LAS CRUCES, N.M. — It's been an uphill battle trying to curb the animal population in Dona Ana County, but a report by the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley released Thursday showed a positive trend with less animals having to be euthanized.
Overall 17 percent less animals were killed last year compared to 2011 in large part to a combined effort in helping reduce the number of animals.
"The intake is finally going down, the spaying and neutering is finally taking effect and the transferring of pets has increased to about 400 or 500 more," said Dr. Beth Vesco-Mock, ASCMV director.
Vesco-Mock said she has been building relationships with shelters in San Diego, Phoenix and Denver transferring pets to those cities.
The shelter sent more than 1100 animals last year to other cities compared to only about 700 the year before.
According to the report, on a daily average, the center sees about 36 animals brought in every day.
But that's 9 percent less animals being brought in to the shelter than in 2011.
The shelter also saw an overall decrease in the euthanasia rate and is now at 52 percent.
Vesco-Mock stressed the importance of spaying and neutering pets to continue to help reduce the number of pets brought to the shelter.
Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley
3551 Bataan Memorial Las Cruces, NM 88012