Pasco Animal Services: Over 100 stray dogs taken in since NYE

By Leah Masuda, Reporter
Last Updated: Friday, January 06, 2017, 4:24 PM EST

Pasco County Animal Services is currently overflowing with dogs.

  • 100 strays taken in since NYE
  • Facility way over capacity
  • Currently $17 to adopt adult dogs over 24 pounds

The shelter has taken in over 100 strays since New Year’s Eve. In fact, they're caring for so many dogs that the staff has had to put the overflow animals into crates until there’s room on the adoption floor.

Currently, they have almost 40 dogs more than they can handle. The facility's capacity is 100.

The shelter usually takes in more animals at this time of year. This year, however, they've taken in about 30 more dogs than they did in January 2016.

Pasco County Animal Services Director Mike Shumate said there could be a variety of reasons.

“Mostly I think it's just a lot of folks in transition," said Shumate. "They're making new decisions in their lives and sometimes they just let their dogs go."

Shumate said the numbers have climbed after the holidays the past three years, and hopes the trend doesn’t continue.

Pasco Animal Services is currently running an event during the month of January, with $17 adoptions for adult dogs over 24 pounds.

For more information, visit Pasco County Animal Services on Facebook.