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It's a similar story in other parts of the South and Southeast.

Despite the increased number of animal adoptions, less expensive spaying and neutering options available and an increase in rescue groups willing to take unwanted animals, the euthanasia rates have changed little in the Birmingham metro area over the past several years.

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Why was Cali along with thousands of other dogs and cats killed, while others are adopted or transferred to no kill shelters? Animal control and shelter officials say some animals simply are not suitable as pets. They may be too ill due to abuse, neglect or life on the streets. Others cannot be socialized. The majority, however, are just not adopted through no fault of their own.

Cali certainly was not alone in facing a premature death. Of the 23,631 dogs and cats taken in last year by the three area animal control agencies, 15,907 or 67 percent were euthanized.

Perhaps she had been a stray all of her life and found the house to be a safe haven for her pups.

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laws similar to how people have to get licensing for fishing or boating."

Gilbert said because Alabama lacks pet laws requiring pets to be spayed or neutered and a registration fee paid, more animals enter shelters and are killed. The shelters can't afford to continue housing animals that are not adopted or returned to their owners, she said.

At the Shelby County Humane Society last year, 920 animals were adopted and another 1,149 of a total 4,907 taken in were transferred to animal shelters that either continued to house the animals or offered them for adoption. Of the remaining total, 2,590 animals or 53 percent were killed.

Birmingham Jefferson County Animal Control seems to get most of the un adoptable pets according to the statistics. That agency handles mostly stray animals; last year, 9,015 animals were impounded; 6,583 about 76 percent of those animals were killed.

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Animals like Calamity that are euthanized are given an injection of sodium pentobarbital, a barbiturate anesthetic that produces rapid unconsciousness and death generally without pain and distress. The shot costs the shelters or veterinarians about $3 far less than it costs to house a stray or abandoned dog for several days or weeks until or if a new owner is found.

Birmingham Jefferson County Animal Control officer Wendy Scott was the last human to hold Cali before she was "put to sleep," the euphemism for being killed by a lethal injection.

In Charlotte, for example, 72 percent of the animals taken in by animal control last year were killed. In Memphis, 77 percent died. shelters each year, according to the American Humane Society.

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Not all state residents are in favor of such laws. For example, many animal rights activists who push for no kill shelters oppose mandatory spay/neuter laws and licensing legislation. Groups such as the No Kill Advocacy Center and the American Veterinary Medical Association express concern that many pet owners will, in effect, hide their animals to avoid paying licensing fees. If the owners don't want enforcement agencies to know they have pets, they likely would avoid taking their animals to veterinarians for proper preventive checkups or for serious health issues, these groups warn.

Cali's puppies were put up for adoption a week after they arrived. Those seven days, however, were the last for Cali, who was neither claimed nor adopted.

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"We need more laws to enforce responsible pet ownership," said Mindy Gilbert, director of the Alabama chapter of the American Humane Society. "Laws that require spaying and neutering pets .. Harden Vol.1 Dark Ops Xeno

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But in New England and some other Northeastern states, the story is different. For example, the entire state of Connecticut averages about 2,000 animals being euthanized a year about one eighth of the animals euthanized in just Jefferson and Shelby counties here. Connecticut also has stricter pet ownership laws.

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