Webster Co. Animal Care & Control experiencing overcrowding

Webster Co. Animal Care & Control experiencing overcrowding
Published: Jun. 30, 2022 at 9:24 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 1, 2022 at 6:38 PM CDT
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DIXON, Ky. (WFIE) - Webster County Animal Care and Control officials are asking for the community’s help as they are experiencing overcrowding at their facility.

“Honestly we don’t ever keep these kennels full, but we really have no choice,” said Chief Animal Control Officer Aaron Richmond, commenting on the 12 outside kennels at the facility.

With 68 dogs currently being housed and only 52 kennels available, shelter officials have had to make the most of the space they have.

“I would love to send out five or six a week, but we’ve only been trickling out a few,” said Richmond.

Richmond has been at the facility since 2014, back when it was a kill shelter. Richmond says that all changed in 2016, and has been their mission ever since.

The growing number of dogs at the facility is making it harder to keep up with. The facility only has two full-time and two part-time workers.

“We just need to get these dogs out of here,” Richmond said. “We have way too many [dogs].”

Richmond also told 14 News that adoption seekers need to sign a release promising to spay and neuter the dog they adopt. They used to perform the procedure in-house, but with a veterinarian shortage in the county, they can no longer do so.

Even with these obstacles, Richmond wants to make sure that people know the quality of dogs they house at the facility.

“We have so many great dogs here that really need a home,” Richmond said. “If there’s some people out there that have room for a dog and would love to have one, come check us out. We have so many great dogs, we really do.”

The facility has many different breeds and ages available. From one week old to seven years old, people have a wide range to choose from.

“You know everyone wants a small dog, or a certain breed, but just give them a chance,” Richmond said.

If you are interested in adopting or getting in touch with the facility, you can find more information available on their Facebook page.

Those who cannot adopt but still would like to help out are encouraged to donate to Webco Pawsitive Solutions, a non-profit that works directly in connection with the facility.

The shelter encourages all pet owners to spay and neuter their pets.

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