Dog space is running out at CMPD Animal Care in Charlotte

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Kennels Animal care and control have reached zero capacity, and if help does not arrive soon, shelter managers could face “difficult decisions”.

Earlier this week, the shelter said it had fewer than five kennels open for incoming dogs.

“WE. NEED. HELP,” the shelter posted on social media platforms in a call for the public to consider adopting or fostering a dog.

Capacity issues at the shelter could worsen as summer approaches, according to Julia Conner, human education specialist at Animal Care and Control.

The Byrum Drive facility near Charlotte Douglas International Airport has 41 dogs available for adoption in the home, Conner said Thursday. The shelter has 164 dogs, but the majority are unavailable for adoption as they are put on hold, she said.

The shelter has 155 dog kennels, Conner said. Small dogs and puppies can sometimes share a kennel, depending on their size, she said.

Dogs are often put on hold due to evictions, disasters, cruelty cases, or because they’re lost, Conner said.

There are about 30 to 40 dogs in each catch category, she said. These holds can last anywhere from 10 days to six weeks. For cruelty cases, detentions can last even longer depending on how long the courts take to prosecute a case.

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This dog arrived at CMPD Animal Care and Control as lost, according to the shelter. The animal is recovering from an injury. No owner has claimed the dog, and he is available for adoption. CMPD Animal Care and Control

Each animal placed in hold takes up kennel space that cannot be used for other dogs, Conner said. Although it has been easier for Animal Care and Control to adopt kittens or place them in foster homes, the shelter needs help with the dogs. And summers have always been a challenge, she says.

It’s unclear why the shelter is at zero capacity now, but Conner said many dogs aare lost or waiting to be claimed.

Things are particularly difficult now. Some dogs that were in foster care during the COVID-19 pandemic have been fired because their six-month foster period has ended, or because their caregivers were working from home but have now returned to the office, it said. she declared.

Other dogs go on “staycation”, which lasts five days.

The shelter has been regularly full since late 2020 and it receives up to 30 dogs a day, Conner said.

“If we don’t get help from the community to empty the kennels, we’re going to have no choice but to make some tough decisions, and we really don’t want to come to this,” Conner said.

This means deciding which dogs should be euthanized.

“When we release pleas and see no improvement, we have no choice,” Conner said.

Adopt or foster a dog

Applications to become a foster family for a dog can be found on CMPD Animal Care and Control website.

Animal Care and Control will host a Facebook Live event at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 23. foster adoption event is scheduled at Petsmart, 9515 South Blvd., Pineville, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Fees have been waived or reduced for many dogs.

The shelter is located at 8315 Byrum Drive in West Charlotte. Its hours are Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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CMPD Animal Care and Control adoption kennels on Byrum Drive near Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Observer file photo

This story was originally published April 22, 2022 10:57 a.m.

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Kallie Cox covers public safety for The Charlotte Observer. They grew up in Springfield, Illinois and attended school at SIU Carbondale. They reported on police accountability and barriers to LGBTQ immigration for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. And, they previously worked at the Southern Illinoisan before moving to Charlotte.

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