Volunteers, community save 14 dogs from euthanasia

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    ARKADELPHIA, Ark.(KTHV) - All of the dogs held in the Arkadelphia Animal Control shelter were saved Tuesday from euthanasia by the community and volunteers.

    "Over the weekend I probably had 30 something calls trying to get dogs adopted," said Victor Bryant with the Arkadelphia Animal Control.

    Bryant said a 1970's city ordinance mandates dogs be euthanized after they are held for 10 days.

    "We don't run a kennel here. We just hold the dogs for a certain number of days, and then we put them to sleep," said Bryant.

    Bryant said 40 percent of the dogs they take in are euthanized.

    "I'd rather not do it, but it's better than having a lot of stray dogs running around the city," said Bryant.

    A representative with the North Little Rock shelter said 1,564 of the 2,742 animals the shelter took in were euthanized in 2012. They said the animals are euthanized for various reasons, including health and overcrowding.

    A representative with the Sherwood Humane Animal Shelter said three percent of their animals were euthanized in 2012.

    They said the numbers are due to volunteers who find homes for animals using their Facebook page and animal rescue operations.

    The representative with the North Little Rock Animal Control said volunteers also help find homes for their animals, but said maintaining a Facebook page for a shelter requires tremendous efforts.

    Bryant said volunteers are a great help to their shelters. He said they come to the shelter daily, play with the dogs and take pictures of them which they post to the Friends of Arkadelphia Animal Control & Adoption Facebook page.

    Bryant said because of an article which ran in their local newspaper, all but one of the dogs which were to be euthanized Tuesday have been adopted. He said they will hold the additional dog at their shelter for as long as it takes for volunteers to find it a home.

    Bryant too believes the solution to their problem is in their volunteers.

    "Actually, the solution is our Facebook page.  It's helping out a lot," said Bryant.

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