People react to dog issues in Burke County


“I just don’t understand why somebody could abuse them or abuse any kind of animal,” said Arlis Hill.

Dog owner Bill Conkright added, “I’m past anger I’m just sad. I want to think better of my fellow human beings.”

According to the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, deputies arrested Dontravis Levines and Reginald McGee at a traffic stop on Highway 24 and Alexander Munnerlyn Road for not stopping at a stop sign. Police soon discovered a pit bull looking dog was in the trunk of their car.

“It’s sad but there’s a lot of that stuff going on around here. I just hate it because dogs shouldn’t be treated that way,” said Conkright.

Deputies also determined right before they stopped the suspects abandoned another dog.

“I hope it’s not true. From what you had told me about the pit bulls it’s a shame that people would abuse them,” said Hill. 

Back in June, NewsChannel 6 told you about how local volunteers were frustrated about not having an animal shelter in Burke County. 

Housekeeper at Burke Medical Center Joann Whitfield thinks Burke County has an issue with animals being abandoned. She would like to see change.

“Get a shelter for the animals. That’s the best solution for me,” said Burke.

Hill noted, “This county has enough money coming in from Vogtle, taxpayers and so forth they need to do something with it.”

Fortunately, the dogs they have both been placed in foster care and will be examined by a veterinarian.

“I just hope someone adopts the two pit bulls and takes care of them, gives them a good home,” added Hill.

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