by Joe Kirkpatrick
Much sensationalism has surrounded the recent raid of an animal rescue, the "Puppy Patch" in Morristown, TN.
The media has centered their focus on the fact that several dogs from our Cleveland Animal Shelter were placed at the Puppy Patch by the "Cleveland For a No-Kill City" organization. This group has rescued over 1200 animals from our local shelter, in the past year alone, that would have been euthanized if not for this group's efforts.
In an undertaking that large, unfortunately, there will be some casualties along the way. It is fine to report this, but in the future, please use the space to sensationalize the lack of enforcable spay and neuter laws, as well as the 1000's of irresponsible pet owners who create the animal control problems to begin with.
In 2009, the Cleveland Animal Shelter took in 6,976 animals, and 5556 were euthanized. Due to the efforts since then by Dixie Day Spay, Cleveland No-Kill, Exclusively Shelter Pets, and The Ark, in 2013, the shelter took in 4,341, and only 364 were euthanized.
Now that is truly SENSATIONAL!