CASS COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) -The Cass County Humane Society is dealing with more animals than normal.
This is after multiple pets were dropped off outside of the shelter without consent.
Workers at the Cass County Humane Society hear barks and meows all the time around their facility. But recently they’ve been hearing it outside of their facility at their doorstep.
“It’s just a problem,” said Executive Director Amanda Lane.
According to Lane, the shelter has experienced two incidences where pets were dropped off. The first time was on May 28th when six kittens and two cats were dropped off. The second time a dog and cat were dropped off in the same cage.
“It’s not safe for the animals,” said Lane. “It’s not safe for basically us because we don’t know any of the history on their animal.”
It’s called dumping, when an owner drops their animal off without consent. Animal Control Officer Brian Hyder says people doing this could lead to big consequences.
“You’re looking at abandonment, you’re looking at neglect, and depending on the whole situation it could be as well as even animal cruelty,” said Hyder.
The shelter plans to raise money for new surveillance cameras around the building outside. Lane also says that some of the dogs will go to a shelter in Valparaiso called Lakeshore Paws.
“When we get full what we do is we call rescues that we know, have special adoption prices,” said Lane. “You know, we move the animals because sometimes getting them out and getting them in different areas they get adopted.”
People like Christy Hile say the stray population in Cass County could be a part of the problem.
“It’s pretty bad,” said Hile.
She and her family have surrendered many strays to the shelter.
“They’re pets and they’re not human but they are important and doing something like dumping them,” said Hile. “I mean you wouldn’t dump your own kids.”
According to the Cass County Humane Society there is an ongoing investigation and people should think twice before dumping their pets.
“No matter what your situation is make the right choice,” said Lane. “Do what’s right for your animal. If you drop them off like you did here it’s not going to be a surrender fee it’s going to be, like, charges.”
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It’s happened again; Executive Director of the Cass County Humane Society, Amanda Lane, said more animals were left outside the shelter.
She said two of her employees got to work around 8 a.m. on Sunday, and they found a cat and a dog inside a cage together in the parking lot. The cage was covered in a teal bed sheet.
She described the animals as “scared to death” saying “anything could have happened to them out there.”
As News 18 previously reported, three duct-taped boxes of cats were found outside the same humane society last week. She said they were able to solve that case.
She said they intend to create a GoFundMe page Monday morning for people to donate to the shelter. They plan to use that money to buy security cameras, and necessities for the extra pets coming through their doors.
Lane encourages anyone who needs to leave an animal at the shelter to contact a worker. If anyone has information about what happened, please contact the shelter at 574-516-1526.
Photos courtesy of Amanda Lane.