CLEVELAND COUNTY, N.C. -- It’s a fight to save would-be pets.
Local animal rescue groups worry that new rules at a shelter will mean more animals could be put down.
The Cleveland County Humane Society abruptly stopped handling adoptions for Cleveland Animal Control earlier this week. Now rescue groups worry animals are being out down because of that.
NBC Charlotte was there as volunteers from Clifford’s Army, a Shelby based rescue group, snapped pictures of the dogs at Cleveland County Animal Control in hopes of finding them homes -- and fast.
Among them are several moms and their puppies.
“They have 72 hours basically. That’s as long as they have to hold,” said Deb Hardin, with Clifford’s Army.
The animal control director admits most animals only stay the state required three days because they run out of room -- especially during the summer. And an abrupt change in policy means the rescue groups that usually work to save the animals can't right now.
Hardin said, “The dogs will die before we can get them out of here. If the shelter gets full, they die.”
On Monday the Humane Society that usually handles adoption for Animal Control suddenly stopped doing that, so Cleveland County Animal Control came up with new procedures requiring all rescue groups to go through a new application and approval process.
The folks with Clifford’s Army say they have people all over the country that want to help but suddenly can't.
NBC Charlotte spent all day trying to reach the Animal Control supervisor. Late Thursday afternoon he finally said they are working as fast as they can to get the rescue groups approved again.