Number of animals euthanized by city continues to drop

mowen@ledger-enquirer.comMay 7, 2013 

The percentage of animals taken in by the city’s animal control department that have to be euthanized continues to decrease, according to a release.

In 2010, about 80 percent of the animals taken in were put to death. That number dropped to 64 percent in 2011, then to 52 percent in 2012.

For the first quarter of 2013, only 32 percent of animals taken in have been put down, according to city records. By comparison, in the first quarter of 2012, the number was 48 percent and in 2011, 64 percent.

Public Works Director Pat Biegler said that number could go up due to seasonal fluctuations, but overall the trend continues to look good.

“We’re headed into that time of year when birth rates in the animal population really explode,” she said. “ The next few months will tell the tale of our progress for 2013, but starting the season with a record low April euthanasia rate of 25 percent is very good news.”

Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, who started the city’s Save-A-Pet program in 2011, said there will always be sick, injured or dangerous animals that will have to be euthanized, but the others should find a home.

“We have made tremendous progress because of our dedicated staff and volunteers and our diligent rescue partners in the community,” Tomlinson said. “It has been a team effort and those efforts have paid off big with more and more animals being placed with families.”

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