When your dog has puppies, it can be a special moment for the whole family. It isn’t quite as much fun, however, when a dog with four puppies is dumped in your yard.

That was the situation for Gaylee Boomer and her family, who live just outside Stillwater city limits. Boomer awoke Tuesday to a malnourished chocolate Lab and four puppies estimated to be eight weeks old.

Instinct told her to take the stray dogs to Stillwater Animal Control to be checked and given to a good home. That idea went awry when she began to discuss options with Animal Control and Humane Society employees.

“We don’t accept animals from the public at all,” said Brooke Herring, director of Stillwater Humane Society. “Animal Control runs the Humane Society. Right now, they are so full, with three dogs in each cage.”

Boomer was given the option of paying $20 per dog and Animal Control would take possession.

Reluctant to pay for dogs she did not own, Boomer decided to weigh other options before making a final decision.

Not coughing up the $100 proved costly for Boomer, as the mother Lab tackled Boomer’s son but didn’t break the skin.

This was the final straw in Boomer’s eventual decision to have Animal Control take the dogs.

Boomer turned to her neighbor, Sarah Guerrero, for assistance in dropping the dogs at Animal Control, but the dogs were turned down due to lack of space. \Guerrero was told she would be issued a $100 ticket if she abandoned the animals.

Guerrero returned the animals to Boomer, who was forced to build a makeshift fence to control the dogs. Dumping dogs within and around city limits is a consistent problem.

“That kind of thing goes on all the time,” said Payne County Undersheriff Noel Bagwell.

The problem begins with people who live outside city limits and have literally nowhere to take stray animals. No city establishment, like the Humane Society or Animal Control, is legally allowed to take outside dogs, was the common response.

“That is under jurisdiction of the county,” said Mary Dickey, director of Animal Control.

Bagwell said there is nothing the county can do.

“If there was some law that allowed us to do something, we would be more than willing to help,” Bagwell said.

Until something is decided about the future of the dogs, the Boomer family will be forced to keep the strays.

“I need this dog gone,” said Boomer. “My son deserves to be able to go outside and play.”

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