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Valencia County Animal Shelter sees overwhelming number of puppies

LOS LUNAS, N.M. (KRQE) - Puppies are pouring into the Valencia County Animal Shelter at an overwhelming rate.

"We actually looked at all the dogs, and fell in love with so many of them," said Barbara Lovato.  

Today, Lovato and Zane Gassman went home with Wesley,  one of the 71 adult dogs at the shelter. He was an owner surrender.

"I think he's gonna be a good addition to our family," said Lovato.  

There are so many other dogs filling the shelter kennels, including 58 puppies.

"Just an extra amount of puppies coming in than we're used to dealing with this time of year. This is usually what we would see in March or April," said Patty Mugan the shelter supervisor.  

She said since Monday they have taken in 125 animals. 

"They've been coming in all morning, we've taken in I believe it was 11 or 12 animals this morning," said Mugan.  

They have been working with rescues to try and alleviate some of the stress on the kennel. 

As for what is causing the influx in puppies, shelter staff says it's in part from a lack of spaying and neutering by people in the area. 

"We cannot keep up with how many dogs are being brought in," she said.  

From big dogs to small ones, with blue eyes, and brown, the dogs all have one thing in common: they need homes. 

"We've definitely got a variety to find the one that you're looking for," said Mugan.  

Staff at the shelter is doing everything they can to get them adopted out quickly. 

"To avoid making the decisions that we don't want to make," she said.  

They are hoping more families like Lovato's come through their doors. 

"I do feel like we're saving his life," said Lovato. 

The shelter will be closed Saturday for the holiday and will not reopen until Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. 

Adoption fees are $92 which includes spaying and neutering, a microchip, vaccines and an exam. 


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