Drop box closure lowers euthanasia rate at shelter

BRISTOL, Ind. - A northern Indiana animal shelter has reduced the number of animals it is euthanizing since it closed night drop boxes where people could leave unwanted animals.

The Humane Society of Elkhart County announced in October 2010 that it would close the boxes after finding mistreated animals and pets from outside the county.

Executive Director Anne Reel tells The Elkhart Truth the shelter no longer has to euthanize animals for lack of space. She says closing the boxes has allowed the shelter to put down animals only if they exhibit aggressive behavior or have an illness or injury that makes them unadoptable.

The shelter is still struggling to adopt out more animals. Reel says it takes in about 500 each month but only adopts out an average of 50.

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