FORT WAYNE – Fort Wayne last year euthanized an average of seven dogs a day – every day – including weekends and holidays. Nearly 18 cats a day met the same fate in 2011.
In the past five years, nearly 50,000 of America’s two favorite pets have been put down in the Summit City – a rate higher than many other comparable communities.
In fact, the city’s per capita pet death rate was one of the highest in the nation and the highest in the Midwest, according to a national – albeit limited – database of pet shelters.
Local pet officials said the statistics hide recent progress made on the issue, but they all agreed the problem will never be solved until a community effort is made to control unwanted puppies and kittens from ever being born.
“The government alone can’t solve the euthanasia rate in Fort Wayne,” said Belinda Lewis, director of Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control.