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More Than 110 Cats And Dogs Rescued By Maricopa County After New Year's Eve

The week after New Year’s Eve has become a busy time at the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control Shelters in Phoenix and Mesa. They collectively took in more than 110 cats and dogs over the weekend and the shelter is now trying to reunite those animals with their owners. 

Animal Care and Control spokesperson, Melissa Gable, said that by law they have to hold all animals for 72 hours, at which point multiple things can happen to a lost pet. 

“There is a chance that a rescue group can come forward and take your pet and put them up for adoption through them,” she said. 

The animal could also be kept at the Maricopa County shelters. But, sometimes there is not always a happy ending.

“If your pet is at the shelter and showing signs of aggression because he’s scared, and trying to bite people, that’s not a dog we can safely put up for adoption," Gable said. "So, unfortunately, in some cases your pet is at risk for euthanasia.”  

Gable said some of the animals lost over the weekend have been recovered by their owners. 

But, if you’re still missing your lost pet, she said to go to the shelters as soon as possible. She also recommends checking both of the Mesa and Phoenix locations despite where you live.




Katherine Fritcke Producer, Morning Edition Katherine Fritcke is the Morning Edition Producer for KJZZ. Fritcke was born and raised in Scottsdale. After deciding to leave the Arizona heat, she graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, IA with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She is a self-proclaimed public media junkie who can't get enough of programs like "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" and "Ask Me Another."