Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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October 7, 2011

Afternoon update: Hoarded animals put county shelter at capacity

PRINCETON — A case of animal hoarding has sent 30 dogs and eight cats into the Mercer County Animal Shelter, putting the facility at its capacity.

The animals were found at a home along Route 112 where previous complaints have been investigated, said Animal Control Officer Stacy Shampo. On Thursday, control officers visited the property and found dogs and cats housed in recreational vehicles. In some cases, dogs were chained outdoors with or without a shelter. Many of them are malnourished.

Shelter Director Lisa Nisbet said it may take 10 days to a month before some of the animals are ready for fostering or adoption. A rescue organization from Peterstown was preparing to take some of the healthier animals.

The hoarding case is still under investigation, said Animals Control Officer Mandy Davis. The animals’ owner relinquished them voluntarily.

County Commissioner Jay Mills urged the public to consider fostering or adopting the dogs and cats.

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