INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indianapolis Animal Care Services (IACS) receives daily calls to feed and pick up abandoned dogs dumped in yards, streets and alleys.
There have been some reports of dogs being dumped on private property, but IACS public information officer Roxie Randall said finding dogs in fenced yards is not a common occurrence.
“I would say it’s more common for people to find them roaming the alleys or the streets or something like that, as opposed to being confined to a stranger’s backyard,” Randall said.
Randall said it can be dangerous to dump a dog in your yard when it’s unclear if that dog is aggressive.
“It’s definitely very scary to have a dog show up in your yard, especially if you’re a dog owner,” Randall said. “If you don’t have dogs, it can be just as surprising to have this new dog in your yard that you don’t know and you don’t know how they’re going to react.”
Abandoned dogs are also at high risk of injury when they roam the streets alone.
“A dog that’s dumped can potentially wander into traffic and get hit by a car,” Randall said. “They can fight with other dogs or even other animals such as wildlife in the area, or resident dogs if they’ve been thrown into someone’s fence.”
Randall said it’s hard to know why so many dogs are abandoned in Indianapolis, but help is available.
“For anyone out there who feels like they’re approaching this decision, know that there are community resources to help you either keep your pets or keep them until they can be taken to a shelter or rescue,” Randall said.
The IASC continues to be in emergency recruitment status due to staff shortages and lack of space in the kennel.
The website said all surrendered pets would be at high risk of euthanasia.