SMITH COUNTY, Texas (KETK) – The stray dog population in Smith County has been out of control and has been growing.

Dogs have been found running on the side of the highway, dead on the side of the road, and in overcrowded shelters.

“It’s a growing problem,” said Dr. Gary Spence of Spence and White Pet Hospital said. 

Amber Greene, the Supervisor of the Smith County Animal Control Shelter, said some days they find themselves taking in somewhere between 14-15 dogs.

Although the Smith County Animal Control has been dedicated to adopting out all of their dogs, not all have had happy endings.

East Texas animal organizations share what they have been dealing with for the past year since the start of the pandemic and what East Texans can do to help.

Tune in to KETK on Sunday night after the game to watch the full report by KETK’s Corrine Benandi.