Broome County Dog Shelter sees increase in abandoned and lost dogs

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - A recent increase in abandoned and lost dogs has made for a crowded Broome County Dog Shelter.

Located next to SUNY Broome in the Town of Dickinson, the shelter has taken in over 20 new dogs within the last week.

NewsChannel 34 spent time with two of them - Tanner, a boxer-terrier mix, along with Mallory, a pitbull who has recently gone blind.

The shelter is almost at capacity, and although they won't turn a dog away, the space is becoming crowded.

Manager Kelly Conlon says an increase is normal in the summer, but many owners have not come to pick up their dogs.

Conlon says she can't understand how an owner could turn their back on their four legged friend.

"We're used to an influx of dogs, but normally, owners come pick them up. What we're seeing is the normal summer influx, but owners aren't showing. I'm not sure why. My thought is maybe people are moving and just dumping their dogs. I don't know why," said Conlon.

Conlon says if you are a dog owner and you can no longer care for a dog, you can call the shelter for help.

Animals can be signed over to the shelter and staff can call surrounding shelters to accommodate a dog.

Anyone looking to adopt can stop in, fill out an application, and can leave with a dog sometimes all in the same day.

NewsChannel 34 is participating in the Clear the Shelters pet adoption drive which takes place nationwide on August 19th.

Last year, over 50,000 pets found their forever homes. 

This year at Spiedie Fest, we'll be collecting donations for the Broome County Humane Society with the help of Matthews Subaru.

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