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Advocates still calling for change Orange County Animal Services

Four months after a dog was accidentally euthanized, animal-welfare groups say more needs to be done to improve shelter

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He says the number of animals killed at OCAS every year is akin to a “holocaust” – a term he has taken some heat for using in the past – that will need political, community and administrative cooperation to address. More education, more outreach and a more holistic approach to reducing the number of animals left at the shelter every year need to be implemented. Long term, he says, people would like to see the shelter go “no-kill,” but “in order to go no-kill, you have to be able to have enough room to keep an animal long enough to be adopted.”

Advocates say they plan to keep the pressure on OCAS – and on the county, which oversees the shelter’s operation. They’ve been attending every monthly advisory board meeting to express their concerns, they’ve embarked on a Facebook campaign urging concerned members of the community to attend the meetings wearing orange to show the administration that people are paying attention, and they’ve been in touch with the media to raise awareness about the shelter and its problems. Many of these advocates say they’ve been trying to draw attention to the issue for years. But sometimes it takes something dramatic to get people to pay attention.

“I don’t know Hershey’s situation as well as a lot of other people do,” Strickland says, “but I’ll tell you what: It was the catalyst. As much as that sweet boy should not have died, somewhere in the heavens he needs to be thanked. Because it was because of that that the media got involved and people started listening to us.”

Number of citizens who visited OCAS in October: 5,279

Number of animals in shelter at beginning of October: 587

Number of animals in shelter at end of October: 495

Number of new animals impounded at the shelter during October: 1,704

Number of animals adopted in October:461

Number of animals euthanized: 858


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