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Mercer Co. Animal Shelter At Full Capacity

Posted at 6:41 PM, Aug 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-29 18:41:04-04

MERCER COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Animal shelters around Kentucky are at maximum capacity or getting close. One of those shelters is the Mercer County Animal Shelter.

Right now the Mercer County Animal Shelter has 38 dogs and 24 cats, that is well above their normal capacity. Animals are being forced to share cages, and the problem doesn’t show signs of letting up.

“We’ve had dogs here for 6 to 8 months,” said the animal shelter director Wendy Quiggle. 

The long stays are beginning to be a big problem, especially as winter approaches. Quiggle does whatever she can to make sure that the animals aren’t euthanized, but unfortunately, she says, that is not always possible. 

“People always call in and ask us, ‘Are you a no-kill shelter?’ Well, there is no such thing as a no-kill shelter,” said Quiggle.

Pit bulls and similar breeds have a difficult time getting adopted.

Quiggles hopes that no animals have to be killed, but she knows that if they don’t find a home soon, it could happen. 

Dogs are available for a fee, which covers the costs of the dogs getting spayed or neutered. A selection of cats are available for adoption free of charge that have already been fixed prior to adoption. 

If you are interested in finding a pet, stop by or call them at 859-734-5154.