Terre Haute Humane Society facing issues with illegal animal dumping


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – In the past 24 hours, staff with the Terre Haute Humane Society say six cats were dropped off at their front door without any notice.

Now staff are warning the community that is not only dangerous for the animals, but it also illegal.

In surveillance videos from the Terre Haute Humane Society, there are two separate incidences of people illegally dropping off cats on their property.

According to the general manager of the Terre Haute Humane Society, Sarah Valentine, the cats were found in crates outside of their building both during and outside of their hours of operation.

While these cats were able to be seen, Valentine says she has seen animals dumped on their property that were hidden.

Valentine says dumping pets at the humane society is not safe for the animal and at this moment the Terre Haute Humane Society has little space for both cats and dogs.

“We just want these animals to be safe and to be taken care of, that’s the most important thing. Please, do not dump them, do not leave them, it is too hot for that and potentially had we not found some of these animals, they could’ve died because of this heat,” Valentine said.

“We are currently completely full in cats and pretty much completely full in dogs which means if you find something, there’s a really good chance we are not going to be able to take it right now even though we want to be able to help,” Valentine also said.

Valentine says although space at the humane society is limited, they will try offer resources such as pet food to help people take care of their animals if they need assistance.

Under the Vigo County Animal Control Ordinance, abandoning an animal could result in a fine of $100 plus court fees.

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