- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 14, 2014

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - In a story Jan. 12 about the decline of pet adoptions in Frederick County, The Associated Press reported erroneously the year-over-year increase in the number of animals euthanized. The number of euthanizations increased by 183 animals in the 2013 fiscal year, not by 183 percent.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Pet adoptions decline at Frederick County shelter

Pet adoptions decline at Frederick County’s shelter for 5 years; officials blame economy

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - The number of pet adoptions and rescues from Frederick County’s animal shelter has been falling over the past five years, leading to an increase in animals put to death.

Animal workers tell The Frederick News-Post (https://bit.ly/1dIcKPm) that economic hardships have played a role in the downward trend in pet adoptions. They say donations to the shelter have declined, and many families can’t afford new pets.

In the 2013 fiscal year, the number of animals euthanized at the county shelter has risen by 183 for a total of 3,090 animals. Euthanasia now accounts for more than half of the shelter’s intakes for the year.

Connie Graf, director of the Frederick County Humane Society, says those numbers sound horrible but aren’t as bad as other jurisdictions in the area.

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