Juveniles cited for dumping puppies
Two juveniles males were cited in connection with the dumping of a litter of puppies last week.
Animal Control Supervisor Rhonda Fingar said the two boys had attempted to drop the five puppies and two adult females off earlier, but because full animal shelter, they were turned away.
“Our facility is full,” Fingar said. “We don’t have any room. So they were told to check back next week and they got upset with that.”
– Became belligerent. She said the youths became belligerent with the animal control officer and left one puppy in the parking lot before releasing the rest down the road.
The animal control officer called Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies to help and they rounded up the puppies and the juveniles.
The juveniles maintain they found the dogs, but Fingar said she doesn’t believe that is true.
“They’re saying they found them, but some things we observed point to that is not true,” she said.
Adults would face a fine of $300 plus the $75 assessment fee for each of the dogs if found guilty of abandoning animals, Fingar said, but the punishment is not set for juveniles.
They were also cited for interfering with an animal control officer, Fingar said.
The puppies and adult females are a shepherd mix, she said, and three of the puppies are already spoken for.
They were available for adoption beginning Tuesday. Adoption costs range from $72-$82 depending on the sex of the animal.
For more information, call the animal shelter at 782-9061 or stop by the facility which is located on Pinenut Road across from the Douglas County Fairgrounds.
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