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DeKalb animal shelter taking 'incredibly large number' of cats, dogs

The organization that runs the DeKalb County animal shelter is seeing a huge increase in people dropping off animals.

LifeLine Animal Project spokeswoman Karen Hirsch told Channel 2 Action News the organization, which also runs the Fulton County shelter, is getting on average about 700 animals a month. 

Staff started noticing an increase in July, when the DeKalb shelter moved to a new facility in Chamblee. Hirsch said 700 animals a month is “an incredibly large number,” and the DeKalb facility is bearing much of the weight of the increase. 

One reason for the increase may be more apartment complexes are changing the rules about animals, Channel 2 reported.

The DeKalb shelter is in the midst of efforts to stop euthanizing animals by the end of next year.

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