Ashtabula Animal Shelter Considering Mass Euthanasia

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ASHTABULA COUNTY, Ohio- The Ashtabula County Animal Protective League is in desperate need of some good homes for pets.

"It’s heartbreaking.  We cannot fail them,” says Ashtabula County Animal Protective League volunteer & animal advocate Dr. Irene Fiala.

The APL is considering “mass euthanasia” for 60-animals if they are not adopted and placed in new homes by next week.  The shelter has capacity for about 80-dogs and they currently far exceed those numbers.  In just five days, they had 31-dogs brought in by the animal warden, dogs that have either been abandoned or strays.

Fiala says, “Some people going back to school, getting away from summer and settling into life.  They think the best thing they can do for their dog is to bring them out to  the country and dump them.”

The shelter has animals of all breeds, ages and sizes.  “Rusty” is a 7-year old Caanan/Hound and has been at the shelter for 9-months.  He will be the first to be put down, if not adopted this weekend.

Brenda Barricklow and Dameon Gochneaur heard about the shelter’s plight and came out to adopt today.  Gochneaur says, “…looking for any kinds of dogs.  Pit bulls, golden retrievers, German shepherd.”

The shelter is contractually obligated to accept all dogs brought in by the warden.  The 90-dollar adoption fee has now been cut to just 60-bucks.

The APL is sponsoring an adoption event at the Mentor PetSmart this weekend.

**Click here for more information on the Ashtabula County APL**

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