Only about one in four animals that arrive at the Baker County Animal Control kennel survive the experience, and the remaining animals end up at the New River landfill after being euthanized.
Some are seized due to neglect or abuse, others are picked up for running loose in violation of the county’s leash law, and yet others are brought to the shelter on Steel Bridge Rd. by owners who can no longer care for them.
Since October 1, 2011, according to the county’s count, 1421 animals, mostly dogs and cats, were housed at the kennel. Of those, 1053 or 74 percent were euthanized.
“Please note that this number includes animals euthanized at their owner’s request and animals injured, sick, diseased or feral,” said County Manager C.J. Thompson.
Jay Canaday, who works full-time and runs a dog rescue from his Glen St. Mary home known as the London Sanctuary, said he’s grown frustrated by the low-priority that animals seem to have in Baker County, both in the eyes of the general public and animal control.
The county manager, in part, agreed.
“There’s no doubt it’s been a low priority of the population as a whole,” said Mr. Thompson. “If animals were a priority, people wouldn’t be dumping them on the side of the road and then they end up at the shelter.”