Note: This post has been corrected. The original incorrectly attributed the killing of Target to Maricopa Co instead of Pinal Co.
Maricopa Co Animal Care and Control in AZ is Pinal County’s neighbor to the north. Pinal Co recently oops-killed Sgt. Terry Young’s war hero dog Target. Now, local rescue groups are speaking out about all the needless killings in the area’s two shelters. Maricopa Co is defending its kill numbers:
Rodrigo A. Silva is the Assistant County Manager and confirms 100 dogs die per day in the county’s two facilities.
“Animals just continue to come through our door every day,” Silva said.
He said with 55,000 dogs coming through the doors every year it’s impossible to keep any dog without tags or microchips any longer than 72 hours.
Dogs with tags are kept a minimum of five days.
“There’s just absolutely no way for us to keep animals any longer than we legally need to,” said Silva.
Dogs without ID are killed after 72 hours apparently without even being offered for adoption? And there is “just absolutely no way” to do things any differently? I’m glad not all shelters see things this way.
Here are the county’s stats for last month:
Total number of animals coming in to the shelter: 4,106
Total adoptions: 1,178
Animals returned to their owners: 444
Transferred to rescue groups: 648
Euthanized: 1,812 (0 healthy, 320 treatable/manageable, 1,492 untreatable/unmanageable)
Now ain’t that something? The county kills 100 dogs a day including every dog who comes in without ID and is still at the shelter after 72 hours. And not a single one of them killed last month was “healthy”. In fact, the vast majority of those 100 dogs being killed every day are “untreatable/unmanageable”. That is almost hard to believe. I mean, what are the odds?
I wonder what category Target will fall into for the November stats because I believe she would have been considered “healthy”. I notice they don’t break down the numbers by “Oops”.