Unnecessary deaths

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Every once in awhile, I check out Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control's Web site to see the latest euthanasia numbers. I volunteer there occasionally, so I see all the good work the shelter does. These numbers, however, drive home what a woeful job our community (read: those among us who are irresponsible pet owners) does in controlling the pet population.

In August, about 68 percent of dogs and cats brought to shelter were euthanized. More than 83 percent of cats were killed; about 55 percent of dogs were. And that's not an atypical month. Most of these animals are unwanted — the product of someone's failure to spay or neuter a pet.

Free and reduced-cost spay/neuter services are available through animal control and the Humane Society of Charlotte

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