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15 Dogs Abandoned in Finley

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FINLEY, Wash.--This is one of the faces who have been abandoned. Their owner has since moved out of town. Now, property owner Luis Bueno has five dogs that he can't provide care for.

"He (former tenant) move out," says Bueno. I don't know where but he move out of town. He left many.. about 15 dogs were here and I've been calling people, please come and get 'em."

The Benton County Sheriff's department could step in, but only if the dogs were considered a threat.

"The only time we can take custody of animals is when their proven to be potentially dangerous or dangerous dogs," according to Deputy Joe Lusignan. In other wards, their attacking children, attacking humans or even attacking livestock."

The dogs appear to be well-behaved. Nobody knows if their healthy. Normally, Benton-Franklin Humane Society could intervene. Although, they have fallen on hard times.

"The two issues are really funding, income, to operate the shelter and our size," mentions Operations Manager Ed Dawson. We have limited space here so we can't take in as many animals as we would like."

Tri-City Animal Control in Pasco is also over capacity. Even if they had room, helping animals in Finley, on county land, isn't an option.

"Our contract is with the city and the city only," says Animal Control Ofc. Mike Graves. Pasco, Kennewick, and Richland. As far as the county, any of the animals that are in the county we can't do anything for or with them."