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More animals being euthanized at animal shelter in recent years
By: Joshua Zuber
EL PASO, Texas In the past few years, thousands more animals are being euthanized by El Paso's Animal Services Division, according to numbers provided to KFOX 14 by the city's Environmental Services Division.
According to the most recently available data, in 2012, Animal Services put down 25,344 animals. That's up from 2010 when it euthanized 20,320.
But an Environmental Services spokesperson told KFOX 14 that the number of animal adoptions is on the rise, too.
Plus, Animal Services Director Luis Rios says in recent months the rate of euthanized animals to those it impounds is decreasing.
"We are engaged in a T&R program which means 'trap and release.' We bring (cats) to our facility here. We neuter or spay those cats and release them back to where they're from," Rios said. "We have also recently hired a volunteer coordinator whose main job it is to recruit volunteers to help us in our adoption efforts."
Animal Services is also slated to begin doing its own adoptions offsite.
Currently, adoptions are processed through groups like the Humane Society.
And in September, the city is set to open a low-cost, high-volume spay-and-neuter clinic on Socorro Road.
What could be contributing to the rise in animals being euthanized are 10 more animal control officers being hired in recent years.
Plus, an Environmental Services Department spokesperson said a better system for tracking stats has been implemented.