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Dogs dying at overcrowded Sabine shelter; help needed to adopt, foster pets

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SABINE PARISH, LA (KSLA) -

The Sabine Parish Humane Society has seen a huge influx in animals brought in. So many, in fact, that they just don't have room to take care of them and they are asking for your help.

The overcrowded animal shelter is located at 520 McDonald Drive in the town of Many, LA. The shelter has to be a "kill shelter" to get tax money to run operations.

Employees say it is gut wrenching to put any animals down, but the good outweighs the bad, and they are able to find loving families for so many of them.

This has been a very heartbreaking week for the employees there. They say, just this week, they have had to put down 76 animals. The Sabine Parish Humane Society says 70 percent of their animals were handed over by their owners. They want to lower those euthanization numbers, and need your help to do it.

"Mainly they just need love," said Ellen Abington, with the Sabine Parish Humane Society. "People are critical but we had nowhere to go, everything was full."

Every single kennel at the shelter is full and more dogs than ever are being brought in. The recent overflow is overwhelming the shelter, and if they can't find places for these paws to call home, they have to put them down.

"She loves every one and every one she puts down, she says a prayer with them and it's like a necessary evil," Abington says about the shelter manager. "It's gut wrenching and you kind of have to put on your armor."

This week, a litter of puppies and their mother were euthanized. "There were people standing in here, beautiful puppies, beautiful mamma dog that was poor a Ker, and kittens by the boat loads, and it was just – Lisa was trying to work the computers while she was in here, and then the euthanizing had to start," Abington said.

They are hoping, by seeing this story, people will adopt or even foster an animal.

"We're only an hour and 15 minutes from Shreveport, we will transport animals, we will work it out as long as we feel they're a good pet owner," Abington said.

Fostering a pet can buy the animal some time for the shelter to find them a loving home. In the past two years, the shelter has found families for more than 700 pets.

Adopting, or fostering, a pet could be the difference between life and death for some of these animals.

If you want to adopt a puppy but can't visit the Humane Society shelter, they also have a web page featuring each animal. You can see that website by clicking here.

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