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Packed shelter may have to euthanize dogs

***UPDATE: Since the airing of this story, all available dogs have been adopted. The Sherwood Animal Shelter would like to thank everyone for their support and help in finding forever homes for each of them.

SHERWOOD, Ark. (KTHV) - The Sherwood Animal Shelter has a packed house.

In one month, 50 dogs arrived at the shelter, many of them unwanted, abandoned or neglected.

On Tuesday, the shelter announced on Facebook that it is near-capacity and if the animals aren't adopted soon, they may have to do something they've avoided for nearly three years.

They say they've run out of room, and out of options, and may be forced to euthanize dogs if they aren't adopted.

"This year we've had over 480 animals brought in, just dogs, and over 180 cats," said Animal Control Officer, Bethe Barnett.

In the last three days, the shelter has taken in 17 dogs. Employees say as of Wednesday, 30 of the 31 kennels were occupied.

"We haven't euthanized in this place for 2 1/2 years. We work really hard with rescue groups and fosters, but if it comes down to it, sometimes a decision has to be made," said Barnett.

The shelter says a lot of the animals that come through the door are strays, but many other have been turned in by their owners who are unable to care for them.

"Getting a dog is a major decision. It's not something you want to get into with without knowing what you are getting into," said Jacob Hum, who adopted a dog Wednesday.

"People need to take into consideration when picking out a pet, 'does your lifestyle fit the animal you're trying to get?'" said Angela Robinson, who visited the shelter Wednesday.

However, for some, the decision is easy.

"If I can take one dog home, that's one less dog that may be euthanized," said Hum.

"We definitely need adoptions and we definitely want to give these animals forever homes," said Barnett.

The shelter is waiving the adoption fees for sterilized dogs until Friday.

If you aren't able to adopt, you can donate or volunteer your time.

For more information, visit the Sherwood Animal Shelter's Facebook page.