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Tallahassee officials: too many animals in local shelters

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Posted at 8:29 PM, Feb 28, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-01 06:26:34-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)--The city of Tallahassee is making efforts to stop animal overpopulation in local communities and animal shelters.

City animal service officials are encouraging residents to get your pets spayed and neutered.

In addition, the Tallahassee City Commission is approving more than $50,000 dollars from a grants, forfeitures, and donations account to fund animal enrichment programs.

Dee Crumpler, who oversees animal services. says its all a part of a strategic five-year plan to save animals' lives.

"The bottom line is that this is a community issue. It is not an animal shelter issue; its a human issue that can be solved. We owe it to the animals in our community to take some preventive measures and prevent them from coming to the shelter," Crumpler said.

They representatives with the animal shelter say they house between 150-400 animals daily, and half of them go unclaimed.

For pet owners, Animal service representatives a recommend embedding a micro chip in your pets as one solution. These chips will help you find your pets if they're lost and taken to the shelter.

For more information on Tallahassee's Animal Service Center, click here.