Overcrowded Durant animal shelter at capacity

DURANT, OK -- Nearly 50 animals in Durant are living in an overcrowded shelter. Animal control officers say because of the lack of space, many of the animals have to be euthanized, but you can help. Rita Kotey explains how.

"We do have leash laws in Durant and we have other rules and regulations that people are supposed to follow and they don't always and that's where we come in," Durant Animal Control Officer Mark Lasiter says.

For the past nine months Mark Lasiter has been an animal control officer at the Durant Animal Shelter. He says right now they are at capacity with 45 dogs and 3 cats. Their facility can comfortably hold 35 animals.

"We don't have shelter enough to keep many so we end up having to euthanize some, and it’s the dark side of what we do, but it’s necessary," says Lasiter.

Lasiter says last month alone they had to euthanize at least 40 dogs. He says this time of year many dogs are having puppies and because many owners can’t afford to keep them, the shelter takes them in.

"We find them everywhere. When people have the puppies that they don't want they just drop them off or kick them out on the side of the road and leave them to die. We get calls on them we go pick them up and bring them out here and try to find them homes."

Lasiter says he wants the dogs to rest easy off the street and into good homes. This Saturday the shelter is hosting an adoption day. He says adoption is important because without good homes they may not survive.

"But that one hundred dollars will include all the vet services. We made arrangements with a vet here in town that will do they spay and neuter procedure rabies vaccinations and a general checkup. All that normally is about 150 dollars so if they buy one this weekend they will get a good healthy animal."

If this adoption day is successful Lasiter says he hopes to offer it at least once a month. Adoption day will be Saturday August 29, 2009 from 9:00am to 3:00 pm. The shelter is near the city landfill off South Ninth Avenue at 1619 Blanchard Road. For more information call Durant Police at (580) 924-3737 and ask for animal control.


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  • by Zyklon B Location: The Voice on Aug 31, 2009 at 02:27 PM
    From the headline, which is it? Overcrowded or at capacity? It can't be both.
  • by m Location: On the border on Aug 31, 2009 at 02:15 PM
    I know there are several vetrenarians in OK that will spay and/or neuter for $75.00. $100.00 is to much, people want to give animals homes but times are tough. In the long run wouldn't it benefit for the city to lower the adoption price, it must cost something to euthanize that would be money saved that could lower the adoption cost. The more you adopt out the less you euthanize. Also with a lower fee you would adopt animals out faster, less food to feed.
  • by Got a dog from the pound once on Aug 31, 2009 at 11:56 AM
    She was the best and most intelligent dog I ever had. She was part Doby and my friends wanted a dog like mine she was so cool. I hope you adopt some of these dogs out. If the price is too high maybe lower it. Seems like the right thing to do. Anon, I agree about that look. It hurts to look at them knowing you can't take them all. That look says "please pick me."
  • by me Location: Sherman on Aug 29, 2009 at 11:19 AM
    100.00 is too much!!
  • by Me on Aug 29, 2009 at 09:39 AM
    The Norman animal shelter has twice this number of animals, and adopts their dogs out at more than 100 less than this price!! AND THATS NORMAN not durant! Lower the price and you will lower the ammount of animals you have! Its not rocket science! Even Ardmore's pricy adoption fees are less than this!
  • by anon on Aug 29, 2009 at 08:04 AM
    some cute puppies there . Its sad people just dump dogs and puppies Dogs are wonderful and always loyal and all it takes is a trip to the vet so the dogs will not keep having puppies . Look into the eyes of a dog in a shelter anyone with a heart know the feeling of sadness these dogs must have . Its not the dogs fault . Go adopt even if its one you save he might turn out to be the best dog ever
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