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Students, teachers save abandoned dogs
Students, teachers save abandoned dogs

COVINGTON, Ga. -- A stray dog has a wonderful new home after being rescued by students and teachers at Newton College and Career Academy.

Two teachers -- agriculture instructor Marcus Pollard and fashion design instructor Heather Fuller -- and University of Georgia student teacher Kayleigh Plummer spotted three dogs wandering near the school entrance. The faculty members brought the dogs inside to veterinary science teacher Beth Galloway's classroom, where students washed them.

The dogs were then taken to a vet's office, where professionals determined two of them were too injured or ill 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, because it was apparent that they had been badly mistreated," Galloway said.

The third dog, nicknamed Eleana, was treated for parasites, hookworms and a hernia at Oak Hill Animal Hospital in Covington. Her matted fur cut off the circulation to one of her paws, so the paw was amputated.

Michelle McGowan, a parent at Alcovy High School, paid Eleana's medical bills and helped to place her in the care of Mutts & More, a Conyers-based animal rescue group.

"I'm very proud of the teachers and students who saw three dogs in need and immediately stepped forward to help," Newton College and Career Academy principal James Woodard said. "(Eleana) now has a new chance at a happy life ... That's not a bad way to start the school year."

Vets believed Eleana is a 2- or 3-year-old Shih Tzu.