Crisis: Too many pets, too little space

Oreo, 2006 World Champion in Frisbee catching
Oreo, 2006 World Champion in Frisbee catching

Palm Beach County is in a homeless animal crisis. Animals shelters say they're dealing with a population explosion and don't have the money they need.

Meet Oreo, a rescue dog who was the 2006 World Champion in Frisbee catching.

"The old phrase, 'You can't teach an old dog news tricks,' I don't believe in it. Take them home, love them, and they will love you back," says Oreo's owner.

Oreo showed off Sunday afternoon as the Tri County Humane Society celebrated 10 years of helping dogs, like Oreo, find homes.

Dozens still come in every day. "More than ever, we're getting animals brought into us, tied to our gates, left in boxes, left in crates."

And, they say, the problem is only getting worse because of over-population. "People have a cat. They don't spay or neuter it. They move. They just put it outside. This female cat can have kittens every six months. Those kittens can have kittens when they're 6 months old," says a spokesperson from Tri-County.

The humane society says they get 50 calls a day about abandoned animals, and, unfortunately, have to turn away the majority of them because they're already over capacity.

Most shelters in Palm Beach County have the same problem. The result: more euthanizations.

The question: Why not just expand the shelters? The answer: There's no money for it.

This year, the county cut $100,000 from the shelter's budget. They say that means improvements will have to wait and so will the animals, especially those who need medical attention.

Palm Beach County Animal Control wants it to become mandatory for everyone to spay or neuter their pets.