Lubbock, TX (KCBD) - A local animal shelter says it has been overwhelmed by people dumping unwanted animals near their property. There is a process to take in dogs, and the folks at The Haven say it is not that they don't want to take care of all the animals, but the additional dogs dumped there are stretching their non-profit budget.
They are usually just dumped with no explanation. A litter of new pups were left in a ditch in the middle of the night, and one dog was tossed over the fence and another tied to the gate. "In about a week and a half we have had 20 dogs dumped," said Elizebeth Calliet, who works at The Haven, a non-profit no kill animal shelter. "I think that they think we have unlimited money for the animals."
Haven owner Dr. Brenda Wilbanks, a family counselor, keeps the shelter a float. "I think money is a problem. The economy is a problem and they get desperate and they take their animals to a shelter and just hope they make it there," said Dr. Wilbanks about what she calls a problem. She believes many shelters are overwhelmed.
Dr. Wilbanks says what people don't realize is the expense associated with vet bills, medicine, food and spay & neuter. "We are a shelter and people think because we have an empty pen we can take them. But I'm concerned about whether or not I have the staff."
"I couldn't tell you. I don't understand why they dump their animals on other people. I guess out of sight, out of mind," said Calliet.
The Haven hopes people will try to find a home for their animals before abandoning them. They suggest posting pictures of your pets online or asking friends if they know someone who would be interested in taking the animal.
"When you take in more than you can handle you are doing a disservice to the animals," said Dr. Wilbanks who is thinking about overnight security to keep people from dropping dogs off, but says that would take resources away from the animals already there.