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21 cats, dogs found in vacant WR home not long after 61 were put down in single day

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.

Later, an updated release said another 17 cats and four dogs were left behind when a family was evicted from their home.

The 61 strays at the city’s animal shelter 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.

At about 4:30 p.m. Monday, Animal Control officers were called to a house on the 100 block of Little John Lane, where they discovered 17 cats and four dogs that had been left behind Sunday when the tenants were evicted, the release said.

The officers removed the animals from the house.

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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