'No kill' shelter rethinking policy with overcrowded facility

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by JASON WHITELY

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WFAA

Posted on September 23, 2011 at 10:59 PM

Updated Saturday, Sep 24 at 6:54 PM

SEAGOVILLE -  Inside the Seagoville's small animal shelter, there's one word no one utters.

"I don't like to talk about it," said Sgt. Karl Bailey, Seagoville Police Department.

The dreaded word is 'Euthanasia;' Killing dogs that no one adopts.

Seagoville is the only city in the state to operate a shelter that's 100 percent 'No Kill.'

The City of Austin's shelter is 90 percent 'No Kill' and, though much larger than this one, it's trying to reach the same status.

"When people find out you're 'no kill,' they dump all their dogs here, and the rescues pull from us last because they know we're going to be the last to kill," said volunteer Teresa Alvarez.

Therein lies the problem.

The shelter used to euthanize up to 70 dogs a month, before the city's police department took it over last November.

Sgt. Karl Bailey, the administrator, put an end to the practice and turned the gas chamber into a storage bin to keep donated dog food dry.

"I just have a real problem putting down healthy and adoptable animals when they can find a good home and be part of a family that will take care of them," Bailey added.

But his big heart has led to a big problem.

The shelter has capacity for 25 dogs. Right now, 55 are crowded inside.

Seagoville has shipped dogs to Florida, Maine, even as far away as Canada. Now it has to find homes for 22 more by Monday or start to euthanize animals to return the shelter to a more manageable level.

The very thought worries volunteers.

"I haven't slept for three days," Alvarez said.

If more dogs arrive over the weekend, conditions could get unhealthy.

A sickness could spread fast and pens could get overpopulated.

The 'No Kill' policy in Seagoville could come to an end Monday at 2:00 p.m. unless workers and volunteers find homes for half the animals first.

 

Weekend adoption events:

 

Saturday - September 24, 2011

 

The Green Spot (grocery store)

702 N Buckner Blvd
Dallas, TX 75218

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

 

Tractor Supply

1740 N. Beltline Road

Mesquite, TX

75149

972-285-0411

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

 

Seagoville Animal Shelter
1330 E. Malloy Bridge Rd.
Seagoville, TX 75159
972-287-6838
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

 

Sunday - September 25, 2011

 

Walgreens

610 W. Malloy Bridge Rd.

Seagoville, TX

12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 

E-mail: jwhitely@wfaa.com

 

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