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Tulsa Animal Welfare euthanizing due to lack of room

Posted at 9:37 PM, Aug 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-08 23:53:16-04

TULSA, Okla. -- The number of animals euthanized on a daily basis continues to increase at Tulsa Animal Welfare because there's no room left.

Between 30 and 50 new animals arrive at Tulsa Animal Welfare every day.

“We want them to go to great homes," Tulsa Animal Welfare Executive Director Jean Letcher said.

At Tulsa Animal Welfare, dogs and cats get shots, food and love.


"They just keep coming in and we just don’t know what to do," volunteer Ann Stiles said.


But there’s no more space, forcing them to take action. 


“It’s hard to watch, it’s just a life," Stiles said. "When it’s an unnecessary one that is a hard one.”


Tuesday alone, more than 50 dogs and cats were euthanized and that number isn’t even the highest. Now, the city is urging citizens to step up and spay and neuter their pets.


"We just get to the point where we have more animals than we do going home," Letcher said. "So we euthanize them so the next day we can have room for the strays.”


Muddy Paws Second Chance Rescue is saving at least 20 lives. They're taking the dogs to a shelter in Omaha, Nebraska. 


“If we get 20 or 30 out, we are saving that many lives," Stiles said.


But the problem will only continue to rise until people get the picture.