Heartland animal shelter risks closing

Heartland shelter could shut its doors

PUXICO, MO (KFVS) - Dogs might not have a home in one Heartland shelter if things keep going downhill.

No money’s coming in and the budget’s running low.

“It’s okay. You’re okay,” said Larry Doublin to a dog named Lucky.

He works as Puxico’s only animal control officer.

“It’s a little hard to do by yourself. But I want to do what I can to help the city to keep this going,” said Doublin.

So he and a few others started a fundraiser, now that the budget’s dwindling.

“You never know. There may be a chance we have to close it down, and I don’t want to see that happen," said Doublin.

The shelter needs things like food, rawhides, and treats for dogs. Doublin also needs help repairing kennels and building an outdoor pen for them to run around.

“I don’t want to be tied up in one of these pens all the time. If it’s not fair for humans, it’s not fair for a dog,” he said.

The most important need is a home.

“They’re too good to be in a place like this. Ya know. They need a forever home, and we just have trouble finding them," said Doublin.

At times, he has trouble finding room in the shelter too.

“We had facilities with four pens, and we had eight dogs in here. And I was just going around taking time to find a place to foster them,” said Doublin.

Lack of space in shelters is not just an issue in Puxico.

“It takes a lot of time. All kennels, rescue kennels around from St. Louis south is full. You can hardly find a rescue kennel that has room for another dog,” he said.

So, he takes the dogs to his house if needed.

“Yeah I love animals and stuff. But I just done it basically to help the community," said Doublin.

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