"Back in 2011, the Los Angeles City Council signed off on a ‘No Kill Los Angeles’ pledge to make L.A. an official ‘no kill’ animal shelter town by 2017. At the time, about 42.2 percent of the animals who entered the city’s publicly operated shelters were euthanized. Five years later, that number is down to 15.7 percent, according to KPCC.
In order to be officially labeled a ‘no kill’ city, Los Angeles has to save 90 percent of the animals who enter public shelters. ‘Saving’ an animal simply means the animal isn’t euthanized, and exits the shelter. In 2016, so far, 84.3 percent of the animals who enter L.A. shelters exit. At this rate, Los Angeles will become an official ‘no kill’ city by next year.
"So there’s always going to be some animals that don’t make it. You know, they come in, they’re injured, they’re hit by a car, they’re sick. Others are too dangerously aggressive,” explained Francis Battista, a co-founder of the Best Friends Animal Society, KPCC. “But when you hit a 90 percent save rate, one thing you can say with a fair degree of certainty is that animals are not being killed as a method of population control."
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