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Allen County Animal Shelter is overcrowding

Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control sent out warning before Labor Day for people to visit the shelter and reclaim their pets. Holidays usually fill them up with lost pets and strays. Now they are facing an overflow after the holiday.

Posted: Sep 4, 2018 6:40 PM
Updated: Sep 5, 2018 6:17 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- With the Labor Day holiday being yesterday, some pet owners had no choice, but to wait until Tuesday in hopes of finding their lost pets, making it a busy morning for staff at Animal Care and Control.

There were happy owners who were able to retrieve their pets, and sad owners whose search hasn't ended.

Nancy Quintana is one of the lucky ones. She found her puppy Rosa Tuesday afternoon at the shelter.

"We're so happy that we found it," Quintana said.

The shelter saw an increase in animals coming in leading up to the holiday. However, while they were closed officers were still on call.

"They picked up about 15 dogs, so that put is more full back in the kennels," Holly Pasquinelli said.

They could not take in anymore.

"We were also asking people if they found an animal over the weekend to file a found report, and keep the animal in their home because we were at capacity," Pasquinelli added.

Luckily people have come in looking. People were also filing lost reports. They said payment options are flexible in effort to return as many dogs as they can.

"We've already returned some of the animals back to their owners that maybe got loose before the holiday or over the weekend so that's really encouraging to see," she explained.

They still need more people to come in.

To prevent loss of a pet, Animal Care and Control are encouraging owners to have the ID tags on their pets at all times, and to make sure their pets microchip information is up to date

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