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If Dogs Don't Find Homes by Saturday, They'll Be Put Down

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    If Dogs Don't Find Homes by Saturday, They'll Be Put Down
    NBC Connecticut

    The animal shelter in Hartford that was at capacity had until Saturday to get more than two dozen pups adopted before they would be euthanized but people came forward to help clear the shelter. 

    "It's ridiculous," animal control officer Sherry Degenova said on Thursday. "We literally have no room down here. We're completely full."

    Hartford's animal shelter was hoping to find homes for the dogs. 

    Employees are usually off on Good Friday. but Degenova said she would be at animal control to help "save a life."

    "If we don't find homes for these dogs, they're gonna be euthanized," Degenova said. "It's something we don't want to do."

    Degenova said most of the dogs are pit bulls or pit bull mixes which are breeds that generally have a "bad reputation."

    She said prospective owners can rely on her recommendations that is based on 17 years of experience.

    One dog that found a home in Farmington was on the leash of his owner, who was back for more.

    "It's like he knows he was rescued. He's so appreciative. There's absolutely no problem. We're here looking to rescue another dog," said Jack Shepherd.

    More than 53,000 pets were adopted through the 2016 Clear the Shelters campaign, a nationwide push to place deserving animals in forever homes. Join the conversation on social media using #ClearTheShelters.