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by Lorie Lewis Ham

According to Whitney Mayeda, Assistant Executive Director of H.O.P.E. in Fresno, 6,600,000 dogs received by shelters were killed last year on a nationwide basis. 8,400,000 cats taken in by shelters are killed on a nationwide basis. California spends over $250 million each year to house and care for over 1 million unwanted and abandoned pets, half of which are ultimately euthanized. In 2006, over 53,000 dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens were euthanized in the Central Valley alone.

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