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Dramatic decrease in euthanized animals at Daviess Co.'s shelter

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Officials say fewer animals are being euthanized at the Daviess County Animal Shelter.  They say it's been a dramatic decrease due to a surge in adoptions and the hard work of volunteers. 

The shelter says they have increased adoption and lowered the number of animals put to sleep. The shelter says volunteers play a big part in saving the animals' lives.

Volunteer Brittney Hidenrite is on her way back home to Newport with three dogs from the Daviess County Animal Shelter. She plans to make a few stops along the way.

"Dropping one off in New Albany, dropping one off in Louisville, and the last one in Cincinnati. They have a hard time placing all the dogs, so I figured I might as well take them to the rescues instead of leaving them here, possibly letting them be put down," Hidenrite said.

The Daviess County Animal Shelter says in 2008, 90 percent of the animals brought to the shelter had to put to sleep. The shelter says over the last four years, social media and volunteers have dramatically lowered the number of animals put down.

"Out of 2,220 dogs we only had to euthanize 49, which is about two percent.  Forty-four percent of the cats did have to be euthanized. That's at least a 70 percent discount," said Danielle Hutchinson, a veterinary technician. 

Volunteers play a big part in saving the animals lives by taking animals to adoption events and to rescue groups.

However, the shelter told 14 News that residents continue to bring animals in and they are currently at full capacity.  Contact the shelter if you can adopt, foster or help with rescue transport.

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