End of hunting season means increase in abandoned dogs

      NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The end of hunting season means an increase in abandoned dogs for one local animal shelter.

      Joe Elmore, CEO of Charleston Animal Society, said dozens of hound dogs have been picked up off the streets.

      Elmore said many hunters find it more affordable to abandon their dogs when hunting season ends, rather than keep them.

      There isn't much room left at the shelter but officials said the hounds keep coming.

      "What we would like to see is responsible hunters come out take some of these hounds in - make room for one more," said Elmore. "We are even waiving the fees as a gesture of appreciation for financial relief for folks who do hunt - responsible hunters - and what we'd like to happen is the public and responsible hunters to expose those irresponsible hunters who let these hounds go and abandon them."

      The Charleston Animal Society is waiving all adoption fees this weekend.