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Springfield Animal Shelter hits milestone, saving every adoptable dog

By Lindsey Henry, lhenry@ky3.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 01:18:05 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 01 2013 07:31:24 AM CDT

The Springfield Animal Shelter marks a large milestone of saving every adoptable dog

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- -

Twice a week the Halfway Home animal rescue group lead by Latichia Duffy rescues anywhere from 10 to 35 dogs from the Springfield Animal Shelter.

"It's a good feeling, not only taking out the extremely adoptables, but sometimes they are sick and injured. They are just other people's throw aways and they get a new lease on life," says Duffy.

Shelter supervisor Randy Barnts says hes worked here for 30 years, and that foster organizations like Halfway Home have helped reduced the inevitable deaths. Now every adoptable animal is saved.

"When I first started we were probably euthanizing anywhere from 50 to 60 percent of the dogs that were brought in and that carried on for almost 25 years, so it's been a real change for us," says Barnts.

Even though the shelter has had a successful few years, that does not include pit bulls. They get several a week and all if not sent back with their original owners, have to be euthanized.

"The only thing that the city considers unadoptable is pit bulls, because of a city ordinance we can't adopt those out and also any dog where it's because of temperament or age or injury," says Barnts.

Although Duffy says she wishes she could help all of the dogs, including the pit bulls, she says the solution to the problem is up to the owners.

"Spay and neuter, spay and neuter, if we can get people to spay and neuter we don't have this problem" says Duffy.

The animal shelter says that they are always looking for donations. To donate, please click on this link.