Midland Animal Shelter Euthanizing More Animals

By Abby Reed
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND – On a typical day, the Midland Animal Shelter euthanizes between 5 and 10 animals.  However, the shelter has seen a recent increase in those numbers.  They believe it's due, in part, to an influx in the number of kitten and puppy litters that have come into the shelter.

Shelter employee Mary Robbins says the shelter had to euthanize at least 30 dogs and cats on Monday.  She has worked at the shelter for nearly a year.  During that time, she said she has seen her fair share of animals who have been put down.

"Some of the ones that come in, they are just not adoptable," Robbins said.

Paul O'Neill, the shelter's director, said puppies and kittens get adopted more, however, the shelter has received more than they can house.

"I walk back there (in the kennels) every single day, and there are dogs I would like to take home, dogs I think would make someone a great pet, but no one has come in to look for them, or the right person just hasn't come in that week," O'Neill said.

O'Neill says he would like to see more of the shelter's animals being adopted.  He would also like to see residents spay and neuter their pets.

"You are saving an animal's life.  Most of the animals didn't do anything deserving to end up here," O'Neill said.

To help combat the problem, the Midland Animal Shelter is working with an organization called the Midland Humane Coalition.  Together, the groups hope to adopt more animals out to families. They are working with the local PetSmart store to start housing adoptable pets there.  They hope to have that up and running by the first of the year.