Worse, she said, plenty of people drop animals off.
"Unfortunately, what we see are those Christmas presents," she said. "People get them and then they don't want them."
Work is under way to continue disinfecting the shelter to make it disease free for cats and dogs. Clark said hopes that effort will be done by Thursday so the shelter can begin accepting animals again.
Three strays that have been picked up are being temporarily kept in separate quarters to keep them healthy.
The shelter will have a big sell-off of all remaining items in its thrift store so employees can begin using that separate building for animals. The thrift shop is stocked with glassware, knick-knacks, baskets, books and other items that have been donated.
"Everything is really cheap," Clark said. "It's open every Saturday and we do get a lot of good stuff."
She said, "Once it's empty, we're going to look at it to see how cost-effective it would be to use for strays."
In the cat area, the staff is also making a huge effort to eradicate disease and start fresh. There is an appeal to the public for new litter boxes. Ten have been donated, but Clark said the shelter could use 40.
Also, cleaning supplies are still needed - bleach, paper towels and any other items are welcome.
Available dogs, including Rusty, can be viewed on the shelter's Facebook page.
Reporter Dave Boucher contributed to this story.
Contact writer Cheryl Caswell at cher...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4832