Topeka, KS: Repeal of BSL results in fewer shelter euths

Topeka, KS repealed BSL in September 2010; this year, the local humane society reports a drop in euthanasia. BSL has shown to be a drain on local animal shelter resources and to increase euthanasia rates, so this result after BSL repeal is expected.

Note: The headline is a little bit misleading because Topeka no longer has BSL. The headline should probably say “A year later, no pit bull rules means less euthanasia.”

A year later, pit bull rules mean less euthanasia

Posted: September 23, 2011 – 5:25pm

The Helping Hands Humane Society has seen a 24 percent drop in the number of dogs it euthanizes since a city ordinance was approved nearly a year ago changing animal control rules, says humane society executive director Bill Acree.

Most euthanasia at the shelter now takes place because of health and behavior, with “very little” resulting from a lack of space, Acree said Friday.

He said the decrease came about after the city’s governing body voted Sept. 28, 2010, to revise city rules for stray cats and dangerous dogs, including loosening up regulations regarding pit bulls.[…]

The ordinance also changed the previous rules by allowing for Helping Hands to adopt out pit bulls picked up by the city. […]

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One response to “Topeka, KS: Repeal of BSL results in fewer shelter euths

  1. A Good Result,my compliments to all those responsible for this turnaround.