DeKalb County reduced the euthanasia rate at its county shelter to 13 percent in December, the lowest point ever for the facility. The gains are part of an overhaul of the county’s animal services department, which includes hiring a private welfare group to run the shelter where more than 60 percent of animals taken annually fail to make it out alive. LifeLine Animal Project has steadily reduced that high kill rate since taking over in July. The shelter last reported a euthanasia rate of 23 percent in September.
A dog rests in a cage at an animal shelter for tornado displaced pets on May 23, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma. Monday's tornado in this Oklahoma City suburb damaged or destroyed 1,200 homes and affected 33,000 people, officials said Thursday. Updating figures from one of the worst US tornados in recent years, they said the death toll from the powerful twister -- which struck with little notice in mid-afternoon -- remains at 24, with 377 injured. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad(Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)