Pictured is one of several dogs (left) that have been dumped in Lawrence County. The pup was found abandoned on a dirt road, but has made a miraculous recovery (right) since being rescued. It now lives a happy life with Lawrence County Rescue co-creator Melissa Wicker and her family.

Inflation is hitting pet owners, forcing some to surrender their pets to the local animal shelter, while others are dumping and abandoning them.

“We have been having more calls on dogs running loose and it’s my understanding that Jumpstart Animal Shelter is getting as many as 15 to 20 calls a week of people wanting to give up their dogs,” said Walnut Ridge Mayor Charles Snapp.

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