Dog hoarding cases stretching Animal Control resources
Nearly 100 dogs were seized from two Gaston County homes this month. The Gaston County Animal Shelter is still trying to find homes for some of them. They say these cases are exceptions to the norm but have put an extra burden on an already packed shelter.
Shelter stretched thin by animal hoarding: Animal control officers took 49 dogs from a home in Lowell on Nov. 5, and the owner eventually surrendered 10 more. Nine days later 39 dogs were seized from a home on South York Highway. Taking in that many dogs in such a short time stretched the animal shelter thin, said Steve Hayes, Gaston County Animal Shelter supervisor.