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Metro Animal Care and Control says they took in close to 9,400 animals in 2012 and almost 8 out of every 10 of them had to be put down.
"We dont like putting animals down," said Billy Biggs of animal control. "It's the worst job here and if everybody would be responsible pet owners, get your animals spayed and neutered and keep them at home we'd have a lot less problems."
The problem isn't just in Davidson County. The Humane Society of the United States estimates more than 100,000 healthy, adoptable pets are put down every year in the volunteer state.
"It's bad in Tennessee," Biggs said. "Part of it is due to not having spay/neuter laws."
State law says families can adopt an unsterilized dog or cat if they leave a $25 deposit and promise to spay or neuter the pet within 30 days, but if they don't, they simply lose the deposit.
Other southeastern states issue misdemeanors or take civil action.
"There's a pet overpopulation problem in Tennessee," said Vicki Stevens, coordinator of World Spay Day.
Stevens says while Tennessee law catches up, giving families affordable options is the first step to saving lives.
"Even low cost spay/neuter is out of reach to many many people so world spay day is one time out of the year where people can do something a little special and maybe reduce those costs a little bit more," Stevens said.
The Nashville Humane Association offers spay/neuter procedures to families receiving government assistance for just $10. On Spay Day they fixed 42 pets.
Biggs says, every bit helps..
"Spay Day is very important," Biggs said. "Not only to Nashville humane but Davidson county as well. I wish we had spay day once a month,
you can find affordable spay neuter options in your area by visiting the Fox Links section of this website.
Tuesday, February 26 2013, 11:17 PM CST
Man pleads guilty to Memphis officer's murder
May 21, 2013 22:22 GMT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A former death row inmate is set to be released from prison after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of a Memphis police officer.
Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said Tuesday that she has accepted Timothy McKinney's guilty plea.
McKinney was convicted of first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of Officer Don Williams. The officer was killed outside a comedy club in December 1997.
McKinney appealed and won a new trial, which ended with a deadlocked jury. A third trial earlier this year also ended in a hung jury.
The Commercial Appeal reports that McKinney was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Since he's already served more than 15 years -- including 11 on death row -- McKinney will be released this week.
Williams' family opposed the settlement.
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