Clay County Animal Control in Green Cove Springs, Florida, is packed. Saturday on Facebook, volunteer Lisa Blount posted that "there is a line of people at the shelter, waiting to surrender animals. We have no cages available." It's not unusual for people to surrender their pets during the summer months. They want to go on vacation and don't want to pay to board their pets. Or they just want to go to the beach and not want to bother with coming home early to walk a dog. There are any number of reasons the shelters overflow when the heat goes up, and school is out for the summer.
One of the victims of this overflow is Sven, a four-year-old labbie. He came to Clay County in August, 2014, a thin, black dog, and has never left. In the year he's been there, he's never had a potential adopter visit him, in his cage in the back of the shelter. He's gotten used to being alone, not realizing that he has three strikes against him. He's a black dog; at four-years-old, he's no longer a cute puppy; and he came to CCAC with a skin condition. That condition has since cleared up, but that's the reason that he was put into a cage in the back of the shelter, and left there for almost a year now.