County shelter facing closure at month's end

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GREENCASTLE - A local animal shelter is just days away from closing its doors. Dozens of kittens and a handful of dogs may have to be put down.

"We can't make any promises at this point," said Kraig Kinney, the president of the board for the Humane Society of Putnam County.

But it's not because there's anything wrong with the animals.

"There's nowhere for them to go," added Kinney.

That's because the Humane Society of Putnam County is closing its doors September 30, because they can't afford to keep them open anymore.

"I found two of them that I really like," said visitor Brandi Carr Monday afternoon.

Carr is trying to find a dog to adopt.

"We've been on a gradual decline for probably the past year," explained Kinney.

Kinney says it cost $180,000 to run the shelter this year. That's not what the shelter earned from donations, adoptions and contracts for animal control services throughout the county, though.

"It made kind of just a perfect storm to where we were overwhelmed," said Kinney.

This isn't the first time the shelter has closed for financial difficulties. The last time it did, people with no place to bring their animals would still bring them to outside the shelter and leave them at a locked gate.

"Then the poor animals would either fend for themselves or starve," said Kinney of the abandoned animals.

The fear is that could happen again without some kind of place in Putnam County for the strays and animals no one wants.

"You can't take these animals in, because then you're kind of stuck with them," said Kinney.

Until someone can figure out a way to fund the shelter in a struggling economy, though, the only hope for the cats and dogs that are left is that someone will want to take them home for good in the next two weeks.

The Humane Society of Putnam County will remain open until the end of the month. If you're interested in adopting an animal, the shelter is located at 4700 East SR 240 in Greencastle.

The shelter will open Tuesday and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. until it closes for good on September 30