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Overwhelmed shelter holds adoption event

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Dogs, cats available at reduced fees

In June, 250 animals were surrendered — or dumped —  at the Levy County Animal Shelter outside Bronson. Some animals were nuisances. Some folks could not afford a pet. 

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Such was the case with one owner who told shelter workers it was a choice between buying beer or dog food. The dog is staying at the taxpayer-supported shelter. 

Workers at the shelter say it puts pressure on them and the small kennel operation. Too many animals end up being euthanized — a nice word for killing the pet.

Come Saturday, the dog who lost to the beer and other shelter animals will have another chance at finding an owner who will give him that loving home. 

Levy County Animal Services is holding an adoption event Saturday, July 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tractor Supply in Chiefland. There will be free hotdogs and beverages. The store is giving new owners a bag of their 4 Health dog food and BubbaQue's will give the new owners a gift card for a meal. 

Adoption fees have been lowered:

• Dogs - $40 for males and $55 for females

• Cats - $25 for males and $40 for females. 

• If the animal is already neutered and spayed, it can be adopted for free. 

 The difference in fees is because neutering a male costs less than spaying a female animal. And all animals adopted must be altered. 

Only cash payments will be accepted at the one-day event.