Officials from Duluth-based Planned PEThood of Georgia recently found themselves in the spotlight when they got a visit from a pair of state legislators who dropped by to deliver a resolution from the Georgia House of Representatives that praised the group’s work with animals.

The resolution was introduced in the House by Reps. Pedro Marin, Brooks Coleman and Tom Rice. Marin and Coleman, along with Duluth City Councilman Jim Dugan, personally delivered the honor to officials at Planned PEThood’s office on March 3 and posed for pictures with the group’s live mascot, a cat named Biscuit.

“Planned PEThood provides high-quality, high-volume, low-cost surgeries for dogs and cats to prevent unwanted litters and affordable monthly walk-in clinics that provide exams and vaccines to keep pets healthy,” the resolution states. “And whereas, Planned PEThood places homeless pets with foster families and gives the pets premium health care and socialization before finding them permanent homes; on average, this organization rescues and finds homes for 600 animals per year.”

Planned PEThood Executive Director Elizabeth Burgner explained that the resolution came about after Marin brought his own pet in for help from the staff.

“He was very impressed with the services we provided to the community and asked if we wouldn’t mind it if he introduced a resolution that recognized our work,” Burgner said.

The organization has a staff of 10 people but has several volunteers who help the employees with the group’s work. It also recently merged with a pet rescue group in a move that allowed it to begin offering pet adoptions, Burgner said.

Planned PEThood is located at 2860 Buford Highway, Building F, Suite 2, in Duluth.

Isakson opposes

closing of

Guantanamo Bay

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., supported a pair of resolutions this week that call on the government to continue using the Guantanamo Bay military detention facility to house captured resistance fighters.

Both resolutions are in response to President Barack Obama’s Feb. 23 announcement that he planned to close the detention facility. The other resolution reiterates Congress’ opposition to closing the facility.

Another calls for the facility to be used to house fighters with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, which is also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, ISIL and ISIS. Isakson’s office said it is likely that U.S. forces will likely capture more of the group’s fighters as they continue to fight them in the Middle East.

“Our number one priority should be keeping our homeland safe and secure from the threat of radical terrorists, including those from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant,” Isakson said in a statement. “Unfortunately, the president appears more focused on releasing terrorists to fulfill his political promise to close Guantanamo Bay prison than on going after the very terrorists he should be sending there.

“We must continue to utilize this critical detention facility in the fight against global terrorism. We must keep those who wish to do us harm off the battlefield and especially off of American soil.”

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

I'm a Crawford Long baby who grew up in Marietta and eventually wandered to the University of Southern Mississippi for college. Earned a BA in journalism (double minor in political science and history). Previously worked in Florida and Clayton County.

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