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Animal Rights and Abuse

Does the animal shelter put sick dogs to sleep?

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January 04, 2013 5:54PM

It depends on which animal shelter you're talking about. There are some who simply do not treat any animals and they kill all or nearly all animals for illness or space. Some treat minor illnesses then the animal is put up for adoption. If space gets tight, though, they may still kill animals.

There are at least 87 communities in the United States with shelters who do not kill for space, nor do they kill animals with treatable illnesses or animals with behavior problems that can be rehabilitated. These shelters manage to save over 90% of the animals who come through their doors, reserving euthanasia for its true purpose: to end irremediable suffering.