Pittsylvania Pet Center closes to take in dogs in hoarding case

Published: May. 26, 2023 at 5:42 PM EDT
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PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - The Pittsylvania Pet Center closed Friday to take care of animals from a hoarding case.

The Director of the Pet Center said Pittsylvania County Animal Control seized the dogs from a residence Thursday. The dogs were covered in ticks, extremely underweight and malnourished.

The pet center declined to give us pictures of the dogs or tell us how many, due to the ongoing investigation.

This case puts the shelter at a total of 175 animals.

“People get overwhelmed, is usually the thing,” said Brent Weinkauf, Director of the Pittsylvania Pet Center. “They have good intentions in the beginning and it goes awry. Then, here we are. This is our fifth situation like this in the past year with a total of 200 animals in those five occurrences. So, it puts a lot of stress on the shelter.”

The shelter will reopen and return to regular business hours Saturday at noon. Starting June 1 through June 15, the shelter will have a $50 adoption fee special.