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Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley works to reduce overcrowding


Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley Credit: KFOX14/CBS4
Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley Credit: KFOX14/CBS4
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Summertime is the busiest time of the year for animal shelters.

Some animals at the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley are waiting for their forever home.

Shelter employees said it’s a race against time and the odds are stacked against pets.

"I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said this when people ask, ''Are you euthanizing animals? We are always euthanizing animals," said Clint Thacker, Executive Director of the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley.

ASCMV is having to make "difficult decisions" as the shelter continues to see an influx of animals arriving.

As of Monday, there are about 475 animals at the shelter.

The shelter's goal is to be at 425.

"You gotta remember we have animals coming in every single day. Anywhere from 5 to 28, 29 animals a day so we are constantly playing that game of shuffling animals in and shuffling animals out," said Thacker.

Thacker added the shelter is working to keep animals from being euthanized by flying and driving shelter pets to other shelters outside the state that have more room.

"We do a lot and when I say a lot we’re in the thousands of animals that leave ASCMV alive because of our rescue partners, and we’re very appreciative of that," said Thacker.

The shelter works to give as many animals as they can a second chance as the odds stack against the shelter.

"Nine times out of ten, animals are here because their humans failed them, and they needed a soft place to land and that’s what we’re providing until they can have an outcome, a live outcome." said Thacker.

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