11 Manatee dogs will be destroyed Monday if not adopted

rdymond@bradenton.comMarch 21, 2014 

MANATEE -- Manatee County Animal Services will put down 11 dogs by 5 p.m. Monday if they are not adopted or taken by other rescue agencies.

The dogs at-risk are detailed in an email sent Thursday by shelter supervisor Nicki Bentley to "rescue partners."

"Attached you will find a file with a list of dogs in need of being transferred or adopted from our shelter. The decision to place dogs on this list is very difficult for us to compile and done so largely due to space constraints," according to the email. "The list will be valid until Monday at 5 p.m. after which the most difficult time comes to euthanize those dogs remaining on the list."

Debra Starr of Animal Network said the space crunch was caused by the recent raid at Napier's Log Cabin Horse Animal Sanctuary, 20010 State Road 64, where roughly 300 animals were removed.

"Manatee County Animal Services is still housing 17 dogs from that raid and the Manatee County Sheriff's Office has not released them for adoption, instead hoping that rescues will take them," Starr said. "Rescues, of course, are full and most do not take large dogs anyway, so the dogs continue to sit in their kennels day after day.

"There is no space left for adoptable dogs and other impounds," Starr said. "This has forced Manatee County Animal Services to have an euthanasia list of 11 otherwise adoptable dogs."

Seven dogs on the list are "heartworm positive." Animal Network pays for treatment and adoption fees are waived for the at-risk dogs, other than the required $15 license fee, Starr said.

Nine endangered dogs are at the Palmetto shelter, 305 25th St. W., Palmetto, (941-742-5933) and two are in the Bradenton shelter, 1002B Manatee Ave. W. (941-742-5824).

The seven dogs with heartworm are all in Palmetto and include Chewy, a black pit bull mix; Mrs. Riley, a Lab/pit mix; Bobo, a male mastiff mix; Princess, a Lab/pit mix; Molly, a German shepherd mix; Taylor, a pit bull mix; and Blackie, a Lab/pit mix.

All 11 dogs can be seen at bradenton.com.

Richard Dymond, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7072 or via Twitter@ RichardDymond.

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