CINCINNATI - Several dogs at the Brown County Animal Shelter are in need of good homes.
Three need to be adopted before Friday or employees say they will be put down.
Shelter employees say the six dogs were placed on the "urgent list" because they've been at the shelter longer than the rest of the animals.
Jamoca, Shep, Derby, Mica, Blue and Marty are the six who are on borrowed time.
Dog Warden Mike Darnell says more than 1,100 stray dogs are picked off the streets every year, which creates overcrowding at the shelter. A problem that he says could be prevented with responsible ownership.
"You gotta care about the animal, you gotta love the animal, you gotta treat it like you want to be treated or like one of your own children," said Darnell.
Darnell says the adoption rate at the shelter is about 90 percent, but the shelter wants to make that 100 percent, and the holidays are a perfect time to do that.
"The main goal here is to get them adopted to a right, suitable home," kennel technician Michael Johnan said. "We don't want to see no dogs back here."
If you're interested in adopting, you can visit the Brown County Animal Shelter on Veterans Boulevard in Georgetown, Ohio. You can also view the dogs on Petfinder and at http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/OH139.html or on the shelter's Facebook page .
All of the animals have clean bills of health and are ready for a good home.
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