So far, the shelter has been given several animals, but it expects to receive up to 30 more.
A rescue employee told ABC11's Morgan Norwood more than half of the dogs surrendered are believed to have heartworms or other illnesses.
"We desperately need to make space for all of the animals that are in coming regularly plus these dogs that are being surrendered," Assisting the Hoke County Animal Shelter in Raeford, NC posted on its Facebook page. "Every open kennel counts!"
Many local foster families have already stepped in to help.
Karen Richardson, of Tara Rescue, said she is looking for homes for eight of the dogs she took from the shelter.
ABC11 has reached out to law enforcement for a comment.
Those interested in adoption should visit the shelter during business hours (8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday).
The shelter can be reached at (910) 875-4148.