Last year, there was an increase in the number of dogs taken into the Tehama County Animal Care Center and a decrease in adoptions compared to 2010, according the center’s 2011 annual report.
“Due to the economy, we expected as much,” center manager Mark Storrey told the Tehama County supervisors Tuesday.
The center had impounded 1,593 dogs and 461 cats in 2011.
Storrey reported 463 dogs were reclaimed by their owners, 356 adopted, 578 transferred to other shelters or rescues, six died of other causes than euthanasia, five were stolen or escaped, and 185 — or 11.6 percent — euthanized.
“We had a higher number of euthanasia cases last year than previously because we were hit hard by parvo in 2011,” Storrey explained.
Even though the center’s manager would like to see a much smaller percentage of euthanasia cases, he was happy to report the number is still much less than the state or national averages, which are about 31 percent.