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Adopt a pet for less and help overcrowded shelters

by The Associated Press

Video report by Ryan O'Donnell

Posted on July 12, 2011 at 2:03 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 13 at 4:37 AM

PHOENIX (AP) -- Maricopa County's major animal shelter is so overrun with cats and dogs that officials there say they may have to turn to "senseless euthanasia."

Maricopa County Animal Care and Control officials say their shelter has more than 1,000 animals stacked three-deep in every available space.

The shelter says it's "at a critical crossroads" and may need to euthanize adoptable pets soon.

The shelter is asking for the community's help and offering discounts for man's best friends.

Between Tuesday and July 31, dogs will be available for adoption for $17. They're normally between $50 and $150.

Cats older than a year are available for free.

The shelter says some adoptions and a couple of weeks of reprieve from new animals will allow them to find places for the pets they do have.