Clovis animal shelter turning away animals

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico

The Clovis Animal Shelter is turning animals away this week while it awaits a resupply of carbon monoxide for its gas chamber, according to police Capt. Ron Hutchison.

Hutchison said it is merely a temporary supply issue and he hopes the gas will be delivered next week.

“We’re asking people to be patient,” Hutchison said Thursday afternoon. “We will do our best to get back on track. We realize that we have a responsibility to the community.”

Existing gas is being reserved for sick or injured animals, Hutchison said, and people dropping off their own animals are being asked to keep them until next week.

Shelter supervisor Louisa Maestas said the facility has 30 kennels and as of Wednesday had 31 animals.

Animal control officers are still responding to calls and are impounding animals as needed, she said.

But feral cat traps are not being loaned out and staff is advising people who come to drop off animals to try placing ads and try to find homes for their animals, or if nothing else, bring them back next week.

Maestas said the problem was compounded by higher drop-off numbers this month and the fact volunteer rescue groups aren’t taking animals, which means more are euthanized.

In July, the shelter took in 359 animals, up from an average of 250, she said.