Charleston shelter puts animals down to make room

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Officials at an animal shelter in Charleston say they have been forced to put down several dozen animals to make more space at their overcrowded facility.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that 20 animals were euthanized Wednesday and Thursday to create room for new animals at the Charleston Animal Society.

Officials said they hadn't put down any healthy animals in about a year. But Society president Charles Karesh says increased animal births coupled with natural disasters in other states have meant the facility has become overburdened.

Karesh says the shelter will consider Monday if more animals need to be euthanized. So far, 14 dogs and six cats have been put down.

Another area shelter, Pet Helpers, is also offering adoption specials to help its own overcrowding problem.

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