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Jessamine Animal Control Dealing With Overcrowded Shelter

Posted at 6:22 PM, Sep 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-06 19:58:51-04

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (LEX 18)  Jessamine County Animal Control is asking for help as they grapple with overcrowding.

Space is tight and the lives of several animals are on the line.  Shelter officials say it’s simply a matter of more animals coming in than are going out.

Shelter Director Frank Ruggiero noticed the numbers of adoptable animals began to rise three months ago. He blames general economic anxieties and newly implemented veterinary taxes for the increase in shelter population.

“I think the economy has a lot to do with it. It’s very, very hard for people these days to feed their family, much less their animals,” says Ruggiero.

Animal control has found some relief, by partnering with rescues and humane societies. The problem is those organizations are experiencing the same overcrowding problems.

A few animals have been euthanized this week already.

The shelter is now offering reduced prices to entice future owners to adopt.