Overpopulation May Force Pima Animal Care Center To Euthanize Dogs | Local

TUCSON (KVOA) — A local animal shelter is again asking for the public’s help as it exceeds emergency occupancy limits.

Pima Animal Care Center director Monica Dangler said Tuesday “she may have to start euthanizing dogs this week due to critical overcrowding.”

“It would be the first time since the new shelter opened in 2017 that the care center would have to take such a heartbreaking step,” PACC said in a press release.

The community can help PACC by adopting, fostering, and clinging to stray friends. They say animals that stay in the neighborhood they are in have an 80% chance of returning home.

The week following July 4 is historically the busiest week of the year for the shelter. Before the holiday weekend, the shelter was already caring for 490 dogs. They expect to see 400 more dogs brought to the shelter, mostly dogs surprised by fireworks.

Other ways to help:

Stray pets probably belong to one of your neighbors. Knock on doors in the area and you’ll likely find the owner within hours.

If the finder needs supplies to cling to the animal, PACC will provide these supplies free of charge.

File a loss report immediately and upload a photo to http://www.lost.petcolove.org. Owners will be alerted when a dog matching theirs enters PACC or HSSA.

Donate to Friends of Pima Animal Care Center at friendsofpacc.org.

For more information, visit pima.gov/animalcare.

Benjamin M. Yerger