Euthanasia of Animals

Stray animals must be held a minimum of 48-hours up to seven days to give the owners a chance to claim them. Decatur Animal Services evaluates all animals for health, temperament and general well-being. Animals that are sick or injured beyond which can be appropriately dealt with at Animal Services are humanely euthanized. Animals that are biting or vicious are also euthanized.

Animals are offered for adoption as long as possible. However, there are times when otherwise adoptable animals may be euthanized due to the volume of incoming animals requiring cage space.

If your pet is sick, injured or aggressive, we strongly encourage you to consult a veterinarian for treatment, training recommendations, or euthanasia. This could be the last act of kindness you can give a beloved family pet.