GENESEE COUNTY, Michigan (WJRT) – Genesee County Animal Control sees a high number of dog ingestions this time of year.
“Normally for dogs, over the past 1.5 years we’ve been around 50. And we’re around 80 right now,” Genesee County deputy director of animal control Renea Kennedy said.
Almost a third of dogs are linked to cases of neglect, abandonment, dog fighting and cruelty involving the court system.
Unfortunately, this is the time of year that dogs in the cold winter months are malnourished and not taken care of. Others are stray and in some cases the owners return to work and cannot care for the dog, so they return it.
This puts more pressure on the agency.
Each of the furry friends at the animal shelter has a story, which many of us probably wouldn’t want to hear. But, the bottom line is that these guys and girls are in a good temporary home until they find their forever home.
“You know the beautiful thing is that we are really lucky and most of them are wonderful. But you have to tell them, ‘Oh my God I’m in a cage I’m still in chains. outside of the time “to adjust – and now they have 80 other dogs barking,” Kennedy said.
She said the number of dogs they welcome is a bit higher than usual.
With COVID-19 underway, the winter months, people’s finances, weather, and lack of accountability among many other factors all contribute to this higher number of admissions.
This is why the agency always works actively to ensure that the dogs it welcomes end up in good hands.
“As soon as their stray grip is lifted, which is either four days or seven working days depending on whether they have a collar or not, we try to have them fixed immediately, then to a house or transferred to another rescue or a shelter, ”says Kennedy.
She said that, as rewarding as her job can be at times, it can often be overshadowed by the challenges she and the agency face on a daily basis.
But at the end of the day, everything they do and every decision they make inside those doors is for the betterment of the animals.
“If you need help, come see us. We work with Flint City Pits, with STAR, with MPEP, all of the Genesee County outreach services and we can get you the resources you need, ”Kennedy said.
That being said, Genesee County Animal Control is in need of a donation to help the large number of dogs they have welcomed. This includes tough Eukanuba kibble for puppies, cow tales, peanut butter, nyla bones, congs, and also for cats, food and toys.
Genesee County Animal Control is now closed for the New Year. They will reopen on Tuesday.