Abandoned pets fill shelter

By Chuck Weber

BOCA RATON, FL (WFLX)- An epidemic of abandoned pets has an animal shelter bursting at the seams. Tri-County Humane Society, a no-kill facility, near Boca Raton, is full, and has had to turn away people surrendering their animals.

"It's frustrating to have to tell somebody 'we can't take your pet, we don't have the space,'" said Tri-County staffer Susan Richards. "It's very frustrating, because you don't know what they're going to do with it."

The shelter just took in three Shih Tzu's that had been left in a cage in front of a man's house, in a local neighborhood. The dogs have a contagious form of mange and were neglected. The dogs are being treated, and in spite of their appearance, could be ready for adoption in a few weeks.

Other examples of abandoned animals are a Beagle and her puppies, dumped right on the Tri-County grounds, and a dog found tied up to the shelter's fence.

"People are becoming more blatant about it," Richards observed. She blames the bad economy for most of the animal overflow. "People are getting desperate now," she said.

Tri-County Humane Society encourages qualified people to adopt a pet to free up more space.