Stokes County Animal Shelter trying to deal with overcrowding

STOKES COUNTY, N.C. -- In less than a week, four cases have left the Stokes County Animal Shelter with no room for more animals.

"We had a case where we needed to go and get some dogs that were abandoned," said Kevin Webster, chief of Animal Control. "We had another incident where a lady, hoarding dogs, passed away and we needed to go and rescue her dogs."

Websters says because the small shelter no longer meets state regulation they stopped taking in owner surrenders recently. But when animals that are part of cases are brought in they are required to keep them for a period of time. The current dogs and cats, all 17 of them, are healthy and ready to adopt. Webster fears if another animal case requires the shelter to keep an animal they may have to put down a healthy dog to make room.

"We have a great set of volunteers here and a great networking group."

Long-term community volunteers are working to raise money to build a larger, modern shelter so this doesn't happen again.

"What we are really trying and pushing for is to get this new shelter up and running," said Webster. "That's what we are trying to do to get that up and running so we don't have this trouble."

The shelter will be open Saturday 9 a.m.-noon and Monday-Friday 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

For more information, visit the shelter's Facebook page.