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Animal rescue shelters at capacity

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Yakima, WASH.--During the winter, pet shelters often see more people dropping off stray animals, but the Wags To Riches Shelter said they're already at full capacity.

The shelter currently has two litters of puppies.

They recently built a puppy enclosure so they can bring in pregnant dogs and give them a warm and safe place to have their babies.

The Animal Rescue Coordinator for Wags To Riches, Becky Pascua, said the stray population only gets worse when people don't spay and neuter their pets.

"They wait too long, and the mama ends up pregnant or they just don't believe in it," said Pascua. "They're just dogs, and are expendable. They'll give the puppies away."

Pascua said many of the adult strays are malnourished or suffer from fleas.

The shelter needs volunteers who want to adopt or foster dogs until the shelter can find them a good home.