Shelter sees increase in pets due to cold weather

Montgomery County Animal Resource Center (WDTN Photo)

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – Dozens of cats and dogs given as Christmas gifts are being returned.

The Montgomery County Animal Resource Center says their seeing an increase in population due to several factors including the cold weather.

Officials say people are either bringing in strays or returning animals they can’t take care of.

Mick Sagester with the shelter says pets can be extra difficult this time of year and many don’t know that until they own one.

“It’s more responsibility in the winter. You can’t leave your dogs and cats outside. It’s too cold for us. It’s too cold for them. So, if you do keep them outside, people realize it’s too much work and want to bring them back into the shelter,” said Mick Sagester, shelter supervisor.

The shelter is hoping to encourage people to adopt a pet by waiving the adoption fees. They’re also running a Super Bowl special. If you pick the winning team, the shelter will give you a month off of flea and tick medication.For pricing information, click here. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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