Dog dumping still at an all time high

Dog dumping still at an all time high »Play Video
TRI-CITIES, Wash. -- It's been a problem in the Tri-Cities for years. Dog dumping is still at an all time high. Animal Control says it's likely more pets will be dumped this month than in the summer months combined.

Thousands of dogs each year, dumped on the streets. Left homeless, cold, and hungry - right here in the Tri-Cities.

"I think it's really horrible, I can't imagine, he's like my kid and really honestly if I was to lose my place or couldn't find a place where I could keep him, I would live in my car before I just dumped him on the street," said dog owner, Amanda Wilbur.

But the reality is, so many people don't feel the same way as Amanda.

"Animals are throw-aways to them, they're disposable," said Animal Control Director, Angela Zilar.

Animal Control says it's important to raise awareness about dog dumping throughout the entire year, but November is crucial. It's the end of farming season and the beginning of hunting season. As the weather changes from warm to cold, numbers skyrocket.

Animal Control Director Angela Zilar says she doesn't trust people anymore. The shelter takes in more than 5,000 dumped dogs a year.
Some left in the woods or the streets while others are dumped at the front door of the Animal Control building. All of this is illegal. Cameras were put up to help catch the dumpers but those were stolen right off the roof.

"The trends are not changing," said Zilar.

If you get a dog for hunting and it doesn't work out, Angela hopes you'll find a proper home rather than leaving the pet behind.

"He's got feelings, a life, just like anybody else, so you shouldn't just dump something on the side of the road like it's trash, they're not trash," said Wilbur.

Animal Control also hopes you won't give a pet as a gift. You may get a certificate of adoption instead, but the new owner must come pick out the dog themselves.