Backyard Breeders Causing Problems For Local Animal Shelter

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Winnie Wright
July 9, 2014

Lowndes County, GA - According to the Lowndes County Animal Shelter, summer is one of their busiest times.

Two of the causes; breeding season for cats and dogs, and less supervision by pet owners during the warmer months. Paige Dukes, with The Shelter, says they are at capacity. She says every day people turn over unwanted kittens and puppies from illegal backyard breeders.

"The reason we have a shelter here in Lowndes County is because of the back yard breeding that we have. We have an overpopulation problem, which creates a need for the shelter here. We have too many animals at the shelter. If people would be responsible and spay and neuter their pets, then we wouldn't have a need for the shelter", she says.

Dukes also attributes these problems to the high euthanasia numbers in our area.

Unlike the animals that are advertised as "free to a good home", who could be dealing with any number of issues, Dukes says all of the animals at the shelter have been treated by a vet, fixed, and microchipped. They have over 100 animals looking for a good home, and are open Tuesday through Saturday for adoptions.

For more information about adoption or volunteering, call the Lowndes County Animal Shelter at 229-671-2760.