POSTED: Monday, August 30, 2010 - 5:35pm
UPDATED: Sunday, April 15, 2012 - 1:54pm
EAST TEXAS-- A new Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals board wants to provide a shelter for stray and neglected animals in our community. Each week, 60 to 100 dogs are euthanized because they have no place to go.
Tyler veterinarian Dr. David Post says right now, 10,000 animals a year are without homes in our area. As of now, neither Tyler or Smith County has a place to put them. When a stray is found in Smith County, they are taken to an impound where 75% of the animals are euthanized. When the City of Tyler finds a stray, they bring them to Klein Animal Shelter in Jacksonville.
Dr. Post says, "That's not really a suitable solution for a city of our size to not be able to take care of this problem ourselves."
Smith County Sheriffs say they are partnering with SPCA and plan to close their current impound when the new facility is built.
Dr. Post also says SPCA East Texas is not getting a lot of government support, so most of their funding has to be donated. If you would like to help, you can call 903-596-7722 or go to their Website at spcaeasttx.com.