Garrard Co. animal shelter: 'We need help!"

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LANCASTER, Ky. (WKYT) - A Central Kentucky animal shelter says it is in desperate need of help after taking in more than two dozen animals from a hoarding case.

A Facebook post from the Garrard County Animal Shelter on Saturday afternoon stated: "We are CODE RED. We just took in 23 animals from a hoarding case, both dogs and cats. We have zero kennels open at this point. We are going to have to euthanize if we don’t make room ASAP."

The shelter director says they were already almost full before they took in 15 cats and eight dogs from a hoarding case in Garrard County. She says the animals there were pulled from conditions that were unhealthy for humans and animals.

The shelter, which is normally closed on Sundays, was open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. so they can receive donations and supplies. They are also hoping that people will come out and adopt or foster the animals.

About a dozen animals found their new families on Sunday. But the shelter isn't out of the woods yet, the director says. The animals from the hoarding case aren't available for adoption yet, and shelter staff have high hopes this holiday season.

"We still have dogs and cats that are available here right now that want homes for Christmas," said Brittany Fain, the shelter director. "That's our Christmas wish, is to empty this shelter."

Shelter leaders say having so many animals taxes their resources, so they could also use donations - whether it's money, dog or cat food, or cleaning supplies.

The shelter is located at 210 Doty Heights in Lancaster.

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