Vil­menoy has a dog groom­ing busi­ness that is also her FFA Su­per­vised Agri­cul­ture Ex­pe­ri­ence.

Be­cause the dogs needed fur­ther treat­ment, they were sent to pro­fes­sional vet­eri­nary care fa­cil­i­ties. Two of the dogs went to a clinic in Mon­roe, where, un­for­tu­nately, the ve­teri­nar­ian de­ter­mined they were too far gone to save.

“I told the stu­dents that they should be happy that the dogs were shown love and care at the end of their lives,” Gal­loway said, “be­cause it was ap­par­ent that they had been badly mis­treated.”

The third dog was taken to Oak Hill An­i­mal Hos­pi­tal in Cov­ing­ton, where she was treated for a her­nia, par­a­sites and hook worms. She also had one paw am­pu­tated be­cause it had lost all cir­cu­la­tion due to mat­ted fur. The 2- or 3-year-old shih tzu, now named Eleana, was also spayed at the hos­pi­tal.

Eleana’s story had a happy end­ing. Al­covy High School par­ent Michelle McGowan stepped for­ward to not only pay for Eleana’s ex­penses but also find a res­cue group to help re­ha­bil­i­tate the dog. Eleana is now in the hands of Mutts and More, or­ga­nized by Lori Todd.

“I’m very proud of the teach­ers and stu­dents who saw three dogs in need and im­me­di­ately stepped for­ward to help,” said NCCA prin­ci­pal James Woodard. “Although two of the dogs did not sur­vive, they were shown love and af­fec­tion at the end of their lives. The third dog now has a new chance at a happy life, and that was all pos­si­ble to our teach­ers and stu­dents. That’s not a bad way to start the school year.”

Sub­mit­ted photo /The Cov­ing­ton News

(From top) Eleana be­fore; (left) Eleana af­ter

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