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

Agriculture teacher, Marcus Pollard, along with University of Georgia student teacher, Kayleigh Plummer, and Fashion Design teacher, Heather Fuller, were able to retrieve the dogs and immediately took them to the classroom of Beth Galloway, Veterinary Science teacher at NCCA.  Students assisted in washing the animals and Newton High School’s FFA Vice President, Ashley Vilmenoy, used her dog grooming skills to clip the animals. Ashley 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 the animals 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,” said Galloway, “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 dog, a 2-3 year old shiatsu now named Eleana, was also spayed at the hospital.

There was a happy ending to Eleana’s story as Alcovy High School parent Michelle McGowan stepped forward to not only pay for the dog’s expenses but also find a rescue group to help rehabilitate the dog. Eleana is now in the loving 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.”

For more information, contact Ms. Beth Galloway at