Ten dogs remain on Manatee shelter kill list

Napier dogs now available for adoption

jdeleon@bradenton.comMarch 21, 2014 

MANATEE -- Ten dogs still remain on a kill list at Manatee County Animal Services shelters if they are not adopted by Monday afternoon.

A total of 11 dogs were put on a euthanization list Thursday as a result of overcrowding, according to MCAS director Kris Weiskopf.

Thirteen dogs seized as part of a law enforcement raid taking a total of 300 animals from Napier's Log Cabin Horse and Animal Sanctuary are finally available to begin the adoption process, however.

Weiskopf said he was very happy to receive the email from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office shortly after 4 p.m. Friday.

"MCSO has determined that placement of the 13 dogs in Animal Services' adoption program is in the best interest of both the Napier dogs and the other animals in your care," MCSO attorney Michelle Hall wrote. "Please consider this email to be your authorization to place the 13 Napier dogs in the Animal Services adoption program."

Hall visited all 13 dogs and met with officials at animal services earlier in the day, according to the email.

Meanwhile, 10 dogs remain at risk of being put down if not adopted by 5

p.m. Monday.

One dog, Noah, was adopted from the downtown Bradenton shelter.

"The whole plan is to get them all out by Monday," Weiskopf said.

A second had been adopted Friday, but the person changed his or her mind and returned the dog shortly after all.

This is a common problem, according to Weiskopf.

"I don't want people to emotionally adopt; make sure you adopt for the right reason because what happens then is they end up back here, at a rescue or on Craigslist," Weiskopf said.

Kill lists are not uncommon.

"It is just space," Weiskopf said.

The facility has 80 available kennels and currently has 104 dogs in the facility.

"And more coming in every day," Weiskopf said.

The shelter averages about eight new intakes a day, he said.

Jessica De Leon, Herald law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.

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