Lowcountry animal shelter asking for help after 30+ animals admitted

Lowcountry animal shelter asking for help after 30+ animals admitted
A Dorchester County animal shelter is asking for the public's help after a record 30 plus animals were recently admitted to their facility.  (Source: Dorchester PAWS)

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A Dorchester County animal shelter is asking for the public's help after a record 30 plus animals were recently admitted to their facility.

"This is a record nobody wants broken," said officials with Dorchester PAWS."Following 16 animals admitted on Monday and 11 last Friday, Dorchester Paws needs help."

According to officials, the kennels are now over capacity. Officials say the majority of adoptable animals are dogs over 40 pounds.

'Therefore, the shelter is launching a 'Go Big or They Don't Go Home' adoption special where any dog over 40 pounds is only $40," officials said in a statement.

Donations to help provide funding for the care of the animals at Dorchester Paws can be made online at dorchesterpaws.org.

Dorchester PAWS released the following additional information:

 In one day, Dorchester Paws has taken in a record amount of animals. This is a record nobody wants broken. Following 16 animals admitted on Monday and 11 last Friday, Dorchester Paws needs help.
 
One animal was found tied to the mailbox at the shelter when staff came in this morning. He chewed through the leash and was running free until shelter staff and volunteers were able to catch him and bring him to safety.  
 
A stray chihuahua was brought to Dorchester Paws in obvious distress. After being taken over to Central Veterinary Hospital, X-rays showed the dog to have a broken pelvis. As this pet was found stray, he is hoping to be reunited with his family. If anybody is looking for a lost chi chi, please come to Dorchester Paws as the shelter is desperately over capacity.
 
At 3:00 p.m. a call came in to the Director of Shelter Operations informing Dorchester Paws that the shelter would be receiving 16 dogs in the next 30 minutes. Two mama dogs and seven puppies each. One litter is only 2-3 days old.
 
At 3:40 p.m., a second call came in indicating another six to eight animals coming in. 
 
In total, the admissions for one day is over 30 animals. The already full dog kennels at Dorchester Paws are now over capacity. Dorchester Paws is calling for help. The majority of adoptable animals are dogs over 40 pounds. Therefore, the shelter is launching a "Go Big or They Don't Go Home" adoption special where any dog over 40 pounds is only $40. 
 
The first day of care averages $107. For the 30 animals brought in today, that equals $3,210. Donations to help provide funding for the care of the animals at Dorchester Paws can be made online at dorchesterpaws.org. 

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