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Dogs rescued from being euthanized

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A dog at the Hartford Animal Shelter in Bloomfield. (WFSB photo) A dog at the Hartford Animal Shelter in Bloomfield. (WFSB photo)
BLOOMFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

Dogs that were dangerously close to being euthanized at an animal shelter in Bloomfield have been adopted.

The Hartford Animal Shelter said it recently took in too many strays, but, as of Friday, the dogs in danger of being put down had found homes.

"We're no longer full," said Sherry DeGenova, Hartford animal control. "I was here until about 8:30 [Thursday] night and adopted seven dogs into homes."

Earlier this week, the shelter's dog population grew from just four dogs to 20 dogs in just two days

DeGenova said she has committed homes for another eight.

"We still have a couple left for adoption," she said. "It's not just a one time deal around here or at any shelter. People need to realize."

DeGenova said it's all about spreading the word through social media.

"If you can't adopt, share the dog [on Facebook] with 500 of your friends," she said. "That's social media."

Earlier in the week, the shelter was at capacity and a few dogs were in danger of being euthanized. Eyewitness News followed the story from the beginning.

"[They were] running loose on the street, tied behind buildings, and they [were] all owned at some point," DeGenova said. "Half of these dogs have collars on. Someone actually cared for these dogs at some point."

In a 48-hour period, they had 12 dogs come into the shelter. The dogs were found tied to trees and left in parks. 

The shelter said it had some false hope when the Tyler Regional Shelter in South Windsor stepped up to try and help, but it learned that it can't because it's coping with a case of the parvovirus.

The virus a highly contagious and potentially deadly to dogs.

DeGenova said each spring, shelters do fill up a little. This year, however, it was exponentially worse for some reason.

The Hartford Animal Shelter essentially reached capacity.

Eyewitness News went to the Tyler Regional Shelter, which serves South Windsor, Manchester and East Hartford. However. the parvovirus case had it under a temporary quarantine.

"It's our job to ensure the safety of those animals that are currently in the pound and to make sure no dogs we collect in the future get ill," said Deputy Chief Scott Custer, South Windsor police. 

As of Friday night, there were five dogs that need homes by next week. 

"Don't forget about us. Don't forget about your local shelters," DeGenova said. "This is an ongoing occurrence. It happens all the time. Not just today." 

For more information, head to the Hartford Animal Shelter's Facebook page here. Adopters can also visit this website.

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