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Homes needed for drug offenders' pets

Friday, September 2, 2011

SIKESTON -- Wednesday's drug sweep by law enforcement may have taken some criminals off the streets of Sikeston, but it also left many animals homeless.

"Whenever the drug bust happened, we got 11 dogs in one run, and we kept getting more," said Trace White, director of the Sikeston Area Humane Society.

But White said he is by no means complaining about law enforcement.

"They're doing their job, too. I can understand them not letting us know (about the operation) because that can compromise their investigation," White said. "So we're just really trying to be accommodating and tip our hats to them."

The inside of the Humane Society can hold a maximum of 28, and when the first 11 dogs arrived Wednesday morning, there were only six pens open, White said. Since Wednesday, the Humane Society received a total of 30 dogs -- and counting, he said on Thursday morning.

"We don't have enough room for those dogs. The amount of dogs brought in was just overwhelming," White said.

White said he contacted a few of the shelters Sikeston's Society works with, but most couldn't take the animals on such short notice.

In an effort to find homes for the animals, White took to the Sikeston Area Humane Society's Facebook page on Wednesday.

Some local residents responded.

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