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9:10 pm
Sun March 20, 2011

Weekend Adoption Rush In Las Cruces Saves Puppies

Las Cruces – Plans by the city-county animal shelter in Las Cruces to euthanize about 50 puppies will be re-evaluated after a weekend rush of adoptions.

Kennel supervisor Paul Richardson says the number of expected euthanizations is way down because people came to the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley after hearing about the plans.

Richardson says 17 puppies were adopted Saturday and the shelter was on track to do about the same on Sunday. That's way above normal.

People have also volunteered to foster care for some pups. An increase in adult adoptions has also made more room for puppies.

The shelter had more than 100 puppies on Friday after an influx of drop-offs and strays.

Richardson says between 20 and 30 pups could still need to be euthanized.


Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.