Humane department struggles to pay for abandoned animals

Humane department facing issues

KENNETT, MO (KAIT) - The Kennett Humane Department continues to deal with overcrowding issues.

The department has taken in 364 dogs so far this year, and if the trend continues, they'll have over 1,000 take-ins in 2016.

Most of the dogs have a wide variety of medical needs.

When the dogs are brought in, the humane department has to cover the cost of donations.

Because of the high drop-off numbers, Tina Petix, with the department, said they are struggling to pay for the animals' needs.

"One week, we transported out, I think it was 36 dogs," Tina Petix said. "Within seven days, we were right back where we started; we can never catch a break. It's continual."

Petix added that they were working on a grant in hopes to get a low-cost spay and neuter program in Kennett to lessen the number of abandoned animals.

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