Montgomery County animal shelter full after Fourth of July

HUBER HEIGHTS, OH (WDTN) – One week ago, the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center was near capacity. NBC4’s sister station, WDTN in Dayton, put out the word, and nearly 100 dogs were either adopted or placed in rescues.

Now, just a few days later, the shelter is full again.

On average, the shelter takes in 30 dogs during the 4th of July holiday, but this year, it collected 100 stray dogs.

“Compared to last year, we had 93 strays that came in. It has been really busy time for us. People are out looking for their lost dogs already this morning,” said Bob Sexton, the Animal Control & Care Supervisor.

Sexton explains the shelters primary goal is to reunite lost dogs with their humans. The shelter does adopt pets out, but they first try to reconnect.

“Unfortunately a lot of the dogs are not licensed. The other thing is that they may be licensed but they just don’t have it on the collar,” said Sexton.

Getting your pets licensed can make all the difference. Depending on if the pet is spayed, the cost to register it could cost between $20-25.

If a dog or cat comes in with no ID, the shelter legally has to hold it for 3 days before the adoption process can begin.

The shelter also says it’s important to keep checking the shelter to see if your furry companion is there. They recommend checking more than once because you never know when the pet will pop into the system.

However, the shelter frequently holds strays longer than the 3 days. 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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