BURGAW, NC (WWAY) –- Time is running out for the homeless dogs in Pender County. Shelter workers say all the outdoor kennels will be torn down this week, and they don't have enough room to keep all the dogs they have indoors. That means some animals may be put down.
"I guess I didn't think the kennels would come down as fast as they did cause I'm not a construction person," shelter manager Darlene Clewis said. "They've already started taking down the kennels on the left side so all those animals have been gone."
After the shelter had problems with its septic system earlier this year, it quickly had to find homes for their dogs. Now workers say they are attempting to make a permanent fix so they won't have such an urgent situation again. Clewis says the county has rallied behind the shelter, and although it has problems, it's making progress.
"We had a little bit of flaw in the road but we've got that under control now," Clewis said. "The county manager and the county commissioners are getting everything together and will start the bidding on construction."
The Pender County Humane Society took dogs last time the shelter needed help, but this time it says it doesn't have the room. Humane Society manager Debbie Rye says although they can’t take any more dogs, they are hustling to help and find those who can.
"Everybody is trying to do what they can to get the dogs out of there," Rye said. "We don't ever want any of the animals put down. There are so many so all of the rescues are trying to pull together to help animal control."
If you can help in any way possible - fostering, adoption, or donation - contact the Pender County Animal Shelter at (910) 259-1349.