KENNETT, MO (KAIT) - The Kennett Humane Department is taking on a new kind of overcrowding.
According to animal control officers, the pound is overcrowded with injured dogs with no animal-neglect suspects being held accountable.
"A lot of them are coming in with things that can be avoided," said Tena Petix, Kennett Humane Department animal control officer. "Many are coming in with mange, injuries from being caught up in cables, injured legs. We just got one with a major injury to the back, which was filled with maggots all the way down to the tail, so now the tail is going to have to be amputated. We aren't sure what happened."
Petix said this has been a growing problem in recent weeks, leaving the pound with animals in need of long-term care.
Some of them need amputations, while others need several rounds of antibiotics before they can be adopted out or shipped to out-of-state rescues.
As the problem continues to grow, so does the need for help.
"We try really hard to get donations in because if not for the donations, they would definitely be just another statistic of euthanasia," said Petix.
The city is responsible for the cost of putting an animal down, but to cover medical care other than euthanasia, the Humane Department relies on donations.