Wichita euthanizes fewer animals

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Every day Wichita's Animal Control picks up stray dogs and cats, and unfortunately for some of them it means the end of the road, but new focus on finding them homes seems to be paying off.

There are angels amongst the dogs sitting in the Wichita animal shelter.

"We try and come in here every day and check out the animals that might be in danger for euthanasia to do videos to network them to possible adopters," Amy Hessested with Beauties and Beasts rescue said. 

Don't forget the cats. "We do take the most felines off the local crisis list," Sarah Coffman with the Wichita Animal Action League said.

These rescue groups work side by side with the city's animal shelter and Lt. Brian Sigman says these organizations are a big part of the reason fewer strays are being put down. 

A report shows the Wichita Animal Shelter's euthanasia rate for 2016 was 22%, which is below the national average, 31%.

In 2009 the euthanasia rate was 60%. 

There are several reasons for the decrease. Lt. Sigman said they hold animals for up to six days, three more days than state law requires. This gives owners double the time to claim their lost pet and rescues a chance to find homes for the animal.

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