Out of state rescues make it harder for local animals to be adopted

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Dozens of dogs come into Palm Beach County Animal Care and control daily to be adopted, but adopting them is becoming tougher.

Pit Bull mixed dog, Leddy, was brought in for adoption today.

"With my schedule and they're already threatening me with the condo association, my landlord is already calling me," the dogs owner told director of Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control, Diane Suave.

"Is it because they don't allow dogs," Suave asked.

"They don't allow big dogs," the owner told Suave.

Suave said owners give similar excuses every day when they bring dogs into the center.

This year 4,251 dogs have been brought into animal care and control and 1,528 have been euthanized.

Suave believes fewer may be euthanized if an influx of dogs from other states weren't brought into the county.

"Instead of running here and using your resources here and here and here, take those resources and say what are the problems in our community," Suave said.

Suave said she's not referring to dogs that come from natural disaster areas but puppy mills and other rescues.

"You see a puppy mill or some agency had a big bust and everybody runs to the rescue and they want to save those animals that are there," she said.

This leaves abused dogs or other animals up for adoption for a long time and sometimes too long.

"When animals get sick and we can't get get a rescue group to take them, we have no alternative but to euthanize them at that point," Suave said.

Suave hopes one day she can stop euthanasia at Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control.

"I think that ending euthanasia of adoptable animals if we focus on the problems in our own community," she added.

She just doesn't know how long it will take to have that happen.


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