Animal shelters pounded by economy

Earlier this month a family came into the South Suburban Humane Society crying.

Their economic situation had forced them to move from their home into an apartment. They had searched for a pet-friendly apartment but couldn’t find one, said Emily Klehm, director of the Chicago Heights humane society.

They were at the shelter to give up their 7-year-old dog. They had no choice.

“The last couple of months we’ve had several heartbreaking stories,” Klehm said.

The scene has been lived over and over in region animal shelters: Families surrendering their beloved pets because they’ve lost their homes and can’t take the pet with them.

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