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Humane Society Discusses Pet Abandonment

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A Grants Pass woman was cited for animal neglect after a witness says she pushed her dog out of her moving car Saturday afternoon.

Oregon State Police say the woman stopped by the Grants Pass location of the Humane Society hoping to leave her dog behind. After learning the Humane Society had no space to take her dog at that time, OSP says the woman pushed the dog out of her moving vehicle near the 1000 block of Granite Hill Road.

The Southern Oregon Humane Society in Medford encourages pet owners to take a minute and think through their next action with their pet. Officials say too often pets are found in the morning dropped off in boxes in front of the building with a note.

About once a month the staff says a moving truck will pull up and owners will tell the Humane Society they are headed out of town and must leave the dog behind. Officials say shelters are often near capacity and dropping a dog off takes planning.

“Don’t expect any local agency to be able to take that animal the moment you need to surrender that animal,” explained Kenn Altine Southern Oregon Humane Society. “We have a waiting list to get cats into our organization; we have a waiting list for many types of dogs.”

Humane Society officials urge pet owners to ask family members or check online for a family looking to give an animal a good home.