Injured boy gets support (and new bike) from Harlem reps

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – Representatives from the Burke County Sheriff’s Office send their best wishes to dog abuse victim Justin Gilstrap as he continues to receive the support of CSRA and around the world.

Meanwhile, 11-year-old Justin has more surgery today and a local business is raising money to help him and his family today.

On Wednesday, deputies went to Children’s Hospital of Georgia to greet him and bring him some goodies, including a new bike.

Justin was biking along Langston Avenue in Columbia County on Jan. 1 when three dogs attacked him. 6. Bulldog Euthanized afterwards, as did other dogs of the same ownerWho is Justin’s family sued earlier this week.

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When Berke County deputies visited at the hospital, Justin wasn’t able to see them in person, but his mother FaceTimed him so the deputies could talk to him.

They let Justin know that Sheriff Alfonzo Williams named him deputy honorary in Berkes County and brought him a badge.

“Justin, we have your back and want you to know how strong you are,” the deputies said in a Facebook post. “You get it! Come and see us when you’re all better, we’d love to see you!”

Representatives from the Burke County Sheriff's Office send their best wishes to the victims of the dog beating...
A representative from the Burke County Sheriff’s Office sends his best wishes to dog abuse victim Justin Gilstep as he continues to receive support from CSRA and around the world.(contribute)

Justin will be at Augusta Hospital for some time, and he has other surgery to do, possibly in Atlanta.

Despite the obstacles in front of him, Justin Demonstrated resilience and optimism inspired many sparked massive support.

Among the supporters is the owner of Main Street Treats at 170 N. Louisville St. in Harlem.

The company expects a large crowd to support Justin at today’s event from 3:30 to 8:30 pm. A portion of proceeds from today’s sale will go to Justin and his family.

The business owner is connected to Justin through being a teacher at Euchee Creek, where Justin went to school.

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