Lockhart Animal Shelter in ‘Code Red,' at risk of resorting to euthanasia

LOCKHART, TEXAS - Currently operating as a no-kill facility, the Lockhart Animal Shelter is at risk of having to resort to euthanasia due to an influx of dogs.

The shelter confirmed to KVUE that while they have 52 kennels to house lost and abandoned canines, they are currently offering care to around 70 dogs and are operating over-capacity. They said this is a “Code Red” situation and they could begin euthanizing as early as next week.

Due to the influx, Monica Parra, senior animal control officer with the shelter, said they are currently keeping dogs in their office where they don't normally keep them. 

"Spring and summer are puppy and kitten seasons," Parra said. "People want to go on vacation and want to dump their dogs or they just can't take care of them anymore due to personal reasons." 

If you're looking to adopt a four-legged friend, the Lockhart Animal Shelter’s hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Adoptions start at $55 and depend on the dog. More info about the shelter can be found here.

Not looking to adopt? The shelter is also seeking foster families and accepting donations via PayPal to help with medical treatments such as heartworm.

"The public can help by donating money or supplies to the shelter, fostering and adopting," added Parra. "We also have an Amazon Wish List online under the Lockhart Animal Shelter."

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