Texarkana shelter, rescues see increase in dog abandonment

Brandi Vickers said she, Debbi Pound, Jan Wall Gann and Emma Johnson worked to earn the trust of this dog, who is now named Treasure, before they could rescue her. The Texarkana, Arkansas, city shelter and private animal rescues have recently reported a large number of abandoned pets. (Photo courtesy of Brandi Vickers)
Brandi Vickers said she, Debbi Pound, Jan Wall Gann and Emma Johnson worked to earn the trust of this dog, who is now named Treasure, before they could rescue her. The Texarkana, Arkansas, city shelter and private animal rescues have recently reported a large number of abandoned pets. (Photo courtesy of Brandi Vickers)

TEXARKANA -- Local animal rescues, both public and privately operated, are experiencing an increase in stray dogs being abandoned or surrendered.

The Texarkana, Arkansas, Animal Care and Adoption Center receives almost 50 calls a week from pet owners wanting to surrender their animals, executive director Lenor Teague said.

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