More than 1,300 dogs have been picked up by Lubbock Animal Services since January 1st. And of those dogs, 600 have been put to sleep.
Lubbock Animal Services says some days as many as 30 dogs are put down. And for the employees who care for these dogs while they're at Lubbock Animal Services, no day at work is an easy one.
"I've done it for a while. I usually do it on a daily basis," said Rhonda Marett with Lubbock Animal Services.
"How many animals do you put down every single day?" NewsChannel 11 asked. "An average I want to say about 40 a day," Rhonda replied.
Rhonda has worked for Animal Services for some time and euthanizing animals is just part of what she has to do every day.
"It does get very tough at times because I also take care of these animals, and then I have to be the one to turn around and euthanize them. It's hard to explain how you deal with it. Sometimes I don't deal very well. Sometimes I'll break down but I know I have to be strong because it's either the animals are being neglected - you know, they're stuck in cages or they're going to a better place," Rhonda said.
So far in 2008, Lubbock Animal Services has put down a total of 864 animals, 600 of which were dogs. And Rhonda says when you're putting that many animals to sleep everyday it does get to you.
"Sometimes it gets to the point to where I just have to stop. And say I want to take a break, I don't want to do EU for a few days," Rhonda said.
But at the end of the day, Rhonda knows what she does has to be done because whether Lubbock Animal Services euthanizes pets everyday or not, pets will still come in and most will never leave.
"We definitely don't enjoy doing it, I'll tell you that. But it's just something that has to be done," Rhonda added.
Lubbock Animal Services is stressing that pet owners be responsible. Have your pet spayed or neutered, get them injected with a microchip and make sure they have tags that they wear at all times.
By following these simple rules if your pet gets lost, you could avoid losing them forever.
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