Las Vegas shelter kills 1,000 animals after vets discover contagious diseases outbreak.The shelter annually adopts more than 7,000 dogs, cats, rabbits, gerbils, guinea pigs and other animals.
“It’s unforgivable in light of the fact that it was absolutely preventable,” said Holly Stoberski, legal counsel for Heaven Can Wait Sanctuary, a group that has worked with Lied Animal Shelter to find homes for impounded animals. “They were not properly vaccinating the dogs and cats in a timely manner.”
Well, that’s true. If the people that were hired to take care of these animals had done their jobs right; these cats and dogs more than likely would not have taken ill. However, most of them would have still been put down – they would have been spared the suffering though.
The animal shelter, Town Lake, in Austin Texas handles about 23,000 animals per year. Per year. Half of those animals are euthanized .If not more. How many die in your town? Multiply that number by all the major cities in your state. Add the biggest towns. Multiply that by the number of States. Final answer?
This number of throw-away cats and dogs does not take into count the numbers of stray cats gone feral or the number of dogs that never make it to the shelter . It does not take into account the number of animals in no-kill shelters.
All across the States cats and dogs from newborns to the elderly are being put to sleep. The animals did not choose to be born nor abandoned. Purebreds are not exempt from being slaughtered either. Last week there were at least 4 German Shepherds ( two of them 4 month old puppies ) a Rottie, 4 – 5 chihuahuas, a Siberian Husky… and that’s only the glimpse I had.
- 5 million dogs and cats are killed yearly in U.S. shelters. That is 13,800 every day or 575 dogs and cats killed every hour, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- In six years, one female dog and her off spring can theoretically be the source of 67,000 dogs.
- In seven years, one female cat and her off spring can theoretically be the source of 420,000 cats.
Who is responsible for this outrageous , irresponsible action? You are. I am. Anybody who does not speak up, shout out !!! You are responsible if you thought it was a good idea if Muffy had at least one litter before you had her spayed. You are responsible if you decided not to get your “boy” fixed because he couldn’t have puppies or because you think it would make your dog less “macho”. It is your responsibility if you bring home an animal that you cannot afford.
Everyone loves puppies or kittens. However, animals outgrow their baby cuteness within a few months. Animals do not train themselves, feed themselves. As an owner you are the Caretaker. 24/7 . Animals are a responsibility. Your responsibility as well as mine. Speak up if you see an animal being abused! Abuse is not only physical as in being kicked, beaten, hit. Abuse is a lack of shelter, lack of food, lack of medical and in my eyes; lack of companionship.
A lot of States ; cities, offer discount spaying or neutering clinics. Check into it. Maybe you do not need to use one, but perhaps your neighbor could use a little help. Volunteer. Donate. Not just money is needed. Towels, bowls, leashes, newspapers . All you have to do is make that call. Ask. Help save an animal today. Everyday. Until we no longer have throw away surplus animals being destroyed.