Local Animal Shelter Stops Accepting Animals

An animal shelter here in Eastern Carolina has stopped accepting animals, citing a lack of donations and county budget cuts.

Shelter manager Julie Strickland says donations at the facility in Elizabeth City had been pretty good in 2008 but are down
dramatically this year.

Strickland says more animals have been brought to the shelter operated by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of
Northeastern North Carolina as families lose their homes.

The Associated Press reported the shelter had 45 dogs on Thursday, but has room for only 30. There also were 65 cats and a number of kittens.

Strickland says the shelter also has fewer volunteers this year.

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