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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

December 22, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A tough economy has many pet owners willing to part with man's best friend.

The Albany Humane Society says they've had triple the number of pets typically turned in over the last several months. They believe in many of the cases the economy is to blame, but aren't sure because not everyone is honest about why they've brought an animal to the shelter.

"If people don't tell us the truth when they come in, a lot of times people will surrender their own dog, it's obvious it's their own pet and maybe they're just too embarrassed to say, but we can help them and we have been helping some families with some food just trying to keep them in the home," said Donna Strickland, Albany Humane Society.

Shelters say the problem is made worse because they're seeing a drop-off in government funding and charitable donations in conjunction with a smaller pool of potential adopters. Because of that the number of animal that are euthanized has risen. The Albany Humane Society says they'll accept both monetary donations or supplies if people want to help.

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