TRINITY, TX (KTRE) - Driving around Trinity County, it's pretty common to see a stray dog roaming around.
"You can see them in the Sonic and Brookshire Brother's parking lot," said concerned Trinity citizen Ashly Karstedt. "You'll see three or four at a time, it's pretty bad."
The county doesn't have a shelter and the city can only hold 1 or 2 at the nearby water plant. Noticing the problem, Terry Waller began his non-profit organization Paws of Trinity County, sheltering the dogs in pretty uncommon place.
"We decided what we'd do is put it right in here at my auto shop, Trinity Discount Tire and Auto, and people that drove by would see the dogs," explained Paws of Trinity County president Terry Waller.
With Trinity's growing population, the number of dogs on the street has increased as well.
"They just throw them out on the street, they get hit by cars, they throw them in the woods hoping they never get back to civilization," Waller said. "When they get here they're in bad shape."
Not all of the dogs at the shelter are strays or abused animals. Some of the dogs are dropped off by owners that are unable to continue caring for them.
However, being a small auto shop, there just isn't enough room for the shelter to take in enough dogs. Waller owns three acres of land on Calvin Street, the perfect size to build a new facility.
"I want to build a facility in conjunction with the city and the count, working together," Waller said.
Waller presented the Trinity City Council with his plan, hoping the council will fund this venture.
"There is an economic development committee and I'm hoping to get some money for them, anywhere from $300,000 to $350,000, or whatever amount it takes to get this facility built."
Many around the Trinity County community wants the city council takes Waller's plan into consideration.
"It's very important because without it they can take in as many animals as they could if they had the bigger property," Karstedt said.
Anyone interested in adopting a dog or donating to Paws of Trinity County can call them 936-594-5570 or visit their Facebook page with the same title.