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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — The Mahoning County Dog Pound is full. It reached capacity on Thursday, but dogs are still being brought in.
Within the past two days, the pound has taken in 14 dogs, which puts the facility at 65, over its limit of 62. The majority are strays or dropoffs from all over the county. Most recently, they’ve picked up dogs in Sebring, Beloit, Lake Milton and Youngstown’s East Side.
Deputy dog warden Dave Nelson said more dogs need to be spayed and neutered for health reasons as well as population control. He said there are a number of factors that have led to the increase.
“Sometimes I think the weather change. You look at the economy, sometimes we get a lot of people who call to say their house is being foreclosed on,” said Nelson. “I’ve never seen it this bad with the volume of dogs. Normally, we do where two to three times a year we just get this flux of animals for some reason, just running loose. This just happens to be September that now all of a sudden this week is what it’s been.”
Dogs can be adopted for $130. The fee covers $50 for a license and shots and $80 for the veterinarian to spay or neuter the animal. In an effort to help with overcrowding, Friends of Fido, a group of volunteers who help clean the pound, will cover the spay or neuter fee for the next 20 dogs to approved adopters. If interested, call 330-740-2205 or visit their website at Friends of Fido.
The pound is also in need of fencing to create more outdoor space for the animals.