Overcrowding At Animal Shelters Brings In More Diseases

Overcrowding At Animal Shelters Brings In More Diseases

Midland, TX (Local Big 2 News) - Contagious diseases at animal shelters that are already at full capacity.
Midland, TX (Local Big 2 News) - Contagious diseases at animal shelters that are already at full capacity.

"A lot of parvo and distemper. Distemper is still rampant at Odessa Animal Control, we're seeing it at Midland," said Holly Dool, founder of Citizens for Animals of Midland and Odessa.

Animal shelter officials say with the warm and rainy seasons, insects like ticks come out more often, spreading diseases.

"Diseases, they can spread other tick born illnesses, they can spread what people call tick fever," said Charlene Beaucham, a foster for West Texas Diamonds in the Ruff.

Beauchamp says it can be deadly.

"And then you've got puppies and kittens being born this time of the year, so that's an increase in animals at the shelter. It's just jam packed right now, all the shelters are beyond capacity right now," Dool said.

According to Dool, summer is one of the worst times for shelters, as adoption rates decrease and diseases increase.

Dool says some families leaving for vacation often drop off their pets at shelters, never to return to them again.

"To a lot of people animals are just disposable, they think 'oh, we'll just get another one and you know, we're gonna go on vacation and get rid of this one," Dool said.

Dool says the overcrowding is happening at both shelters in Midland and Odessa.

"They're not clean, they're not modern, they're not big enough and we just simply aren't able to make that big of an impact, there's just too many homeless animals," said Dool.

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