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2016 adoption and euthanasia data for Michigan animal shelters

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About 144,000 dogs and cats were brought to almost 160 Michigan animal shelters in 2016, according to numbers reported to the state.

Michigan animal shelters and animal control agencies are required to file an annual report on their intake numbers, along with data on animals adopted, returned to owners or euthanized.

An MLive analysis of the 2016 reports show there 69,748 cats brought to shelters or animal control. About 45,167, or 65 percent, were adopted; 2,761, or 4 percent, were returned to owners, and 11,923, or 17 percent, were euthanized.

The shelters and animal control agencies also took in 65,094 dogs, of which 36,191, or 56 percent, were adopted; 15,644, or 24 percent, were returned to owners, and 7,302, or 11 percent, were euthanized. 

The numbers don't add up to 100 percent for several reasons: Some animals were transferred to the other shelters or sanctuaries and some died of natural causes while at a shelter. Moreover, the intake numbers don't account for animals already sheltered on Jan. 1, 2016, and the disposition numbers don't account for animals in a shelter on Dec. 31.

An additional 4,592 cats and 5,183 dogs were euthanized at animal control agencies or shelters that offer that service to the public, the reports show.

For the full article and a table providing county data, see Julie Mack, "Look up 2016 adoption and euthanasia data for Michigan animal shelters", MLive, August 7, 2017.

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