The shocking reality of animal shelter kills - WNCN: News, Weather

The shocking reality of animal shelter kills

Posted: Updated:
Animal euthanization is a sad reality that occurs in animal shelters across the country everyday. In Eastern Carolina, overpopulation of pets is a serious problem.

"We're often mislabeled-labeled the bad guys," said Trinity Smith, Supervisor at the Craven-Pamlico Animal Service Center. "But we're trying to clean up a problem that the community has put in our laps, and it's an ongoing struggle."

Many shelter employees say the public could dramatically decrease the number of animals euthanized if they helped control the pet population.

"We focus on the pet owner irresponsibility. Spade and neutering is a key," said Alan Davis, Director of Onslow County Animal Services. "And the reason why we receive so many dogs and cats is because of the failure of people to spay and neuter."

In county run animal shelters in Eastern Carolina, nearly 20,000 animals were euthanized in 2012. That number doesn't include animals put down in Washington, Hyde, Jones and Duplin Counties that didn't report numbers to the North Carolina Department of Agriculture.

Tyrrel County had the highest percentage of animals euthanized at 88 percent. They were followed by Martin County at 79 percent, and the Craven-Pamlico shelter at 77 percent.

Determining what animals are put down is an ongoing struggle for shelter directors.

"First we look at the animals temperament. If they're happy and healthy and friendly, we make every effort to put them up for adoption. Space is always an issue," said Smith.

State law requires shelters to hold stray animals for at least 72 hours, which sometimes leaves shelters no other choice but to euthanize animals that could be adopted.

The Humane Society of Eastern Carolina is the only no kill shelter in the the eastern portion of the state. They help surrounding shelters by taking some of their animals and holding them at their facility until they are adopted.

Some of the animals they hold would have been euthanized in other shelters. Instead, they are getting a second chance at finding a loving home.

For more information on shelters in the story, you can visit their websites listed below:
Pitt County: http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/pittcoanimalshelter.html
Onslow County: http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/NC07.html
Craven-Pamlico: http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/cpasc.html
Martin County: http://www.martincountyncgov.com/AnimalControl
Humane Society of Eastern Carolina: http://www.hsecarolina.org/
  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Police: Man steals woman's purse and takes off

    Police: Man steals woman's purse and takes off

    Saturday, April 19 2014 2:05 PM EDT2014-04-19 18:05:16 GMT
    The New Bern Police Department is investigating a Friday night robbery.
    The New Bern Police Department is investigating a Friday night robbery.
  • Student assaulted, robbed on ECU campus

    Student assaulted, robbed on ECU campus

    Saturday, April 19 2014 1:55 PM EDT2014-04-19 17:55:17 GMT
    A female East Carolina University student was assaulted and robbed Friday night walking through campus.
    A female East Carolina University student was assaulted and robbed Friday night walking through campus.
  • Traffic stop leads to drug arrest in Pitt Co.

    Traffic stop leads to drug arrest in Pitt Co.

    Saturday, April 19 2014 1:39 PM EDT2014-04-19 17:39:20 GMT
    A traffic stop landed a man behind bars in Pitt County.
    A traffic stop landed a man behind bars in Pitt County.
  • NewsMore>>

  • MIT honors officer slain after bombs went off

    MIT honors officer slain after bombs went off

    Saturday, April 19 2014 1:21 PM EDT2014-04-19 17:21:54 GMT
    Relatives of the police officer authorities say was killed by the Boston bombing suspects are remembering him a year later.
    Like many other youngsters, Sean Collier wanted to be a police officer. Unlike most, he brought that dream to life - and then died doing it, becoming a central character in the gripping hunt for the Boston Marathon bombing...
  • Captain of sunken S. Korean ferry, 2 crew arrested

    Captain of sunken S. Korean ferry, 2 crew arrested

    Friday, April 18 2014 10:51 PM EDT2014-04-19 02:51:33 GMT
    Rescuers scrambled to find hundreds of ferry passengers still missing Friday and feared dead, as fresh questions emerged about whether quicker action by the captain of the doomed ship could have saved lives.
    The captain of the ferry that sank off South Korea, leaving more than 300 missing or dead, was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need - three of whom were seen lifeless in the...
  • Man charged in Kansas City-area highway shootings

    Man charged in Kansas City-area highway shootings

    Friday, April 18 2014 9:41 PM EDT2014-04-19 01:41:22 GMT
    Authorities announced charges Friday against a man suspected in connection with about a dozen recent highway shootings that have wounded three people in the Kansas City area.
    After nearly a month of reports of gunshots being fired at vehicles and more than 100 tips, authorities announced charges Friday against a Kansas City-area man suspected in connection with about a dozen highway shootings...
  • Technology & ScienceMore>>

  • Creeping landslide devouring part of Wyoming town

    Creeping landslide devouring part of Wyoming town

    Saturday, April 19 2014 3:12 PM EDT2014-04-19 19:12:08 GMT
    A sudden lurch in a creeping landslide in the northwest Wyoming resort town of Jackson split a house in two and forced workers to abandon efforts to stabilize the hillside.
    No one can say when the mountainside collapsing into this Wyoming resort town will give way. But it appears increasingly likely that when it does, it's going to take a piece of Jackson with it.
  • NASA's moon-orbiting robot crashes down as planned

    NASA's moon-orbiting robot crashes down as planned

    Saturday, April 19 2014 2:02 PM EDT2014-04-19 18:02:14 GMT
    NASA's small moon-orbiting spacecraft LADEE (pronounced LAH'-dee) is no more. Flight controllers confirmed early Friday that LADEE crashed into the back side of the moon.
    NASA's robotic moon explorer, LADEE, is no more.
  • Golden eagle found in Wyo. tied for second-oldest

    Golden eagle found in Wyo. tied for second-oldest

    Saturday, April 19 2014 12:42 PM EDT2014-04-19 16:42:07 GMT
    A golden eagle that was apparently electrocuted near Sheridan was more than 30 years old, which ties the record for second-oldest in the species that has ever been tagged in North America, Wyoming wildlife...
    A golden eagle that was apparently electrocuted near Sheridan was more than 30 years old, which ties the record for second-oldest in the species that has ever been tagged in North America, Wyoming wildlife officials said.
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Boater charged in death of young woman who hit head on low bridge

    Boater charged in death of young woman who hit head on low bridge

    Thursday, April 17 2014 8:53 PM EDT2014-04-18 00:53:40 GMT
    Investigators say a man was intoxicated and behind the wheel of a boat, causing the death of Savannah woman last Summer. Joseph Webb was arrested by Georgia Department of Natural Resources and booked
    Investigators say a man was intoxicated and behind the wheel of a boat, causing the death of Savannah woman last Summer. Joseph Webb was arrested by Georgia Department of Natural Resources and booked
  • Storm Team 9 Forecast

    Storm Team 9 Forecast

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:21 AM EDT2014-04-19 11:21:04 GMT
    A good chance of rain looks to impact Easter weekend.
    A good chance of rain looks to impact Easter weekend.
  • Teen suspended for asking Miss America to prom

    Teen suspended for asking Miss America to prom

    Friday, April 18 2014 8:20 PM EDT2014-04-19 00:20:23 GMT
    YORK, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania high school student is in hot water for asking Miss America to prom during a question and answer session at school.Eighteen-year-old Patrick Farves said he received three days of in-school suspension Thursday because he asked Nina Davuluri to prom.The senior at Central York High School stood up and popped the prom question, then walked to the stage with a plastic flower. Davuluri just laughed and the students cheered.School officials heard about Farves' plan in...
    YORK, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania high school student is in hot water for asking Miss America to prom during a question and answer session at school.Eighteen-year-old Patrick Farves said he received three days of in-school suspension Thursday because he asked Nina Davuluri to prom.The senior at Central York High School stood up and popped the prom question, then walked to the stage with a plastic flower. Davuluri just laughed and the students cheered.School officials heard about Farves' plan in...
Powered by WorldNow

1205 Front St., Raleigh
N.C., 27609

Telephone: 919.836.1717
Fax: 919.836.1687
Email: newstips@wncn.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.