Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Does Dallas really kill 28,000 dogs and cats a year

The way I read this briefing being presented to the Dallas City Council's Quality of Life today, 28,370 dogs and cats will be put to death in the city's animal shelter this year.

Now the briefing doesn't say that. It doesn't even mention killing animals. But how else is one to interpret the figures on slide 4? Taking the numbers, which are for three-quarters of a year, presented on that slide and extrapolating them for a full year, it says 37,209 dogs and cats will be impounded by the end of the current fiscal year (Sept. 30). Of those, 2,783 will be adopted, 3,229 will be transferred to rescue groups and 2,827 will be reclaimed by their owners. That leaves 28,370 dogs and cats unaccounted for. What happens to them?

I think we all know the answer to that question.

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