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      Shelter sees increase in animal turn-ins

      Action 4 News got a glimpse of newborn puppies at the Brownsville Animal Regulation and Care Center.

      It's a sight shelter workers said they see too often.

      "We do get a lot of mommas and their puppies," said Supervisor Robert Dippong.

      Those puppies sometimes find a home, but it's not always permanent.

      "Some people will take the puppies, but once the animal gets older, he starts tearing their plants or destroying some of their property, they don't want to deal with it anymore so they'll turn it into us," said Dippong.

      Dippong said December tends to see an increase in animal turn-ins.

      "Every day that we come in our drop off kennels are full," said Dippong.

      Dippong said pet owners, strapped for Christmas cash, find the costs of a pet too much to bear.

      Others going out of town can't find anyone to watch their pets.

      With an average of 20 animals turned in each day, the shelter is desperate to clear its kennels.

      The only way is to find forever homes for the furry friends.

      If not, they'll likely be put to sleep.

      Dippong said last month about 400 dogs and cats were killed, making room for more animals shelter workers know will come.

      The Brownsville Animal Regulation and Care Center is open Monday through Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

      Eighty-five dollars will get you a spayed or neutered dog with all its shots and tags.