(WKBN) – Animal Charity of Ohio is desperate for extra space to house all the dogs and cats they’ve had to take in, but they’re not alone.
The people who run the Mahoning County Dog Warden’s Office said they have already housed 90 more animals so far this year than at the same time in 2021.
On Monday, they housed 68 dogs and puppies.
Supervisors said many of the animals they take in are a year or two old and were first obtained during the pandemic and their owners can no longer afford to keep them.
“So they’re probably due to COVID, inflation is on the rise, people can’t afford them, and some people don’t even realize the time and sacrifice it takes to own a dog,” said kennel supervisor Lisa Hill. “Dogs average about $600 a year between toys, vet care, and food, and, you know, I don’t think a lot of people realize that.”
Along with looking for people willing to adopt their animals, workers said they were running out of dog food, toys and other supplies.
Donations can be dropped off at the dog sitter‘s office during normal business hours.