Lake County Animal Control warns about abandoning pets

Lake County Animal Control warns about abandoning pets at facility

Contributed By: The 411 News

Don’t put pets at risk; learn how to abandon them safely

Over the past weeks, surveillance cameras at the Lake County Sheriff’s Department Animal Control & Adoption Center have captured images of individuals abandoning their pets in the facility’s parking lot.

Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez, Jr. said leaving unattended pets is a violation and puts the animals at risk. “We truly care about pets. People who abandon them put them at risk of attack by predators, wandering into traffic or getting hurt or killed in various other ways.”

Anyone who wants to leave pets at the facility must enter the building and speak with a staff member first.

On Thursday, September 8, 2022 at around 7:25 a.m., Animal Control & Adoption Center staff found two cats which were left in a small crate outside of the building. Surveillance images show a female believed to be associated with this incident.

On Tuesday September 6th, surveillance cameras captured images of a male leaving a dog in the parking lot at around 3:15 p.m. The dog was found to have medical issues.

Caring for unwanted pets and helping them find forever homes is a mission we truly take to heart, the sheriff said. Anyone with questions on how to surrender a pet safely can reach Animal Control & Adoption by calling (219) 769-7016.

“Our community has been so generous in partnering with us to give animals a second chance at happy lives with families who can care for them,” said Sheriff Martinez. “We appreciate your assistance with our efforts to provide safe shelter for pets in crisis.”

Story Posted:09/13/2022

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