GENESEA COUNTY, Mich. (WJRT) – “Normally for dogs, over the past 1.5 years we’ve been around 50. And we’re around 80 right now,” the deputy director of animal control said. from Genesee County, Renea Kennedy.
Genesee County Animal Control sees a high number of intakes for dogs this time of year.
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 the year that dogs in the cold winter months are malnourished and others are not taken care of are stray, and in some cases owners return to work and cannot no longer care for the dog, then they return it.
This puts more pressure on the agency.
Check out all of those furry four-legged friends at Genesee County Animal Control. Everyone with a story, probably some of us wouldn’t want to hear.
But, the bottom line here 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 give them that oh my God I’m in a cage I’m still chained out of time for fit me – and now they have 80 other barking dogs, ”Kennedy said.
She said the number of dogs they welcome is a bit higher than usual.
With COVID ongoing, 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, either four days or seven working days depending on whether they have a collar or not, we try to have them repaired immediately, then to a house or transferred to another rescue or shelter,” she said.
Kennedy 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 Eukanuba hard kibble for puppies, cow tales, peanut butter, nyla bones, leaves, as well as cats, food and toys.
Genesee County Animal Control is now closed for the New Year.
They will reopen on Tuesday.