HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The Horry County Animal Care Center has filled up, and a large tent and air conditioning unit have been erected on site to take in additional animals, according to officials.
“Horry County is working diligently to ensure there is a place for any animal who needs it,” said Mikayla Moskov, Horry County Police Department spokesperson, via email.
According to Kelly Bonome, director of the Animal Care Center, about half of the shelter’s kennels are currently occupied by court case dogs which unable to be adopted. That includes nearly 30 dogs removed from a Loris home during an animal abuse investigation less than two weeks ago.
“They have to wait for their day in court so we have to hold them for a longer period of time while we get through the court system," said Bonome.
The tent being used to create more space is being borrowed from the Horry County Police Department, along with the massive air conditioning unit from the North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety.
“This doesn’t just happen in the blink of an eye. It took a lot of people all weekend. It took us about 3 days to get to this point and there’s still some little things we have to finish up,” said Bonome.
The resources are all part of the shelter’s disaster plan, but it’s the first time they’ve taken these measures to deal with overcrowding.
Overcrowding at area animal shelters has been an issue over the past several days.
Last week, leaders at the Grand Strand Humane Society reached out to the community and asked for help fostering kittens after the shelter reached capacity.
The organization was beyond full after taking in more than 25 kittens since May 27, a GSHS Facebook post stated.
WMBF left a message for GSHS officials to get an update on the overcrowding.