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Pima Animal Shelter remains overcrowded in heated summer months

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Posted: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 8:46 am

With around 69 animals being turned in everyday, Pima Animal Care Center is in the midst a big problem as their shelter has reached its maximum.

The shelter has received around 1, 040 animals since the beginning of July and is no longer receiving animals from the public, at this time. Animals that are injured, sick or have behavior problems can no longer be put in a segregated space, causing continual stress, crowded spaces for the animals and a higher chance of spreading sickness to the other animals. There are 233 kennels and 516 dogs occupying those spaces.

“Part of the overcrowding may have always been the problem and now we’re just seeing it, because we really put more emphasis on holding pets longer. Our average stay has almost doubled in this time,” said Animal Care Advocate Justin Gallick.

Pima Animal Care Center is here to help educate the community about animals as well as take care of homeless animals.

Times to hold a dog vary according to the each situation. Pets without a current license are held for three days and pets with a current, permanent license are held for 5 days, according to the state law. PACC sometimes extends the time of stay for the animals in order to help owners come and get their pets, said Gallick.

After the pet is there for an extended period of time, PACC evaluates the physical condition and behavioral habits of the pet in order to determine what the next best step may be.

“We’ll then decide whether to place them up for adoption or see if they can be rehabilitated or if whatever they have going on it’s so severe that the public is at risk those are often euthanized,” said Gallick. “But ultimately are goal here is no suffering.”

PACC is doing everything it can in order to accommodate the pets that they have, but if the problem continues they won’t be able to keep pets as long as they use too. So what is the solution to the problem?

Getting the word out to the public about the situation is one of the best options PACC has, according to Gallick. Pets need to be adopted in order to free up more space. Because of the immediate need for animals to be adopted, PACC is having a $13 fee for the month of July for all animals except special needs, which are free of charge.

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