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Rockwall Shelter Moves Closer to "No Kill" Policy

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    Rockwall is trying to reduce the number of animals its shelter euthanizes.

    The City Council recently passed an ordinance calling for the city's animal shelter to try to adopt, return to owners or save at least 90 percent of all the animals brought there.

    Animals that are very sick or extremely aggressive can be euthanized.

    But shelter volunteer Michael Kitkoski said he worries that healthy animals could be euthanized for space. The Rockwall shelter gets about 150 animals each month but only have space for about 65 animals.

    Rockwall Mayor David Sweet said it's important that the council remember the ethical side of euthanizing animals. City Manager Julie Couch said the city will consult with rescue and foster groups before deciding which animals to euthanize.

    "We're not changing the way we've done things anything," Couch said. "In fact, we're establishing additional steps that we will be taking prior to an active euthanasia."

    Kitkoski said he saving every animal's life is Rockwall Pets' No. 1 priority.

    Two pit bulls, Bo and Luke, were found dumped on the side of the road before they came to the shelter last month. Bo had been run over and Luke was shot in the leg.

    "We believe in saving every precious life we can, and dogs like Luke and Bo are great. We just want to give them a proper home ... and make them feel comfortable," said Kitkoski.