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Update: Dogs dumped in rural areas


OKLAHOMA CITY – We first told you about groups of dogs being dumped near Hefner and Douglas Saturday.

Residents said the number of abandoned pets have grown in recent months.

Most of the animals left to fend for themselves don’t make it.

They are either hit by motorists, attacked by wild animals or starve to death.

We took the residents’ concerns to the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter.

Supervisor John Gary said they are aware of the problem but with limited resources, it’s difficult to manage.

“It’s hard to even respond to those calls because we get so many other calls to respond to like dangerous animals attacking and biting people,” he said.

Gary said the shelter has tried to make it as easy as possible for people to bring their pets to the shelter rather than leaving them on the side of the road.

He showed us drop off bins located in the front hallway of the building.

“These cages are left open at night they’re designed to not open once the person places the dog in an shuts the door,” Gary said. “It can’t be reopened from the outside so the animal stays here and is safe.”

Now some good news for the pets we showed you in the video.

A family picked up the two Terriers in the neighborhood.

The Border Collie, “Little Lady,” had another surgery Tuesday to repair her throat wild animals injured.

Several viewers have offered to give her a home when she is healed.

For the most heart-wrenching pair, the friends dropped off together; one was hit and his friend refused to leave his side.

After days of trying Vanessa Cole and others were able to lure the living dog away, that dog is now being treated at a vet hospital in El Reno.

When it is nursed back to health, several families are waiting to adopt it.

The dog that had been hit by a motorist was buried.

“It’s much safer and more humane to bring them into the shelter,” Gary said. “We can’t always guarantee that we can place them but we’re going to do the very best we can and the ones we can’t they’ll be humanly euthanized. They won’t be left out to starve or freeze to death in these cold temperatures we have coming up.”

Animal Control officials encourage people not to approach strays, especially if you don’t know how to properly handle animals.

The department said they do sweep areas that become over crowded with abandoned animals when they are notified.