Dead Dog Walking - The Problem

by Josh Ault

Looking into the eyes of cats and dogs in East Texas, you would never know they are in crisis.  Their lives are depending on you.

The animal over population problem in East Texas is huge.  Dr. Michael Connolly, a local Nacogdoches veterinarian, said, "There is a huge problem with animal over population.  Quite frankly, I don't think the general public is being told the true story of how many animals that we have in excess that we can't place in homes."

The numbers speak for themselves:  At the Nacogdoches Animal Shelter, in 2006, over 5,000 animals were taken in.  Out of those animals, 865 were adopted and 3,946 were euthanized.  It was worse in Angelina County.  At Kurth Memorial Animal Shelter, in Lufkin, over 6,000 animals were taken in.  Out of those animals, 504 were adopted and 5, 840 were euthanized.

You might ask yourself - Why am I responsible?  Nancy Hinds, an animal lover from Nacogdoches, said, "People don't think.  I just wanted to have one litter of dogs, that one litter, just like cats, they have have another litter and then their is an explosion."

The cat and dog over population will cost you.  Jennifer Jennings, the director of the Nacogdoches Animal Shelter, said, "It costs thousands of dollars for these animals to come to the shelter."  The money for the shelters comes from your wallet.

What can be done about it?  What can you do?  Is there a solution?  Coming up tonight on East Texas News Nightcast these questions will be answered.