From Jan. 1 through Nov. 30, the Humane Society took in 3,298 cats and dogs, according to Ratliff.
Of the 1,066 dogs taken in by the Humane Society, 373, or 35 percent, have been euthanized, including 197 requested by the dog’s owner. Of the 2,232 cats, 1,406, or 63 percent, have been euthanized, including 260 requested by the cat’s owner.
According to a National Council on Pet Population and Policy 2011 nationwide survey, 56 percent of dogs and 71 percent of cats received by humane societies across the country were euthanized.
Humane societies across the state differ in how they are run because they are independent organizations. Some humane societies handle animal control operations, like Carroll does, but it is governed by county ordinances.
According to Ratliff, all of the adoptable dogs brought into the shelter are being placed. The rest are too dangerous or old to be adopted.
Ratliff said there are just not enough homes in Carroll to place all of the kittens brought into the shelter.
She added that the humane society is limited to how many cats it can keep on site due to the potential spread of viruses.
“You have to make some tough choices,” Ratliff said.
The Humane Society has been able to alleviate this problem to an extent with an adoption agreement with PETCO.
At least four kittens are available at the pet supply chain every day from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., according to Ratliff.
Since Oct. 2012, 180 cats have been adopted through the agreement with PETCO.
Shenk agreed that the PETCO program is “wonderful,” but added her group “feels strongly” that the humane society can do better.
“They work for the community and they need to be able to meet the community’s needs,” she said.
The county has allocated $883,370 to the Humane Society for fiscal year 2014 to provide animal care and control throughout the county. The county and the Humane Society agreed to a five-year memorandum of understanding in July to continue providing animal control services. The memorandum is updated every five years.
Ratliff said any agency can always do more to meet the community’s needs, but it’s dependent upon funding and space.
“Anybody who says there nothing more you can do is crazy,” Ratliff said.
After the meeting Monday, Rothschild and Howard said it is incumbent upon the commissioners to meet with the humane society and discuss the information presented.
The possibility of forming a citizen ad-hoc committee to work with the humane society will also be explored, Rothschild said.