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Overcrowded: Animal Rescue League of El Paso dealing with abundance of dogs, cats

EL PASO, Texas - The Animal Rescue League of El Paso, which is located in Canutillo, TX, is currently dealing with an overwhelming problem.

"El Paso is in such a bad situation," said kennel manager Loretta Hyde, who sees firsthand how bad the overcrowding of dogs and cats has become at her clinic everyday.

She continued, "I have every kennel full, I have the trailers full, I have over 130 cats and kittens. I have's just never ending."

The shelter claims that people have begun leaving animals on their doorstep, even sometimes going as far as chucking unwanted dogs and cats over the fence. Neighbors who wished to stay anonymous confirmed that they've seen this happening.

Hyde said that people willing to foster animals sometimes takes a load off their backs, but people often don't know what they're getting themselves into, and try to give back the animals. The shelter is then burdened with trying to find a place for these animals that they sometimes don't have.

The best way that the public can help with this problem, according to the shelter, is to make sure that their pets are spayed and neutered. Litters are often the largest burden to shelters, especially to the Animal Rescue League of El Paso. Microchipping is also critical, as Hyde said that this gives people the greatest chance of finding their beloved pets if they run away.

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