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The department kills 76% of the cats and dogs they bring in. Many of those are pit bulls, which Metro government regulations say can't be adopted out.
Euthanasia rates have dropped from 10,000 in 2008 to just 8000 last year, but petitioners say that number could be even lower if rescues were allowed to take the animals once their time at the pound runs out.
"It costs somewhere between $30-$60 to kill an animal," says Karen Josephson. "If there's someone out there that wants to adopt that animal, what sense does that make?"
The Metro Health Department, which oversees Animal Control, says they're exploring options through which rescues would be allowed to partner with Metro Animal Care and Control.
Thursday, March 14 2013, 12:57 AM CDT
Haslam's chief deputy Claude Ramsey to retire
June 19, 2013 16:41 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Haslam says chief deputy Claude Ramsey is retiring at the end of August to spend more time with his family in Chattanooga.
The Republican governor said in a news release on Wednesday that the 70-year-old Ramsey has been integral to his administration on key initiatives that include civil service reform, economic development efforts, workforce development training and improved operation of state government.
Ramsey was elected to the General Assembly in 1972 where he served four years in the House. He was Hamilton County's mayor for 16 years.
His last day on the job is August 31.
Porsche tops in annual survey of vehicle quality
DETROIT (AP) -- Porsche is the top performer in an annual survey of new vehicle quality.
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