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New law releases amount of pets euthanized each month
Millions of healthy animals are euthanized in shelters across the country.
A new law in Florida will inform people how many are put down in their community every month.
Supporters still worry the law is unenforceable.
Every year tens of thousands of animals needing a home are killed in Florida.
This past legislative session, Jack Cory pushed lawmakers to be kinder to animals. The idea behind a new law that took effect July first is to make publicly funded animal shelters post how many animals are euthanized monthly. The goal: to educate the public and encourage adoption.
Sen. Bill Montford/(D) Apalachicola: "We need to make sure that throughout Florida, we have correct data and accurate data and make sure it's available to the public."
The new state law is a way to keep animals from being euthanized including this 12 week old, Guthrie.
Erika Leckington/Director Leon Animal Services: "I think the new law can be effective. I think its really important all shelters, rescues, non-profits learn from."
Across Florida, more animal shelters are becoming no-kill shelters. Their goal is a 90 percent adoption rate. Supporters say the changes will save money.
Jack Cory/Law Supporter: "There is no excuse, we don't have every county and shelter no-kill."
While there is support for the new law, there are also concerns shelters won't post the numbers. That's because there are no penalties for doing nothing.
"Citizens will have the ability under public records law to be able to enforce it civilly."
Supporters are planning to work closely with lawmakers in the upcoming years to strengthen the law and save man's best friend and his arch rival... the cat... from death.