Dozens of dogs available at a Westfield animal shelter

WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Westfield opened its Regional Animal Shelter four years ago, but it’s never been more difficult to find homes for the 27 dogs being cared for.

Assistant Animal Control Officer Kerri Francis told 22News most of their dogs are pit bulls; reputation and regulations discourage adopting that breed.

“There’s a whole list of dogs that insurance companies will not take on your insurance, or your insurance will go up, so it’s very difficult to get our dogs adopted,” said Francis.

Tony Caputo of Westfield owns one dog and would like to adopt another, but experience has taught him to be very cautious before adopting.

Caputo said, “Is the dog will get along with people? Is he going to be aggressive? You don’t really know unless you keep the dog for awhile, and if you’ve got another dog, will they be compatible?

Melanie Casineau is looking for just the right dog for her boss whose pet recently passed on at the age of 13. Melanie’s got her eye on Molly, a pit bull mix.

“Maybe this weekend, we’re hoping to find one in here; it looks like a really great dog. Not exactly the breed she’s looking for, but I feel she could be a good fit,” said Casineau.

If she’s lucky, Molly would be one of the few dogs recently adopted from the Westfield shelter. Animal Control personnel hope more people become aware of the services they provide.

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