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Prosser Woman Wants to Open A Kennel For Stray Dogs

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BENTON COUNTY, Wash-- There is no animal control in the rural areas of Benton County and one woman wants to do something about it.

Hundreds of dogs are abandoned in the county and so far nothing is being done to find them new homes and they're left to starve. One of the reasons nothing has been done is because the county does not have the resources, but they are working on it.

Benton County commissioners are working on a plan for possibly a shelter in West Richland. One Prosser woman has been running a dog rescue called "A Paw Up Rescue."
She would like to open a kennel so she can foster more than three dogs at a time. Right now everyday she gets a call from someone who has found a stray dog. She has applied for a kennel permit but she needs support from the community.

"We try to ask for an adoption fee or a surrender fee it just depends on the situation and not many people are willing to help out right now. There's no solution for animals in the county when you have a dog dumped on you," said Yvette Fitzgerald, who wants to open a kennel.

A kennel can have up to 12 dogs, but she would need to have a building built to house the dogs. If they can take in more dogs there rescue funds from adoption fees would increase. 

Abandoned dogs in the county usually starve to death, kill livestock to survive or get run over.