City of Pueblo considers ordinance to reduce euthanasia at Pueblo Animal Shelter

Pueblo city council considers ordinance to reduce euthanasia at Pueblo Animal Shelter

PUEBLO, Colo. - A Pueblo councilman is proposing a groundbreaking new plan to drastically reduce the number of animals euthanized at the Pueblo Animal Shelter.

Councilman Chris Nicoll presented the "Pueblo Animal Protection Act" at a council meeting on Monday night.

Nicoll says he aims to run the shelter the way taxpayers would want to. That means maintaining a 90 percent live-release rate and creating a multi-step process before an animal is put down. 

"It will help to make sure we have good standards of care, and it will always help to make sure that we're making sure that all animals have a chance to be looked at very carefully before any animals are euthanized," said Nicoll. 

Some of the guidelines state that the Pueblo shelter would only euthanize an animal if there was no room in any of the shelter’s kennels, other rescue shelters have been contacted, and even the people who turned in the animal have been contacted to see if they would take it back.

The proposal would also require the shelter to work with a dog with behavior problems for at least seven days before considering euthanasia.

To see the councilman's full proposal from the council meeting, click here. 

The city council members sponsoring the proposal say it is a realistic goal.

 Administrators who run the shelter, though, with the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (HSPPR), say it would strain the resources like staffing and money.

They also say a specific number for a save rate can be a problem for public safety. 
“To have a pressure to meet a certain percentage point means that the shelter whoever that is will be pressured to put animals out into the community which may be putting the community and the animals of the community at risk,” said Jan Mchue-Smith, the President and CEO of HSPPR. 

A final vote on the ordinance is scheduled for December. 

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