Bertie County Animal Shelter issues ‘Code Red’ alert on shelter capacity


A ‘Code Red’ alert has been issued at the Bertie County Animal Shelter.

     The shelter is completely full and can’t take anymore dogs.

     This isn’t the first time the shelter has been full this year.

     Volunteers say it’s a constant problem they’re facing and it’s not getting better.

     Currently, there is no room for any new dogs, every dog run is filled.

     Volunteers say the main reason behind this is irresponsible owners.

     They also frequently see a lot of owner surrenders

     Animal control will often pick up strays around the county.

     Some volunteers say it’s so bad they’ve adopted dogs out and that cage is filled within the hour.

     “As far as the volunteers here, it breaks hearts,” said Vicki Nussbaumer, a volunteer at the shelter.

“They come in here, we do the best we can for them it could be a death sentence, it really could,”

    Shelter coordinators also say they wish they could provide better information to the community in regards to responsible ownership.

     If you’re interested in adopting one of these dogs, you can call the animal shelter at 

(252) 325-3647 or message them on Facebook and schedule a time to look.

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