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61 dogs and cats put down in a single day in WR

A cat waits for adoption at Warner Robins Animal Control in this 2013 Telegraph file photo.
A cat waits for adoption at Warner Robins Animal Control in this 2013 Telegraph file photo. woody@woodymarshall.com

Warner Robins police issued Monday a news release about the euthanization of 22 dogs and 39 cats in a single day last week.

The strays were put down Friday.

“Unfortunately, euthanasia is a needed weekly practice at our facility in order to keep up with the intake of stray animals,” the release said. “However, at the time of the euthanasia on Friday ... it had been almost two weeks since the last time animals were euthanized.”

Of the 22 dogs put down, 10 had been classified as vicious animals and were not eligible for adoption, the release said. Five were sick with kennel cough, the release said.

Of the 39 cats euthanized, 38 were feral and ineligible for adoption, the release said.

The Warner Robins Animal Control receives stray animals from Centerville, unincorporated Houston County, Robins Air Force Base and Warner Robins. Animals are kept a minimum of seven days, according to the release.

“Our department makes every effort to get the animals adopted or rescued by rescue groups,” the release said.

Of 2,494 animals at Warner Robins Control last year, 408 were reclaimed by their owners, 342 were taken by rescue groups and 276 were adopted, the release said.

Monday afternoon, 61 dogs and 26 cats are available for adoption at Warner Robins Animal Control, the release said.

The release was prompted by rumors about Friday’s euthanization.

Becky Purser: 478-256-9559, @BecPurser

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