WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - It began as a last resort for Good Samaritans.
"If somebody finds an animal out there, that they have rescued, maybe it was going to be hit by a car or something, and they don't know what to do with it, they bring it here. This is for lost pets," said Karen Buchan, the community project manager for Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control.
According to Buchan, the after-hours kennel quickly became something else.
"We had problems with people that were obviously leaving their own animals," said Buchan.
She says it's a sign of desperate times when owners start leaving their own pets behind. "People didn't want to face our staff, with the fact of being ridiculed or something, that they were giving up their animals. They were embarrassed," said Buchan.
Hurt feelings weren't worth the risk to other animals. In September the night drop was closed for business.
"It's time to re-open. We want a place for people to take animals that they find on the street that they're trying to help. Being a Good Samaritan. we need this place open, when we're closed to the public," said Buchan.
Animal Care and Control hope changing the name of the night drop, to the After Hours Lost Pet Kennel will ensure the facility is used strictly for lost pets, and encourage those who can't afford to keep their pets to come in during business hours, and talk to the staff.
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