At a hearing on Friday, 5/25, the three teens accused to burning a dog to death made their first court appearance and were told the charges against them, aggravated cruelty to animals. The teens, one 13 and two 14, will be tried as juveniles.

If you’re unfamiliar with this case, you can read the original story here and an update here.

During the hearing, several dozen people trouble by the recent abuse cases, gathered together to march to raise awareness of issues surrounding animal cruelty.

… members of several Middle Georgia animal protection groups participated in a march, including Save A Pet, FURever Friends, All About Animals and Heart of Georgia Humane Society.

Some of the signs they carried read: “They can’t speak but they can suffer,” “Teach your children compassion,” and “Dogs are not disposable.”

“We wanted to express our grief over what happened,” said Donna Conaway, a Heart of Georgia representative.

“When we heard about the dog being burned, we knew we needed to let people know about animal abuse,” said Patricia Corley, a Save A Pet member. The groups’ aim is to educate the public and try to stop animal abuse – in all its various forms.

“It’s going on in Macon and in other small towns,” she said. “It’s happening here, and we need to stop it. … Education is the tool.”

People need to be more protective of their pets and know where they are during the day, she said. “You’ve got to protect them just like you would your children.”

Before they left, the marchers put together a makeshift memorial to the dog next to a tree in the small park. It consisted of flowers and a sign that featured pictures of dogs with the words “In Memory Of All The Nameless Animals That Died At The Hands Of Abusers” in red and black lettering. (Macon.com)

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