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Shelters combat stray animal problems

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The 2014 Winter Olympics brought global attention to the stray dog population in Sochi, Russia but it's no more a problem there, than it is in Southeast Texas.

Beaumont Animal Services reported that it takes in about 3,000 strays each year and about 2,000 of those animals are euthanized.

Beaumont Animal Services Supervisor, Matthew Fortenberry said the reason that number is so high is due to lack of spaying and neutering pets.  

"If we have more animals that are fixed, and less litters of puppies and kittens that are coming in then those numbers would drop dramatically," he said.

In order to fight the number of euthanizations, Beaumont Animal Services took part in World Spay Day, teaming up with veterinarians to bring free spays or neuters to all pets adopted. They also waived fees for any pets adopted that were in the shelter longer than 30 days.

Fortenberry said they're also working on a project for the City of Beaumont that will help lower the number of stray animals in the area.

"In the near future creating an ordinance where you have to have all of your animals within the city limits spayed or neutered," he said. "There could be exceptions but you would have to have permits to qualify for those."

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