Animals Abandoned At Montgomery Co. Animal Control
by Emily Luxen
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - Montgomery County Animal Control officers said they are saddened and frustrated after three incidents of pet abandonment at their building this week.
The first happened Monday morning when staff members found a cardboard box sitting in front of the shelter, duct taped shut with no air holes. Two dogs were trapped inside. There was also a note included that said "ate my chickens."
Just a few hours later, Director of Montgomery County Animal Control Karen Josephson said a car pulled up to the parking lot, and a woman dumped a box of several newborn kittens, and then threw a Yorkshire Terrier out of the window.
"We were open for business, and this person literally pulled in the parking lot threw nine animals out of her car and took off," said Josephson. "It is shocking that someone would treat an animal that way."
Wednesday, another woman dumped off a crate at the facility with a cat. Staff members said the disturbing trend is putting a strain on the already crowded shelter.
"We get 25 to 30 animals a day," said Josephson. "It is difficult when you consider we only have room for 85 to 90. When this happens, we often have to make a hard decision to euthanize animals."
All of the animals dumped were unharmed and are getting constant love and attention at the shelter. Josephson hopes people will consider bringing them into their homes.
"We have so many animals needing homes. We encourage people to check them out," she said.
Animal Control officers are working with Clarksville police to track down the people responsible for the crimes. Animal abandonment is a $50 misdemeanor in Tennessee.
The animals should be available for adoption next week.