Jessamine County Animal Shelter struggles with overcrowding

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JESSAMINE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ)- In Jessamine County, the animal shelter is hoping the community will help it deal with overcrowding.

The folks at the shelter say they have brought in dozens of cats and dogs just in the past few weeks.

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Now they are so crowded they’re having to tell people who drop off animals that those animals may have to be euthanized.

“And we’ve never had to do that before since we opened the shelter here in 2012,” said Frank Ruggiero, director of the Jessamine County Animal Shelter.

This year has been by far the worst for the Jessamine County Animal Shelter when it comes to overcrowding.

“This is the fourth time this year that we’ve been at capacity with either one animal or the other. Typically it’s cats but twice this year we’ve been at capacity with dogs and this is the first time this year we’ve been at capacity with both,” said Ruggiero.

A problem many believe has to do with the current economy and overpopulation of animals in the area.

“We have seven pigs for example who a couple years ago we might have been able to find homes for them right away but right now we have seven pigs in our care that we’ve had for months and months,” said Ashley Hammond with the Lexington Humane Society.

Kentucky has long been notorious for animal cruelty, something else shelters say is adding to the problem.

“Our legislation when it comes to cruelty laws is more for the owners then the animals and until we flip that around and make it to protect the animals then we’re going to stay in this hole that we’re in,” said Ruggiero.