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Fifty dogs found at home west of Riverton; shelter trying to accommodate

Fifty dogs found at home west of Riverton; shelter trying to accommodate

Apr 27, 2017 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Riverton's animal shelter was inundated this week after 50 dogs were discovered at a residence west of town.

Shelter manager Gina Gladman said it will take 300-500 pounds of food a day to care for the animals while officials determine where they will be placed. She thanked community members who have offered donations "left and right" since the dogs were brought to the shelter Tuesday evening.

"We've had people bring dog food," she said. "We sure welcome (that)."

The facility already housed 34 dogs before the new arrivals, including about 20 puppies, were delivered.

"We have no kennel space whatsoever," Gladman said.

Most of the dogs from this week's delivery are being held in a special wing that was built to house animals brought in by the county. The G Bar G Veterinary Service in Riverton has been caring for the animals' medical needs in cooperation with the Fremont County Sheriff's Office and Lander Pet Connection.

LPC volunteer and board member Jeanne O'Brien said she has been touched by the community's response as area organizations deal with the influx in animals.

"The support has been amazing," she said. "It's heartwarming to know we're not just in this by ourselves."

She invited community members to donate to G Bar G through her organization.

"Every penny will go to them to help offset all of their veterinary costs they've incurred," she said. "They haven't asked for a dime."

Eventually she will also need people to adopt or foster dogs and transport the animals to facilities elsewhere.

Anyone interested in helping can visit the LPC facebook page, e-mail administrator@landerpets.org, or call 330-5200.

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