Humane society takes in more dogs after officer's death

Humane society takes in more dogs after officer's death

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - The Blytheville Humane Society is mourning the loss of the city's only Animal Control Officer, Terri Gaines.

Volunteers with the shelter said Thursday Gaines helped in any way she could at the humane society.

It came down to life or death for 16 dogs that Gaines left behind. The Humane Society cooperated with the city and instead of euthanizing the animals they took on the task of caring for them.

But with an already packed house 16 more dogs puts the Humane Society in a financial bind.

Volunteer Lisa Childers said the city can't help with funding right now for the dogs and things like medical costs, food, and upkeep need to be paid for.

Childers said they need help with the sudden responsibility now in their hands.

"We are passed our capacity and adding 16 more dogs and the workers to take care of them are pushing our budget to the breaking point," Childers said.

Childers said the dogs have been examined and are being prepared for adoption.

Anyone interested in making a donation to the shelter can contact the Humane Society at 870-838-5512

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