People are not abandoning their pets during hard times, at least in one Wisconsin community. Despite the economy or perhaps because of it the Rock County Humane Society reports the shelter’s dog intake was about 11 percent lower for the fiscal year ending in August compared to last year.

Director Angela Rhodes says people are willing to give up a lot of other things before they give up their companions.

AUDIO: Angela Rhodes (MP3 :17)

Since Rock County has extra space Rhodes says she took in 11 dogs last week from Milwaukee County and more than half have been adopted.

However although the number of cats at the shelter is also down by about 100, Rhodes says they still took in 1,500 cats this past fiscal year.

Contributed by Beth Wheelock-WCLO

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