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Time limit on holding stray animals

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PASCO, Wash.—Dozens of stray animals are brought to local animal shelter every week, but if you wait too long to turn one in, your home could become theirs.

At the Tri-Cities Animal Control Shelter in Pasco you only have 72-hours to turn in a stray.  On their website it says, "If you choose to care for it while looking for the owners, you must report that to the shelter within three business days, or the shelter cannot accept the animal."

This is a code that all three cities including Richland, Kennewick and Pasco adopted. KNDU also spoke with the Benton County Animal Control Facility, and they say even with the code they'll still take the animal if it's been more than 72-hours.  However, they do not take owner surrenders.

"We really don't have the capacity to hold owner surrenders. We're basically here for the animals that are stray and have nowhere to go," says Tiffani Garner, Benton County Animal Control Officer.

Garner says if you are trying to find a home for dog or if you are adopting, Craigslist can be a huge help.