By: Eames Yates
June 12, 2013
Lowndes County, GA - A silent killer in Lowndes County is putting hundreds of animals to death...
Overpopulation is the biggest threat to animals here at the Lowndes County Animal Shelter. As of June 1st, 260 animals have been brought in to the shelter. More than half of them have been euthanized.
Lowndes County Clerk, Paige Dukes: "They're very alarming, and it's not just June numbers. These are not unusual numbers. This is something that the shelter and that the County has been dealing with for a long time now."
Between strays and drop offs, the Lowndes County Animal Shelter recieved nearly 6,000 animals last year. More than four thousand of which were euthanized.
Dukes: "This is not an animal problem here in Lowndes County. I want to be very clear on that. This is a people problem. This is a direct result of people refusing to spay and neuter their pets."
The shelter is supposed to average three or four dogs per cage. But because of the overpopulation, that number has increased to as many as six a cage. The County is imploring residents to come in and adopt animals, and is doing what it can to keep adoption fees as low as possible.
Dukes: "Right now the charge for a cat is $85 and a dog is $105-- and the County's actually going into the hole six to eight dollars for those adoptions. So we do have prenegotiated rates with our local vet partners and everyone to keep that cost as low as possible."
That price tag ensures your pet has been spayed or neutered, seen by a vet, micro-chipped and gotten a rabies vaccination.
You can also foster a pet as well by contacting the Barc Humane Society at 229-244-8500.