INDIANAPOLIS - New numbers show the city of Indianapolis animal shelter is killing fewer dogs and cats, Call 6 Investigator Kara Kenney discovered.
Last year, 5,216 animals were euthanized, not counting the hundreds of animals euthanized at their owners’ request.
The city’s live-save rate was 64 percent in 2013, meaning roughly 64 percent of the animals coming into the shelter made it out alive.
In 2012, the save rate was 56 percent, and the year before it was only 49 percent.
“I think it’s a lot of factors,” Indianapolis Animal Care and Control Administrator Dan Shackle said. “More public awareness has certainly been a huge factor. Indianapolis has certainly become more progressive in its animal-welfare thinking. I think more people have paid attention to spay (and) neuter and not breeding animals at home, which is a huge problem.”
In 2011, Kenney exposed the city’s animal overpopulation problem, showing it leads to public health problems like dog bites and euthanized animals dumped in the dumpster behind the shelter.
Shackle admits the city has a long way to go.
Records show of the animals euthanized, 66 were considered healthy and 3,102 animals had conditions deemed manageable or re-habitable.
One-thousand five-hundred eighty-seven animals were euthanized due to untreatable illnesses.
“(Euthanizing to maximize space) is still happening,” Shackle said. “It’s seasonal. We’re much fuller in the summer than we are in the winter.”