A Hartford animal shelter is dealing with being over capacity after taking in a handful of dogs that were dumped by their owners.
Officials are now faced with the possibility of putting some of them down.
It isn’t something animal control officers want to do and they are hoping they won’t have to, but the dogs need to be adopted as soon as possible.
The dogs had owners up until recently.
“Every one of these dogs have been found as strays. That one right there was dumped in Elizabeth Park, he's neutered. In great shape. Some were tied to trees,” said Animal Control Officer Sherry DeGenova.
A week ago there were only four dogs at Hartford’s Animal Shelter in Bloomfield, but that quickly changed.
“In just 48 hours, we brought 12 news dogs into the shelter. Our capacity down here is 22. We are two cages short of being full,” DeGenova said.
The shelter needs to get at least three dogs adopted by the end of this week.
Since workers rent out the space, they have a time limit on how long they can keep the dogs.
Once they advertise that a dog is adoptable, they have less than two weeks to get it to a rightful owner, or it could be euthanized.
“We have 22 dogs that we need to get out in 10 days,” DeGenova said.
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