WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Just like hunting season comes and goes every year, so does the appearance of hunting dogs at area shelters.
While most hunters prize their dogs, some are quick to abandon them in the woods if they are either not good hunters or not good breeding dogs. Other hounds, beagles and hunting dogs wander off during a hunt and show up trotting down neighborhood roads.
Shelters ask hunters to collar and/or microchip their dogs but most usually turn up without identification.
Hunting dogs are a friendly and active breed but can be complicated to adopt out. Trained to work and having lived their entire life in a kennel they are great with other animals but are slow to engage with people, if at all.
If you find a lost hunting breed do your homework before taking them in or call your shelter for advice. Hounds are known to howl loudly and are unlikely to stay with you long curled up on the couch.