50 dogs removed from overcrowded Montgomery County animal shelter

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Texas – A Montgomery County animal shelter had to remove about 50 dogs Saturday morning, many who were impacted by Hurricane Harvey, because of overcrowding.

The shelter had reached its maximum capacity of 350, but had more than 450 pets in their care.

The removed dogs were transported to an animal rescue shelter in Macomb, Michigan, on Saturday morning. The dogs that were chosen to be removed were larger breeds, which officials say are harder to adopt out.

"Many of the pets are victims of Harvey, too," said Tena Lundquist Faust, co-president of Houston PetSet, a nonprofit organization that has stepped in to help relieve the shelter's burden. "We decided to do something after learning about the overcrowding they were experiencing."

Volunteers and Montgomery County Animal Shelter staff both loaded the pets safely to the emergency bus bound to Michigan, where they will be able to find a loving home.

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