This is one of the large breed dogs that has been dumped by its owner in Webster County to be taken to the pound and left with little to no alternative than being put down because the shelters and the pounds are at max capacity.
There is a misconception that because area animal shelters are no-kill facilities, no animals are put down ever. This idea is false and there is a critical time in between an animal going to a pound and going into rescue where there life is on the line.
The 30 or so kennels at the newly founded Pups and Paws Pound are at max capacity, partly due to the dumping of large breed dogs in the county.
Ashleigh Bogardus, owner of the pound says they have not had to put any animals down since opening in July, but the harsh reality is if there is no room in the pound and the time allotted for an animal is up there may be no other alternative. She and other area animal advocates are asking for the public’s help.
Webster County Animal Protection Officer Kaila Benson says when people call her to collect a stray animal there is no place for her to put animals until a kennel is emptied.
She says the way people can help is by adopting or fostering an animal so there is more room in the shelters and in the pound.
Benson reminds people who are caught dumping their animals that they can be held legally responsible for the animals they abandon.