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A Year on Tram Road: Animal Dumping Still Exists

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One year ago, News 13 uncovered heartbreaking discoveries of animal cruelty and abandonment off Tram Road in Bay County.

Cats and dogs were left starving or dead and some were physically abused.

In the year that's followed, strides have been taken to end this abuse, but has it been enough?

The days have grown longer and harder for animal rescuer, Lori Brown. She says not much has changed.

"Right where we started…people still dump animals every single day," she said.

Paw prints still line the soft dirt road; a chilling reminder that animals still roam the rural area.

For Brown, it's been a year of hard discoveries. She's found dog skeletons left in dog food bags and cats drowned in the creek. She said they never had a chance.

Perhaps the saddest thing for Brown was found when she arrived for our interview, Tuesday.

Sitting on the side of the road was a dog bed with a food supply. Pet hair was still on the sheet, but no animal in sight.

"I drive by here and I see a dog bed and dog food, they cared enough to bring his bed, but not enough to bring him to a shelter," said an emotional Brown.

The issue hasn't gone unnoticed by Bay County and animal rights groups.

"Operation Spay Bay" is in the process of opening a low cost spay neuter clinic; something they call a "milestone" in the fight against animal overpopulation.

Bay County Commissioner, George Gainer said there's still a misconception among residents that keep people dumping their pets.

"The big thing is so many people in Bay County don't know where the animal control facility is and they think it's just to go put an animal to sleep. That's not the case at all," said Gainer.

At Tuesday's Commission meeting, Gainer brought up the topic of animal oversight and adoption.

He hopes that greater Animal Control visibility will encourage people to drop off unwanted pets rather than dump them

"You can call us, we'll come get it, we can do whatever we need to do for the best interest of that animal and the people of Bay County," said Gainer.

Until then, Brown walks the rural road daily, like so many in our area seeing animal dumping.

"It's the closest road to nowhere," said Brown.

Brown has founded "Bay Wilderness Dogs in Need," a Facebook page dedicated to rescuing animals left for dead off Tram Road.

You can find the link here:

https://www.facebook.com/BayCountyWildernessDogRescue