Robeson County has highest animal euthanasia rate in North Carolina

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ST. PAULS — The animal shelter in Robeson County leads the state in animal deaths and euthanasia despite fewer animals killed last year, according to new state reports. Located in St. Pauls, the Robeson County Animal Shelter also ranks 14th in the United States for the highest animal shelter deaths. The facility often kills […]

ST. PAULS — The animal shelter in Robeson County leads the state in animal deaths and euthanasia despite fewer animals killed last year, according to new state reports.

Located in St. Pauls, the Robeson County Animal Shelter also ranks 14th in the United States for the highest animal shelter deaths. The facility often kills animals due to lack of space and to control the spread of disease. 

A total of 2,526 dogs and cats were euthanized last year, according to the 2020 public animal shelter report completed by the state Department of Agriculture. This is a 1,556 decrease from 2019 and a 1,967 decrease from 2018 when 4,493 dogs and cats were euthanized.

The shelter’s save rate for animals increased to 44% last year, but still falls below the state save rate of 76% and the national average of 83%, according to Best Friends Animal Society, a nonprofit organization that analyzes the rates of cats and dogs who enter and exit shelters across the country. 

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