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Debt Leads Animal Shelter to Stop New Intakes, Cut Hours


Officials at the Humane Society of Raleigh County say its no-kill shelter has been forced to close its doors to new intakes and cut its hours due to overwhelming debt.

Humane society board member Melissa Lyons tells The Register-Herald that the shelter is faced with full kennels and ever-increasing veterinary bills.

Lyons says the shelter has been a place of hope for the past three years, ever since the board decided to stop euthanizing animals for space.

She says December is an especially difficult month to get animals out to rescue groups, since many rescues and transporters are busy for the holiday season.

Lyons says that unless the shelter receives financial support to help with the bills, she fears for the shelter’s future.