Nichole Hannahs

Survival Chances High for Shelter Dogs

by Nichole Hannahs on October 22, 2012 at 6:33 am

Dogs taken to an animal shelter in the state have a better chance of survival depending on the county.

A study by the Columbus Dispatch shows that 70 percent of dogs take to shelters last year were reclaimed by owners or adopted. Locally, the Animal Shelter in Muskingum County said they’ve had 1,100 dogs come to the shelter as of last month. 82 percent found permanent homes.

"Until we get all the animals out there spayed and neutered," said Executive Director Jody Murray. "We’re going to continue to see a lot of homeless animals."

The Animal Shelter said that they are a no kill facility and adoption is always the first goals, but some dogs can’t be saved.

"Unfortunately, though if we bring example a dog that comes in that has a history of being aggressive or sometimes we have staff bitten here," said Murray. "Those dogs aren’t going to be a good candidate to be adopted."

In the Columbus Dispatch study Carroll County euthanized one percent while Lawrence County had a euthanized  81 percent. 85 of 88 counties in Ohio were studied.