(KTVI) - Tens of thousands of dogs and cats are euthanized every year just in the St. Louis area. FOX 2 compiled the numbers so you can see the record of your neighborhood shelter.
FOX 2 investigative reporter Chris Hayes talks about how some shelters choose to euthanize. The key word shelters use is "adoptable". Is it the type of dog someone will take home?
Some dogs, even puppies, are put down because of the label. It's an unwritten policy and St. Louis City Health Director Pam Walker was surprised it was happening in city shelters.
Since her discovery, Walker partnered with Stray Rescue and euthanasias have plummeted.
FOX 2 looks at euthanasia rates at other shelters and shows you why some are saying it's wrong to work toward "no kill."