STARK COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - It's a full house at the Stark County Dog Warden. They need to find these animals homes or get them back to their owners, before they're forced to euthanize.
Frank Lane says Bandit had him at hello.
"He caught my eye as soon as I walked through that door and he's young like you want him, he's a beautiful dog," said Lane.
He and his lady are on the prowl for a new dog and came to the Stark County pound after hearing about overcrowding on social media.
The pound is at full capacity. There are normally 29 cages available for large dogs, but right now they have 32 dogs in house, with even an overflow room full.
"It seems to be always around a holiday, for whatever reason, we see a huge amount come in. Now, just in the last seven, eight days, we've seen over 30 dogs come. And that's quite a bit in a short period of time like that," said Jon Barber with the Stark County Dog Warden.
The warden says the bigger problem is that people aren't coming in to claim lost or stray dogs like they used to do.
"We have to go out and pick up strays. We have to go out and pick up aggressive dogs. We can't lock the doors and say, 'Hey. We're full. We can't take any more dogs,'" explained Barber.
If people don't come and claim or adopt these dogs, the aggressive ones will be euthanized after 30 days to make room for incoming dogs.
The warden says almost everyone suffers from "compassion fatigue."
"You get drained from the constant amount of dogs that come in here. And people find them homes. And then as soon as they open the cage, they look back, and there's three more dogs to take that cage. To have to euthanize dogs is something nobody wants to do," said Barber.
Dogs are only euthanized if no one claims or adopts them in 30 days. These are what the county calls "bite dogs" and aggressive dogs.
The Stark County Dog Warden is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those interested in adopting are encouraged to come and take a new friend home. View pictures of some of the dogs available on the Stark County Dog Warden's Facebook page.