Bridgeport animal shelter faces overcrowding issues

The Bridgeport Animal Shelter has spent the last month struggling to clean up its facility, but now it's facing problems with overcrowding. Because the shelter does not euthanize healthy animals, dozens of cats and dogs are currently being kept at the shelter on Asylum Street. Now, city officials are looking for help finding homes for the abandoned animals.Many of the animals at the shelter have been forced to share cages due to the lack of space and influx of strays. The shelter is only designed to hold 40 animals, and with the Humane Society closed for renovations, the shelter has reached almost two times its capacity as it tries to pick up the slack.Last month, city officials ordered the shelter to clean up after a surprise inspection turned up filthy conditions, which the shelter has since taken care of. However, the best way to improve conditions at the shelter is to increase the number of adoptions.The city has earmarked $1.2 million to build a new shelter, but until the pound has a new home, the dozens of animals have nowhere else to go.Click here for more information on the shelter or to take a look at the animals online. The Bridgeport Animal Shelter is open seven days a week.

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