LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The shelter at Lee County Domestic Animal Services is overcrowded in even the best of conditions, and now a steep influx in dogs coming in has the shelter in crisis mode. Thirty dogs face euthanasia if they're not adopted this week.
To put the situation into perspective, a conference room typically used for board meetings and seminars has been turned into a makeshift kenneling room because every regular kennel is already in use. In the last two months, they have taken in 1,800 animals, which is up 50 percent more than normal.
Part of this problem stems from the summer. Owners bring their pets with them to outdoor activities and holidays, then the dog takes off and only about 13 out of every 100 ever re-claim their dog.
The information manager at the shelter said they need to get 30 dogs adopted this week or they will be euthanized.
When visitors come to the shelter, they can draw a coupon that will make them eligible for $20 to $50 off the already reduced adoption fee.
Domestic Animal Services is located just off Six Mile Cypress Pkwy, next to the sheriff's office.