Animal shelters crowded as a result of floods

Posted at: 09/18/2013 9:04 PM
By: Ashley McElroy, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Communities across New Mexico have been impacted by the flood and the rain.

But it's not just people. Pets have been filling up in animal shelters in the Four Corners that already needed some relief.

While rain was flooding the streets, the Farmington animal shelter was getting flooded with animals.

Dogs and cats lost in the rain were brought to the shelter that was already packed with pets.

"We needed a temporary place for them to stay and it did cause a little more crowding than usual,” said Samantha Embry of the Farmington Animal Shelter.

A lot of the lost pets have already been picked up, but with more rain this morning, the shelter got four more lost animals.    

"We have a lab that came in soaking wet. Nice and big, happy healthy lab," said Embry.

And it's not just rain in Farmington. The shelter was supposed to take 20 puppies up to Boulder, Colorado last week, but because of the floods, it had to be rescheduled for next week.

"That’s 20 puppies that we would have had room for and now were trying to find places for the incoming puppies," said Embry.

The shelter said it will keep trying to make room, as more pets keep coming through the doors.

Two of the four dogs lost this morning have been reunited with their owners.