CHARLOTTE -- The news is better, but still not good at Mecklenburg County Animal Care and Control. This past fiscal year, the shelter put to sleep more than 12,000 animals. That includes more than 5,000 dogs and 6,500 cats.
While that number may seem alarming, it's close to a 10 percent improvement over last year.
The shelter credits animal rescue groups for taking in more animals and a second chance medical fund that helps injured or sick animals that would've otherwise been put to sleep.
"Injuries like broken legs or orthopedics that we can't do surgeries here, would've had to be put down," said Melissa Knicely with Mecklenburg County Animal Care and Control. "We're actually saving lives here."
The second chance fund raised nearly $60,000 to help save 273 animals the past three years.
Animal care and control still believes the only way to drastically reduce the euthanasia rate is for the community to increase the amount of animals spayed and neutered.