New sign warns owners of consequences at Lubbock Animal Shelter - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

New sign warns owners of consequences at Lubbock Animal Shelter

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Jolynn Payne, vice-president, South Plains SPCA Jolynn Payne, vice-president, South Plains SPCA
Kia Riemath, assistant director, Lubbock Animal Services Kia Riemath, assistant director, Lubbock Animal Services
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Lubbock Animal Services has posted a new sign, warning owners of the consequences if they turn over their animals.

"We have so many dogs that are owner surrendered, which means owners sign over their animals. With them being owner surrendered they're usually the first to be euthanized if the shelter runs out of space," Jolynn Payne, vice-president of South Plains SPCA, says.

The assistant director of Lubbock Animal Services, Kia Riemath, says she hopes people will think twice about surrendering their animals after seeing the sign.

The sign was placed at the Lubbock Animal Services on Wednesday, and as Riemath and Payne explain, it's for a good reason.

"Give all of the citizens a different option, let them know that this is a possibility," Riemath says. "They can try and re-home it, they can try to put it on the animal friendly posts, now with social media, that's everywhere."

Riemath says just this year alone, 3,522 animals have been euthanized, which is almost half of the total number of calls animal services responded to.

"We try and save as many as we can, realistically, we can't save every animal," Riemath says.

And, that's where the South Plains SPCA tries to step-in, along with several other local rescues, who are a part of the "Friends of Lubbock Animal Services" group.

"If the animals back there can stay healthy, then we can in turn, all of these rescues start pulling animals from up here, which will decrease the euthinization rates," Payne says.

But Payne says the issue is finding people willing to help foster animals.

"We don't want it to be easy on them, we want them to know that the consequences of their animal possibly coming up here, happening," she says. "And so, if they double think and go, ah I don't want this to happen to my dog, then, maybe they'll turn around, walk out that door and then let us try to help them."

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