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Please don't just drop them off

I am writing this to ask the public not to just drop off unwanted animals at HART after hours. In the past two weeks we have had two boxes of kittens and two dogs left.

Sunday night about 10:30 p.m., I received a call from the Baxter police department stating two dogs were out at HART. Don Hannahs, animal control officer, came out to see what had happened. He found a beagle running in the parking lot and got that one indoors. The smaller retriever brown dog was very scared and ran. It is Thursday afternoon and the brown dog is out running scared to death. He or she is staying in the area as we have many caring people stopping to try to get the dog and telling us about it. There was a note left telling us information about the dogs. Why didn’t they come in, pay a small surrender fee and do it right? We are going to set a live trap tonight and hopefully get the brown dog and give it some food and comfort. The beagle is up for adoption.

Now to the boxes of kittens: HART is very full with cats and kittens; the waiting list is out until October for personal surrenders. Today there was a taped up box with seven kittens in our ditch and last week a box of five kittens were left at the door step.

HART is doing the best work possible. Please think what you are doing to your animal by just dumping them. It is horrible to be abandoned.

Thanks for listening.

Donna Wambeke

Heartland Animal Rescue Team

Executive Director

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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