By: Sarah Snyder
ECTOR COUNTY - Unwanted puppies in Ector County aren't just being left on the streets or on a shelter's doorstep, they're being slung over the fence. It's breaking their bones and putting their lives at risk. It's a heart-breaking story and the Humane Society in Odessa says enough is enough.
Buddy is one of the newest puppies at the Humane Society in Odessa waiting for a home. But Buddy didn't wind up at the shelter like the other dogs - he was dropped over a fence and abandoned by an owner who simply decided he didn't want him anymore.
"It's very frustrating and heartbreaking to see that," Del Nesmith, Director of the Odessa Humane Society, said.
After the Humane Society locks down at night, they tell NewsWest 9, people are driving up and dumping their unwanted animals over the 6 foot fence leaving many with broken legs and feet.
"It's been going on from time to time, but in the last three weeks, it's just every two or three days," Nesmith said.
Volunteers say that doesn't have to be the animals' fates.
"It's awful," Ana Orbiz, Volunteer at the Humane Society said. "If you don't want the animal, bring it here or call us over and we will try to accommodate the animal."
The Humane Society thinks the high number of pups is because less people spay or neuter their pets.
"Most of it so far are just puppies, people are just throwing away," Nesmith said.
And Ector County law enforcement says if you're caught the penalty for abuse is hefty - up to one year in jail.
"It's a Class A misdemeanor, but it turns into a state jail felony if they have two priors to the same offense," Sgt. Gary Deusler with the Ector County Sheriff's Office said. "To toss an animal over a fence and hope they land right, no. Not good."
The Odessa Humane Society is holding a fundraiser this coming Sunday at the Sam's in Odessa hoping to raise the $3,500 needed to buy new infra-red security cameras that will capture license plate numbers and images at night.
"I think it will stop them from bringing them out here and pitching them over," Nesmith said.