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Shelters working to treat dogs with kennel stress

Posted at 4:01 PM, Mar 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-14 20:18:19-04

Workers are taking action to help dogs suffering from kennel stress at shelters with Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC).

MCACC Spokesperson Jose Santiago says about a month ago at the shelter off Durango, they moved all the dogs that were showing signs of kennel stress into one building.

“We decided let’s put them in one area so we can really monitor them and have volunteers focus in on those dogs,” said Santiago.

There are also special enrichment programs to help these dogs.

For example, they are given more one-on-one attention, go on walks, some even become office dogs.

“What we found is, once we got these dogs outside — away from their kennels — they were great,” said Santiago. “They were calm and showed no signs of aggression.”

Santiago says these dogs also get special toys — ones where treats can be hidden inside

“The dog will play with the toy for 45 minutes and distract it from being locked up and depressed,” said Santiago.

Santiago says they’re already seeing success.

“It makes a world of difference and we are seeing a lot of these dogs get homes,” said Santiago.

Santiago says they need more volunteers and toy donations.

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