TEXAS CITY — Like other animal shelters in the county, the Galveston County Animal Resource Center is having a half-off adoption sale.

All of the spayed or neutered cats or dogs at the shelter are just $42.50 to adopt.

The adoption fee is usually $85.

The summer season is notoriously a busy time for shelters and they can see huge population increases. Last summer the ARC was overrun and was forced to put some animals in cages outside.

The overcrowding situation led to a sheriff’s office animal cruelty investigation, which is still under review by the Galveston County District Attorney’s Office.

Animal Resource Center records show that as of June 5, there were 268 animals in the shelter. That is a 26-animal increase compared to a month earlier, records show.

The shelter’s records show that on June 5-23 animals were brought into the shelter, while only four were either adopted, returned to its owner of taken by a rescue group.

Records show that on that day 18 animals were euthanized. Of those, eight were put down because they were sick or injured.

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