by Anayeli Ruiz
HOWARD COUNTY - Abandoned dogs are becoming a big problem in Howard County.
The Sheriff's Office seems to be getting more and more calls about abandoned dogs in neighborhoods.
Deputies recently found 14 puppies abandoned on an oil lease on Cauble Road and they say it's something they are seeing more and more of.
Abandoning animals falls under the animal cruelty law and it's a Class A misdemeanor.
Anyone caught in the act will be arrested and will face a fine.
The Sheriff's Office can't say for sure the reason for the spike in the abandoned pets but think the economy is part of the problem, and people taking in animals they can't take care of.
"I think they bite off more than they can chew, they may out grow their home or yard and turns out cost more money to feed the dog. Dog has puppies or more than they can handle, they think solution is to turn them loose," Deputy James White, with the Howard County Sheriff's Office, said.
There is a 24-hour drop off where people can leave their unwanted animals, inside a shelter where they will have food and water.
The recently found puppies have been put up for adoption and people are adopting them.
If you have any information or have seen anybody dumping animals, call the Sheriff's Office.