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Madras Shelter Feeling the Budget Squeeze


Budget cuts have the Jefferson County Animal Shelter in Madras scrambling to provide homes for dozens of dogs. The shelter has seen an influx of dogs,  and they only have nine kennels to house them. The overflow has to be kept outside in very cold temperatures. Jefferson County's Dog Control Officer, Renee Davidson talked with our news partner, News Channel 21: “It kind of fluctuates, but mainly it goes up. It’s going up every month. I think a lot of it has to do with the economy. A lot of people can't take care of their dogs so they surrender them and there's often times they surrender them and we have to turn them away. We just don't have room for the dogs.” Oregon and Washington animal rescue groups are helping to move the dogs to warmer places. Residents are also bringing in dog houses and blankets to help. If you can adopt or foster a dog, you are asked to call the Jefferson County shelter.

 

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