Hancock Co. animal shelter overflowing; in need of people to adopt dogs

GREENFIELD, Ind. (WISH) – The Greenfield-Hancock County animal shelter is overflowing with animals.

Greenfield-Hancock County Animal Management seized 28 dogs from one home in early February, and their director says they haven’t found homes for many of them yet. He’s hoping to find people to adopt them.

“The population at this shelter is getting to a danger point,” said Jeff Leffel, director of the Greenfield/Hancock County Animal Management.

He says most of the dogs currently in the shelter came from a home on U.S. 40 just outside Greenfield city limits. Deputies found 28 dogs there.

“There were dogs everywhere. There were 19 dogs inside the home, and that would make for another nine outside around the property,” explained Leffel.

Leffel says six adults were also living in the home. He says the dogs were in deplorable conditions, in their own feces and urine. The home has now been deemed uninhabitable.

Leffel says three of the people living in that home, Sherry and James Emerick, and their son Jammie, were each charged with a misdemeanor count of animal neglect.

“I’ve never seen anything this bad, since I’ve been here,” Leffel said. Leffel said the Emericks said they’d hoped to get the female dogs fixed. but they said ‘the males got to them.’

County ordinance says people can own five dogs, without a special license.

Leffel said he removed them all from the conditions. Weeks later, the dogs have now been to the vet and cleaned up.

Leffel says now he’s still getting animals in, and not enough are going out.

“It’s keeping the population at a dangerous level. God forbid we come across similar conditions to this in the coming days, we’re going to be forced to make some serious decisions. And that’s just not fair to those animals.”

Adoptions at the shelter right now are $25, because of a grant from the Hancock County Community Foundation. All adoptions include spay/neuter, rabies vaccine, micro-chipping, flea treatment, de-wormer and species appropriate vaccines (five in one with Bordatella for dogs and Felovax for cats).

The main office number is 317-477-4367, or visit their website, or their Facebook page for more information.

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