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Darlington County animal shelter overcrowded, officials consider euthanasia

Darlington County animal shelter overcrowded, officials consider euthanasia (WPDE)

The Darlington County Animal Shelter is dealing with a serious overcrowding problem and some animals may have to be put down to relieve overcrowding, according to shelter director Jackie Kirven.

"We don't want euthanasia to be the solution. Spay/neuter is the solution. People need to understand we cannot adopt our way out of this over-population crisis. There are not enough homes for all of the animals coming in. It's just a fact,” said Kirven.

She said last week they took in a record number of cats and dogs.

"The summer is always a tough time at the shelter. It has been overwhelming. On one day last week, we got 53 animals in one day. And it's just heartbreaking these homeless animals. They just keep coming and coming and coming," Kirven said.

Kirven said the Darlington County Humane Society runs the shelter on behalf of Darlington County.

She said they can’t turn away any animals brought in to the shelter by Animal Control.

"We can't say, 'No, we are full.' We are full, but we can't say, 'No,' to the animals coming in. It's just, it's sad."

Rescue groups and the community have helped out tremendously, Kirven said, with donations and food.

She said they’re doing all they can to accommodate every animal that comes into the shelter.

The shelter is asking for continued donations of food, cages, kennels and other supplies to help the animals.

You can go to the Darlington County Humane Society website, Darlington Rescue website, or call 843-398-4402 for more information on how you can help.

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