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Animal control units have gone to the dogs

By Brandi Hodges - bio | email

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Everybody who helps animals is seeing a huge increase of abandoned puppies. Different agencies who take in stray and surrendered animals are experiencing an overflow of dogs into their kennels. 

"We have experienced a dramatic increase in puppies," said Sgt. Larry Rogers, Supervisor at Jonesboro Animal Control.  "Right now we are over capacity.  We are well over capacity."

It's a problem other shelters are also experiencing.

"I really think that some of them are actually Christmas puppies that people have gotten and don't want anymore and so they're throw-away's," said Rogers.

Rogers said puppy season doesn't usually kick in until closer to spring but they are seeing more and more puppies!  This week alone the Northeast Arkansas Human Society has taken in a couple of litters of puppies!

"Due to the economy and everything, the more pets that people have being non-spayed and non-neutered then we're having this problem with the puppies and they have to get rid of them somehow," said Rogers.

When they come to shelters like the humane society or animal control they try to get them adopted out!  When they have an overflow of animals like this they'll contact other shelters in other parts of the country.  One litter of puppies is going to a shelter in Wisconsin.  However, not every puppy is as lucky.

"We can't save all of them.  There's not the room and not the space," said Rogers.

And at some point they have to do something which means euthanizing some of the dogs.

"This is a point that we have to start doing it and they're good dogs," said Rogers.

Rogers said too many have had to go down because they have too many coming in.  It's a constant battle for beds at the humane society too.  Brandelle Lounsbery said they ask people to hold onto animals if they can until some space becomes available.

"Whatever we adopt out is what we take in so if we can adopt five out then we can take five more in," said Lounsbery.

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