I made an error. I posted the 2002-03 impound number as 50,553 when actually it was 54,553, which accounts for the 8% (see below) decrease in impounds during the past 6 years compared to the increase of 88% died in shelter for that same period.
It is very strange, but despite all new shelters and having six veterinarians and better medical care, the number of cats and dogs that died in the shelter is up 88% over 2001 and 2002. (592 versus 1,114) this is a staggering increase.
In addition, the DOA numbers are also the highest ever during the past six years, and have increased 63% compared to 2002-2003.
All this comes during a period when impounds have actually decreased 8% from 54,553 to 50,221 (2002-2003).
Impounds are going down and death is rising in all categories. It could be that even greater increases in euth are hidden in the Died in Shelter figures as well as DOA.
What is happening?