Desperate pleas save more than 70 Fort Worth shelter animals

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by MARCUS MOORE

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Posted on July 11, 2012 at 10:57 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 11 at 11:00 PM

FORT WORTH - Animal rescuers criticized the City of Fort Worth Wednesday after they say the city didn't give them enough time to save dozens of animals.

More than seventy animals, many healthy, were on the list to be euthanized because the animal shelter was over capacity. In a letter sent to rescuers, the Code Compliance Department said the animals had to be rescued by 8 p.m.

"They should have given us more time," said animal rescuer Juanita Meyer.

Brandon Bennett, director of Codes and Compliance, said they put out a call for help as soon as possible and directed their plea to rescuers themselves.

In fact, Bennett said their push was successful. Because of the response, no animals that were on the list had to be euthanized.

The animal shelter has a capacity of just over 300 animals.

Despite Wednesday's efforts, officials say it is a constant battle keeping stray animals off the streets and finding them safe homes.

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