Injured pets getting dumped at shelter

Injured pets getting dumped at shelter »Play Video
PASCO, Wash. -- KEPR learned a string of injured pets were recently dumped at the Tri-Cities Animal Shelter.

The director says the owners left them at the shelter, some in pain because they couldn't afford vet bills.

Those owners could be facing criminal charges. Three dogs were surrendered in the last week. One was so badly hurt his leg had to be amputated.

Animal control works with the prosecutor to hold owners accountable for potential charges of animal cruelty, abandonment and theft.

You're not allowed to dump a pet on the taxpayers' budget if you can't afford to make it well.

The shelter works with local vets to try to save the animals instead of putting them down.

Director Angela Zillar said, "I don't want to be the person that has to hold a dog while it takes it's last breath. That's not my job, that's not what we're here for. This is not what we should have to do."

The shelter is working on setting up an injured animal fund.

For now, donations are being accepted at the Pet Medical Center in Pasco.