Report: Shelter in hurricane’s path warns it will euthanize animals if they aren’t adopted

PENDER COUNTY, N.C. (WISN) — An upsetting report from the Washington Post indicates that, for animals left behind or abandoned as people flee the Carolinas’ coasts, the days before the storm could mean life or death.

The newspaper reported that Jewel Horton, manager of Pender County Animal Shelter, said animal shelters were filling up fast, and in many jurisdictions, shelters that hit capacity must “make space.”

This means animals may have to be euthanized to reduce overcrowding.

“We are avoiding euthanasia at all costs,” Horton said. “That’s why we’re begging for assistance.”

Horton said that normally when the town shelter nears capacity, she gets the word out and residents are able to help. But there’s not many residents left to respond to the call.

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