Seasonal overcrowding threatens Gaston Co. shelter dogs

Seasonal overcrowding threatens Gaston Co. shelter dogs



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Posted on July 23, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 23 at 6:00 PM

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. -- A viewer reached out to NBC Charlotte trying to get help for dozens of animals packed in the Gaston County Animal Shelter. The viewer saw a post about dozens of cats and dogs at the animal shelter that were set to be put down because of overcrowding.

Emma, a yellow lab mix, is one of the lucky ones.

“We keep an eye on it for dogs, that are Golden Retrievers, that we can help,” said Dina Wells, who drove from Spartanburg to Gaston County to save the dog.

Dina wells drove from Spartanburg to help. She's part of a rescue group that’s actually based in Atlanta.

“We decided to take her and help her because she needs help,” she said.

Tuesday morning, an urgent message went out on Facebook: 60 dogs and cats were on the list to be euthanized.

Animal Control Supervisor, Steve Hay, says he’s grateful for the attention.

“We’re all for getting every animal out, and whatever it takes to do it, we’re all for it.”

The shelter works with dozens of rescue groups in the area and across the country every day.

Because volunteers came forward, only ten the 60 were put down.

Hay explained, “Rescue groups or citizens can put holds on, and when the euthanasia list comes up for that day, those on hold will be pushed to the side and will not be euthanized.”

This time of year is especially tough.

Many shelters are at or near capacity because more kittens and puppies are born in the summer and more are abandoned.

“At the end of the school year, lines start to double and the people, for whatever reason, donate their animals because they’re going on vacation,” Hay said.

The solution, simple he says, is spaying and neutering pets.

Anyone interested in possibly adopting a pet can see dogs and cats available in Gaston county here.