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Thieves struck at the Helen Woodward Animal Shelter for the second time in as many months, police said.
Some local animal shelters are being inundated with pets given up by owners.
The overcrowding at animal shelters in North County has prompted two of the shelters to offer incentives to residents willing to give those pets a home. The Escondido Humane Society is so full it cannot accept owner-surrendered pets, reported the North County Times. Officials there are offering all adoptions in the month of July for half price.
The San Diego Humane Society North Campus in Oceanside is also too full to accept any additional owner-surrendered pets. Elsewhere, the county has waived adoption fees for the rest of the summer for cats over 6 months-old and for any dogs over the age 5 or for any canines that have been at one of its shelters for more than 30 days.
"We do know people are put in situations sometimes where they cannot keep their animal," San Diego County Animal Services spokesman Dan DeSousa said. "But if someone knows they're moving out and have to give up a pet, we don't want them coming on the 30th day of the month when there's no more time."