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Animal euthanizations increase

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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

December 4, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - It's getting harder for the Albany Humane Society to care for all the stray and abandoned animals in the city.

This year an unusually high number of dogs and cats are being brought.

It's straining resources and personnel.

Within the past three months more than 1,500 animals have been brought in, but only about 100 get adopted per month.

The number of animals the shelter had to euthanized increased for the first time in a decade.

"Animal intake has been unbelievable the last few months. A lot of people can't afford them but we are here to help, if somebody needs help with food or something just so we can get through this we rather see those animals stay home than end up here," said Donna Strickland, Humane Society Director.

Dougherty County residents who need help paying for their pets to be spayed or neutered can get it through the humane society's Sunshine Fund.