Animal shelter overwhelmed with support after 700 animals seized

MUNCIE (WISH) — Thursday was a busy day at the Muncie Animal Shelter with phones ringing off the hook and hundreds of animals waiting to be cleaned and fed after Animal Control seized more than 700 animals on Wednesday.

It’s the largest number of animals the city has ever seized. Now, the community is coming out in droves in an effort to help the animals.

The animals now have assigned cages and fresh food, and every single pet is getting one-on-one medical attention.

“For the most part, everyone is in good shape. The issues that we’ve been dealing with are very minor,” said Muncie Animal Shelter Superintendent Phil Peckinpaugh.

The next step is getting each animal into a rescue. For now, the shelter is not putting the animals up for adoption.

“We’re just trying to sort through that and make sure the animals are going to a very positive situation and hopefully away from anything like they were in before,” said Peckinpaugh.

Rescues from all over Indiana and individual animal lovers are eager to help the animals find forever homes. People dropped by the shelter, called and emailed asking if they could help or adopt the animals.

“We’ve had a huge outpouring of people that have wanted to help and we so appreciate that,” said Peckinpaugh.

Before the shelter even opened on Thursday, more than 40 voicemails were waiting for employees there, and the phone didn’t stop ringing all day long. The shelter started asking people to stop calling and email instead to free up the phone lines. The shelter is also asking for donations because they need additional equipment and money to take care of 700 animals.

“We need supplies donated for the animals. Food, bedding, cages, things like that,” said Peckinpaugh.

The shelter says the parrot and some of the other unique animals already have homes lined up, but one group is going to be more difficult to place.

“The biggest issue is really the mice and the rats for us. It seems like everything else for us is going to be pretty smooth transition,” said Peckinpaugh.

The shelter hopes to have most of the animals in a rescue by the end of next week. Some of the big moves will likely happen this weekend.

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