CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Cleveland City Kennel unfortunately euthanizes animals in its care when it is necessary.
The Cleveland Kennel is not a "no-kill" shelter, meaning for some pets the clock starts ticking the minute they are brought in to the facility. There doesn't appear to be a set amount of time a dog or other animal can be kept, instead it seems to be based more on whether or not a pet's demeanor makes them adoptable.
The city gets all kinds of wild animals that must be euthanized, like raccoons, skunks, etc.
According to the city of Cleveland from Jan. 1, 2016 through April, 2017 the kennel has euthanize approximately 2,500 animals. That's approximately 156 animals a month, or about five a day. We have asked the City for the exact breakdown of how many of the 2,500 animals are dogs, cats, or wild animals and have yet to receive those numbers. By law, according to city Spokesman Dan Williams, the City Kennel must euthanize all wildlife is taken in to the kennel. Williams says the city works very hard to get all dogs adopted.
Not to be confused, the Cleveland Animal Protective League (APL) is a no-kill shelter where they do not euthanize pets, but instead try to find homes or foster homes for them.
The call has gone out yet again that the Cleveland Kennel is at full capacity and according to a Facebook video published by the City of Cleveland, Chief Animal Control Officer Ed Jamison said they currently have 167 dogs.
The website Friends of the Cleveland Kennel works to show which dogs are currently adoptable.