Area animal shelter sees rise in abandoned pets

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“It’s the peak season for animals to be having babies. And, so, all of the shelters in the area are full and I know they have all been full for about the last two months. So, I think that’s why it really prompting the problem to be getting worse,” said Hayley LeGarce, Faithful Friends Adoption Center Director.
 
Legarce says that the problem is people are now dumping animals at the shelter at all hours of the day and night, leaving no information behind.
 
“That people have been bringing animals and leaving them on our door step. Leaving them at our gate. Kind of just puttng them on the property. They’ve been shoving them in the doors. And, so, to try to find a place for them even though we are at our limit,” said LeGarce.
 
She says abandoning pet could get you in trouble with the law.
 
“It’s completely illegal to abandon an animal, and it’s illegal to abandon them anywhere. Leaving them here isn’t any better than leaving them out in the country,” LeGarce explained.
 
Legrace says if you do need to drop off an animal, there is a right way to do it.
 
“There’s a lot of information that we need to know from people before they leave an animal with us. Like, you know, is it healthy? Has it been exposed to anything? Is it aggressive? That when you just throw it into the building or you throw it in to our play yard, that we don’t know what we’re walking into,” said LeGarce.
 
Shelter personnel said some of the neighbors are even complaining as some of the abandoned pets start roaming the streets and yards in close proximity to the shelter. 
 

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