- Associated Press - Thursday, September 3, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An audit says one in four animals at Los Angeles shelters was euthanized last year but the city is making progress toward its goal of becoming a “no-kill” city.

City Controller Ron Galperin, who released the audit Thursday, says more than 14,000 cats, dogs, rabbits, roosters, snakes and other animals were killed from last July through June 30 of this year.

That’s less than half the number of animals euthanized in 2003, when the goal was announced of making L.A. a “no-kill” city. L.A. would qualify by reducing its shelter kill rate to 10 percent.

The audit says newborn cats were the largest single group of animals euthanized.

Some animals were killed because the L.A.’s six shelters ran out of room for them. Galperin says that’s unacceptable.

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