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Humane Society brings in more animals, fewer euthanized in 2011

January 11th, 2013 - 8:13am

(Port Angeles) -- The Olympic Peninsula Humane Society took in more animals last year, but officials say fewer animals had to be euthanized.

Executive Director Mary Beth Wegener says the shelter has decreased its euthanasia rate another three percent from 2011. She says last year the shelter put down just under seven percent of the animals.

Last year, the humane society took in just over 17-hundred animals. 40 more than in 2011. 853 were adopted, 402 were transferred to another shelter or rescue group and 119 were euthanized.

An additional 345 animals are classified as "other". Wegener says those were animals reunited with their owner, died at the shelter, were dead on arrival, were stolen or escaped and feral cats which were spayed or neutered and released.

The humane society is also continuing moves that will will lead to building a new shelter between Port Angeles and Sequim. Right now the organization is undergoing board redevelopment. Wegener hopes a capital campaign for the new shelter may begin by the end of this year. take Wagner 3

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