Let's get new security cameras for the Tri-Cities Animal Shelter

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PASCO, Wash. -- KEPR is always Taking Action for You, and you asked us to look into new security cameras for the Tri-Cities Animal Shelter.

The last dog dumping incident sparked outrage on our Facebook page.
Without working cameras, those who leave pets behind will never be held accountable.

For several years KEPR has reported cases of dog dumping at the Tri-Cities Animal Shelter in Pasco, from the puppy left for dead with parvo to injured dogs needing care. Just a few days ago, a dog tied to a post, riddled with cancer, abandoned when she needed help the most.

Sadly, this is a trend that seems to be getting worse.

Angela Zilar, director of the shelter said, "2014 has already started off not so good."

There have been three cases of dog dumping in the last month or so. The shelter does what it can but doesn't have the money to cover costs. Without a proper monitoring system, those guilty of dumping their pets will never be held accountable.

Angela said, "I'm not saying that people are all bad. What we are saying is that we would like to know who these people are. We need to make contact with them; we need to talk to them."

The current monitoring system was donated seven years ago. The technology is outdated. Some cameras are broken. One was even ripped off the building.

We called a security company to see what it would take to get a new system.

Gene Mackey from Moon Security offered to give me an estimate. We walked the shelter grounds. He showed me what the newest technology looks like and just how clear the images would be.

One shot shows a tractor-trailer sitting in a lot in the middle of the day. He showed me the same image, in the middle of the night, still clear as day. Most animals are dumped after hours.

Mackey said, "Finding out who it was, why they were there, what they did, and actually have some quality footage we can work with."

Cameras are likely to cost $10,000. KEPR thought a little crowdsourcing might solve this issue. We set up a GoFundMe page to take donations: whatever you'd like to give, as little as a dollar.

For the shelter, it's not always about catching a bad guy.

Angela said, "Sometimes it's just knowing the information to make an informed decision."

Cameras could be monitored off hours so that an animal could be rescued if needed - giving the helpless a fighting chance.

You can find a link to donate here. We're hoping to get to that $10,000 mark that would assure an updated surveillance system.