AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF)- Two weeks ago, NewsChannel 6 told you the story of an Augusta man in a wheelchair who was having trouble with his neighbors’ dogs, which he said kept getting into his yard and interfering with his mobility. After an outpouring of support from viewers, his fence has been fixed to keep the dogs out.
He says every day for the past five years, he had to deal with his neighbors’ many dogs escaping into his yard and tripping him up, making a mess in his yard, and interfering with his independence.
“This was affecting my life, you know going to work, going to church,” Jarrett said. “My church is right across the street from me, and I couldn’t even get over there because I was fighting the dogs.”
He says he tried everything, reaching out to his neighbors, animal control, even 911. He says his complaints fell on deaf ears. Finally, he called NewsChannel 6.
“If you fight with your words, trust me, you can definitely get somewhere,” he said.
He says he’s been overwhelmed by support from viewers.
“After that, I kept getting calls from family members, people at work, people in the community saying how inspiring my story was,” he said.
One viewer, Victor Loftiss, even fixed the holes in the fence.
“It was like he was God-sent,” Jarrett said. “I even I asked him– I said, ‘Look man, how much do I owe you?’ He’s like ‘No no no, you don’t owe me anything.'”
Richmond County Animal Services also stepped up. Mr. Jarrett is now taking his neighbors to court this week.
“That took a big burden off of me,” he said. “That took stress off of me. After Mr. Victor came and fixed my fence, I was actually able to come home this week and go in my backyard without worrying about dogs.”
Jarrett says with this story, he wanted to highlight that disabled people’s rights are just as important as anyone’s.
“That’s why I did this- to show people that I am a citizen,” he said. “You know, I am a person.”