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Dallas officials address animal overpopulation

Officials in Dallas, Texas, have been working to address the issue of animal overpopulation as the city has seen a rise in stray and abandoned pets.

Last year, the Dallas Animal Services took in more than 30,000 stray dogs and cats, and as the Daily Mustang reports, city officials are trying to work with the community on educating people about the benefits of spaying and neutering to help get control of the population.

Jonnie England is a local community member who has been rescuing animals on her own. She estimates that she takes in 35 animals every year.

Officials say that lower income areas have been most affected by the pet overpopulation, as many owners refrain from spaying or neutering their animals. Most often they forgo the procedure because of its cost.

Many local rescue groups have been working to help as many animals as they can, but according to the ASPCA, only 10 percent of animals taken in every year are spayed or neutered.

Several organizations have begun to offer low-cost spay and neuter procedures, which they hope will encourage owners to bring their pet in to be fixed.
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