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Arkadelphia Pound Faced With Putting Down Litter of Puppies

ARKADELPHIA, AR - Officials in Arkadelphia say they would like to avoid putting down a litter of puppies but needs the public to step up to help this holiday weekend.
This dog is one of fourteen currently housed at the Arkadelphia City Pound on Friday May 24, 2013.  City ordinance requires the dogs to be put down if no one adopts them by Tuesday May 29. (David Goins)
This dog is one of fourteen currently housed at the Arkadelphia City Pound on Friday May 24, 2013. City ordinance requires the dogs to be put down if no one adopts them by Tuesday May 29. (David Goins)
This dog is one of fourteen currently housed at the Arkadelphia City Pound on Friday May 24, 2013.  City ordinance requires the dogs to be put down if no one adopts them by Tuesday May 29. (David Goins)
This dog is one of fourteen currently housed at the Arkadelphia City Pound on Friday May 24, 2013. City ordinance requires the dogs to be put down if no one adopts them by Tuesday May 29. (David Goins)
These two small dogs are two of fourteen currently housed at the Arkadelphia City Pound on Friday May 24, 2013.  City ordinance requires the dogs to be put down if no one adopts them by Tuesday May 29. (David Goins)
These two small dogs are two of fourteen currently housed at the Arkadelphia City Pound on Friday May 24, 2013. City ordinance requires the dogs to be put down if no one adopts them by Tuesday May 29. (David Goins)
ARKADELPHIA, AR - A city ordinance in Arkadelphia could lead to the city pound being forced to euthanize a litter of puppies that animal control picked up last week.

The ordinance in the Clark County town that says after ten days, even if the city pound has enough room, the dogs there either have to be adopted or put down.

There are worse places for dogs than the Arkadelphia city pound.

"They're taken care of, they're taken care of better down here if they were at a home wrapped around a tree or something," Vick Bryant says.

But dog catcher for the city of Arkadelphia Vick Bryant faces a dilemma.

By city ordinance. dogs housed for ten days without adoption are euthanized, a tough reality for too many dogs.

"It's pretty tough, I really don't like doing it," Bryant says.

Especially when Bryant came across a littler of seven puppies abandoned last week.

"They're sweet puppies,” Bryant says. “Somebody dropped them off in somebody's yard and said they couldn't take care of them so had no choice but to get them."

Sheri Rogers checks the Friends of Arkadelphia Animal Control & Adoption Facebook page so she knows about the need.

"Tuesday is I guess there day they're to be euthanized and I thought no time like the present," Rogers says. "They may adopt from the Humane Society but this is imminent death for a lot of these dogs."

A need Rogers says she's happy to fill.

"My mom is disabled, she's in a power wheel chair,” Rogers says. “She really needs an outside dog to bark."

These pups have barking down to a science. But right now, the clock is ticking down on them.

If you’re interested in adopting any of the dogs before Tuesday’s deadline contact the city of Arkadelphia Dog Pound at 870-246-1803 or 870-260-4079.
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