Animal control officers are rounding up dogs in Hartford faster than they can find them homes.
Hartford's shelter is nearing capacity and that's why officers are desperately asking folks to come in and rescue these pups.
Authorities called it a critical time for man's best friends. There are more than two dozen dogs at the Hartford animal shelter to capacity. Authorities said they are at capacity, which is a very rare happening.
“Right now, what you're going to see is all dogs,” Hartford Police Sgt. Winston Brooks said.
Hartford leases space from this packed shelter in Bloomfield. Any new dogs are being outsourced to other towns. That's why Brooks said it's so important to find them homes immediately.
“It's good to give back to an animal, especially an animal that was abused or left abandoned,” Brooks said.
Christine O'Toole answered that call and adopted a dog on Thursday.
“I just wanted to save him if I could and I've been looking for a really long time to rescue a dog,” O'Toole said. “I didn't want to get a dog from a breeder.”
She came all the way from western Massachusetts to adopt a terrier mix that tugged at her heartstrings. Eyewitness News was there as the two met for the first time.
“I believe in fate, so good things happen when the world is ready,” O'Toole said.
Pitbulls make up a lot of the kennel's population, but the ones at the shelter don't come with the aggressive stereotypes often attached, according to authorities. Brooks said they can make great pets and are ready for new, responsible owners.
“We'll exhaust every effort,” Brooks said. “Once we have that animal, we'll make sure it's in a safe environment.”
O'Toole said she hasn't given her new terrier a name yet, but urges potential owners to step up and save a life.
“It's a big thing. You're basically becoming a mom of a dog or any kind of animal,” O'Toole said. “It's something to be taken seriously.”
Adoption hours do vary, but officers said they are coming in early and staying late, because of the shelter is at capacity.
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