GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- The Kent County Health Department is responding to a new report out about its euthanasia rate at the county animal shelter.
The report from the Michigan Pet Fund and the state Department of Agriculture says the shelter has a save rate of about 32 percent. In actuality, the shelters save rate is closer to 34 percent.
Nonetheless, county officials admit the numbers should be better than they are. They are trying to improve adoption rates, but say they also need the community's help.
"We need people to be responsible pet owners. We need to make sure they're getting their pet spayed or neutered," said Lisa LaPlante, Kent County Communications Director.
The Kent County Health Department says it does not set a deadline for any of its animals to be euthanized. Instead, they say, each animal checked-out, and based on what they find, could be kept for several months.