More than 100 pets a week are put to sleep in Richmond County

By: Ryan Houston Email
By: Ryan Houston Email

News 12 at 11 o'clock/ Monday June 2, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Augusta Animal Services is having to euthanize more than 100 dogs per week.

They say they're in need of a veterinarian to help get more dogs ready for adoption.

The city's animal services has been without a full time vet for more than seven years. Augusta Commissioners could vote to bring on a vet that could we're told in essence save more animal lives.

Animal Services is only required by state law to keep dogs or cats for up to five days before putting the dogs to sleep.

"It doesn't make me feel worth a darn. I have three dogs myself. My mother in law and myself share a cat. We are animal lovers," said Commissioner Wayne Guilfoyle.

"How can you look in a dog or cats face five or eight days a week and then know you have to put them down? It's not enough space," said Animal Services Director Sharon Broady.

Animal Services Director Sharon Broady says they bring in about 10,000 cats and dogs a year, but only have space for 300. She says people are not adopting dogs and cats. The number of adoptable pets is down since they're without a vet.

"A full time veterinarian would increase spays and neuters. They'd also take care of any animals that we brought in off the street that may have been hit by a car," Broady said. "We need something in place to go ahead and provide the services as far as spays and neuters. We need to get back going with the adoption program."

Broady tells us a part-time vet could only spay around 15 pets a day. She says full time help could keep more of the cages empty and more of man's best friends alive.

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