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Grant helps Alachua county animal shelters reduce euthanasia

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Elle, a 3-month-old pit bull, is one of many dogs saved by the Alachua County Humane Society.

Both Elle and her new owner, Eric Anthony, arrived at the shelter Tuesday morning.

“It just came upon me that I needed to come here and look at a dog,” Anthony said. “‘Cause I really wanted one.”

Maddie’s Fund has allowed some local animal shelters, such as the Alachua County Humane Society, to reduce the amount of animal euthanization by 50 percent.

Maddie’s Fund grants are designed to help build and sustain a no-kill environment for shelter dogs and cats. The grant was given to the county to help it end unnecessary euthanization by 2015.

Alachua County Animal Services sends out a list every day to rescue organizations of the animals it can no longer take care of. The shelters take in whatever animals they can.

Amanda Burks, Alachua County Humane Society executive director, said the organization strives to bring the animals into a no-kill facility and save them from being euthanized.

Over 95 percent of the animals at the shelter are off the euthanization list.

Mike Llerena wrote this story online. 

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