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Cleveland County Animal Control Makes Changes

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Animal shelters are all about supply and demand. The supply at Cleveland County Animal Control is unending.

County Commissioner Chairman, Jason Falls says Cleveland County Animal Control takes in between 5,000 and 6,000 animals per year…

They only have about 60 kennels.

"We can't hold animals here forever so our number one priority is to find animals a home," he said.

Cleveland County is trying to attack this problem from all sides, and has unleashed multiple different plans.

Most drastically, they are getting rid of their gas chamber by June 30.

"We don't wanna have the stigma of a high kill shelter we wanna be seen as people who are compassionate and care about animals," said Falls.

Instead, animals will be euthanized by lethal injection.

Animal Control is also partnering with the humane society to spay and neuter pets. They will create a busing system to bring the animals back and forth.

Cleveland County is also getting rid of its "drop-box," the place where you can quickly drop off unwanted pets.

They want to facilitate immediate adoption, so they will extend adoption hours by 16 hours per week.

The shelter went from euthanizing 79% of their animals in 2012 to just 37% last year and has already stopped using the gas chamber most of the time.

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