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Local animal shelters experience overcrowding

 June 12, 2006

Americus--Many animal shelters have seen a dramatic increase in animal drop-offs lately.  Since June first, the Sumter County Humane Society has taken in more than 100 animals.

They're running out of room and money to care for them all. The shelter already had to stop a spay and neuter program for low income pet owners because of a lack of money.

Sumter County Commisioners did recently approve $430,000 dollars for a new shelter. Volunteers say it's needed because there's not enough room for all the animals now.

"It's going to make the community more pleasant, safer. You won't have to worry about animals as much roaming the streets," says Michelle Andrews with the Sumter Humane Society.

Every year, more than half of all animals in shelters nationwide are euthanized. If you'd like to adopt a pet at the Sumter County Humane Society, you can call 924-0268.

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