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Surrendering a pet? Do the right thing

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There's a right way and a wrong way to surrender a pet in Denison. (KTEN) There's a right way and a wrong way to surrender a pet in Denison. (KTEN)
If you have a pet that you can no longer care for, be sure to follow the correct procedure for your location. (KTEN) If you have a pet that you can no longer care for, be sure to follow the correct procedure for your location. (KTEN)

DENISON, Texas -- The City of Denison says there's been an increase in abandoned dogs at parks, shelters and on the streets.

They're trying to put a halt to it and get people to do the right thing.

Two dogs and seven of their siblings were just dropped of at the Denison Animal Welfare Group after hours. That's not permitted.

"The reason it's not allowed is because we have a contract with the city, and all of our animals have to come through the city pound... that's our contract," said DAWG assistant director Bruce Edmaiston

DAWG is a non-profit that picks up dogs and cats from the city pound at least twice a week. Then they help them find a new loving home. DAWG is not a drop-off facility.

We found two four-legged friends that went home with a foster family after being abandoned. Scott Cushman can't believe someone would just leave them.

"I know when I get old, I want someone to take care of me, so I like to kind of pass that along... help something else," he said.

Denison Animal Services says there's been a recent uptick in the number of animals abandoned at parks and at the DAWG shelter

"There is no telling what an animal may do once you drop it off and it's out of your sight, and even for the workers coming in," said animal services officer Jo Reinsch. "If you put an animal over the fence like at DAWG or something like that, it comes in and doesn't know it's there and the animal is going to be scared anyway."

There is a system in place to surrender a pet, and it needs to be followed for the welfare of both people and animals. The city pound is located at the Morton Street Animal Hospital. Unwanted pets should be taken there, or call Animal Services at 903-465-2720 for more information. It's free.

"Go about it the right way," Reinsch urged. "The dog didn't ask to be put in that situation, so we are here to help the animals, make sure they all find long, forever homes."

Abandoning animals is against city ordinance. Violations can result in tickets and even jail time.

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