CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) — Forty cats, six dogs, lizards, birds, rabbits and ferrets have been surrendered to the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter.
Last week, Cedar Park Animal Control found the animals while responding to a barking dog complaint. Police say that’s when they noticed an odor coming from the home and found all of the animals. Police say the conditions the animals were living in needed improvement. Instead of seizing the pets and charging the owner, she willingly surrendered the animals.
Volunteers had to turn their training room into a makeshift shelter to house the surrendered animals. “We hardly ever house animals here and we are now because we have to,” says Misty Valenta with the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter.
Valenta says some of the animals appear to have eye problems, possible ear mites and upper respiratory that can arise when too many animals live together. Valenta understands people want to help, but she says there is a better way than hoarding. “There’s so many people out there who want to help and have the best intentions,” explains Valenta. “Attach yourself to a rescue group, you can’t do this alone.”
Cedar Park police say there is no limit to the number of domestic pets you can have in the city, they just have to be in good living conditions.
The Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter encourages people to come out to adopt or foster animals. The shelter is holding free adoptions through Tuesday evening. They’ll be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Over the weekend, the shelter adopted out more than 100 animals, which they say is a relief. As of Friday, the shelter had more than 300 animals, with only enough kennels for 179 dogs and cats.
The shelter is also reminding pet owners to take extra precautions on Tuesday. Last year between July 4 and 6, the Wilco Regional Animal Shelter took in 58 animals. It recommends keeping dogs inside in secure spaces like a crate, and playing music to help insulate them from the sounds of firework explosions.