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Jun 13, 2013 1:59 PM by NBC News

South Georgia shelter forced to euthanize hundreds of animals

(WALB) The Lowndes County Animal Shelter is so overcrowded workers are packing twice the normal amount of dogs into one cage. In the past 11 days, more than 260 animals have been dropped off at the shelter. 167 of them have been put to sleep. With these alarming numbers, officials are begging south Georgians to get their animals spayed and neutered.

"48 animals came in on this past Friday alone. This is not an animal problem in Lowndes County and I want to be very clear on that, this is a people problem. This is a direct result of people refusing to spay and neuter their pets," said Lowndes County Spokeswoman, Paige Dukes.

Animal rescue groups like BARC Humane Society are trying to put as many animals as they can into foster homes. Volunteer Kim Naputi picked up a little pregnant pup today from the shelter before she was euthanized.

"It's horrible, its absolutely heart breaking. She would have gotten put down because there are so many animals here that they can only keep a certain amount," said Naputi.

Many of these animals have owners, but ended up at the shelter after getting loose. Officials ask that you microchip your pets so they can be returned if they're lost. It's just $25. Taylor Thomas was able to find her dog Sadie today because of her chip.

"I'm very thankful because her collar slipped off of her, and so she wouldn't have even had it on so they wouldn't have known who's dog it was," said Thomas.

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