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Cleveland group says animal shelter facing crisis

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CLEVELAND, TN (WRCB) -- A Cleveland animal rights group warns that kennels and cages are critically overcrowded at Cleveland Animal Control and are begging the community to take action to help reduce the numbers of animals being held at the pound.

Cleveland for A No Kill City is an activist group made up of Bradley County residents aimed at seeing Cleveland Animal Control become a no-kill facility by 2017. The fear that if overcrowding at the pound isn't reduced through adoptions, the killing of healthy dogs and cats could resume this week.

"In the last couple months, few to no animals have died at the pound because of overcrowding," said the group in a statement sent to media on Sunday. "This could all change as early as Monday morning, activists fear, unless there is an outpouring of adoptions from the community."

Photographs and descriptions of all animals available for adoption through Animal Control can be seen at http://www.facebook.com/clevelandforanokillcity. To put a pet on the safe list, call (423) 464-6070.

The adoption fee is $50 and includes spay/neuter, first vaccinations and de-worming.

In addition, animal control will open at 11 a.m. on Monday morning for adoptions. Cleveland Animal Control is located at 360 Hill Street SE.

Sponsorships of adoption fees also save lives can be made to three funds at animal control: adoption sponsorship, barn cat sponsorship or wounded/sick animals sponsorship.

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