INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The Humane Society of Indianapolis is looking for the owners who abandoned five animals on their property.
It happened on Monday and 24-Hour News 8 got a look at the surveillance video that captured several people abandoning the animals.
IndyHumane does not charge a fee to surrender an animal, but it is illegal in Marion County to dump them.
“We don’t ask for anything when someone surrenders an animal to us,” said Jeremy Vanandel, Chief Development Officer for the Humane Society of Indianapolis.
That’s why Vanandel is trying to figure out why several people abandoned five pets outside IndyHumane.
“It was two dogs and three cats,” he said.
A Daschund was the first animal dumped outside the facility around 9 a.m. Monday, but just a couple of hours later, around 11 a.m., surveillance cameras captured someone abandoning a Chihuahua Daschund mix in the shelter’s Canine Training School yard. Later that night, a little after 11 p.m., cameras captured someone getting out of a car and dumping three cats inside two carriers outside the facility. The lawn service crew found the cats Tuesday morning.
“We were lucky we found them when we did because they had been out here overnight,” Vanandel said.
While the animals are now being cared for inside the shelter and getting used to their new environment, officials are working to find who owned them.
“We’re able to track things like license plates, get proper identification, so we do everything we can to pursue these cases when they happen,” said Vanandel.
He said there is a right way to surrender an animal and all it takes is ringing a bell outside to talk to their staff.
“For whatever reason, someone needs to surrender a pet, they can do it safely and they can do it legally and it’s a very simple and easy process,” Vanandel said.
Vanandel said the facility can only take in a limited number of animals to properly care for them, but they will help anyone who needs to surrender a pet.
If you are caught abandoning an animal in Marion County, you can face a fine of $200 or more.
Officials said their priority is not placing fines, but making sure the animals are safe and out of danger.
As for the pets abandoned this week, 24-Hour News 8 has learned they’re not quite ready for adoption.
Shelter officials said unexpected or unwanted litters are one of the leading causes of animal surrenders in Marion County. To help reduce the number of animals turned over to shelters, shelter officials suggest spaying or neutering pets. Call the shelter at (317) 872-5650 for more information.
IndyHumane’s hours are as follows:
- Monday – 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Tuesday - 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Wednesday - 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Thursday – Closed
- Friday - 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Saturday – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Sunday - 11 a.m. to p.m.
The shelter is located at 7929 N. Michigan Road in Indianapolis.