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Two dogs are still wandering in a cotton field off Union Church Road in Byron after being abandoned three months ago.

"They need protection. They need to go to a shelter," Dawn Romeo said.

What these neighbors do know is the two dogs who were abandoned in a cotton field three months ago need help.

"A dog with skeletons, all the bones showing," Romeo said. "They really looked very terrible."

"I feel terrible," James Barbour said. "Not only for the puppies but for the sucker who put them out. I have no sympathy for people who do animals this way."

Dawn Romeo and James Barbour are just some of the neighbors who stop by the cotton field every few days to drop off dog food and water.

But they say time is running out.

"The problem is,when they harvest this cotton, it's going to be barren. They won't have anywhere. They'll just be out in the cold and the rain," Barbour said.

Carol Lentz, a volunteer at the Heart of Georgia Humane Society, says the number of abandoned dogs has been on the rise.

"For the last few years, it's been more and more and it keeps growing," Lentz says.

Lentz says that's because animal shelters are already over-crowded and because less owners are spaying and neutering their pets.

She says it's difficult to tell exactly how many dogs are abandoned each year in the United States.

Neighbors say because Crawford County nor Peach County have animal control divisions, there are few options for them to get the dogs out of the field and into a home.

But they're willing to pitch in.

"If they can come get the animals, we'll give them 100 to 200 dollars to go towards feeding them and taking care of them."

Lentz says animal homelessness would decrease if pet owners were serious about spaying and neutering pets.

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