LEE COUNTY, Fla.- New video shot by WINK News shows a full house inside Lee County Domestic Animal Services.
"We never know when they're coming in, it's basically report-driven so as people are reporting we're responding. There's really no way to prepare."
A spike in hoarding cases is forcing the agency to take in hundreds of animals. On Thursday, 13 dogs found in a Lehigh Acres home. And two days before, more than 70 cats uncovered in filthy conditions in Fort Myers Shores. Ria Brown with Animal Services said these cases strain their resources.
"Staffing wise when officers have to go out on a hoarding case or cruelty case it may be the only case they go to that entire day."
Brown said it costs around $750 to take care of each pet that comes here.
"But that's one that didnt come from a bad situation doesnt need extraordinary medical care or anything."
Brown admits while the budget is okay right now, things could eventuall become tight. And higher taxes for you could be a last choice option to bring in more money.
"We'll be looking at whether we were able to stay in budget with these type of cases or whether we're going to need additional funding."