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MCACC warns against abandoning animals at shelters during off-hours

by Jennifer Thomas

Posted on July 25, 2013 at 10:35 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 29 at 5:29 PM

PHOENIX -- Maricopa County Animal Care & Control officials are urging people not to abandon dogs or cats at the shelters during off-hours, especially during monsoon season.

MCACC staff found a 5-week-old puppy abandoned in a box outside the West Animal Care Center's employee entrance on July 19. Employees do not know how long the pup had been there.

She is being treated for an intestinal parasite and will be available for adoption Aug. 15.

Not all abandoned animals are so lucky.

Earlier this month, employees found a box of dead puppies outside of the shelter. Staff said the animals had obviously been dead for several days.

In late May, another employee found a box in front of the shelter that contained a female cat and four kittens. The box was approximately 5 inches tall and the mother cat was unable to stand or move. The cat and all of her kittens have since been adopted.

Monsoon storms, heat and humidity are just a few of the elements that can be hazardous to young animals left outside unattended.

Officials said if you need to turn in a stray or owned animal, call 602-506-7387 to ensure the shelter is open so that an employee can assist you and the animal.