Evaluation of animal shelter complete

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The University of Florida, the National Animal Control Association and the U.S. Humane Society conducted an exhaustive review of the Mobile County Animal Shelter operations and released those findings Monday, January 27.

The University of Florida Maddie Medicine Program said it wants the shelter to increase its life saving capacity.

In 2012, the program reported 7,037 animals were admitted to the Mobile County Animal Shelter.

The shelter, according to the program, said it had a 39 percent live release rate in 2012.

That means 45 percent of dogs were euthanized (most due to illness acquired in shelter) and 88% cats (most cats euthanized because they seemed feral).

Currently, the shelter has a “no adoption” policy if a dog falls under the bully bread something The University of Florida said it wants to see changed. It said there are “several opportunities to help the shelter’s life saving capacity.”

“Nearly half of all shelter admissions are puppies and kittens and most of those animals are adoptable,” a spokesperson with the university said.

The program also recommends removing a mandatory 7 day hold period for puppies and kittens.

Mobile County Commissioner Connie Hudson said the mandatory holding period is state law and she wants to speak with legislators about decreasing the holding time so the shelter can adopt out more animals.

The Humane Society of the United States recommended enhancing and increasing local adoptions and NACA recommended defining the role of animal control along with safety and situational awareness of officers.

Animal control officers said they’ve already made some changes at the shelter including taking in less animals and learning how to evaluate them resulting in a 20 percent decrease in euthinization rate.

“They (MCAS staff) get with the vets and learn how to identify diseases, what they need to take care of, how they need to proceed from there,” said Mobile County Humane Officer, Carmelo Miranda

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