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Humane Societies Also Suffer from Pet Owners' Foreclosure


EATON COUNTY, Mich. (WLNS) - For the past few years, animal shelters and rescue agencies have been dealing with their own battle in the foreclosure crisis: pets being left behind by home-owners.

Connie Friedly, animal welfare director at Eaton County's Humane Society, says it's an issue they're faced with often, owners were moving the next day and no one to take their pets.

"We get a lot of phone calls. A lot of phone calls," Friedly said. Tied to a tree. Tied to a house. Left in a barn."

From horses to dogs, she says they continue to see animals left behind in an economy still trying to recover, especially from foreclosures.

"It's just like, two days before or the week before or the day of we've had people actually drive through the humane society, past us and say we're on our way out of town, here's our dog," said Friedly. "They don't realize you're already full. You know, half the humane societies around here are already full."
While there's no easy answer to solve the problem, Friedly says being responsible is a start.

"Please just don't pack up and leave and say someone's just going to come along and get it because the red tape that it takes to get it from when you left it, sometimes it's not enough time," said Friedly.

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