Morrilton shelter dogs facing euthanasia

MORRILTON, Ark. (KTHV)- Morrilton Mayor Stewart Nelson says overcrowding at the local animal shelter has caused some problems and he has no choice but to begin euthanizing some of the dogs if they aren't fostered or adopted by the end of the week.

"I don't want to give up on this project. I want to save the animals," Police Chief Sonny Stover told THV. "We really need to find people that are willing to foster dogs or adopt dogs so that we're not having to put them down."

Stover said the city cannot legally house animals for more than 15 days, so after this Friday they'll have to begin euthanizing. When Beverly Craig heard about the situation, she decided to pay a visit to the shelter. "I recently lost my dog so I thought it was a good opportunity to get a dog and help out the city," Craig said, shortly before adopting a black lab from the shelter. "When they see you they are so loving and want you to pet them and it was awesome."

There is no charge for the adoption but dogs must be spayed or neutered before they can be rescued. Chief Stover says the city does plan to address the overcrowding issue in a meeting with animal rights activists later this week, and more funding from the city council is a possibility for the future. If you are interested in going to see the dogs you can contact the Morrilton police department to set up an appointment.


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