Animal Overpopulation in Leon County

By: Amy Long Email
By: Amy Long Email

Biscuit is just one of the 10,000 animals that are dropped off here at the Tallahassee Animal Service center.... But Biscuit is one of the lucky ones because more than half of the animals brought in in 2010 had to be euthanized.

Mary Johanningsmeier says she feels helpless, "That is so sad. I just don't know how to stop it."

Pruda Fields a concerned pet owner says, "Frankly- what can you do? What do we have a set amount that we keep before we get started going into the public consciousness of it all?"

Director Erika Leckington at the Animal Service Center says, "That is an atrocious number for how many animals that we are getting into the shelter. The only way that we can stem that in this community is to stop the intake of animals here at the shelter. That doesn't mean close our doors, but start educating the community."

The shelter holds around 300 animals at the max. In the summer months, up to three times as many animals are dropped off compared to the winter - which varies the time an animal can be kept at the shelter.

Of the stray animals brought in - only 15 percent of owners come to reclaim them.

Amber Ferrington says took her dog to get his shots and microchip almost immediately "If you're going to commit to the responsibility of having a pet, a dog or a cat or whatever- you should take care of it."

Statistics show 178 animals were euthanized purely because there is not enough space and almost 800 puppies and kittens were put down because the animal service center didn't have the resources to care for them.

To read the statistics click on the attached document above.

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