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Animal Control overflowing with unwanted pets
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Marsha is a sweet cat currently nursing a litter of kittens. She and her babies are available for pre-adoption. Cats are $77 to adopt, which covers the cost of their rabies vaccination and mandatory spay or neuter surgery.

Animal Control is bursting at the seams following a week filled with unwanted animals being dumped around the county.

Animal Control director Sherri Bradley revealed that, as of Thursday afternoon at closing hours, the facility has 30 dogs and 47 cats in its care. Of these animals, all are in-house with the exception of seven cats that are currently being housed with a foster. 

Kennels for dogs were all full, some doubled up by utilizing the indoor and outdoor kennel chutes, and the cat area had been expanded into what normally serves as the infirmary for sick cats due to space restraints. 

Eleven of the dogs in their care had come in on Wednesday alone as part of a pending neglect case while two dogs were the sole survivors of an ongoing animal abuse case that involved a partial litter of puppies being dumped.

“This is the direct result of people not being responsible and getting their animals fixed,” said Bradley. “Dumping animals is against the law, and people can be prosecuted for doing it. There was no reason for animals to be dumped or neglected in this area as we have many rescues who will do whatever they can to help people who find themselves with animals they can’t care for.”

Bradley reminds the public that they keep a list of rescues on their Facebook page, or the public can reach out to them for more information. She and her staff are happy to help direct them to a facility that can help. She also indicated that activism within the community is important as well.

“If you see someone dumping animals, try to get their license plate number,” Bradley advised. “If we can get a plate, we can get that much closer to finding people who are doing these things.”

Those interested in volunteering or fostering for Warren County Animal Control and Adoption Center can contact them at 507-3647 for more information. Applications to volunteer can be received at the Administrative Building and must be notarized prior to being submitted.