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Animal shelter looking at options for adoption

DOUGLAS COUNTY -- County board members are looking into ways of controlling animal overpopulation.
DOUGLAS COUNTY -- County board members are looking into ways of controlling animal overpopulation. The Animal Control and Shelter is filling up with pets.

It has a hard time adopting them out. The shelter holds about twelve dogs at a time. There are currently fourteen living there, but, at times, there have been more than thirty. That's why the board is stepping in to look for options.

The Animal Control Act says, after a dog is there for seven days, it can be euthanized. The Douglas County group decided to try to adopt them out instead, but some dogs have been there for months.

Members worry, the longer they're there, the lower their chance of ever finding a home. That's why the board and shelter is brainstorming ideas to fix the problem.

At Tuesday's meeting, they discussed teaming up with a shelter in another county. After a dog is in Douglas County for a time, it could go there to get more exposure and funding. Currently, the shelter has a Facebook page to get the word out about its pets.

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