Larger breeds are falling victim to the doggone economy

Posted by Debra Worley - email
Writing contributed by WECT Intern Michelle Peck

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Pender County Animal Control is seeing more dogs coming into the shelter, becoming the newest victims of the slumping economy.

Boxers and labs are among the larger breeds that the shelter is having difficulty adopting out to loving homes.

Health Director Jack Griffith said large dog adoptions are slow since many families struggle to pay for the needs of a bigger animal.

"Anytime in an economy like this, you've got a situation where people are giving up animals or letting their animals go and we're impounding them because we find them running stray or at-large and it makes it more difficult," said Griffith.  "Unfortunately, many people, in this economy people have less money to spend on their animals.  We try to take the animals back and the people won't claim them."

Dr. Griffith said animal control works with organizations across the county to help find the dogs a home.

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