Los Angeles dog, cat kill rate hits new low

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The number of cats and dogs euthanized in Los Angeles city shelters has hit a new low.

The Los Angeles Daily News (http://bit.ly/1paTpA9 ) says 12,680 animals were killed in the fiscal year that ended June 30.

That's nearly 4,400 fewer than the year before and well down from the 1971 peak of around 111,000.

About 25 percent of animals sent to shelters were killed last year, down 6 percent from the previous year.

The dip's attributed to fewer animals coming into shelters, more spaying and neutering and more homes found for unwanted and stray animals.

If Los Angeles reduces the number of shelter animals killed to 10 percent, it would qualify as a no-kill city. At the current reduction rate, LA could become the nation's largest no-kill city by 2017.