CMPD: Dog kennels at capacity, euthanasia may happen

Animal Care and Control is reporting they are 40 kennels short.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s animal shelter is in desperate need of dog adoptions and fosters.
Published: Oct. 4, 2022 at 2:20 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s animal shelter is in desperate need of dog adoptions and fosters.

According to a Facebook Live video from Animal Care and Control, the shelter is beyond capacity. In fact, they’re 40 kennels short.

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Because there are so few spaces, shelter staff say they’re faced with the decision to possibly start euthanizing dogs.

The shelter currently has 220 dogs in care physically housed at the shelter and another 70 already in foster homes.

“For every dog that is leaving the shelter through adoption or a foster placement, there are two dogs coming in the back door from an officer’s van. We are drowning, we are minus 40 dog kennels,” said Melissa Knicely, meaning they have 40 dogs in the holding area kennels, waiting for space to open in lost dog kennels.

Those who can’t adopt or foster can also take a dog home for a “staycation,” or a multi-day stay at a home.

Dogs can be viewed in the shelter and online at animals.cmpd.org. Online animal listings are updated every hour.