The AP put out a piece earlier this month on rescue transports which take shelter dogs from the south and drive them north. It provides some sad stats for shelter pets in the state of NC:
Last year, at least 305,222 dogs and cats were dropped off at North Carolina shelters, and 214,475 were euthanized. […] The real numbers are likely higher, because only 73 of 100 counties had reported their 2010 data to state government as of February.
That’s a kill rate of 70%, with roughly 3/4 of the state’s counties reporting.
The focus of the article surrounds the risks of using unvetted transporters, citing a lack of regulation, rescuers who take sick or bad tempered dogs on the transports, and those who simply lose the dogs at rest stops due to inexperience.
The reporter also spoke to Kimberly Alboum, director of the NC chapter of HSUS. Some readers will remember that Ms. Alboum was very happy to send 10 of the AL 44 to the shelter in Lincoln Co, NC which promptly shoved 4 of the dogs into their gas chamber. She cautions shelters who rely on rescue transports to help save lives:
“It’s scary to me,” Alboum said. “You’re always leery of folks coming and pulling multiple animals from your shelter if you don’t know where they’re going.”
The article does not note if the comment was made with a straight face.