Columbus Animal Control had to euthanize animals for space, according to the Ledger-Enquirer.
Since June, 20 dogs have been killed at the Columbus animal shelter because there wasn’t enough space. City officials who run the shelter as well as nonprofit rescue partners Paws Humane, Animal SOS and Animal Ark have identified their limitations and steps the public can take to help them.
Among the biggest limitations is space. The shelter is prevented by state law from turning away animals.
These factors played a role in the euthanization of 8 dogs on Aug. 10. Short and interim shelter director Contreanna Barker-Pearson told the L-E they did everything they could to prevent killing the dogs on Aug. 10, including leaving officers and animals in air-conditioned trucks as they tried to find space.
Animal Ark, Paws Humane and Animal SOS said they did as much as they could too. Space at Paws and Animal Ark’s facilities were full. Fosters couldn’t be found. Homes for the eight dogs weren’t found.