LOGANSPORT, Ind. (WTHR) – For the second time in less than a week, animals have been dumped outside the Cass County Humane Society.
Sunday morning, employees arrived at the shelter to find a dog and cat inside a crate covered with a sheet just a few feet from the shelter entrance. Both animals were friendly and seemed to be in good condition.
Shelter manager Brock Fultz said, "they were definitely owned and probably dumped for reasons who knows."
It came five days after someone left behind three taped-up cardboard boxes outside the shelter. Inside the boxes were a total of six two-week-old kittens, two mother cats and an older kitten.
"They were petrified when we opened boxes and we were too because we weren't sure what we'd find," Fultz said.
There were small holes in the boxes, but as Fultz said, "It was very hot and had just started raining and the boxes were getting damp. If if were much longer, they'd be soaking wet and wouldn't be able to breathe at all."
Dumped pets is an issue all shelters deal with at times, but Fultz at his shelter, "it doesn't happen this often. I've been here almost five years, and it's maybe once or twice a year if that."
The Humane Society's shelter is the only animal shelter in Cass County. Executive Director Amanda Lane said it accommodates roughly 30 cats and 30 dogs, and is busting at the seams, especially with kitten season.
"It's stressful because we don't have a lot of room and we're not adopting a lot right now," she said. "We have more to clean, more to do to keep the animals healthy."
Sisters Krista and Ally Harrison stopped by the shelter Monday afternoon to drop off four kittens they found along a country road.
Krista said initially she wasn't sure what they were.
"They were just in a big pile and I had to dodge potholes and I'm like what is that? I don't want to hit that," she said.
Her thoughts on the person or people who dumped them?
"Terrible. I can't stand it," she said. "All my pets are rescues and it just breaks my heart."
The Cass County Humane Society charges $35 to surrender a pet. Fultz said, "it goes to get the animal fixed and up-to-date on shots and it cost more than that to fix the animal."
But he added if someone's facing financial hardship, "we'll always work with people. Its not about money it's about the animal."
Abandoning a pet is a misdemeanor, with the penalties depending on things like how long the animal was left outside, in what conditions and whether there was food and water available.
Lane said for anyone considering dumping an animal, "don't do it, call us, talk to us. It's that simple We're nice people. We'll work with everyone who comes in."
She said if not, "we will find you and if we don't find you, we'll post it on Facebook and social media and the public normally tells us who it is. We don't want to do that but we need to because we want to get our point across that it's bad for the animals, it's bad for us. It's just irresponsible."
Lane said animal control already is working on leads in both cases from the last week. Also, she said the shelter will be raising money to buy security cameras for the outside of the shelter and to cover the added costs of caring for extra animals.