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Animal shelter overcapacity, homes needed

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Updated: 10/30/2013 6:19 pm
JACKSONVILLE Fla.-- More than 700 helpless hounds and felines are crying out for your help. They're searching for a home through the city's Animal Care and Protective Services.

"Yesterday morning between 8 and noon we took in over 70 animals. That's just coming in from the public. That doesn't include what our animal control officers would have brought in from the streets," said spokeswoman Nikki Harris.

Because the county shelter is required to take in every stray and abandoned animal, the shelter is forced to euthanize when they run out of room. On Wednesday, cages fit for 400 are packed with 450 animals.

"If more come in the door than are going out the door, hard decisions have to be made," said Dianne Wiles with Animal Care and protective services partner, First Coast No More Homeless Pets. They're calling it an adoption and foster care emergency.

"Nobody wants to make those decisions," said Wiles.

What the shelter needs the most is help fostering animals to buy them more time until a mega adoption event slated for December 6-8 at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds.
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