The dog days of summer haven't been especially kind to the Rim country's canine population.
Overcrowding at the Payson Humane Society may force animals to be put down.
"Some days we get two dogs in; some days we get six," Cathy Maldonado, animal care supervisor said. "If we continue getting that amount of dogs in, we're going to have to start euthanizing."
The shelter turned to the Arizona Humane Society for help, but was told the glut of dogs is a statewide phenomenon.
"They're overloaded and can't take any more, and the pounds down in Phoenix are euthanizing 100 to 200 animals a day," Maldonado said. "We don't know what's going on, but this year is really bad."
The shelter is offering half-price adoptions on both dogs and cats through July 23.
"If you're thinking of getting a dog, please come down to the shelter," Barbara Brenke, board president, said. The Payson Humane Society, located at 812 S. McLane Road, is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call (928) 474-5590.
Pet adoption event
The Payson Humane Society is holding a pet adoption event from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 16 at Payson Feed and Pet Supply, 101 W. Aero Drive. Several dogs will be available for adoption. They will be spayed or neutered, have all current shots, and will have a microchip for identification.