MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Dog Shelter, 285 Columbus Road, will be part of Saturday’s nationwide Clear the Shelters event, intended to find forever homes for adoptable animals.

The event, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will involve the county Dog Shelter, operated by Dog Warden John Carhart and his staff, partnering with Dogs of Knox, one of the county’s animal adoption organizations. The event will feature ice cream, raffle baskets, dog toenail trimmings, and friendly greetings of the four-legged and two-legged varieties.

Most importantly, Carhart said, the event offers a chance to adopt dogs with updated vaccinations at a discounted cost. Carhart said Dogs of Knox is providing an opportunity for adoption at $60 per dog, half of the normal cost of $120. In addition to vaccinations, dogs also receive microchips so they can be tracked if lost, and are spayed or neutered before going home with a family or caring individual.

There are currently 30 dogs at the county shelter, of which 18 were available for adoption as of Thursday, Carhart informed Knox County Commissioners during his monthly report. Four of the dogs available on the adoption floor are Pittie Paw Rescue dogs, and Carhart is hoping that some or all of these dogs — Nola, Penny Sue, Leo and Penny — will be among those dogs receiving forever homes. The four PPR dogs awaiting adoption are among eight total, seven of which have been at the shelter for 330 days. Their lengthy stays have followed the county’s closure of the former Pittie Paw Rescue operation and criminal neglect-related charges leveled against its owners.

The four PPR dogs that are not adoptable are likely headed for other rescue operations that can care for them properly, Carhart told commissioners.

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Larry Di Giovanni: 740-397-5333 or larry@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews